Category Seed Capital

Should you apply to an accelerator?

Originally posted on orionstartups:
By Luis Almanza   “A startup accelerator is built to foster rapid growth of its portfolio companies. It’s a man-made perfect storm of mentorship, access to technology, office spaceand an innovative community, packed into a short time frame.” Dani Fhankhauser   In the last months, the goal of been accepted in an accelerator…

Can St. Louis become the next tech hub?

St. Louis has all of the ingredients to make it to the next level. Four major universities that are pumping our new technologies in health and bioscience, a willingness to invest in themselves and most important have learned the need to “collaborate.”

Forbes: New Orleans, San Antonio tied for #1 as City with the largest BrainPower Gain 2007-2012

New Orleans: Citing a strong local economy and the lower cost of doing business in the South, New Orleans tied San Antonio as the #1 cities for attracting college grads 2007-2012. The city’s post-Katrina redevelopment and expansion of the film, technology and the biotech industries have given rise to Economist  Joel Louisiana offers the country’s […]

GEN | Insight & Intelligence™ Identifies Top 10 European Biopharma Clusters

  GEN’s algorithm ranked the top locations that included many of the up-and-coming smaller clusters which are showing major advances. The European cluster building deploys the organizing principle of Subsidiarity, which increases the opportunity for accelerated growth. The closer the governing authority the faster decision process. One notable example was Norway’s Oslo Cancer Cluster which […]

Finding a Startup Idea

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:
One of the more common refrains I hear is “I want to be an entrepreneur but I don’t have a good idea.” Yes, it’s true that an idea is important, but it’s also true that it isn’t as hard as it seems to start systematically evaluating ideas. Ideas…

Example Founder Dilution Over Multiple Financing Rounds

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:
Continuing with yesterday’s post titled Dilution With Every Round of Financing, it’s instructive to walk through an example as a founder. Before the example, I like to highlight the stories of ultra-successful entrepreneurs that have taken their company public, and the vast majority own less than 20% of…

Y Combinator’s Paul Graham: Get a co-founder

Important words for those thinking about starting up a new business — get a co-founder! Businesses are more likely to succeed with more than one founder, because each co-founder may bring different strengths and energy levels. When one is down the other is likely to be up and serve as a balance for the long […]