Oftentimes when you hear a startup CEO speak about their competitors, there’s a lot of talk about “validation of the market” and how there’s room for multiple winners. That may be true in some cases, but competition can hamper you in ways you may not immediately expect — and winning involves more than just building a superior product. That was one of the takeaway messages from LinkedIn founder … → Read More
Y combinator’s annual startup school event was held in Berkeley last Saturday and featured a stellar lineup of speakers including the founders of Twitter, Facebook and Zappos. The founders speaking were almost universally charming and funny, even Mark Zuckerberg who I was determined to dislike (he does look around 12 though). This reinforces my belief that charm goes a long way in business.
Jason… → Read More
[Spain] You don’t often hear start-ups bursting forth from Spain and flourishing abroad. Nowhere near compared to what you see appearing from other European countries such as Germany, UK and France, among others. Why not? Others have noticed this dearth of activity, and there are increasing numbers of initiatives geared specifically toward driving the Spanish start-up scene. After a lot of… → Read More