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...


Harry Nelis (Accel): "Something's got to give in the Berlin startup scene"

Harry Nelis, partner and head of European operations at Accel Partners says that Berlin might have an exit problem. "Something will have to happen in the Berlin internet scene," he warns. "We've seen a 100 investments, but not a hundred exits yet. That has to change. Either the number of exits goes up, or the number of startups will dwindle." Nelis isn't the first venture capitalist to warn that for Berlin, 2013 i... Read more

Meet the business angel who launched Rocket Internet: "Samwer always had a knack for timing"

Even the biggest entrepreneurs need support when they first strike out on their own. The same goes for Oliver Samwer, whose net worth is now valued at  approximately 1 billion. Here's the business angel who launched Rocket Internet: professor Horst Albach (picture: right). At the end of the 1980's, Albach held a chair in Business Administration and Organizational Theory at the WHU. One of his students was Oliver ... Read more

Trendsboard raises € 500k to bring realtime trending to journalists

French startup Trendsboard just raised € 500 000 from Belgian business angels for its realtime social analytics tool aimed at content marketers and media. The problem Trendsboard tackles is this: there's more an more content produced, at ever faster speeds. For journalists and editors who want to stay ahead of the conversation, it's important to know not what is trending right now, but what will become hot in an... Read more

The New York Times is launching its own accelerator timeSpace

The New York times is launching its own accelerator timeSpace, and is calling for startups that are working in media - defined very broadly as 'focused on the media space', including 'mobile, social, video, advertising technology, analytics, e-commerce'. By inviting the startups into the headquarters, the NY Times probably hopes to inject some of the startup mentality to the newsroom, too. Media companies every... Read more

Berlin, the promised startup land?

After having read more and more stories about Berlin and its bristling startup scene it was time to have a look in this self-proclaimed startup capital of Europe. In this post I’ll share a good set of insights and experiences from the one-and-a-half weeks that I spent there. Startup scene in Berlin Given Berlin is c. 4-5x larger than Amsterdam (depending on how strict you apply city limits) one would expect to se... Read more