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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Crowdfunding: Seedmatch is going where no Kickstarter has gone before

Kickstarter might be getting all the press, but Seedmatch, a German crowdfunding platform, is doing some very innovative things in the crowdfunding industry. This week, they are breaking through the psychological barrier of raising more than € 100 000 in equity based funding - that's a first for Germany, and it's not even yet possible in the US.  The story of a legal high tech startup. What you should know first:... Read more

Watch this 11 year old startup founder pitch like a pro at a Startup Weekend in Poland :)

How hot is the lean startup movement? So hot that 11 year olds now try to launch them. Take this team from Startup Weekend Poznan: they're two kids, aged 11 and 12, who had the idea for 'Kidgifter'. He was also at a Startup Weekend in Cracow in January 2012, and learned to code in the mean time - taking a video course. If you had any doubt that online learning would change the world in the next years, here's your ... Read more

Is the market for mobile gaming too crowded?

Have we reached "peak social gaming"? Nikita Sherman and the other owners of Russian game developer Drimmi certainly seem to think so: according to Goal Europe, they sold their company to Webgames for an undisclosed consideration. Drimmi was founded in 2009 (it celebrated it third anniversary in september 2012) and raised about 3 million € from Mangrove Capital Partners and ABRT. It offers games like "Gone Fishi... Read more

Interview: in a rare European acqui hire, 500px buys Pulpfingers for talent, not apps

It’s pretty rare in Europe to see a so called “acqui-hire”, where a company is acquired outright by another company not so much for its products, but for the talent of the team of the acquired company. But Pulpfingers, an Alsace-based web agency, is one of those rare teams who are bought for their beautiful minds rather than their beautiful apps. The company (or rather, its two founders) were acquired by 500px.... Read more

4 business lessons from Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden singer, pilot and startup founder

You probably knew that Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden was a licensed pilot, but did you know he was also the founder of an airplane repair shop in Wales? Cardiff Aviation was founded a few months ago, and it wants to become "a one stop shop for that difficult aircraft that doesn't fit in", but that - according to international fight regulations, apparently needs a fixed home where it is maintained an... Read more