• Honestly Wins Pitch In Berlin Competition, As HackFwd’s Event Grows Up

    Honestly Wins Pitch In Berlin Competition, As HackFwd’s Event Grows Up

    Participants of the quarterly event Build organized by the European accelerator HackFwd usually stay in Motel One in Berlin, where Honestlybranded posters suggest guests leave anonymous feedback in exchange for discount vouchers. As it happens, Honestly emerged as a winner of Hackfwd’s Pitch In Berlin startup competition recently (here is a list of all participating teams). To leave… Read More

  • Loved.by helps consumers take products viral and get paid for doing so

    Hoping to tap into the social shopping phenomenon that enables products to go viral through social networks like Twitter and Facebook, Loved.by is a newly launched site that lets users share links to products that they “love” and potentially get rewarded for doing so. The startup, founded by Oliver Krohne and Thorsten Singhofen, is funded by HackFwd, the investment vehicle set up… Read More

  • Startup Life, Visualized (Infographic)

    Always delighted to see savvy entrepreneurs and investors in Europe launch initiatives that can help young tech startups, wherever they’re located, go from idea to product without going bankrupt and disillusioned even before making it to the prototype phase. Hence, I am completely in love with what XING founder Lars Hinrichs is doing with HackFwd, a new-style, product-oriented… Read More

  • XING Founder Launches HackFwd, A Ycombinator Re-made For Europe

    Like a Klingon starship de-cloaking in the middle of Europe, Lars Hinrichs the founder of LinkedIn competitor XING who exited for $58 million last year is putting his efforts onto a new startup investment vehicle dubbed HackFwd. But although the web site for the new venture is packed with advisors and mentors, HackFwd will take 27% of a company it invests in – that’s a sizeable chunk. Read More