The Tel Aviv startup scene (2): a Q&A with Hillel Fuld

Hillel Fuld must be the heaviest Twitter user in Israel (currently at 120 000 tweets and counting). He's also a guest blogger about the Israeli startup scene for the Huffington Post, GigaOm and SAI, so it's safe to say that he's the go to guy to ask what's happening in the Tel Aviv startup scene. It's also quite a nice collection of references, I say to him, when I meet him at the Inneractive offices just outside ...

This Israeli startup has more profiles than Facebook (and no bots among them): the MyHeritage story

The Tel Aviv startup scene was recently named the number 2 tech hub in the world in a report by Startup Genome and Telefonica. It also counts as a rare success story of government intervention to kickstart a tech scene in Josh Lerner’s classic about the subject: ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed’. The first public fund that the Israeli g...

New: European Business Angel Institute offers training to become a certified business angel

I had the pleasure of attending the yearly EBAN conference in the lovely city of Vienna this year, where I talked to Gonçalo de Vasconcelos of Syndicate Room, Benjamin Wattinne of Gust and Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network about crowdfunding and online matchmaking for business angels. Also at the Congress, a new institute was founded, called the Business Angel Institute. The  Institute wants to "...

Strategy: how Axel Springer calculated and then bought its way to European digital dominance

I wonder if the European digital economy will follow 'Lineker's Law': 22 startups try to become the winner who takes all, and in the end the Germans win. It looks a bit like it, when you look at Axel Springers rise to digital dominance in the last half decade. From virtually zero - "a mere internet midget" according to the Financial Times Deutschland, Axel Springer strategized, calculated and shopped itself to the ve...

The black art of customer development (2): interview with Tristan Kromer of Luxr

As I’m trying to meet as many interesting people who think long and hard about the art of building products and companies, I had the opportunity to talk to Tristan Kromer of Luxr. He’s a coach at the accelerator Nest’Up this spring. He’s also the curator of a few LinkedIn groups on Lean Startup principles. His interest in Lean Startup methodology and customer development was sparked by reading ‘Four Step...