5 Differences Between Startups & Starting Businesses

In this article I discuss several differences between startups and starting businesses. I find this important because over the last year, I’ve gotten increasingly frustrated about the types of questions I (as a startup founder) would get. “Can you already live from your startup?” “Why is raising money is so difficult for you, there is so…

Talk about your startup idea – Do or Don’t?

So, you have a world-changing, industry-disrupting, multi-billion dollar potential idea. You’re working on it secretly in your basement and think you’ve got gold in your hands. There is this point in time a startup founder finds himself (or herself) at a cross-road: am I going to pursue this idea or not? With the decision to get…

Amsterdam Startup Hub Part II – The Improvements

Recently I wrote a blog about Amsterdam as a Startup Hub.  In that blog I reviewed 10 blogs on this topic from varying sources. This resulted in a list of the great features of the Amsterdam Startup Hub but also some challenges. The article was picked up by StartupAmsterdam and they replied in a beautiful series of tweets…

5 Easy Ways Your Friends Can Kickstart Your Startup

“How can I help kickstart your startup?” is a question I often get from friends and family. Basically, these people are asking you for easy, low-cost things they can do to help you. In the beginning, I didn’t really have an answer for this apart from ” buy a painting“. This is obviously not that easy or…

The Right Decision to Become an Entrepreneur

You’ve taken the decision to become an entrepreneur. Congratulations! But did anyone tell you about the emotional rollercoaster you’ve just boarded? This rollercoaster can occur over the course of the month, week, day or even the hour. Some people are sure they are made to be entrepreneur, others are not quite so sure! One moment you’re on…

The Struggle of Finding Your First Startup Office

Up to January 2015, the accessART team managed to work from home, in (free) co-working spaces, cafes, and public libraries. But after some time we realized we really needed a proper startup office. Unreliable internet, no space for private meetings and pretty big coffee and lunch bills drove us crazy. In addition, we were going…

Amsterdam Startup Hub? 10 Cool Articles & Discussion

Amsterdam Startup Hub? In this article I list and discuss several articles on Amsterdam and the Netherlands as a Startup hub. I’m a happy inhabitant of Amsterdam and I think it’s super interesting to see how other countries see Amsterdam’s Startup scene and how it can be improved. These articles are mostly written by leading…

Startup Stories organized by The Next Women

In the last weeks of 2015 I attended the “Startup Stories” – organized by The Next Women.  The Next Women is a community of – and access to – Female Investors, Entrepreneurs & Advisers. Once every couple of months they organize the Startup Stories where you, as a female entrepreneur, can  subscribe and pitch one…

From Minimum Viable Product to Relaunch – My 8 Favorite Tools

When I created the first version of the accessART website in February 2015, I knew little about startup terms as minimum viable product, bootstrapping and lean startups. I did know however that I had to start my company with little cash and test the concept as soon as possible :). Now, we are about to…

Handling Online Criticism: How our $60 Video Enraged Illustrators

Recently, I was featured in a post on StartSuccessvol.nl. In this interview I really opened up and admitted that one of the hardest things to deal with while starting my company was handling online criticism (and offline of course). Plain, good, old criticism on the concept, on my own motivation, on the way I do…