Why startups fail : an amazing infographic !

The Startup Genome association analyzed and scrutinized more than 3,000 high tech startups all over the world to understand patterns of success and failures, and understand the ecosystems they evolve in.

Out of their study and thanks to the great visualization site visual.ly, an amazing infographic will help clarify key components in the success of a startup, and why failures often come from one of them missing.

The most common reason for failure ? Premature scaling. For the rest, take a look below and don’t forget to read this excellent Techcrunch’s article 

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Essential of the week: questioning the best way to help startups

Dear friends, there has been a lot of debate these last weeks among the entrepreneurial community about how to help startups TO take off, and foster the best environment for them. The Obama administration took one option by signing the JOBS Act legalizing crowdfunding and simplifying IPO regulations  for young tech companies. Entrepreneurs will yet have to be carefull because:

  • the SEC hasn’t provided clear regulations about crowdfunding yet, and may take up to 270 days to do so
  • they will only be able to spread the word about their startup’s funding goal on accredited websites

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Essential of the weeks : Feb 1st – Feb 15, 2012

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After trailing far behind other Universities like MIT or Babson College, it seems like Harvard is really willing to catch up in the race for entrepreneurship. After opening their Innovation Lab a couple of months ago, the University decided to go further and launched an experiment fund that will provide up to $250,000 in seed fund, mainly to student-led teams in Cambridge, MA. That’s a big move for the university, that certainly doesn’t want to see the next Marc Zuckerberg leave the campus for the Silicon Valley ! Continue reading