Tag Archives: incubator

SiliconHouse Launches, Provides Housing for Entrepreneurs

SiliconHouse_LogoI’ve hear more than once from startup founders that come to Silicon Valley that housing is one of the biggest challenges they face. Especially for those that only want to stay here a month or so to build their networks, make some presentations, and get back home. If ‘home’ is a foreign country, then the issue of housing is compounded by the fact that for many foreigners the Silicon Valley culture and way of life might seem weird and getting their bearings and learning how to best user their time is not easy.

With this in mind, SiliconHouse is trying to change the equation and provide not only a place to stay but also some guidance on how to navigate the Silicon Valley startup scene.

Check out my full post about SiliconHouse at the Startup Grind website.

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How to Choose an Incubator and the Ideal Entrepreneur

Confused about incubators, accelerators, and all the in-between types of places geared for startups out there? Well, maybe this video won’t clear that up but it will give you some good laughs.

At the recent panel discussion “Incubator Summit: How to Choose the Right Incubator for your Startup“, some great entrepreneurs discussed what characterizes incubators, co-working locations, accelerator, and also talked about what makes for great entrepreneurs.

Participated Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Jonathan Abrams (Founders Den),  Kindra Tatarsky (Astia), and Cameron Teitelman (StartX). A great exchange of ideas (especially since the panelists didn’t necessarily agree with each other) and good content worth checking out.

Click below to go to the video page.

Incubator Summit How to Choose the Right Incubator

Hackers & Founders Launch New Incubator

If you’re in San Francisco and wished you could join an incubator but for any reason you didn’t, now there’s another option. Hackers & Founders “The Co-Op” is a different type of incubator, focusing more on business advice than in giving you money, is an interesting proposition.

How The Co-Op Works:

  1. Founders in The Co-op get together for weekly dinners where they listen to speakers and mentors and become a community.
  2. Founders are encouraged to become advisers in each other’s companies by trading small (0.25% to 0.5%) equity stakes.
  3. After working together on things like learning how to pitch and present, as well as the ropes of funding, founders are connected to the investment community (office hours are setup with a prominent angel in the community, personal introductions are made and AngelList).
  4. Towards the end of the program short video pitches are made and investors can view them online.
  5. Finally, there’s a party where investors meet founders in person.

For a full description and the history behind this new incubator-style program, check out the full article on Hackers & Founders site.

Wired Tells Us How YCombinator Works

YCombinator LogoAn interesting article appeared recently on Wired Magazine talking about YCombinator. If you’ve been following the incubator for a while, there’s not much new but it gives a nice account of how the demo day works, the internal meetings, and a bit of what it feels like to be part of the lucky ones that make the cut and are accepted into the program.

Link to the story “YCombinator is Bootcamp for Startups“:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/05/ff_ycombinator/