February 7, 2011

Lean Startup has quickly become the default game plan for any smart startup

In less than 24 months, Lean Startup has gone from an obscure theory, to being the default game plan for some of the largest and most successful startups and companies in the world, including Facebook, Zynga, Grockit, and even Intuit. Thousands of startups are now going Lean to increase their the speed, magnitude and probability of success.

February 1, 2011

Scandinavian Startups exclusive - first time in English

The recent video of the Swedish RC rocket mayhem caused quite a stir in the blogosphere.

January 30, 2011

President Barak Obama has announced an initiative to foster business.

Startup America” campaign was launched by the White House to encourage high-growth entrepreneurship in the U.S.

January 28, 2011

The Telegraph is running a series of articles on startups in the UK.

January 27, 2011

Guest columnist Gabriel Ortiz responds to Loic Le Meur, drawing attention to Europe's unique benefits - and problems

January 24, 2011

James Altucher on his adventure - starting a wireless startup, raising capital, and losing it all in the fisrt Internet bubble.

January 18, 2011

2011’s even faster start has surprised not only many outside of the VC industry, but also many VC professionals. There has been extensive commentary on what is perceived to be an overheated or irrationally exuberant market, but I believe that we are simply experiencing the “new normal”, at least for the next few years. The reality is that there remains too much investment capital in pursuit of funding the handful of companies started each year that will generate outsized returns for limited partners.

December 30, 2010

Working (Part-Time) in the 21st Century

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS — Remco Vermaire is ambitious and, at 37, the youngest partner in his law firm. His banker clients expect him on call constantly — except on Fridays, when he looks after his two children.

December 24, 2010

Trinitramid is the name of the new molecule that may be a component in future rocket fuel. This fuel could be 20 to 30 percent more efficient in comparison with the best rocket fuels available today, according to researchers. The discovery was made at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden.

December 23, 2010

Is selling the new Exit of 2010-2011, with Google, facebook etc on a shopping spree?

December 23, 2010

The network effect is incredibly powerful. It takes a lot of time to create and look after a profile - you will always choose the network with more people.

A good website should have functionalities that 70 or 80% of users want to use. We had functions that only 10% wanted - nobody blogged, nobody even blogs today. You started to get folks that were less cool, they weren't the hippest kids on campus - and that had a negative network effect.

December 23, 2010

Yes, it did in fact take us four days from asking our first investor for "advice" and receiving a firm yes for a commitment for $250,000 in angel funding. We signed a "vanilla terms" deal about six weeks later and had the cash in the bank a further two weeks after. Were we lucky? Yes. Did we do anything prior to this to make the funding round as straightforward as we could? Yes. Read on to find out how we achieved our funding target.H

December 12, 2010

FIVE years ago, after graduating from New York University with a film degree and thousands of dollars in student loans, Scott Gerber moved back in with his parents on Staten Island. He then took out more loans to start a new-media and technology company, but he didn’t have a clear market in mind; the company went belly up in 2006.

With the new company, called Sizzle It, Mr. Gerber vowed to find a niche, reduce overhead and generally be more frugal. The company, which specializes in short promotional videos, was profitable the first year.