Calling Attention to the Flaws in Your Offering Will Increase Your Customer’s Trust in You
Point Out Your Own Flaws
Your customers don’t expect you to be perfect. In fact, if your offering appears too good to be true then their guard will be up. The best way to minimi...
"Startups are all poisoned, and a few places are sprayed with the antidote". This is how Paul Graham sees the few towns and cities that actually help startups, rather than most tow...
Your Audience is the Hero
You are Not the Hero
Never begin a presentation by talking about yourself, your company, or your product, no matter how great you think it is. A presentation should not be used as ...
A dash of Rockstart
So...what's cooking at Rockstart HQ? Besides working on our BHAG to build the greatest startup machine ever, we're the average startup with our daily startup contingencies. Here's ...
Prioritize Time Investments Based on the Size of the Potential Returns, not the Order You will See those Returns In.
Achieve Better Returns on Your Time Investments
We are all limited by the amount of time we have to invest in our projects. There may be significant gains to be had by being strat...
Rockstart Cast #1
Startup founders and fans who stumble upon great stuff. That's what the Rockstart Cast is about. In our first issue, it's our neighbor Paul Veugen who shares his latest finds. Paul...
The power of great mentorship
We believe in the power of great mentorship. That's one of the reasons we founded the Rockstart Accelerator. Here's a first impression of the first mentor meeting we held.
“I just wanna sleep.”
'A different angle of storytelling' Robert-Jan Spiekerman wanted to show us. Together with Robert-Jan we're working on our documentary format and we stumbled upon this.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
“Keep it simple.”
For us, Steve Jobs is synonymous with inspiration.
Throughout the years, he’s not only changed our lives with innovative products, but also with memorable words. Among the ways...
People are more likely to act to avoid pain than to get gain.
The startup daily
Forget instant gratification
"That which is good, doesn't come overnight." The moral of the story in Alexandra's Levit's post 'Forget overnight success and learn to be persistent' teaches us to take a little ...
Discussing a Rockstart App…
A fortunate mixup of meetings: after listening to Phuong Do about Layer Gloss (link in Dutch), her iPad app development business, our art director Nick Feeney, showed up, joining t...
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
3 days of startups ahead
Early morning coffee with Kathelijn Voets of Generation YOU(link in Dutch) is energizing. And it instantly leads to cooperative ideas. Generation You is a Dutch network connecti...
“Let’s just fix it.”
"Let's just fix it" kindles the entrepreneurial spirit that's part of the revitalizing initiatives that are sweeping across the USA. Guys like Mayor Fetterman are the real fire sta...
Don’t Ask What The World Wants
Work out what you really love doing and what you're good at, and pursue that. This is a quick shot of inspirational encouragement from the folks at Creative.biz.
On the lookout for offices
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Hunting for the 2012 Accelerator crib, we visited the former C&A offices at Damrak to check out office space...
If you get stuck, draw with a different pen.
This awesome rockumentary by Iron Maiden covers the first time any band has taken a tour by air in their own private jet (suitably named "Ed Force One" and designed accodingl...
Room with a view
This is our spectacular rooftop view. Like it?
Happy tunes from Norway. Check 'em out!
How creativity comes about
One thought that inspires us is the following: we don't need organizations to be organized. It was partly brought to us by a TED talk from Charles Leadbeater. Charles poses that p...
How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek: we love you. You make us continuously ask 'Why?'. We've noticed that thanks to Simon's model we're able to move others and make them want to join our revolution. This ...