First time in India: my experience in New Delhi

I’ve been in more than 35 countries, and have largely ignored India. I’ve been to Asia many times and had plenty of opportunities to visit. I’ve ignored this trip largely because of two reasons:

  1. The visa process seemed like a nightmare, and multiple of my friends spoke about insane queues at the embassy
  2. Everyone I’ve talked to were always a bit challenged when I asked if they liked it, and all replies started with “well…”.

In addition, I’ve had my troubles with software developers from India. They usually quite good, but because of very big cultural differences, I’ve personally never had any successful projects. This probably says more about me than Indian software developer, but it’s clear, there is a pretty huge cultural difference.

However, I’ve had Taj Mahal – one of the new “7 world wonders” on my bucket list for a while and ignoring such a large country seemed wrong to me. With more than a billion people, and growing towards the most populous country – it was time for a visit!

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An example of a potential blockchain usage: replacing publishing houses

Today we’re in 2018. 9 Years ago we saw the Bitcoin white paper and the first Bitcoins were mined, and since we have also seen the sharp rise in prices. The last part of 2017 was full of media writing non-stop about Bitcoin, but mostly with a speculation angle.

We have to admit: we lack serious projects, which has an actual impact. However, as I wrote in my huge 15.000+ words piece, I argued this is caused by we’re currently in the infrastructure phase, not much further than the seventies of eighties of the Internet. This lack of impact seems to let some people believe we won’t see it, and simply neglect the potential.

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Ending 2017 and looking ahead towards 2018

Every year, I try to make a review post for myself. The purpose is basically looking back on the last year, and more important – looking ahead.

Unlike every other post on this blog, these review posts are made completely for me. This means I am writing with one reader in mind – myself. So if you stranded on this post, well, good luck, I’m not writing to you with this one 😉 However, I believe in being VERY open about my life and what I do – as you can see in about me or in my goals. You’re *very* welcome to read it, but my angle is not to please others.

But now back to what this post is about: me 😉

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Finishing my first marathon – my first marathon experience in Pisa Marathon

December 17th, 2017.

I have traveled all the way to Pisa, Italy, to run my first marathon. After 6 months serious running training 4-5 times a week, I was ready to run it.

Being a Dane, going to Pisa might seem pretty absurd, but I did this because of two reasons. First and most important, I wanted to finish on in 2017 before leaving for Asia for 3 months, second because Pisa has one of the highest time limits in Europe! At a time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes, I felt certain that even if my body broke down I could get my “tick in the box” and say I’ve completed a marathon.

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The future of Bitcoin and blockchain – and why it’s much more important than the price

I’ve been following Bitcoin since 2013, and oh boy, it has been a ride. Some months it has been crazy interesting, but most months it has been slow and boring.

Fast-forward to the last couple of months, the media has been in a frenzy. As an early Bitcoin enthusiast, this has been exciting, but admittedly also a quite sad experience. Everyone is talking about making a quick buck by investing, and even the smart people who understand the technology often throws around vague statements that blockchain will change the world but never really are able to say more than this.

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Review of Betahaus Berlin – the co-working space in Berlin

For the last 3 months, I’ve been working in Betahaus in Berlin. Betahaus is one of the oldest (if not the oldest?) co-working space in Berlin and is one of the options most people suggest when you ask for co-working suggestions in the city.

In this post, I will give a review of the co-working space. I will share my thoughts, what I really liked and what I did not like so much.

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Digital nomad depression – a downside of travelling the world full time

When some newbie decides to jump into the amazing new world of digital nomadism – their Instagram and Facebook fill up with amazing pictures.

They see temples in Chiang Mai, they take selfies at the beaches of Bali and post awesome food pictures from the local food markets in Singapore. This all looks amazing, and trust me, IT IS. Digital nomadism is an amazing trend, one I really hope and believe will spread more.

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7 Surprises preparing for my first marathon

After a rough spring and summer with my startup (post coming), I found myself having a weight of 87kg. I’m 180cm tall, so this is not “very fat” or “obese”, but enough to definitely categorize me as “overweight”.

I *hate* being overweight, so I decided to fix the problem. I had previously run a couple of half marathons, but nothing more than that. To solve my overweight problem, I signed up for Copenhagen Half Marathon in September followed up by a half marathon in Muggelsee, Berlin. Since this has developed into a more ambitious goal of running Pisa Marathon in December 2017.

The overweight has partly been solved. I’m 81kg and still need to lose 3-4 kg more, but it’s not downright embarrassing anymore – just not good looking. However, the reason for this post is to share some very interesting realizations I’ve made from preparing for a marathon – running 42km in less than 6.5 hours (and hopefully less than 5h!).

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Moving to Berlin – 8 things that has surprised me as a someone from Copenhagen

After a nice summer in Denmark, I decided to move to Berlin for 3 months. My co-founder is German and has always wanted to try to live in Berlin, so this was a great excuse to try something new.

Having a history full of digital nomadism, I was ready to try something new. I’ve never tried to move “close-by”, but always went for destinations further away. The closest place I’ve stayed for a long time was Bucharest in Romania, which was a great experience. However, I was ready to try something new: Berlin.

I’ve been in Berlin multiple times in my life. I have always kinda liked the city, but not more. To me, it seemed a bit… Like Copenhagen – just bigger and less centralized. I really didn’t know what to expect.

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Developing an app – how difficult is it to learn app development (in Xamarin)?

I’ve been been developing and coding since I was 16 years old, and today I’m 27. I have a bachelor degree in software development and have spent most of my times doing websites in ASP.NET MVC.

I’ve never really worked with applications outside the web, which means I’ve always been very much used to the stateless way the Internet works.

But recently I was pushed into app development, which has been a very interesting experience – and thats why I made this blog post: To shed some light on the question: how difficult is it really to learn to code apps? 

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