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33 Cool Apps Help Startups Create Visual Marketing

33 Cool Apps Help Startups Create Visual Marketing | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

We have put together a list of tools that can help you create amazing visual content like infographics, memes, gifs, etc. Must read for every online marketer.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:32 PM

A wealth of information.

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Make Your Own Silicon Valley

Make Your Own Silicon Valley | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

SEATTLE – California may be the world’s largest and best-known technology hub, but it is not alone in fostering innovative startups. In fact, such firms are emerging – almost unnoticed – everywhere, from Asian megalopolises like Singapore and Shanghai to small European cities like Espoo in Finland and Dwingeloo in the Netherlands. 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 7, 2014 7:58 AM

This is what makes this valid, startup hubs all over the world.

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Disrupting Venture Capital

Disrupting Venture Capital | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

I’ve been a five times entrepreneur. I had huge successes and made major mistakes. I made millions by disrupting distribution, lost millions by trying it again, and made millions again by building disruptive processes. I always wondered: How can investors ever predict what wins and what looses?


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 18, 2014 7:02 PM

Great approach. Many great ideas and new startups never get funded. Disrupting Venture Capital...

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Entrepreneurship Through Lens of Venture Capital [Video]

Entrepreneurship through the Lens of Venture Capital: Disruption in Venture Capital The course explores disruption in venture capital and how successful startups navigate funding, ...

 


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, August 19, 2014 11:46 AM

This is a class at Stanford so it takes a bit for this video to get going, but stick with it as late stage investor Jules' thoughts on customer retention and his 5 Things are worth listening to. Great thoughts on "creating retention".


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Google Ventures Enters European Venture Capital Market

Google Ventures Enters European Venture Capital Market | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The recently-announced advent of Google Ventures Europe is set to bring extra resources to the European innovation ecosystem but the firm will need to address the European market as a whole if it wants to make the most of the opportunities available.


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How To Get Your Business Noticed By Venture Capital

How To Get Your Business Noticed By Venture Capital | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

For every successful start-up, umpteen entrepreneurs will fail - despite having brilliant ideas. Many of these failures will be down to one major problem that faces new businesses anywhere in the world: finding finance.

 



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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 1, 2014 6:12 AM

Every VC fund has its profile. Do your research well.

AleksBlumentals's curator insight, August 2, 2014 5:46 AM

If the current process is to look at 250 pitches per month to invest in 20 companies per year, could one not imagine a different way?  

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Crowdfunding Growing at a Startling Rate

Crowdfunding Growing at a Startling Rate | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Just a couple of years ago, providing answers to some of the most common questions on crowdfunding was based evenly between limited anecdotal evidence and my gut feelings as an attorney with keen business instincts.

 

But as with any fledgling industry moving towards maturity, more and more data has started to appear that makes answering these questions a bit easier. One recent mountain of data on the crowdfunding world that just arrived contains a plethora of information -- read on as I distill some of it for you.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 22, 2014 4:47 PM
Numbers for crowdfunding are in! Great data.
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Startup Opportunity Discovery & Evaluation

Startup opportunity discovery and evaluation. In this presentation the authors of The Smarter Startup demonstrate a systematic approach to surfacing and evaluating startup ideas to increase likelihood of success. This is product strategy for startups.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 26, 2014 9:05 AM

Excellent valuation tool for startups.

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Meet The 11 New Startups Launching At AngelPad

Meet The 11 New Startups Launching At AngelPad | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

AngelPad, the San Francisco-based startup accelerator founded by early Googler and tech investor Thomas Korte, is holding demo day for its Spring 2014 class in San Francisco today.

 
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:50 PM

Always amazed at the new ideas new start-ups come up with.

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Why Bootstrapping Startups Is a Better Choice

Why Bootstrapping Startups Is a Better Choice | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

In the age of startups and micro-enterprises, the first thing you hear about, when it comes to creating a new company, service or digital product is a whole new glossary of words starting ranging from venture capital to angel investors.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 20, 2014 8:54 PM

I changed the title here because the longer you can bootstrap your startup the less you give up and the more you get for your hard work.

Brenda Collins's curator insight, May 8, 2014 3:37 PM

If you can boot strap your venture then do so before talking to investors. Gather around you people who have no vested interest in your company except your success and will speak honestly to you. 

OneView Tunis's curator insight, June 15, 2014 4:12 AM

Profitabilité vs. service rendu. Tout se décide dès le début

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21 Startup Quotes Every Founder Should Read

21 Startup Quotes Every Founder Should Read | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

We rounded up 21 startup quotes from the amazing founders behind them to give a little inspiration during the down times of startup life.

I love startups. I love everything about them. I love building a product from nothing and seeing it become something much more than you ever expected.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:42 AM

Great and

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:47 AM

Great Startup Quotes.

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35 startups in Asia that caught our eye

35 startups in Asia that caught our eye | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us or tell us about your startup on this form. Any juicy tech news tips go here. Enjoy this week’s list!

 
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 6, 2014 9:29 AM

Interesting line-up of Asian startups. Lots of information.

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3 Ways to Be Your Own Venture Capitalist

3 Ways to Be Your Own Venture Capitalist | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

In the world of private-equity investing, there are a variety of great high-growth opportunities. But how do you pick the few explosive winners from the massive herd of losers? 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 31, 2014 9:36 PM

The investment world is opening up more and more. Factors such as the internet and the JOBS act are bringing more opportunities for smaller investors.

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The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam, led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry, announced a $10 million round of financining


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3 Student Startups That Are Going the Distance

3 Student Startups That Are Going the Distance | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

They've all managed to make the tricky jump from great idea to great company.

Anyone who has made it through college knows that ideas are cheap. Every conversation in the of the population was as prepared as [we were] to start a business, and he ended by saying he hoped we would try. That was very inspiring. This is not just an idea for me. I feel passionate about it."

 

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 4, 2014 10:25 AM

Three examples of great ideas with the right follow through.

Shawn Nason, Executive Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, October 5, 2014 9:20 PM

These are great stories about student start-ups. I look forward to the day when we are writing about Xavier's student start-ups. 

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Deliver a Great Business Pitch with These 5 Tips

Deliver a Great Business Pitch with These 5 Tips | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Need some tips to improve your elevator pitch? Hopefully these expert suggestions will point you in the right direction.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 11, 2014 5:54 PM

Good tips for a good pitch.

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The 12 Luckiest Startups In Boston

The 12 Luckiest Startups In Boston | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

 

A handful of aspiring entrepreneurs just got lucky in Boston.

 

Ah, the relentless cadence of Techstars. All over the world, every year, from London to Seattle, its waves of ambitious startups and inventors seem to rise and surge with the inevitably of the tides. Its entrepreneurs march in step through its bootcamps to the rhythm of the seasons.

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 17, 2014 4:42 PM

Good startups get more chances than ever.

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9 Free Business Productivity Tools For Startups

9 Free Business Productivity Tools For Startups | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

 

Starting a business can be a daunting endeavor, especially if all you have is a cool product and not enough capital. In the tech world, or in any other niche for that matter, most startuppers fail not because they have bad products but because they are unable to generate enough consumer interest in their products. 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 7, 2014 6:48 AM

Some more good tools for small companies and start ups. Get free fax, no more fax machines to buy.

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The 10 L.A. startups that raised the most money this spring

The 10 L.A. startups that raised the most money this spring | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Led by Swagbucks’ $60 million round of fund-raising, 35 Los Angeles County startups raised more than $330 million from April through June in what was a booming second quarter for startup investment nationwide.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 26, 2014 10:02 AM

Moneyflows in VC funding.

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This map reveals exactly where Silicon Valley gets its talent

This map reveals exactly where Silicon Valley gets its talent | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Where does Silicon Valley's talent come from? This incredibly detailed map tells all. The visualization, made by Bloomberg Businessweek, shows the top 100 sources of "imported talent," from both U..S. states and foreign countries.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 6, 2014 8:26 PM

Great information.

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Deciphering The Economics Of Venture Capital

Deciphering The Economics Of Venture Capital | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The black swan events are popular in venture capital, a unique asset class that historically has all three characteristics as Nassim Nicholas Taleb outlined. 

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 25, 2014 2:07 PM

Black swan mathematics.

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Venture Capital As The Fuel of Innovation

Venture Capital As The Fuel of Innovation | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The role of man has always been to innovate and create. Since the beginning of time, mankind has progressed because of our ability to invent and adapt.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 21, 2014 8:33 AM

I have seen Dubai and its expansive growth. An incredible place in het Middle East. Great to see this article describing what is going on there.

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How Neil Young Cracked The Kickstarter Formula

How Neil Young Cracked The Kickstarter Formula | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

The story goes that Young heard his songs on a CD for the first time in 1982, around the time the discs were first coming to market. He was disappointed at how bad they sounded; he didn't hear the plainspoken folk songs he'd played, but something much flatter and more condensed. The sound lacked the soul of his music. 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 20, 2014 10:00 AM

Great article. Love Neil Young.

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5 Ways to Get PR for Your Startup Without Spending a Pretty Penny

5 Ways to Get PR for Your Startup Without Spending a Pretty Penny | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

Often PR can be a costly service, something that isn't conducive to a startup. But with a little creativity and hustle, it can be done on a dime.

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 12, 2014 9:58 AM

Invaluable information. Publicity never comes cheap. Startups need to get the attention to get funding, and more...

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Boom times: Venture capitalists pour $15 billion into startups in Q1

Boom times: Venture capitalists pour $15 billion into startups in Q1 | Ideas, Innovation & Start-ups | Scoop.it

We've officially hit the end of the first quarter, and with that comes data about venture capital investments. The first out is PitchBook, which notes that $15.4 billion was invested in 1,348 deals during the quarter.

 


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Ricardo Agostinho's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:42 AM

Os números inspiram o fortalecimento das comunidades empreendedoras no Brasil. Não há nenhuma dúvida quanto à importância das startups para o desenvolvimento econômico que tanto desejamos.