Corporate Venturing official Slush side event, November 29th 2017

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Corporate venture capital has been an excellent way for many companies to increase shareholder value. Research shows 30% better increase of share value with companies with strong Corporate Venture capital activities.  And if you look for example at the biggest Chinese giants, most of that valuation increase is because of good investments, not operative business…. Read more »

The future of banking: what innovators should focus on?

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What will the future of banking look like? Just what the innovators will make it be. Advances in technology, regulatory changes, new entrants to the market… In the past couple of years, banking has gone through big changes and more is to come. They keep saying the ‘future has never been as uncertain as now’… Read more »

Renewal of organizations by collaborating with startups

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A whitepaper by Nestholma Corporations need to renew themselves, and one of the best ways to do that is by working with startups. But that’s easier said than done. Corporations need to understand what they want to get out of the collaboration. They need to understand what they’re getting into. And they need to understand what… Read more »

How to save banks: Global Fintech Accelerator & what is it about

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Collaboration. That’s a buzzword that you can not avoid hearing nowadays. But it’s a buzzword that talks about a real need: collaboration between startups and banks. That’s what is needed in banking, both for the banks’ and startups’ sake, but especially for the sake of the customers. But to be successful, collaboration has to be… Read more »

How to build the next startup unicorn?

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How to be a successful entrepreneur? How to create the next Airbnb/Uber/Dropbox/startup unicorn? Hands up, who hasn’t googled something like that even once? Or at least clicked once on those millions and millions of articles about creating the ‘next big thing’. But if that’s what you are asking you won’t succeed. Might sound harsh but it’s… Read more »

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) – unnecessary jargon of the startup world?

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All communities have their jargon, and startups are no different. Probably one of the most used terms is Minimum Viable Product, MVP for short. It’s considered one of the core messages of Eric Ries’ book The Lean Startup. If you hang out with entrepreneurs long enough, you’re likely to hear the acronym used for almost… Read more »

7 differences between startups and corporations

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If you’ve dealt with both, you know that startups and big companies behave very differently. You can hear all sort of stories, from people moving from a corporate job to a startup, to entrepreneurs trying to deal with their corporate customers, to the same corporations trying to make business with startups. What’s considered best practice… Read more »

Why 4/10 startups fail: the realities of cash-flow management

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4 out of 10 first-time entrepreneurs fail because they forget one of the basics: following their revenues and expenditure – cash flow. In established companies balance sheets and income statements are king, but for startups, it is all about following the numbers in their account: money coming in and out. It sounds very simple (and… Read more »

How to talk to your customers and build better products?

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Your startup can only succeed if it can provide real value for your customers. Stop guessing what are your customers’ problems or needs and what they consider valuable. Here’s a framework to help you to really listen to your customer and learn what are the problems your product should solve. Steve Jobs famously said, “A… Read more »