Corporate innovation: Accenture teams up with Founder Institute to create spin offs

This week, David Vermeersch gave his last presentation in the Founder Institute accelerator program. After he answered the questions from a select number of investors and bankers from the Antwerp office of Bank Degroof (which hosted the graduation event) he and his startup Geniefacts are now officially Founder Institute graduates. Geniefacts is what Vermeersch calls a “small data” startup that wants to make it...

Neelie Kroes presents her club of top European entrepreneurs: Zennström, Hed, Van Zanten,...

Today, Vice President of the European Commission (aka "digital chief") Neelie Kroes presented her ‘Leaders Club’ of web entrepreneurs at an informal gathering with some European journalists and tech bloggers. The goal is to create European entrepreneurial role models. (It’s a role that some are more willing to take on than others - Boris Van Zanten of The Next Web looked like he just walked in from a Vanity Fai...

21 Mar 5:59 PM 3 Read More...

10 cheatcodes for raising money from VC's, straight from a VC

While I was in Berlin for the Startup Camp, I took the opportunity to take some notes at some of the talks. One of them was by Sitar Teli, a VC at Connect Ventures and an early investor in Soundcloud. She’s been a VC for seven years, and her investments are all over the map - literally: she invested in companies in Berlin, Silicon Valley and London. She also remarked that when she invested in Soudcloud in 2009, Be...

You didn't see this coming: Moleskine (backed by Index Ventures) goes public

Remember when Index Ventures said it had "a dozen or so" companies that were ready for IPO? I'm sure Moleskine wasn't one of the first names that came to mind. And yet, here it is: Moleskine, producer of luxury and lustworthy notebooks, will go public on the Italian stock exchange: If its shareholders and the investment bankers who are advising the firm’s management have judged the market correctly, Moleskine,...

20 Mar 5:13 PM 1 Read More...

Is Marissa Mayer paying a HUGE premium for Dailymotion?

According to the WSJ, Yahoo is talking to Orange about buying a majority stake in Dailymotion (up to 75 percent). It would be Marissa Mayer's first major acquisition, and obviously it would be aimed straight at Google's YouTube. According to most observers, such a deal would be a win for Yahoo, which doesn't have a strong video property - as well as for Dailymotion, which has been looking for a big US partner in o...

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