10 tips to grab a stage place at Startup Weekend

Last weekend, I dragged my buddy Rudolf to my third Startup Weekend (first as participator), this time in at the GreenBridge incubator facilities in Oostende, Belgium (where Marvin Gaye wrote his Sexual Healing). Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. (Source: WikiPedia) As of July 2015, the concept Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. Impressive. Tip »

The Rise of Middleware Companies

Use external services to build faster and cheaper. As we work with startups (being newly formed companies, or new ideas) all the time, we see a clear increase in so-called middleware-companies. Simply put: they have a business idea, and connect existing technology to make it work. Middleware connects these pieces. Middleware is sometimes called plumbing because it connects two sides of an application and passes data between them. Main advantages: Take advantage of huge amounts of R&D, that they couldn't possibly afford themselves Swap out what can be improved, or doesn't work as expected Need video conferencing? Embed »