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The Ultimate Startup Intelligence Tools List 2013. It used to be hard to find information about early stage startups. Team members (and their background), funding to date, metrics (not just the vanity metrics shared by management) – all of these nuggets on private companies were behind a paywall of services like VentureSource, available only to those who could fork the annual subscription fees. But things have changed. There’s never been more information available on seed and pre-seed startups and the challenge is not being discovered or noticed. The main challenge startups face is to get used. VC Cafe’s Startup Intelligence Tools List 2013 This is a comprehensive list of tools and companies who provide intelligence data on tech startups from pre-seed (alpha) to mature startups pre-acquisition. Curated by VC Cafe. (Note: If you plan to copy or share this list, please attribute credit to the source.

Corporate (Paid) subscription Services Analytics/ Market Research/ Statistics Directories (paid) Freemium Models/Reports Beta Lists/ Reviews Other. Startup e Spinoff in Svizzera « Goodbye Mamma! Un solare buongiorno a tutti, Un po’ di info sul sistema Svizzera e link utili, prendete ciò che più si addice alle vostre esigenze! Ogni anno, lancia il concorso “TOP 100 STARTUP AWARD”.

Da piu di 100’000 giovani compagnie, le 100 piu innovative e promettenti startup Svizzere sono selezionate e aiutate con un pool di esperti. Swisslicon-valley ha un nome evocativo e mantiene un fondo di 103 milioni di franchi, questo sito e’ molto appetibile per il lancio di startup. Altri Venture Capitals li trovate qui: Invece per accedere a un prestito agevolato per startup,allora rivolgetevi alla Credit Swiss Un altro Start-Up Research Group per start-ups/spin offs e’ ETH, a Zurigo.

PAT - N. 3505 del 11/12/2012 -LA CARICA DELLE 103 STARTUP, UNA NUOVA OPPORTUNITA' PER I GIOVANI. Business angel più bravi dei fondi istituzionali, in Italia trainano investimenti early stage. Eppur si muove: l'early stage italiano, nonostante la crisi e i suoi problemi intrinsechi, ha registrato 213 nuovi investimenti nel 2011, trainato dagli angel investor che hanno chiuso 149 operazioni, contro le 64 riconducibili all'ambito di fondi istituzionali.

Le società target sono invece 161, molte delle quali hanno evidentemente ricevuto più di un round d'investimento. Presentato ieri a Milano presso la sede di Bird&Bird (noto studio legale internazionale attivo nel venture capital) il primo rapporto congiunto Iban (Italian business angel network) e VeM (osservatorio Venture Capital Monitor) relativo all'early stage in Italia. La ricerca ha coinvolto anche Aifi (Associazione italiana del private equity), Sici (Sviluppo Imprese Centro Italia SGR), Università Liuc, la società Dedalus. Ecco i dati. Per entrambi l'ICT rimane il settore più attraente, la regione più attiva la Lombardia, la provincia Milano. "Attenzione ai tempi! On historical returns and venture capital flavours. Story of of the last few years in Venture Fund Land : large institutional investors concentrate money with fewer managers and flagship brands AND / OR find emerging managers.

Since VC offerings have generally been undifferentiated, LP’s had little choice when it came to the plethora of venture funds knocking on their doors but to overweight historical returns in their decision making algorithms. Now the market is in radical reduction mode (speaking of the number of ACTIVE venture firms out there) and every venture firm has to answer a simple existential question : why do you even exist ? Is there a valid reason to your existence beyond the funneling of money from A to B and the siphoning of management fees ?

What do you stand for ? Why does the market need you ? So the LP’s have done two things: Concentrate more money with fewer managersRadically concentrate their bets into differentiated offerings You can group these offerings into four broad categories: quartiles It’s just not my strategy. Class 9 Notes Essay. Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 9 Notes Essay Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 9 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. Class 9 Notes Essay—If You Build It, Will They Come? I. Definitions Distribution is something of a catchall term. But for whatever reason, people do not get distribution. There are two closely related questions that are worth drilling down on. The first thing to do is to dispel the belief that the best product always wins.

II. Before getting more abstract, it’s important to get a quantitative handle on distribution. Customer lifetime value, or CLVAverage revenue per user (per month), or ARPURetention rate (monthly, decay function), or rAverage customer lifetime, which is 1 / (1-r)Cost per customer acquisition, or CPA CLV equals the product of ARPU, gross margin, and average customer lifetime. The basic question is: is CLV greater or less than CPA? III. A. Consider advertising for a moment.

B. How Growth Hacking Came to Be. The buzz on “growth hacking” has spread all across the world. Classes on growth hacking are being taught in Singapore. Companies from San Francisco to London are recruiting growth hackers. The first Growth Hacking Conference popped up a few weeks ago. This rapid craze beseeches an explanation. Why has growth hacking so strongly resonated with the startup community? One explanation is that “growth hacking” is just a catchy way to rebrand marketers, but this begs the question as to why “growth hacking” went viral in the first place.

The real answer is that the phrase “growth hacking” caught fire because of its particular emphasis on growth, which determines the life and death of every startup. Startups are facing growth challenges that were not apparent a few years ago. Channel instability The creation and destruction of channels is a common occurrence today. Firms across industries have struggled to keep pace with this instability, as new channels usually result in market encroachment. Venture Capitalists Every Startup Should Know. Startup Advisor. I serve as an advisor to couple startups and get calls asking about advisors -who should be one, how to compensate them, what to expect of them, how to go about finding an advisor etc etc etc. My advisors:First, I had an amazing set of advisors for my first startup Coola, without whom I could not have taken off. They helped me find the enterprenuer in me. I am so thankful for them.I cannot even list all of them here. Three people who helped me from start to finish were Paul English(then GM of Intuit Boston), Piyush Patel (CEO of Cabletron) and Ashish Gupta(VP of Amazon).All of them were enterprenuers who built companies and sold to a large company.All of them were very busy people who cared and found the time for me, who did not intimidate me for my dumb questions and set a high threshold for me to strive for, most important they have set role models for being an enterprenuer and a startup advisor.Who were not my advisors:I had my share of people who were patronizing.

The Care and Feeding of Startup Advisory Boards | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital. A recent post on Vator.TV got me thinking about startup advisory boards. This is an often-overlooked, under-utilized, or completely neglected strategy for early stage companies. But it needn’t be so; setting up a startup advisory board can bring benefits well beyond the cost (in terms of time and equity) required.

A brief primer: Why, When and Who To begin with, let's start with a basic question: why bother? Advisory boards have the most relevance and bring the most 'bang for the buck' for startups that are very early stage—generally, when the company is just 2-3 founders, pre-launch or recently-launched, and trying to gain initial market share and/or raise money. After the first round or two of funding, an advisory board can still be quite helpful, but by that point there are usually enough people around the table—new senior-level hires, investors, etc.

In a typical situation, a startup will put together a group of 3-5 people to turn to for counsel. Sample Scenario Recruiting Advisors. Best practises for writing defensive publications « :: sebas' blog. So with the Apple vs. Samsung case drawing to a close, we’re all being reminded how bad patents are, for developers, for innovators, and also for consumers.

I’ve written about Defensive Publications as a means to fight the war on patents before, and while reading the news this morning, it’s probably time to give everybody around a few hints how to best write a defensive publication so that, at least that idea, cannot be patented and used in the war again. A defensive publication is a technical document that describes ideas, methods or inventions and is a form of explicit prior art. Defensive publications are published by Open Invention Network in a database that is searched by patent offices during a patent exam. A good defensive publication will prevent software patents from being granted on ideas that are not new and inventive.These will help protect your freedom to operate. A defensive publication typically consists of the following: Defensive Publications « :: sebas' blog. Software patents are an evil thing which should die a horrible and painful death. Until that moment, recording prior art in a way that is understood by the system is an effective way to fight patents.

By recording prior art in the form of defensive publications, we can make it much harder for a patent to be granted — and it does not have to be hard at all to do so. Yesterday at FISL, I attended a panel on software patents in Brazil, the discussion revolved around the why and why nots. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of good reasons why not, and very little pro. It’s an interesting topic, especially since I lately dived a bit deeper into this topic. Patents are valid for a ridiculously long time. So, software patents are bad, really, really bad. The process of creating a software patent is, very roughly: You come up with a new idea, you write it down in a formal way, you register it with a patent office, the patent is reviewed and rejected or granted.

Dark Sky - Weather Prediction, Reinvented by Adam Grossman & Jack Turner. Lo stato delle startup in Italia | InTime, condivido per comunicare | Social Media e Web Marketing. Settembre 27 By: Francesco Russo Interessante rapporto di Mind the Bridge, “Startups in Italy. Facts&Trends”, che fa il punto dello stato delle startup in Italia , segnando un primo identikit. Sono raddoppiati i progetti presentati e sono sempre più i trentenni che sognano di avviare un progetto sul web Complice l’effetto della crisi o meno, una cosa sembra essere certa: il desiderio di mettere in piedi una propria impresa negli ultimi anni si sta facendo sempre più strada tra i giovani talenti italiani.

Questo almeno è quanto emerge dai dati esposti ieri a Milano durante la presentazione del Mind the Bridge Boot Camp 2011 , all’interno dell’Investor Day. Alberto Onetti , Chairman della Fondazione, ha infatti anticipato alcuni dei primi risultati del Report “Startups in Italy. I primi numeri parlano di un numero di progetti doppio rispetto a quello registrato nella scorsa edizione della Mind the Bridge Competition e di una qualità media in crescita costante . Anagrafica imprenditori Team.

Minimum Viable Personality. Today we have a special guest post. There have been a few guest posts here at AVC. Maybe a half dozen in total. One of my favorites was this one by JLM during the financial crisis of 2008/2009. But this one today may top that gem. It's from our favorite Giant Robot Dinosaur and it's about Minimal Viable Personality, something I have referred to as "voice" in pior posts. The Grimster is so right that this is critical to building a successful product. One final note. Lean.

I've been reading Eric's book which I am very much enjoying. And on wednesday night I spoke to the NYC Lean Startup Meetup with the help of Giff who interviewed me. Eric and his fellow lean advocate Steve Blank have both written at length about the methodologies associated with the lean startup approach. If you have not read their books (Steve's here), I suggest you do. But the most interesting part of the discussion on wednesday night for me was when Giff asked me about a comment I had made that "you need more than a lean methodology, you need a lean culture. " To me, lean is a state of mind that a founder and his/her team needs to have across all aspects of the business. The specific product and engineering approaches that are at the core of the lean startup movement are paramount for sure.

Later on in our conversation on wednesday night, I got a question about lean and venture capital. My prior experience at Flatiron was instructive. I do not believe that venture capital scales. What A Nerd Looks for in a Non-Technical Cofounder - Third Year MBA. At least once a week, I meet someone who is nontechnical, but who is looking for a "technical cofounder. " The problem is that these people never seem to know what makes nerds tick, and what they can offer that will draw the nerd to them (this isn't a one-way relationship, but they are usually looking for someone to build "their" idea, so the attraction primarily comes from their side). I also meet a lot of nerds who are looking for something new, but who don't want to deal with the non-technical aspects of the business, and don't know how to find the right person to work with. So, as someone who kissed a lot of frogs in a quest to find a business partner whose strengths complemented mine, I'm writing this post.

Basically, it's a guide to how a nerd thinks, and it tries to help you give him what he is looking for. The Things That Motivate Nerds The first thing you need to understand is that nerds think quite differently than non-nerds. Be Open To Feedback Befriend Your Cofounder. Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup. Dropbox: Feature or Application? Why It Matters.