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  • Join Techstars in Las Vegas for CES 2018
    by John Hill on 2017-12-13 at 16:56

    It’s almost time to kick off another year at The International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas! We are proud to partner with CES to present the Startup Stage in Eureka Park. Join us January 9th-11th for exclusive startup programming, pitch competitions, and the opportunity to connect and network with entrepreneurs and other people within […]

  • Techstars and Rakuten Team up to Expand Accelerator Footprint With New Program in Singapore
    by David Brown on 2017-12-13 at 02:00

    Techstars is excited to announce our expanded investment in Singapore with the Rakuten Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. Together with Rakuten, a global leader in internet services, Techstars will work with early-stage entrepreneurs who are advancing social messaging technologies, with a focus on the Viber application. This mentorship-driven accelerator will focus on disrupting and […]

  • Announcing Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford, Connecticut
    by David Brown on 2017-12-05 at 17:00

    Additive manufacturing startups are encouraged to apply for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator. This mentorship-driven accelerator, in partnership with Techstars and $11 billion global digital industrial Stanley Black & Decker, is looking to identify 10 additive manufacturing startups to come to Hartford, Connecticut in Q3 2018 with applications opening in January 2018. […]

  • Unique Gifts from the Techstars Network
    by Jenny Lawton on 2017-12-04 at 19:00

    With the holidays fast approaching, we thought we’d make it easier for you to find a unique gift for everyone on your list. From access to thousands of fitness classes, a four-legged robot spider, and even products that give you a little more peace of mind, we’ve got you covered. Do you constantly have to […]

  • Applications Now Open for Three Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs
    by David Brown on 2017-12-04 at 15:50

    Are you and your company ready for Techstars? As you may know, Techstars Mentorship-driven accelerator programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Over the past decade Techstars has helped more than 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4.4 billion in funding, with a portfolio market cap of $11 billion. And now we […]

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  • Google drops $50 000 grant for Launchpad Accelerator for fifth cohort
    by Stephen Timm: Editor on 2017-12-14 at 11:06

    Google has dropped a $50 000 grant for each startup selected for its fifth Launchpad Accelerator, which starts next month, the programme’s manager Josh Yellin revealed yesterday. The programme targets growth stage tech startups and 24 startups will embark on a bootcamp on 29 January 2018 (see the names here). Talking to Ventureburn in Warsaw, Poland during a graduation ceremony for the […]

  • A primer on the South African artificial intelligence ecosystem
    by Daniel Mpala on 2017-12-13 at 13:17

    Artificial intelligence — intelligent computer systems capable of learning from data — was one of the main trends in tech innovation this year. The tech is increasingly becoming ubiquitous across all industries from the automotive industry, fintech, social media, ecommerce to even entertainment. We are living in the age of big data, as increasingly more enterprises […]

  • Innovators must disrupt market serving people with disabilities, says founder
    by Daniel Mpala on 2017-12-13 at 08:55

    With December being Disability Awareness Month in South Africa, Ventureburn highlights four South African tech startups serving people with disabilities — that we should all know about. South Africa has a national disability prevalence rate of 7.5%, says the Department of Social Development. That’s the percentage of the population that have some form of visual, physical, […]

  • P2P storage-space platform Sxuirrel secures R2.4m in seed funding
    by Daniel Mpala on 2017-12-13 at 05:00

    SA startup Sxuirrel has secured R2.4-million in seed funding from an undisclosed investor. The startup — which is based at Stellenbosch incubator Launchlab where founders Michael John Dipppenaar, Henri Bam and Michael Louis developed a peer-to-peer storage and space solution — made the announcement yesterday. Dippenaar, who is also CEO, revealed that the deal […]

  • Sarebi opens call for 2018 Water Enteprise Development Programme
    by Staff Reporter on 2017-12-12 at 12:52

    The South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator (Sarebi) has launched a call for applications to its 2018 Think Water Enterprise Development Programme. The Atlantis-based incubator — backed by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) since 2012 — aims to assist small businesses that operate in the water sector and are looking for manufacturing opportunities and […]

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  • 10 Steps To A More Responsible And Accountable Team
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-13 at 13:30

    Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability. Many people hear responsibility as an obligation, but I hear it as “the ability to respond.” Unfortunately many people […]

  • 5 Keys To New Venture Financial Projections That Work
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-11 at 13:30

    As an angel investor and business advisor on new ventures, I expect to see five-year financial projections from every entrepreneur. Yet I get more pushback on this request than almost any other issue. Founders point to the great number of financial unknowns in any new business, and are reluctant to “commit” to any numbers which may come back to haunt them later. From my perspective, […]

  • 7 Risks To Avoid In Your Business People Management
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-10 at 13:30

    Even after many years mentoring entrepreneurs and advising businesses, I continue to be surprised by the primary focus on products and processes, and the often incidental attention to hiring and nurturing the right people. Employees are still too often thought of as a commodity, to be acquired “just in time” for the lowest cost, and managed as a disposable asset. All this despite […]

  • 9 Beautiful Questions Will Validate Your Innovation
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-09 at 13:30

    The entrepreneurs I see are always talking about “disruptive innovation” ideas, but the plans I read are more often linear extensions of a current hot offering, like one more social network with the best of Facebook and Twitter, one more dating site dimension, or another “must-have” accessory for smartphones. Perhaps hard questions need to come before ideas, rather than […]

  • 7 Plan Elements That Separate Businesses From Hobbies
    by MartinZwilling on 2017-12-08 at 13:30

    Unless you are a serial entrepreneur with a string of successes behind you, you need a business plan to convince investors that you can build a business out of the dream that has been driving your passion to change the world. Don’t believe that Silicon Valley myth that all you have to do is sketch your idea on the back of a napkin, and investors will line up to give you money. Based on my […]

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  • How a Solo, Non-Technical Founder learned to code and built a successful Tech Startup
    by Neeraj Joshi on 2017-12-15 at 08:31

    PushInterview 05:How a Solo, Non-Technical Founder learned to code and built a successful Tech StartupThe journey of how a Solo, Non-Technical Founder learned to code and built EDM Huntershttps://unsplash.comIn the 21st century that we live in, whenever we talk about a tech startup, the first thing that comes to mind is often “coding”. So is it even possible for a […]

  • Why Bitcoin Is Most Certainly, 100% A Bubble (Trust Me) !
    by Ash Patel on 2017-12-15 at 08:25

    If I’m sure about one thing, it’s that the pseudo-currency bitcoin is a massive bubble and destined to explode in everyone’s faces. There’s no need for any technical analysis or comparisons to the tulip mania of the 1600’s or dot-com boom. I have a much simpler, more scientifically grounded reason why bitcoin will fail: It stirs my imagination. It gets me dreaming […]

  • [Day 22] Zero to MVP in 30 Days — This is just for not breaking the streak
    by Emil Bruckner on 2017-12-14 at 20:08

    In this series I’ll validate a new idea. Read about the concept here (Day 0) and the idea here (Day 1).I actually worked a bit on Votre today and install a Hackintosh (macOs on any PC). What I still have planned for today is getting an auth system to work on the system. I actually ditched Auth0, because it is actually more work than not using it (probably way less if I use all of its […]

  • When Should Startups Pursue Partnerships?
    by Ash Rust on 2017-12-14 at 19:31

    Many early stage founders go after big partnerships as they appear to be a silver bullet for growth, through increasing distribution and revenue. Even when partnerships do happen, they rarely work out well for the startup as they absorb so much time. However, here are some situations where a partnership can be great for your startup.Lead GenerationDistribution for lead generation is one of […]

  • Angel Token ICO Review
    by Best of ICOs on 2017-12-14 at 19:10

    Before reading this article, please read our full disclaimer found here and at the bottom of this pageThe Altcoin Investment PlatformIntroductionAngel Token is a platform and community dedicated to buying altcoins and selling them for profit. They somehow claim to not be selling a security. The company does not disclose where they are based, and their ICO will close by December 19th. As of […]

  • New Hype and Old News
    by H O D L M E T I G H T on 2017-12-14 at 01:43

    Photo by Patrick Tomasso on UnsplashThere are growing numbers of serious players in the cryptocurrency space. Bitcoin core (BTC) has seen a huge uptrend in price however it’s market dominance has not shown the same rapid increase.The total global cryptocurrency market cap has more than doubled in the last month from 200B to around half a Trillion, however bitcoin’s market share […]

  • Google's Advanced Protection Program with iPhone and iPad
    by Emanuele Cesena on 2017-12-13 at 19:43

    This is the first in a series of blog posts about my experience with Google’s Advanced Protection Program, recently launched to strengthen the security of your Google account. In this post we’ll focus on how it works with iOS devices.Advanced Protection is primarily intended, as Google suggests, for “journalists, activists, business leaders, and political campaign […]