Healthtech startup Prebacked wants to reverse the incubator process

Most incubators aim to help startups land funding for their ideas, but one healthcare technology startup is aiming to change this model. Prebacked hosts pre-incubation programs that get customers (large enterprises, such as Fortune 500 companies) to pitch the problems they are facing to early-stage startup teams, rather than the other way around.

It’s raining ed-tech accelerators

Ed-tech entrepreneurs will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an accelerator or incubator program. A deluge of new accelerators have launched in recent weeks, including Kaplan and Pearson’s “corporate” offerings.

Google invests in incubator The Factory

Google pledges €1M to Berlin startup hub The Factory

Google is the latest to jump on board with new Berlin tech hub The Factory. The company has pledged €1 million ($1.27M) over three years through its “Google for Entrepreneurs” program.

Got ideas? New incubator will match you with enterprises that need your brain

Are you bursting with big-think ideas that could change the world? Can you take those ideas and actually, you know, build something tangible? If so, there’s a new matchmaker in Silicon Valley that wants to fund you, mentor you, and set you on a path to solve the specific challenges of enterprise partners.

Startup bubble

Are we in a startup bubble?

Have you noticed how many online startups there are again recently? While it’s great for overall innovation, it can create a challenging ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs. I’ve spent more time than I care to remember, evaluating various businesses, looking at models, and seeking opportunities where I could compete. Invariably no matter what idea I find and no matter how niche or arcane it is, it’s likely there are already more than a handful of competitors already in the space.

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…

Y Combinator’s best startups ever? Here are my favorites

Was the most recent class of startups incubated by Y Combinator the best group ever? That’s what Garry Tan told me, and he should know — he was a YC alumnus through his simple blogging startup Posterous, and now he’s back at the famous incubator as designer-in-residence.

How many co-working spaces does the world need?

As my co-founders and I investigated the idea of creating Founders Den, we frequently heard the questions: “What is the difference between an incubator, accelerator, and co-working space?” and “Is there a need for another one?”

Venturegeeks will incubate startups in Israel

Geekmedia, the company that operates Israeli technology blog newsgeek.co.il, is getting into the startup incubation business with a new program called Venturegeeks.

Gmail creator Paul Buchheit leaves Facebook for Y Combinator

Y Combinator, the increasingly famous Silicon Valley incubator, announced two new general partners today — Gmail creator/FriendFeed co-founder Paul Buchheit and Harj Taggar, who was already working at YC as a startup advisor.

IO Ventures launches startups from a San Francisco coffee shop

Six startups are graduating from IO Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator. Five out of the six companies had already launched, but now they’ve also wrapped-up the four-month training period and presented tonight to an audience of investors and journalists.