Yearly Archives: 2016

Here is why most startup accelerators fail

This article was first published in the September 2016 issue of Global Corporate Venturing. Y Combinator, was the first accelerator program to open it's doors in the USA in 2005, followed by TechStars in 2007, Startupbootcamp in 2009 and Dave McClure's 500 Startups in 2010. Due to the phenomenal success of these early programs, startup accelerators…
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15 Things That Make a Startup Team Truly Great

We have all heard these old mantras: "I rather have an A-class team with a B-class idea than a B-class team with an A-class idea." "A-players hire A-players while B-players hire C-players." The reasoning being that B-players don't want their weaknesses exposed, therefore choosing to hire people who will not threaten them. But seldom do those…
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5 Critiques of Lean Startup and Why They Don’t Hold Up

After reading an article published on Harvard Business Review by Ted Ladd called "The Limits of the Lean Startup Method", I felt inspired to write this post to hopefully clarify some points that I think were overly simplified and to some extent misguided. Don't get me wrong. I think that providing constructive criticism on any…
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What is Lean Startup?

As a term lean startup was first used in 2008. It was coined by Eric Ries on his blog Startup Lessons Learned, in a post titled The lean startup. Lean startup has its roots amongst high-tech startups in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, but has since been adopted by startups worldwide, and have also won great…
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