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Startup Playbook

startup-playbookStartup Playbook, written by Sam Altman, the President of Y Combinator (YC), contains the most generalizable parts of the advice that company gives to YC and YC Fellowship companies. The guide is meant for people new to the world of startups. Continue reading…

Connecting the European Startup Ecosystems

startup-europeStartup Europe has just launched a new website entirely dedicated to European tech startups with the mission of uniting their ecosystems. Startup Europe aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU. Continue reading…

Startup Ecosystem Report 2012

The Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 reveals that while Silicon Valley is still the world’s largest and most-influential start-up ecosystem, it no longer wields the power and influence it once did. Flourishing communities in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia have grown considerably over recent years and are now beginning to challenge Silicon Valley’s domination in technology innovation. Continue reading…

Urban Apps & Maps Studio

Urban Apps & Maps Studio is a new urban civic start-up incubator where North Philadelphia community members, university faculty and students, and businesses catalyze urban innovation using digital technology. Continue reading…

The New Tech Incubators

PC Magazine has an article on Tech Incubators: How Startups Are Born Today. The author, Chandra Steele, states that today’s incubators are a different breed from the ones that were existed fifteen years ago and offered startups little more than a desk, some cash, and best wishes. Continue reading…

The Startup’s Toolkit

Business apps advice company BestVendor surveyed over 550 startup executives and managers trying to figure out the “Startup’s Toolkit” — the products and providers leading the way among the nimblest and most tech-savvy new businesses. Continue reading…

Venture Capital crisis

The venture capital industry in the UK has been in a period of decline. This has been particularly true for early-stage venture capital. The present report of NESTA provides an update on the venture capital market in 2009, Continue reading…

The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus

A recent NY Times article discusses how visionaries, researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs, are all working together to move technology ‘from the lab to the marketplace’ at a handful of universities in United States. Continue reading…

Collective Innovation Funding

Crowndfunding, an alternative to traditional startups funding models, is crowdsourcing the fundraising process by pooling the donations of many individuals. Based on the idea of the “wisdom of crowds”, crowdfunding promises fundraising that is more transparent, more collaborative, more accessible, and more global. Continue reading…

Smart Guide to Innovation-Based Incubators

The European Commission together with the European Business and Innovation Network has published a new guide for those working at the interface between innovation and entrepreneurship. The handbook for these so-called innovation-based incubators Continue reading…