This year, Guidewire Group is a partner with LeWeb’11 to produce the Startup Competition at the Paris conference, December 7 – 9. Eligible companies will have less than $1M in financing and will introduce their latest product during the conference. To date, more than 500 startups have used our new G/SCORE(tm)software platform to [...]Continue Reading →
One day, the big thinkers who dream up Web protocols were sitting around the table, trying to imagine the future Web. Among the engineers and technical policy wonks was a young entrepreneur and computer scientist who had the audacity to ask a simple question: What does business want for the Web?
From that question, an [...]Continue Reading →
Who says European startups can’t raise serious venture capital?
Word came from ividence CEO Eric Didier this morning that 2-year old startup, ividence, closed a $4.2 million Series A financing with A Plus Finance, a Paris-based private equity firm. ividence is a SaaS email ad network that generates [...]Continue Reading →
Congratulations are in order for our partner, the City of Zaragoza in northern Spain, which completed a key milestone in the city’s transformation to an information economy. Centro de Incubación Empresarial (CIEM) a 2,000 sq meter facility opened this month to house up to 30 young companies building businesses in information [...]Continue Reading →
A year ago, Guidewire Group embarked on an ambitious plan to seek out the Innovate!100, a global list of the 100 startups demonstrating high potential and higher velocity as they build their businesses from idea to sustainability. Today, after more than 30 Pitch Slam events in more than 30 cities on [...]Continue Reading →
Several weeks ago, we published a list of the participating startups in our Going Global workshop for Innovate!Europe. The kickoff workshop in Zaragoza had 24 enthusiastic startups, all hungry for knowledge and tips on succeeding in Silicon Valley and beyond. With such great ideas and innovative entrepreneurs, it was [...]Continue Reading →
We’re back from an incredible kickoff to our Going Global workshops in Zaragoza, Spain for Innovate!Europe. When we initially announced Innovate, we knew we’d see some good entrants from entreprenuers in Europe but weren’t prepared for the overwhelming response. We had a packed day in Zaragoza last week, with 24 participating startups, [...]Continue Reading →
I met with Songkick at SXSW, a Y Combinator startup that aims to bring live music to the masses. The London-based company is announcing some exciting new features next week (I call it “music semantics”) but for now, I’ll share what interests me about its current offerings.
CEO Ian [...]Continue Reading →
We were pleased to read the news this morning that Sun Microsystems tendered a $1 billion offer to acquire open-source database provider MySQL. The deal has significance in a number of ways, not the least of which is the financial windfall to founder Marten Mickos and the company’s investors, Index, Benchmark, IVP, Intel and SAP, [...]Continue Reading →