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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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Binders full of VC money: Smarchive goes from crowdfunding to 7 figure VC backing

Here's the stuff that dreams are made of for crowdfunding platforms: German startup Smarchive was pitching its services on Seedmatch only last year. This week, they announced 7 figure financing by T-Ventures, Check24 and several business angels like Birgit Ströbel, cofounder of Germany's biggest real estate platform Immobilienscout24. Smarchive was founded in december 2011 by Steffen Reiz, Fabian Stehle and Holge... Read more

French pigeons (#geonpi) have gone silent, but not because they won, says Jean-David Chamboredon

By now you're probably familiar with the French pigeon (in the French slang: #geonpi) movement, the revolt of entrepreneurs against a plan by François Hollande's administration to nearly double the marginal tax rate on capital gains - from 34 percent to up to 62,2 percent in some cases. When Jean-David Chamboredon (ISAI) noticed the proposal in the 2013 budget for, he wrote the blog post that ignited a movement that... Read more

Drama in Copenhagen: Danish AppHarbor declares bankruptcy, US AppHarbor lives

The Danish startup scene is up in arms about AppHarbor. AppHarbor is a Danish startup that made it to Y Combinator and secured 1,4 million $ in funding. Things looked rosy, until the point where the company needed more financing that it couldn't find fast enough. What happened next is explained on their own blog post (edited for length): We've been hard at work trying to raise more money for our startup, but so far ... Read more

How Berlin startup Changers went from seed funding to insolvency to bootstrapping - and lived to tell the tale

Today at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Berlin based solar startup Changers announced that it put the final piece of its business model online: the so called social energy marketplace, where the Changers community can exchange its solar credits for sustainable products and services offered by Changers partners. The available services range from a few hours of babysitting to driving around in a (car sharing enabled... Read more

"Startup founders literally have no idea why things take off and they have no idea why they win"

Someone at Hackernews was clearly fed up with all the startup events where founders give advice and posted this magnificent rant: "...honestly - startup founders literally have no idea why things take off and they have no idea why they win. That's why they have to keep pivoting - it increases their luck surface area and their ability to gain traction - after which they simply must hold on tight while surfing the wav... Read more