Leon Pals


Connects change makers so they can share what works, and what does not. Facilitating knowledge exchange and progress. Believes we are here to achieve progress, and to leave the world in a better place than how we found it. But what is better, and what is progress? We have been progressing for ages, but can we achieve progress without wrong turns? Or is it like innovation where failure is a necessity to discover what does work? Or are setbacks needed to motivate us to progress?

To Do:

  • Open a cocktail bar

  • Visit Japan, Russia and Patagonia

  • Re-build Startup Foundation

  • Hostile take-over of WeWork


  • Built the first global startup community

  • Built the first startup co-working space in Rotterdam

  • Popularised Lean Startup across Europe

  • Failed at two startups