Vidar Andersen

Entrepreneur. Startup Founder. Lean. Educator. Learner. F100 Corporate Entrepreneurship Consultant. Norwegian. Co-founder Plone CMS, 'Gauss - The People Magnet"

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What I Do

I like taking stuff apart to see how it works, to reassemble stuff in different ways to see how and if that works. I have a compulsion to make stuff suck less, to question the how and why of the now.

I love startups, helping good people succeed.


2013 named one of the 5 must-know startup people in Germany by renowned tech blogger Liam Boogar, invited to Stanford for Lean Launchpad Educators training by Steve Blank.

2012 received scholarship to Global Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, won the Nordic Startup Awards People's Choice Award for Best Norwegian Startup, did a side-project like "Vine" 6 months too early, got featured in major tech press.

2011/2012 in three months, lead bootstrapped startup Gauss - The People Magnet to LeWeb startup competition finals, invited to showcase at TechCocktail SxSW, landed a place in the London Web Summit startup competition finals, was featured and recognized on the front-page of The New York Times, CNN, TechCrunch, BI & more.

2001 co-founded the open source Plone CMS with Alexander Limi and Alan Runyan, later deployed by the CIA, the FBI, eBay, Yale, The Government of Brazil, Oxfam, University College London, Deutsche Telekom & more.

What I'm Looking For

I'm looking for any excuse to come more often to Silicon Valley, be it to help with someone else's startup, teach Customer Development (the Lean Launchpad curriculum) or find a co-founder and start my next big thing from over there.