The good, the bad and the ugly time to raise money for your startup

Startups spend an incredible amount of time and nervous energy on fund-raising, getting ready for it, or worrying about it.  No wonder – most of the news one reads about startups both here and abroad is about raising money, not about startups that quietly and effectively bootstrapped themselves to Truth is, this time and energy can be better invested into finding and serving customers.  Jeroen Meens, founder o...

5 things you need to know about startup co-founders

Starting a company is a lonely job.  You’ve got to do all the work – from designing your product to picking up business cars from the printer.  You’ve got to make all decisions, big and small – from the colour of your logo to the colour of the folders you buy to keep your documents.  You put insane hours into your project, and while there’s plenty advice available, nobody volunteers to take some of the l...

How to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in 4 steps (or: "get over Silicon Valley")

Moaning about the entrepreneurial community in Europe seems to be the thing to do in print and social media.  Too few entrepreneurs.  Poor quality of startups.  Timid (or worse, too-greedy) business angels.  Ultra-conservative VCs.  Misguided governmental support.  Berlin and London not living up to their expectations for replicating Silicon Valley in Europe. So I thought I’d weigh in on the discussion wit...

How to build a "grownup" startup

There’s a growing hype in mainstream media around startups, and most of it centers on big business-to-consumer stories.  It’s nearly impossible to read an article on startups without a mention of Airbnb, Pinterest, Instagram and the new kids like Uber or Rdio.  There are sites like VentureBeat that talk of little else. Enormous investments and incredible valuations make for good reading, and those startup...