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2013 was the year of the corporate accelerator

Being involved in entrepreneurism is good for a company’s image, since they seem innovative and modern when they surround themselves with young, dynamic startups.

When customers make you smarter

Most startups begin by pricing their product based on cost or competition. Smart startups price their product based on value to the customer — because you can’t guess how your product is valued by customers.

Cheryl Yeoh tried out a virtual assistant for a week, after her startup was acquired by Walmart Labs

My week with a virtual assistant

A few months ago, I decided to experiment with a virtual assistant through Zirtual, a service that connects you with a dedicated, local assistant.

Berlin in the evening

Why I left the U.S. to accelerate in Europe

Once upon a time, if you wanted to make it in the startup world, you had to be in The Valley for access to both money and mentoring. But as startup ecosystems begin to grow elsewhere, residency in California is no longer a requisite.

Denver, Colorado

Denver vs. Silicon Valley: Where we’re better and where we need to grow

When I travel outside the Mile High City, I’m often asked what makes Denver so attractive for startups. While our tech community and the companies it’s home to are gaining traction by the month, the benefits of launching a startup in Denver aren’t necessarily as obvious as those associated with major tech destinations like the Valley and, more recently, New York.

hurdle

How my company failed in only three months (and still was a success)

Earlier this year, I started a new business venture with a partner. We were going to solve a major problem, travel costs for small and medium-sized companies. After investing three months of our time and about $2,000, we decided to stop actively pursuing the opportunity. The reason? Several of our core assumptions turned out to be wrong.

Germany

German accelerator's latest batch takes aim at health, personal data, and education

Deutsche Telekom-backed Hubraum today kicked off the next round of its accelerator program in Berlin and revealed the seven startups taking part. The latest batch of teams includes health technology startups, an online education startup, a digital identity provider and a service that lets users monetize their own personal data.

DoubleRobotics telepresence from Y Combinator

How to get your demo right

The first five minutes is the most important with someone like me. Don’t waste it.