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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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Catchbox: throw the mic in the air like you just don't care #slush12

What is it with startups and throwing stuff? Recently we featured a startup that spun out of the TU Berlin, who have developed a ball with 36 camera's - the idea is that you throw the ball into the air, and at it's highest point, it takes a panoramic picture of 360°. And here's the catchbox receiving praise from TechCrunch's Mike Butcher: I really like the idea of thecatchbox.com for conferences #Slush12 — Mi... Read more

"Instead of looking for startup funding, look for customers"

Finding funding, as Adeo Ressi says, is a gruelling experience, it's not fun, it's not glamourous, and you end up giving a decent portion of your upside away to the VC or angel investor. In a recent blog, Nick Pelling puts another perspective on this: is getting funding really necessary? The best funding, he says, is to find paying customers: For a ‘typical’ UK tech startup, the basic cost of getting funded – ... Read more

This startup is meeting 5,000 customers face to face in 40 countries

This is how most startups see marketing: drive as many e-mail signups, likes, tweets, follows, +1’s, retweets, diggs, reddits, shares, repins and retumbles as possible. Which is only natural, given the fact that startups practically live on (or even in) their screen: they think of the computer display as the main interface with their clients and potential clients. Which is why it’s interesting to see that STOI... Read more

5 reasons why your small company is great

For a starting entrepreneur mostly working by yourself it is sometimes all too easy to feel insignificant. I must admit I every now and again feel like that. If this happens I remind myself of something Anita Roddick, the late founder of The Body Shop, once said: “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito” Think about it: is “big” a guarantee for making an impact a... Read more

This student developed a bird chasing laser and is going global with them

As you probably know by now, we love a good bootstrapping story, and this one certainly has all the characteristics of one. While still a student (he's expected to get his bachelor in Business Administration in 2014), 21 year old Steinar Henskes is expecting close this year with a turnover of 500 000 € this year, without spending a eurocent on marketing or advertising. What he's selling: a bird chasing laser, that ... Read more