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The hidden startup sales strategy in Steve Blanks 'Four Steps to the Epiphany'

The hidden startup sales strategy in Steve Blanks 'Four Steps to the Epiphany'

'Four steps to the Epiphany' is a treasure chest for the budding startup entrepreneur. Created by Steve Blank, it has acquired the star status in business strategy, and it has rele...

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Harry Nelis (Accel): "Something's got to give in the Berlin startup scene"

Harry Nelis, partner and head of European operations at Accel Partners says that Berlin might have an exit problem. "Something will have to happen in the Berlin internet scene," he warns. "We've seen a 100 investments, but not a hundred exits yet. That has to change. Either the number of exits goes up, or the number of startups will dwindle." Nelis isn't the first venture capitalist to warn that for Berlin, 2013 i... Read more

Why I almost left my own company because I was so bored with it

About a year ago it dawned on me that something was wrong. It was when I found myself having more meetings in the café around the corner than in my company’s headquarters in trendy Berlin Mitte. In fact, you had a fair chance to bump into me anywhere around the globe – rather than at my own office. But what had happened to the once vibrant qualitative research firm my business partner Christian and I had foun... Read more

Ideas are expensive: the 6th reason why no one will steal your business ideas

I read this blog post by Grega Stritar on "Five reasons why I will not steal your business ideas", which explains in some detail why other founders won't steal your idea. Among the five reasons are the classics like 'Your idea is probably no good anyway' : "I've seen Seedcamp companies change their core concepts and business models completely, and these startups are already the best, selected from hundreds, if... Read more

Amazon Coins proves that virtual currencies (real threat or not) are here to stay

Amazon’s announced today that it will launch Amazon Coins in May 2013. Clients will be able to purchase apps on Kindle Fire with Amazon's proprietary virtual currency. Amazon Coins, which are planned to be launched in May, will be pegged to the US dollar and can be bought using existing Amazon accounts. It's a move that breathes new life into virtual currencies. At last, as some may say who believe that an al... Read more

Meet Novo Nordisk, Denmark's biomedical 'Google'

Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk is now valued at $ 100 billion, which  means that it's become so big that it threatens to upset the balance in the index of the 20 largest caps of the Danish stock exchange. (The Danish stock exchange will cap its weight at 20 % to remedy this, just like the Helsinki exchange did with Nokia twice). Novo Nordisk is a leading manufacturer of insulin for diabetes patients, with more th... Read more