London startup Blottr lands New York Times deal

blottr_new_york_timesLondon-based crowdsourced news agency Blottr has landed another big publishing fish. The New York Times News Service and Syndicate will join its distribution network and will offer its clients a specially curated feed of Blottr’s verified crowdsourced news videos from events around the world.

The curated feed delivers four to five daily weekday videos from breaking news events around the globe. Each video includes a brief textual summary of the video for context and documentation tracing the verification process for that video. Continue reading

Secret ambitions, early exits and bootstrapped lessons

* This is the first post by James Devonport Wood, MD of accredited Facebook developer PageHub

There is a significant gap in Europe for early stage funding for startups seeking less than £500,000. While new funds and incubators are starting to emerge, the lack of finance available is leaving European tech businesses at a disadvantage to their North American counterparts.

For many startups, bootstrapping a business is the only method of starting a company although this does have its advantages. Bootstrapped startups are more likely to have a more realistic business model and to be profitable early on. Continue reading