Why The Shareholders Agreement Is The Most Important Step For Early Startups

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The road to startup success is paved with failure. Sometimes it's outside of your control; wrong market, bad timing, lack of funding, poor leadership, but in my experience, all too often the reason startups meet their demise is due to internal relations. Now, lets picture your start-up. Of course you probably don't have any money, therefore you don't need to put all those … [Read more...]

Content Strategy For The Web: An Interview with Kristina Halvorson

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I first picked up Content Strategy For The Web in the summer 2012 and immediately I was hooked right in. My eyes were suddenly opened to the tangled mess the internet had become and that, when it came to companies creating content online, common sense had left town a long time ago. Fast forward to early 2014, when I learned Confab Europe would be hosted in Barcelona, I jumped … [Read more...]

Heard@ Techscout 2014: Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence

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An update on innovation strategy Another conference on innovation landed last month in Barcelona: the European Networking Group with its Techscout 2014:  Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence. Open Innovation directors from large corporates as Nestle, Unilever, General Mills, Shell and DSM shared their experience. The central question was: are we entering innovation … [Read more...]

Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype (part 1 of 3)

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Ripples, and The Real-life Effects of Startup Hype Most trends and waves run the same course. A few crazy visionaries start it, followed by innovators and early adopters, and then the big ones eventually reach the tipping point, spilling over into mainstream consumerism. They become well known and available to the masses - think last autumn’s high street fast fashion punk … [Read more...]

Equity Crowdfunding in Spain: 6 Things Every Investor Should Consider

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Investing through crowdfunding sites is growing increasingly popular around the world. In Spain alone there are more than 10 platforms focusing on equity investments. If you’re thinking about investing through crowdfunding, here are some key points to consider. 1. With risk there’s reward: Investing in early stage businesses has the potential for great returns. NESTA, … [Read more...]

Why Tel Aviv Is A Great Place For Barcelonians To Start-Up

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This is a guest post by Hanan Lavy, Director of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Tel Aviv. Prior to joining Microsoft, Hanan founded several startups and was the Director of Software R&D at Mercury (acquired by HP for $4.7B). Hanan is going to be speaking at a meetup in Barcelona on Friday at 2pm in Torres Diagonal Litoral, Carrer de Josep Pla, 2, Edificio B3, Planta 6 … [Read more...]

Think global, act local reflections

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Last week, the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) organized a multi-stakeholder platform to dialogue on the topic of local innovation for global sustainable development challenges. Citizen participation is a central tool and mechanism for the WCPUN. The objective was to discuss challenges and get local input for the global agenda, debate and connect minds … [Read more...]

Choose Wisely: How To Build A Healthy Startup Team

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Xanthomonas axonopodis: a disease affecting citrus trees that can affect the vitality of the entire citrus grove, also known as citrus canker. Have you ever picked up an orange and noticed some discoloration on the peel but decided to eat it anyways? So you eat this orange, but you know you looked at the piece of fruit beforehand and questioned it, even if it was ever so … [Read more...]

7 Tips On How To Manage A Startup Board

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MVP, bootstrapping, honing the product, now we’re raising money, hiring a team, managing the accounts, marketing, customer interaction, shit I forgot about the cleaning the office and what, now I have to manage a board of directors? If you decide to take the fundraising route then sooner or later you will have to assume the task of managing a motley crew of board members who … [Read more...]

Make Your Startup Go Viral: The Secrets Behind Viral Loops Revealed

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I want to make my startup go viral. I beg it of you; please shower me with your dark magic secrets to customer acquisition. What is it that makes startups such as Quizup grow from zero to 3 million users in less than 3 weeks? What kind of skullduggery is this? Are you Gandalf? Sound familiar? Maybe not in that fashion but you get my point. With fierce competition and … [Read more...]