Startup Studio vs. Accelerator

These days, everyone knows what an accelerator is. Even my 101-year-old grandmother. However, fewer people have heard of a startup studio. When discussing the lesser-known studio model, I often get the following question: “Why do you think the studio model is better than the accelerator model?” The underlying assumption is that I founded Boulder Bits – a startup studio – because I think it’s a better startup engine. The truth is that it is not better, just different. Accelerators and…

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Startup ideas

Floating Balloons

The goal of a startup studio is to spin off multiple startups in parallel. As the CEO of a startup studio, one of the few things I lose sleep over is choosing the best possible set of opportunities for my studio. I agree with Bill Gross, CEO of IdeaLab, who showed that the most important factors for startup success include timing, team, idea, business model, and funding (from most important to least). The way I stay focused is by treating…

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Startup Validation: The Ugly Franken-baby

Would you create a lemonade stand if you didn’t know people wanted lemonade? No? So why do entrepreneurs found startups without asking, “Do people really want or need what I’m selling?” After that “ah-ha moment”, we (yes me included) have a burning desire to make our perfect vision a reality. While the idea may have been immaculately conceived, most of us are hugely fallible. That is why startup validation is so important. What is Startup Validation? There are two types…

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What is a Startup Studio?

I learned some painful lessons from my first startup’s failure. After a lot of introspection, research and valuable conversations I decided to found an uncommon startup model that can be extremely successful – the startup studio. Even among savvy entrepreneurs, the term “startup studio” is relatively unknown. For every studio there are about 10 accelerators and 40 incubators. Studios are on the rise, with nearly 30% having hatched in the last two years.   So, what is a startup studio?…

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