Start-up guru aims to help entrepreneurs find work-life balance

16 May 2013

Martin Bjergegaard at NovaUCD yesterday with his new book, 'Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life', which he co-authored with Jordan Milne

Danish serial entrepreneur Martin Bjergegaard was in Dublin yesterday to give a talk at NovaUCD about his new book that gives insight into the lives of 25 entrepreneurs and thought leaders who have managed to achieve business success without compromising their personal lives.

Bjergegaard, who started his first business when he was 18, co-authored Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life with Jordan Milne, who is also the co-founder of the online art marketplace Zatista. In the book, they propose 66 strategies to help people build successful businesses while also managing to lead a balanced and happy life.

To compile the book, the duo talked to 25 entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the globe and shared their insights about how people can improve their business efficiency without compromising their personal lives.

Such role models who feature in the book include David Cohen, the founder of the start-up accelerator TechStars; Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake; and Sophie Vandebroek, chief technology officer at Xerox.

Bjergegaard’s past experience of working 15-hour days at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company would appear to have led to his own personal epiphany and was part of the inspiration for the book.

He said he was no longer cheerful and enjoying life as he should have been.

After quitting his job at McKinsey, he co-founded Rainmaking, a company that launches start-ups and builds up such ventures before exiting them. Since it was set up in 2006, Rainmaking has launched 15 start-ups. Rainmaking is also involved in setting up the Startupbootcamp accelerator, which has start-up programmes in Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Haifa and London.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic