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...


How to deal with failure as a startup founder

Steve Blank basically started the Lean Startup movement with his book '4 Steps to the Epiphany', his take on customer development (aka the importance of validation). He founded or cofounded 8 companies in 21 years, and he sums it up like this: "two large craters (Rocket Science and Ardent), one bubble home run (E.piphany) and several base hits". That's a great score for an entrepreneur, considering the maj... Read more

10 tips for European startups looking to raise money in Silicon Valley

We wrote about packing your bags and going to Silicon Valley yesterday, and the reason most entrepreneurs do that is of course to raise money from VC's there. (While AlltthingsD is calling Silicon Valley "the next Detroit" today, there's still a lot of VC activity down there.) Recently, Dominik Balogh of already gave some excellent advice to European founders with plans to move to the Valley - namely to "s... Read more

5 things to consider before taking your startup to Silicon Valley

Lots of European founders think that Silicon Valley is still the place to be when it comes to tech startups. But how to get there, and what can you expect? Here's the story of Fabrizio Capobianco, as he told it on Quora. Capobianco is an Italian entrepreneur and founder of Funambol (white-label personal cloud solutions for mobile operators), who made the jump to California: "We founded the company in Italy (thr... Read more

"Legal hurdles hold crowdfunding in France back"

In April, French minister for SME's Fleur Pellerin (photo) will receive proposals to make crowdfunding in France more attractive, as part of the 'Assises de l'entrepreneuriat' - a broad programme of interpellations among entrepreneurs and stakeholders about how to spur entrepreneurship in France. For crowdfunding, new rules are urgently necessary, say a few crowdfunding platforms, because the rules today are in no... Read more

Rocket's Airbnb clone Wimdu burned € 16,5 million in first year

Recently, rumors surfaced that Rocket Internet is trying to sell Wimdu, its Airbnb clone, but that it can't find any buyers for it. According to the reports, Wimdu is struggling to find traction in a busy European market where  Airbnb and HouseTrip are growing market share fast. Wimdu denied the rumors that it was being shopped around and said it was 'very happy with its numbers' and its future. Every player in... Read more