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Accelerator metrics in Canada (or anywhere)

By Jesse Rodgers

I spent a little time at StartupWeekendHamilton3 in April as a mentor and was talking to a young founder who proclaimed that there was one great accelerator in Canada. Who he said it was surprised me a little and got me thinking, what makes an accelerator “the best” and why should an eager founder care? The baseline in my mind is Y-Combinator. No one can argue it is the best seed-stage accelerator based on its results. What is difficult for everyone to agree upon is what does it do to achieve those results or even harder, what defines success?

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March roundup: What does it take to get technology to market?

By Leo Valiquette

March break aside, we kept up the pace last month with a great lineup of content that featured some excellent posts from our guest bloggers. Hot topics included opportunities in the global smart TV market, criteria for hiring a worthy writer and the risks and rewards of having a product that is truly unique in the marketplace.

In case you missed any of it, here is a handy recap of our posts, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:

March 20: Calling Canada’s startups: There’s a $200B TV market ripe for the taking, by Jason Flick

March 19: Is that writer worth the cost of the ink?, by Leo Valiquette

March 26: The ballad of the undifferentiated product, by Francis Moran

March 27: The ‘Accelerator Bubble’ will pop, but not for the reason you think it will, by Jesse Rodgers

March 25: Three (not so) simple strategies to avoid ‘losing the plot’ in marketing, by Rob Woyzbun

March 07: Oracles, shamans and storytellers, by Bob Bailly

March 13: It’s still rock and roll to me, by Francis Moran

March 21: Best of: My three buckets of customer segmentation, by Francis Moran

March 06: You can’t rely on the channel to grow sales in new markets, by Jeff Campbell

March 11: Drafting your own patent disclosure document, by David French

March 12: Don’t give your customers reasons to ask for apologies, by Leo Valiquette

March 18: Some dos and don’ts of governance, by Denzil Doyle

March 14: Before you jump on the content-marketing bandwagon …, by Leo Valiquette

March 05: From courting Hollywood’s A-list to navigating the Chinese New Year, by Leo Valiquette and John Hill

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The ‘Accelerator Bubble’ will pop, but not for the reason you think it will

By Jesse Rodgers

The incubator/accelerator market has a growing number of people watching and waiting for its bubble to pop. The reasons cited for this looming pop should be obvious: most accelerators aren’t going to perform as well as some TechStars programs and not even close to Y Combinator. Poor performance (measured in the number of short-term wins) along with the short-term nature of the funding behind most of the accelerator programs will cause them to run out of money and simply fade into startup history.

But that won’t pop the bubble.

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Great articles roundup: Accelerators, gunslingers, customer service and startup founders

By Daylin Mantyka

As a regular feature, we provide our readers with a roundup of some of the best articles we have read in the past week. On the podium this week are Techvibes, MarketingProfs, Co.Create and GigaOM.

Which accelerator, if any, should you join?

Ian MacKinnon talks about the pros and cons of joining an accelerator and whether or not it’s right for your company.

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Ego capital and the ‘Series A Crunch’

The problem isn’t too little smart money, it’s too many dumb deals

By Ronald Weissman

The meme of the month is “The Series A Crunch.” According to Crunch Theory, many worthy seed-funded startups lack follow-on capital because VCs now have smaller funds or have moved later stage. CB Insights estimates $1 billion in seed financing will be “incinerated” and at least 1,000 companies will be orphaned. Other data suggest that the number of orphans could be much larger.

Those who say the problem lies with VCs (CB Insights isn’t one of them) must argue that the number of Series A deals has fallen sharply. This is not true and the problem lies elsewhere. Whatever the cause, there is, certainly, a capital crunch for seed-funded startups and it is likely to get worse, as the backlog of seed-stage companies needing Series A funding continues to grow.

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