Startups

A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

Accelerators are a booming business. The phenomenon is generally seen as a blessing for the growing number of start-ups. Who is behind these initiatives, what do accelerators do ex...

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How to turn your startup into a 'Hidden Champion'

Hidden champions are little-known small and midsized world market leaders: companies that are largely unknown to the general public and the media, but which are extremely innovative and profitable, and who absolutely dominate their industry. In a recent article on Whiteboard, I defined hidden champions as companies that belong to the top three in its global market or is number 1 on its continent has less than $... Read more

6 hints on how to keep momentum going after Startup Weekend.

I had the chance to participate to the last Startup Weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland and it was a fantastic experience. I was also lucky enough to end up in a great team who won the 2nd prize and I fully enjoyed the energy of the event. But what happens next to all these great teams? Most of them will not continue to work on their project and those who will do it, won't have the support they deserve. For the Lausanne... Read more

"I was a startup zombie (for 5 years) because people liked my idea"

Traction is like this: if you have to ask whether you have it, it's not there. But it's so easy to believe that you have traction, because everybody tells you they like their idea. Or worse: the media cuddles you, until death follows. It's the story behind the blog post of the founder of neigh*borrow, over on PandoDaily. It's also a story about the sharing economy, that has been the subject of some debate lately. ... Read more

Hello, we're the "Airbnb for boats". (An answer to Matt Murphy of Kleiner Perkins)

Matt Murphy of Kleiner Perkins recently said that the number of startups saying that they were the 'Airbnb of something' was starting to get ridiculous, a sentiment that was echoed by Richard Wong of Accel Partners. But as the title says: we really are the Airbnb for boats (and the booking.com too!). I guess Murphy would probably consider us one of the last lucky startups in the 'sharing economy' to get funded. We... Read more

Y Combinator startups received more than $ 1 billion funding in total

Whiteboard contributor Balazs Szabo did some digging in seed-db.com, and he came up with this gem: all the Y Combinator startups, taken together, have raked in more than $ 1 billion in funding, as he reports on his blog CEE Startups. Various disclaimers and caveats about the quality data in seed-db apply, of course (see their site), but still. Another fun fact is this: the Y Combinator companies have amassed more... Read more