Founders beware: accelerators offer upside, but only if you’re ready

This spring alone, over 100 companies will graduate from startup boot camps, accelerators, incubators, or other similarly named programs. As my own company Dibsie prepares for demo day with Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) in NYC, I want to share some thoughts with the founders thinking about applying. Do your diligence, and make sure you’re an educated buyer. Here’s what you need to know…

How JackThreads grew from a bootstrapped bedroom startup to 2M members

After working from his bedroom for two and a half years, Jason Ross launched JackThreads — a men’s online shopping club that had yet to establish a payment system via credit cards — in 2008. His first online sale featured a single brand and only sold three items, but the company quickly acquired several hundred members in the first three months. Today, JackThreads has almost 2 million members, over 500 brands and over 60 employees. The flash-sales company was bought by Thrillist in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, but Ross continues to lead the company’s daily operations. Here, Ross shares his highs, his lows, his best advice and what he thinks is next for the online retail industry.

The forecast for RIM: cloudy, with a chance of success

There is no doubt RIM’s fortunes have been receding of late. The share of BlackBerry smartphones in North America is plummeting (although still strong in other parts of the world) and revenues are down. Competition is fierce. Can new management and stated objectives for future products at RIM turn things around or is it too late?

Clone king Marc Samwer out as Groupon’s international head following record high ad violations

Groupon’s business stateside has been embroiled in an accounting scandal that cut the stock price in half. But its international operations are responsible for two-thirds of the company’s revenue. Yesterday the company announced that Marc Samwer, who along with his brothers notoriously creates clones of successful American startups, was stepping down as head of their international operations, to be replaced by the Austrian Veit Dengler.

Ooyala boosts viewer engagement 4X with new, personalized, video discovery tools

If you’ve been by the websites of big names like ESPN, Rolling Stone or Victoria’s Secret (not guilty) then you’ve probably watched video powered by Ooyala’s white label service. Today the company is rolling out a new set of tools that personalizes that experience for each user, an update the company says has boosted engagement four fold among its beta testers.