Kristian Nielsen is Associate Professor at Aalborg University at the Department of Business and Management. His PhD dissertation defended in 2012 investigates the opportunity cost of entrepreneurship, learning from previous entrepreneurship experience, and new venture performance in different environments defined by industry and geography. As an Associated Professor he continues to study new venture formation and performance using a quantitative approach. His core research interests embrace the causes of successful entrepreneurship focusing on personal characteristics, human capital, and social networks, and his work is published in Academy of Management Discoveries, Small Business Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change and other journals. His teaching and research interests embrace microeconomics, microeconometrics, labor economics, human capital and entrepreneurship. Kristian is part of the management of the Danish Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (DCER) and a member of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID).