Prezi Zooms to 5 Million Users

Fresh from the Prezi blog:

We are thrilled to announce that, today, Prezi crossed the 5 million user mark!

Prezi Zooms to 5 Million Users on Prezi

You continue to inspire us with your creativity, enthusiasm, and with the amazing prezis you create. Please continue to innovate and let us know if you have new ideas for how to use Prezi.

Thank you!

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Zerply @ 500 Startups Demo day

The CEO and Co-founder, Christofer Karltorp of Zerply present at the Demo day at 500 Startups, in-front a crowd of the most prominent bloggers, angel investors and VC’s in Silicon Valley.

Zerply is the professional networking service done right, that offers a social and beautiful way to connect with the people you need to connect with.

Looking for rock-stars for URBANiGO

We are looking for rockstars to join our portfolio company URBANiGO here in Silicon Valley. We are offering people to join on a early and co-founder status and be part of the core team.


Consumer Internet Marketing

Looking for a seasoned entrepreneur/executive, that have been part of building consumer Internet user bases for startups before. Entrepreneurial drive is essential, right now we need to build partnerships, initial user acquisition, activation, retention. Next step build sales/partner organization with local retailers and merchants.

Tech lead

Right now we have the core back-end platform, it’s scalable, and we have built our mobile app for iPhone and Android. Looking for a key individual to continue be part of this work, maybe take a lead on the tech side, but mainly build up our plugin app/widget and API platform, and attract developer partners to our platform as our next step.

UX, Design, Product etc

Not as critical right now, but we would welcome rock-stars in these areas as part of the team. We are less concerned about titles at this time, the right people will evolve in different roles as we build the company.


About the Company

URBANiGO (formally Urban Metrics), is a mobile social discovery and social intent platform, we have the initial beta product built and will be submitting it to the Apple AppStore shortly. More details in the attached Executive Summary.

The founders today are serial entrepreneurs, and we want to expand the team with more seasoned executives and entrepreneurs to build a world class company.

URBANiGO is located at the BootstrapLabs (San Francisco) office. BootstrapLabs is heavily involved in supporting and building this company.


If you are interested or know anybody that might be, ping us here.

Dave McClure invests in Zerply!

We are very happy to share that Dave McClure is investing in Zerply!

Congratulations Christofer, Taaniel and the rest of the team!

Zerply will also work with the 500 Startups program, which will greatly help Zerply accelerate their momentum. BootstrapLabs and the advisory team here will continue to support Zerply moving forward, and we are all very excited about having Dave McClure and 500 Startups involved with Zerply!

Read more here:

European Startup Demo Night in San Francisco

BootstrapLabs, in collaboration with PariSoma, is looking for three European startups that are ready to come to Silicon Valley to participate in the European Startup Demo Night in San Francisco on July 21st.

The European Startup Demo Night is an invitation only event, that will match a select group of 10 startups with an audience of over 40 investors. Many leading angels and venture capitalists will be in attendance – among the anticipated audience: DFJ, Bessemer, Intel Capital, Accel, Trident and Google Ventures among many others.

All of these investors focus on early stage venture capital and/or angel rounds.

BootstrapLabs will select 3 candidates based on presentation, product / technology, team, and market potential.  Candidates who are selected will be allowed to give a 4 minute presentation, followed by a 4 minute Q&A at the event in San Francisco.

Participating companies will be responsible for all costs during the trip.


  • European startups looking to raise an early stage round in Silicon Valley
  • Roadmap that includes going to Silicon Valley
  • You must be able to come an present in Silicon Valley at the event on July 21st.
  • Product focus in IT, Internet, Software, Cloud, SaaS, Digital Media.

Reach out to us here.

UPDATE: We have now found our 3 referral companies for the event.

BootstrapLabs now also in San Francisco!

Starting in May, BootstrapLabs now also has an office location in SOMA in San Francisco. CEO/Founder of BootstrapLabs, Nicolai Wadstrom will be working from this office from now on. At this location we also have space to host our European founders when they are in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Redwood City through our Partnership with White & Lee (and Whiteboard Accelerator), will continue to be a great location for our companies, to host their staff and operations. With the addition of the San Francisco location, we are also close to all of the startup activity in the San Francisco SOMA area, and a great location for events and networking.

Nordic Incubator Night with BootstrapLabs Founder on April 13th

Please join BootstrapLabs founder, Nicolai Wadstrom, on April 13, 2011, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm for a Silicon Vikings evening focusing on the needs of Nordic companies in transitioning to Silicon Valley, and the services, training and preparation which ought to be offered by incubators in the Nordic region to prepare start-ups for the journey.

University based business incubators are needed to facilitate commercialization for university developed technology as well as to give entrepreneurs hands-on practical training. What practical training do they need? What is the feed back loop? What regular program of “show and tell” sessions will ensure that entrepreneurs get feedback early and often.

While an incubator cannot duplicate or replace an entire ecosystem, learning to interact with the other players in the entrepreneurial startup ecosystem is a key driver — how is this to be done? Where and when does the tech transfer office get involved? How do the incubators prepare the startup for the challenges and opportunities of Silicon Valley?

Silicon Vikings has gathered a panel (including BootstrapLabs founder, Nicolai Wadstrom) to debate these topics and offer observations and suggestions. The audience will include the heads of InnovationsbronSIVAAalto Venture Garage and many other University affiliated incubators from the Nordic Region in the Valley to attend the National Business Incubator Association Conference in San Jose April 10-13.

More details at Silicon Vikings Website.

Please RSVP here.


Arctic Startup: Zerply Wants To Be The Next Generation Professional Network

ArcticStartup writes about Zerply:

Zerply is California based startup, that has its roots in Sweden and Estonia, through its co-founders. Zerply aims to be the best way to present yourself in a professional way. What they currently have available to the public, is bunch of very stylish profile pages which integrate relatively seamlessly to other online services. However, there’s a lot more in store according to Christofer Karltorp.

Read more here.

Social professional networking company Zerply joins BootstrapLabs

Today it’s official that the exciting professional social networking startup Zerply is part of the BootstrapLabs accelerator companies. We have been advising and working with Zerply for a few months, and we are really exciting about what Zerply is doing.

Zerply is catering for the fact that the established leader in the professional networking space, is a fairly “corporate” service, that really just made papers resumes into digital versions. Today communication and networking on the web is social, and moves in real-time and not static.

In short Zerply is redefining how professional social networking is being done, LinkedIn took paper resumes online, and Zerply is making them social.

The company is based in Silicon Valley, and was founded by Christofer Karltorp and Taaniel Jakobs.

And yes, of course I am also on Zerply!

More about Zerply here.

Merry X-Mas and Happy New year!

We had a great new 2010, that saw the recovery from the financial crisis, and an exciting fall in the startup space, especially here in the Bay area where we are seeing a large amount of interesting companies being launched, and a large mount of investments being made to accelerate those. We have seen great momentum with the companies we work with such as Urban Metrics, Witsbits and Prezi this year.

Here at BootstrapLabs we think 2011 will be more exciting than ever, some say bubble, but with a large number of early stage startups to companies like Facebook and Groupon profitable and growing quickly and established companies with 100’s of billion dollars in cash reserves (to use for M&A), in 2011 we will see some of the most exciting IPO’s and acquisitions in a long time, which will fuel furthers investments and inspire many new startups to be created.

Here’s our Christmas card (of course created in Prezi):

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

NIcolai Wadstrom
BootstrapLabs CEO/Founder