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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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SAP founder Hasso Plattner invests in travel platform GoEuro

SAP founder Hasso Plattner just invested in GoEuro, a "multi-mode travel search engine". GoEuro collects databases of different transportation modes like rail, air, bus and car rental - and combines them into a one stop search engine for consumers who want to plan a trip. The goal, says founder Naren Shaam, is to build the "ultimate travel search engine". GoEuro raised $ 4 million in seed funding from Battery Vent... Read more

You'll never guess where LeWeb 2012 winner Qunb is going NOW

You might remember the story we did on Qunb - before they got all famous  and won the LeWeb 2012 startup competition. Well, now they also got into TechStars Boston. According to a Skype chat we did with co-founder Jean-Baptiste Théard, the team applied in November for both the Boston and NYC programme, and got accepted after winning LeWeb. CEO and co-founder Cyrille Vincey and the VP of marketing Mathieu Goudot ... Read more

Bertelsmann's BDMI invests $ 6,5 M in YouTube channel Stylehaul

BDMI, the venturing arm of Bertelsmann, invested $ 6,5 million in a Series B for the  YouTube fashion channel 'Stylehaul' together with Rezven Partners and business angels. According to Stylehaul CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski, Stylehaul now reaches 50 million unique visitors per month. The main property of Stylehaul is its YouTube channel of the same name that has 250 000 subscribers. Horbaczewski told AllthingsD th... Read more

How a problem led to a new mailing tool... and offers for a joint venture

At all-desk we always thought that a client should be contacted after certain specific events: When he makes a reservation (naturally), when he contacts a space (obvious), but also after we see him doing a lot of searches and comparisons but never committing to an action. Contacting a customer at that moment would allow us to understand why he never committed and potentially improve our product. I've looke... Read more

"How crowdfunding nearly bankrupted my company"

When we recently wrote about Smarchive, we said that it was the stuff that dreams were made of for crowdfunding platforms: after raising money on Seedmatch, they went on to raise a 7 figure financing round with T-Ventures, Check24 and business angel Birgit Ströbel. It was one of the reasons we interviewed Seedmatch later. But Smarchive founder Steffen Reitz said in an interview with Whiteboard that it didn't fee... Read more