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Great articles roundup: Startups, financing, crowdfunding, virality in videos

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, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and copyblogger.

Startup Financing: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

One anonymous angel with a self-admitted “chip on my shoulder” provides their opinion on pay-to-pitch investment conferences.

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The future of startup accelerators

By Ben Yoskovitz

I’m not much of a prognosticator, but recently Sarah Needleman from the Wall Street Journal called me to ask my thoughts about startup accelerators. She had found a blog post I had written (How to maximize the value of mentors in startup accelerators), and wanted my input on a story she was writing.

Funnily enough, I had just finished speaking at the Michigan Lean Startup Conference about accelerators, using my experience at Year One Labs and my involvement with others since then, as a case study for the future. It was a great event; tons of fun.

Unfortunately, my comments didn’t make it into Sarah’s article. But that’s OK, it was fun to speak with Sarah just the same. Here’s the story: Startups crowd ‘accelerators.’

Since my comments aren’t in the story, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on accelerators in general, and where I see the future going.

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