Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, and their most populated city. As a startup hub, the city experiences an international mix, and due to its transient nature it experiences continual reinvention which is great for startups wanting to experiment with new ideas, and scrap ideas that don’t work with less fear or guilt. Amsterdam is appealing to entrepreneurs with its lack of restrictions, simple tax structure, and ease of incorporation. Innovative technologies like 3D printing have made their way there, and an emergence of data centers and cloud computing have been welcomed to the city. Here are 50 new, emerging, and...Continue Reading →
One of the hottest new trends in the startup world might be above your head, literally. Commercial drone startups are popping up in droves, and firms are showing their vote of confidence in the industry in the form of sizeable investments. Here are some of the drone companies to watch out for: SkyCatch With early backers such as Avalon Ventures LLC, this company has grown quickly over the last year and a half. Word is they are currently raising around $30 million. SkyCatch offers users technology that unlike other drone companies, requires no piloting. Recently, SkyCatch showed how invaluable drone...Continue Reading →
When VC notable Marc Andreessen speaks, people pay attention, and since his 2013 claim that consumers “are not going to have a choice” but to buy online when traditional retail go bust by the end of the decade, physical stores have hurried to join the global Ecommerce 2.0 wave. Meanwhile, the data has reaffirmed Andreessen’s bricks-and-mortar death knell, with Goldman Sachs expecting mobile-based shopping alone to hit $173B in the U.S. by the end of 2018, while ecommerce fairytales like Nasty Gal serve as case studies for hungry startups. In this context, growth hacking strategies for e-tailers have risen to...Continue Reading →
Opening an office is a big undertaking. Not only can it take a lot of time, money and research to find the space that’s right of you and your company, it also means a big step in moving your business forward. Whether you’re opening up your first office or moving from existing one, you can benefit from the following tips. 1. Determine your true facility needs Before you make the leap into a brick and mortar office space, take the time to really think about why you need a dedicated space along with how it will function and affect business practices. What do...Continue Reading →
As of late, marketing news and blogs have been focused on the “how to’s” and benefits of inbound marketing strategies (earning customers attention and drawing them to your website by producing interesting content). Having been involved with outbound sales for close to three years now, we’ve come to learn there are three scenarios when a company needs to do more and use outbound prospecting techniques. When marketing is not producing enough leads When marketing is not producing the right kind of leads When you have clear set of target customers If any of the scenarios above describes your current business,...Continue Reading →
If you couldn’t tell already from all the coffee shops, co-working spaces, and VC offices, Boston’s infrastructure screams ‘Startup Scene’. Add in top incubator programs such as TechStars and MassChallenge and it seems Boston could compete for one of the best startup hubs in the world (Facebook and Dropbox were both born there). Global giants such as Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Paypal, and IBM all have offices located in Boston. And with innovating machines such as Harvard and MIT centered in the city, one thing the area is definitely not lacking is top talent. A special thanks to...Continue Reading →
Berlin is attracting thousands of startups and entrepreneurs, with their “Silicon Allee” rising in popularity throughout Europe. Berlin’s lower cost of living in comparison to other European cities, and its well educated population makes it a great place for startups to launch their next big idea. Commerce 1. Bonaverde Are you a coffee fanatic? Bonaverde is the first coffee machine that convert fresh green coffee beans into cups of black coffee. The platform also has a community where users can talk to farmers that produce the beans cutting out the middlemen, and allows users to discuss favorite brews, roasting profiles,...Continue Reading →
When trying to get your startup off the ground, finding the best apps for the job isn’t easy — it’s frustrating, tedious and it can take hours. Hours you don’t have the luxury to spend searching the web for some of the tools you need. That’s why in June 2014, a silent startup emerged out of a research project at London School of Economics and Political Science: Crozdesk is a directory of web apps that makes it as easy as possible to find, explore and share great SaaS apps for startups, SMEs, freelancers and the like. “At Crozdesk we’re dedicated...Continue Reading →
We all know some of the famous twosomes. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the list continues on for partners that came together that created something which changed the way we interact in the world. As much as the media likes to glorify the struggle of a single founder bringing an idea to the masses, it is much more likely you will find success if you have someone working with you. A co-founder provides more than just the extra man power, but brings their own set of expertise, a person...Continue Reading →
There are some exciting startups forming in Hong Kong so this week we searched high and low to bring you our list of 50 follow-worthy startups from the Hong Kong startup ecosystem. Fintech 1. Gatecoin Gate Coin is the first digital currency financial institution that builds products and services to change the way people transfer and trade money. The company aims to make international trades and cross-border money transfers of Bitcoin faster and cheaper. Gate Coin is working on consumer level exchange first, and has already sold 15,000+ prepaid debit cards which can be loaded with bitcoin and used wherever...Continue Reading →
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