About Maria Almeida

Maria is the Almighty Duchess of Content at Beta-i. She's currently living in a world powered by the randomness of her own thoughts but she's never giving up on her personal plot to change the world by telling stories. Maria is also the proud captain of Startup Ship, where she writes about the Portuguese startup scene, with a saltwater edge.

Lisbon Challenge Alumni, Impraise, Raises 1.6 million

Impraise, the Lisbon Challenge alumni, who is also backed by Y Combinator, has raised 1.6 million dollars to abolish the annual performance review within companies, and replace it with their web and mobile app for timely and actionable feedback between co-workers. During the last few years, the annual performance review has seen its decline within [...]

Your customers are lying to you… (but here’s how to avoid it)

EVERYONE IS LYING TO YOU. Big statement? Well, yes. But, think about it. If you ask your customers if your business idea is good they will lie to you, at least a little (just like your mom did). Why? Because you’re totally missing the point and you’re asking the wrong questions. So, how can you talk [...]

Inside Sales: Why You Need to Explain Your Product to Your Grandma Before Talking to Anyone Else

Every time my grandparents ask me what I do for a living, I find it almost impossible to explain it to them. So, how do I explain big data or SaaS?

By | 2016-10-27T13:10:04+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Categories: Business, Lisbon Challenge|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What House of Cards can teach you about pitching your startup

Alright, I must admit, I’m a huge House of Cards fan… It’s just one of those TV shows that gets me on the edge of my seat. However, just the other day, when I finished watching the latest season, I realised how we could all learn from it, when it comes to startups and pitching, [...]

By | 2016-10-27T13:10:04+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Business, Fundraising, Lisbon Challenge|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lx Scala: the 1st International Scala Conference in Lisbon

A couple of months ago we got an email from Sandra Wolf from Codacy about this international Scala meetup they wanted to organise. However, what started off as a meetup turned out to be a ‘slightly’ bigger event... Codacy, together with 47 Degrees, is now organising, instead, the first international Scala conference in Southern Europe [...]

By | 2016-10-27T13:10:04+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Categories: Lisbon Challenge, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to successfully launch a crowdfunding campaign

A couple of weeks ago we found out that Remidi, an Italian startup from Lisbon Challenge Fall 2015 who blew everyone away with a music playing and recording glove, had launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. That made total sense… If there was a startup with a product for crowdfunding it had to be Remidi. [...]

By | 2016-10-27T13:10:04+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Categories: Fundraising, Lisbon Challenge|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Startup Simplex: Keeping it Simple and Fighting Bureaucracy

  Bureaucracy is just one of those words everyone hates, especially when it comes to the public sector... How many times have you actually taken the day to dive into bureaucratic paperwork and found yourself screaming in the waiting room because you can’t keep up with the complexity of things? Pretty much like Kendrick Lamar [...]

By | 2016-07-14T16:55:37+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Lisbon Challenge, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A Beginners Guide on How to do Customer Service for Early Stage Startups

Remember that essay from Y Combinator’s Paul Graham called “Do Things That Don’t Scale”? It is, without a doubt, one of the best essays for early stage startups, where Paul talks about several unscalable things that startups should focus on while trying to grow. And as it turns out, one of those things is actually [...]

By | 2016-10-27T13:10:04+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Business, Lisbon Challenge|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

How Can Big Corporations and Startups Work Together?

For the past few years, we’ve seen some of the most disruptive startups shape entire industries with their innovative technologies and business models. You find companies like Uber and Airbnb, that took entire markets by storm to quickly implement their businesses and grow at an unsurmountable passe. This growth and disruptive mindset has definitely shaken [...]

By | 2016-10-27T13:10:05+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Business, Lisbon Challenge|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Money 20/20 is having a fintech meetup in Lisbon

For all those in fintech, Money 20/20 probably rings a bell. This is the world’s largest fintech conference, held in Las Vegas, every year. However, for 2016, they’ll organise a second conference in Europe, in Copenhagen, this April.   For this reason, Money 20/20 has been gathering key players in the fintech industry across many [...]

By | 2016-07-14T17:29:22+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: Lisbon Challenge, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments