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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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Janssen Labs adds more "coworking lab space" for life sciences startups

A year ago, Johnson & Johnson opened an innovation center for life science startups in San Diego - under the brand name 'Janssen Labs'. The lab is named after Belgian pharmaceutical pioneer Paul Janssen, who started a lab with less than € 1500 and built a global pharmaceutical company on that, which was later sold to Johnson & Johnson. Apparently the coworking labs are so successful that they're now expa... Read more

After turbulent year Habbo Hotel is acquired

Today, Elisa announced that it acquired a controlling stake in Sulake, the company that owns and operates 'Habbo Hotel'. Habbo Hotel is a 'Sims' or 'Second Life'-like virtual world aimed at children and young teenagers. The goal of the game is to connect to other players and amass points to decorate their hotel room. Habbo Hotel was a huge success for a while - at one point making the Business Insider top ten list... Read more

Viral marketing: THIS is how you sell men's underwear online

Guillaume Gibault made a bet with friends that he would launch an e-commerce in men's underwear, and so he did, in September 2011. Le Slip Français was proudly French, sold high quality underwear in three colors (in the national colors white, blue and red, naturally), and showed encouraging traction from the very start. In terms of image building, it went with a slightly tongue in cheek 'old school' imagery on it... Read more

Cruise ships, or: why people become entrepreneurs

Why do people leave behind the comfort of big corporations to set out on a lonely, hard, journey as an entrepreneur? Chris Zacharias does a good job of explaining that in a blog post. Zacharias was a well paid employee at Google (YouTube). You know: the place with the great offices, the free gourmet food, the 20 percent of your time that you're free to pursue your own projects. As Zacharias says, "Google is the be... Read more

CEO of European online takeaway giant Just Eat steps down

Klaus Nyengaard, CEO of Just Eat, announced in a blog post today that he's stopping as CEO of Just Eat. This comes shortly after the news (also announced on his blog) that Fabian Siegel at Delivery Hero (Lieferheld) stepped down. What amazes me in both stories is the explosive growth that this market has seen over the last years. Check out what he writes in his blog: In the beginning of 2008 JUST EAT was still a ... Read more