Let’s celebrate the failures! – Episode 4 of #slowtofast

Welcome to episode number four of #slowtofast, a podcast in which we share our thoughts, ideas and experiences in product development of a fast moving digital business. We are Marcus Castenfors, Head of Product Design and Dennis Hettema, Chief Innovation Officer at Nordnet.

The good and the bad of failure, the end of mobile apps, and how to successfully work with remote teams

“We got to celebrate failure. Because we’ve got to drive people to be courageous enough to push the envelope and if you push the envelope, you’re going to fail.” – Dennis Hettema

In this episode we talk about the following topics:

Dennis’ favorite subject: failure

We debate if failing should be considered something negative or if we should embrace failure. Are there good and bad failures?

The future of mobile apps

Do we really need apps in the future? We discuss potential alternatives and Dennis shares one of his app ideas.

Tips and tools on how to successfully work remotely

Dennis talks about how you can create a “culture in the cloud”. He also explains the nuances you need to be on the look-out for when communicating with remote teams. Marcus describes a test that the design team is running to become better at working remotely.

Listen to the episode

Listen to #slowtofast via Podcaster, Soundcloud or lots of other apps. Or directly here:


The Year Without Pants, Scott Berkun (book)

Scott Jenson – Why Mobile Apps Must Die (video)

Larry Page and Sergey Brin interviewed by Vinod Khosla (video)

The End of Apps as We Know Them (blog)

Intercom Podcast: Interview with Paul Adams

Zapier (app)

Getdreams (app)

Bank of America: Keep the Change (video)

What should we talk about next?

Let us know what to talk about next, by writing a comment below or using the hashtag #slowtofast on Twitter…or send us a fax 😉 +46 8 506 33 065.

Thanks for listening,

Marcus and Dennis

Follow us on Twitter: @mcastenfors and @dhettema

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