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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Cleverlize launches a wysiwyg (and moneymaking) app builder for teachers

Apart from big data, e-learning and education are much hyped for the moment as the industry where a lot can and must be changed. Khan Academy or Codeacademy are touted as examples of how learning will evolve - more personalised, more on demand and gamified. We’re not exactly at the where you can get a Stanford degree from home, though. In Munich, an e-learning startup will come out of closed beta this week: Clev... Read more

How this family business achieves a 95 % conversion rate

I really loved this blog post, by Florian Dorfbauer from Usersnap. Usersnap is a nifty little SaaS-solution that allows your customers to take a screenshot and send it to your customer service department, hassle free. 125 year old family business: 95% conversion rate But the blog is not about Florian's business, it's about his parent's family business - a shop that has been in his family for 125 years. The family h... Read more

French internet and luxury royalty invest 15 million € in hi-fi startup Devialet

Look at the names investing in this French hifi startup: Xavier Niel (Kima Ventures, Iliad), Jacques-Antoine Granjon (the founder of Vente Privée who looks like he's in a hard rock band), Marc Simoncini (Meetic) and Bernard Arnault (mister LVMH himself) pumped 15 million € into hifi startup Devialet. Devialet was founded in 2007, and builds hifi hardware for the connected age, or as they call it: wireless high e... Read more

How TU Berlin is churning out 25 to 30 successful startups every year

Next Wednesday (14 November), wantrepreneurs and startups from the TU Berlin can listen to startup luminaries like Soundcloud, Gidsy, Amen, 6Wunderkinder and Amen about how to start and build your own company. It’s one of the many things that TU Berlin does to try to stimulate entrepreneurship among science students as a “third way” for their career. And it seems to be quite successful. Every year, TU Berlin... Read more

When starting a business hurts: startup fears, depression and terror

Almost every entrepreneur I interview is familiar with startup fears. One entrepreneur I spoke to in June, who had quit his - very handsomely paid - job to start a company, told me: I sometimes awake at night, panicking and asking myself WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF?. This week, one of my interviewees told me about the same thing. And then I saw a tweet with a quote from Ben Horowitz (you might know him as the 'Hor... Read more