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Jaspar Roos

Jaspar Roos manages Future Ideas, one of the largest pan European public private platforms dedicated to the startup and venture eco system. Together with Emerce, a leading online blog, Future Ideas publishes the best European startups of the year. Within Future Ideas, he explores the future in a variety of areas. Topics range from the future of ideas to the future consumer.

Next, Jaspar is Chief Inspiration Officer for DIALOGUES INCUBATOR, the ABN AMRO Bank corporate venturing accelerator for open innovation in the financial industry. Dialogues Incubator has won many prizes & acknowledgements for their ventures and radical innovative projects. Jaspar has been co-managing this incubator since its start in 2007. Jaspar Roos is also Inspiration Catalyst at his own company Inspiration Academy, a platform to facilitate and accelerate inspiration in organizations.

Jaspar is part of numerous advisory, inspiration and executive boards, like Erasmus Medical Center Incubator, Front End of Innovation Europe and Trendwatcher of the Year Election. Jaspar is an international speaker and author on inspiration and (financial) innovation. Jaspar lives by the motto: bring back the fun.
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Recent Posts

6 Steps To Pitching Your Startup

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Oct 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Pitching is a very essential skill that to a great extent determines the success of an entrepreneur. Reality is such that you might have the best business idea, but if you don’t manage to sell it (right), it will remain to be just an idea. Why so? Because pitching is a skill that not everybody has, but everyone can master.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager

To Innovate is to Pitch and is To Flirt

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Sep 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

One of the problems I encounter regularly is that selling innovation is very difficult. But why? It’s like a pitch, and many people are not used to speaking in public. So I want to give you some helpful tips, having been there, and done that.

Why do you pitch? To get some funds into the bloodstream of your company, increase your network, to get new customers. After all, no money – no funny... On average, the catcher you are presenting to gets a couple of dozen proposals per week. It’s not just that you are not the only one, but you are one of the many one-to-many. So it’s only natural that they don’t spend the time you’d like them to do considering your idea’s potential.

Still, you can turn the odds in your favor, make sure you stand out from the crowd and get remembered. How? – Flirt a bit. To pitch is to flirt. It should be personal.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

Play vs. work mode

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Aug 5, 2015 1:23:00 PM

The other day I was playing a board game with my kids and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. Later, I did some self-reflection that resulted in what I wouldn’t call a groundbreaking realization, but it definitely shook my understanding of how I want my life to be. Here it is – I am so much more creative and inspired when I am not at work! Ha! – told you, not earth shattering. But that also made me question myself – how come there is a difference between my work and play self, and more importantly – why should there be any?

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Topics: People & Culture

Pitching: don’t play the game, play the player

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jul 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Imagine this: They have finally called! Someone wants to hear your idea. Imagine, maybe even invest in it. Your mind starts creating exciting scenarios, wave of thrill and anticipation follows. At first, you cannot even believe your luck…after all, you came up with the idea while waiting for your pall Steve at that coffee place around the corner. 

Half an hour and a dozen phone calls to friends and family later, it hits you – you actually need to talk to people. It’s not just anyone, but potential stakeholders and investors. How’s your pitch?

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

Every cloud has a silver f*-up lining

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jun 9, 2015 7:16:42 PM

Human society has always been talking about success and will continue to do so. It is our goal, purpose, aspiration and our drug. We like hearing about it, too – we empathize with success stories and feel inspired by them (and maybe a bit jealous at times). And when we read about this year’s 30 under 30, achieving success doesn’t seem so far away. In reality, though, it is tricky and requires hard work. Only a few companies make it and even fewer (the ones we actually hear about) become the next Uber or AirBnB.

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Topics: People & Culture

The Super-Power of Smiling

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jun 2, 2015 12:07:17 PM

When was the last time that you smiled at someone – a friend at the gym, a colleague at work or even a complete stranger in the supermarket? When was the last time you smiled to your colleagues or even to your manager? And knowing that, how often do you smile in a day? As kids we tend to smile more. Studies show that children smile around 400 times a day. This number is more than impressive compared to the (sad) 20 smiles grown-ups give to the world per day.

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Topics: People & Culture

Do the 15 minutes challenge: Your key to success!

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Apr 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Truth be told: Just because you are at work does not mean that you are actually getting any work done. A recent study by the software development company Atlassian pinpoints that less than 60% of the work time is spent productively. Excessive emails, long and unproductive meetings and the constant trivial interruptions at the workplace are among the prime factors that restrain you from keeping up with your daily to-dos.

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Topics: People & Culture

The new and updated Humor Desk Policy

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Apr 21, 2015 3:44:22 PM

OMG, LOL, LFMAO, do you ever read these acronyms in any official communication? Likely not, as there will be one kind of policy from Corporate Communications or the Public Relations department prescribing us not to use acronyms.

Be honest, don’t we get tired sometimes of all those new policies out there? Organizations have become kindergartens, prescribing our behavior and all the things we are not allowed to do. So we decided to pun it and created a policy for you to print out and distribute amongst your colleagues. Ideally, you should print it on company logo paper and add one or two of the typical [your company] bulls*** bingo items.

Have fun!

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Topics: People & Culture

5 ways in which your physical work-environment can improve innovation

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Mar 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Imagine yourself in a beautiful office space. Yes, this might need some reframing, but nevertheless. Try it. A space you would be proud to show to your friends. The one that engages you, inspires you to outburst in creative performance. If you want to meet up with colleagues, you can use the fun room,  if you want to tinker, you can write on the walls or just grab some fruits that gets you back on energy again. You may think this land of honey and milk is only possible at the tech behemoths of these times, the Facebooks and Googles. Well, we want to challenge you to think differently. With your facility management and leadership team it is possible too and we will show you just how to. So just close your eyes for 10 seconds and imagine what it would be like…

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Topics: People & Culture

The Chemistry of Enthusiasm – make your employees your most valuable asset

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Mar 27, 2015 5:14:35 PM

When HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar implemented the mantra “Employees First, Customers Second”, many frowned upon this strange move. Why in heaven’s name, would you do this? Mr Nayar proved them wrong, becoming one of the prime examples of a successful technology company in recent days. Next, he can be seen as a genius for putting his most valuable asset first.

The role of the customer has changed a lot in the last decade. Until a few years ago, businesses considered the key to success to be the quality of the product they sell including the provision of the best customer service. Currently, the emphasis has shifted to customer experience as the strongest attractor and retainer of customers. As Salesforce puts it, “Welcome to the web of the customer”.

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Topics: People & Culture

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