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...


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

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

Whiteboard contributor Balazs Szabo did some digging in, 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

The Russian startup ecosystem, part 1: venture capital

Similarly to other markets, venture capital investments in internet companies in Russia are not very transparent. This makes it difficult to assess the scale of the market, especially for foreign partners. As this is my first post on Whiteboard, I want to list the most important players in the market amongst venture funds. I decided to concentrate on the most active funds that are investing in the very (in my opinio... Read more