How to interview 100 customers in 4 hours and get validation for your startup

I love people who find a clever shortcut somewhere. This is one of those. You should be convinced by now that it's important to "get out of the building" and validate your startup ideas  before you start with them (if not, you should read more blogs or startup books). The problem is that setting up interviews is can be extremely slow going: you have to be able to reach people first, get an appointment, and hope ...

Meet Fortumo, the $ 10 million Estonian startup that was "randomly thrown together"

Fortumo, a mobile payments startup from Estonia, made headlines recently in the tech press when they raised $ 10 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Greycroft. Fortumo offers mobile payments in 80 countries. They were one of the first to recognize the potential for payments that would be billed directly to consumers’ phone bills - and certainly the first to focus their energy on the emerging markets ...

Axel Springer to Google: "About that licence fee..."

It appears that the Germany ancillary copyright win for Google wasn't quite so conclusive. Although the new ancillary copyright law states that "single words or small text excerpts" would remain free to use for aggregators and search engines, Axel Springer now feels it is within rights to ask a licence fee for Google's use of snippets (average length: 20 words). As could perhaps be expected, the vague text of the ...

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Why publishers don't publish anymore when they go digital

Axel Springer's bet on digital is clearly paying off, as we wrote this morning: for 2012, the company posted record earnings. More importantly, the share of digital revenue was larger than the revenue derived from the (previously core) publishing activities for the first time. Most of Springer's digital properties, however, don't deal in content - most are real estate and job listings. A blog post by Frederic Fill...

The Microsoft slap on the wrist comes in at € 561 million

Here's the amount that Microsoft has to pay the EU as a fine for not offering EU customers a choice of browsers: € 561 million.  The amount was announced by EU competition chief Almunia this afternoon. Quartz writes that Microsoft may very well not care a fig about this fine, since it has billions and billions ($ 51 billion to be exact) in overseas accounts that it doesn't really know what to do with. The € 5...