Why governments don’t get startups?

Last year in DK, governments incubators held a total of 310 portfolio companies. 15 were sold or terminated, only 3 with ‘some’ success (i.e. ‘some’ positive return). Not very impressive! This repeats the trend from previous years, and they say the ‘crisis’ is to blame. Perhaps, they could learn from Steve Blank who states that “any government that starts public financing …

Thank you Blackbox

Finally an attempt to put startup metrics and benchmarks in play. Now you can compare your startup against 3,200+ internet startups! Hard to neglect since 90% of all startups (of which 30% is internet-specific) fail. Although different characteristics, there is good inspiration for the later stage capital people too. (Link removed)

Economies of scale. Why?

Seth Godin recently challenged the belief of ‘economies of scale’ on his blog – and suggested considering being small, now that it’s so much easier to produce a product and market it in the small. Although this is no news – there is a limit to ‘economies of scale’ – we tend to forget. There are good reasons for rethinking the very goal of scale. …

Ideas are ‘worthless’

The 100 Rules For Being An Entrepreneur Ideas are worthless. Just do it! How to raise capital? Get a customer. Get money from customer. Get more customers. Build more services in the product. Get VC. If you are selling your company for stock it means ompanies are using stock to buy other companies because they value their stock less than they …

Urban clusters challenge

McKinsey Quarterly: Over the next 15 years, 600 cities will account for more than 60 percent of global GDP growth – a dramatic growth and demographic change over just one generation’s time. How do we achieve infrastructure developments to comply with the massive need for growth? http://bit.ly/i3ebf6

When growth management went lean

Venture fund returns have been on decline for almost a decade – and cash got tight following the credit crunch. So what measures did your company take to design a low burn growth model?

More of the same

Venture capital firms tend to be highly specialized. Are they highly differentiated too? One player suggests that 80% of the venture capitalists tend to differentiate themselves on the basis of just potential equity contribution, human capital and network. Could some gain higher value by developing newer venture frameworks or a value proposition based on other differentiators?

Successful innovation

Value creation is driven by a continuous emphasis on balancing all key elements of the business architecture – solutions, customer experience, communication, processes, value capture, channels, etc. So, why do most businesses have processes to manage customer development or product development rather than business architecture development?