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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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Are you too busy being a startup to work on your startup?

Many of the entrepreneurs I meet seem to be all over the place. Connecting, networking, getting ideas, sharing ideas, talking about startup news, discussing new apps. But to me it seems unclear, what their own product is about. They seem to be so busy being in the startup scene, so much so that they forget to work on their own product. Having been in the startup scene only for about a year now, I like to analyse... Read more

The four P's of crowdfunding: how to get people to commit to your idea

Very interesting blog over at our German colleagues of meinstartup.com. Alexander Prokop of Carefree Internet (sorglosbox) crowdfunded their "carefee router" solution, and explain in detail how exactly they went about. The blog is in German, but I've translated the main points: How do you reach people commit themselves? Our goal was collect € 5,000 in cash within 4 weeks. This amount would help us design and deve... Read more

Lessons I learned while raising 10 million $ in venture capital

In my career, I raised more than 10 million $ in venture capital for my own ventures. These days, I'm an angel investor in and mentor to a few startups. These experiences have helped me see where many new business ventures go astray when trying to market innovative products and services. After all, history is littered with “amazing innovations” that simply couldn’t find an audience to amaze. I can simply poi... Read more