Why Silicon Valley's secret might be Highway 101, and what Europe can learn from it

[After Dries Buytaert (Drupal) and VC Shani Shoham (2020.vc), entrepreneur and Whiteboard contributor Filip Tack gives his views on what Europe can learn from Silicon Valley. He wrote this text originally after a stay in Silicon Valley in 2009.] United States Highway 101 runs north and south along the Pacific coast all the way from California to Washington. In Northern California, “US 101” is the vein that run...

25 million € in funding for 61 startups? That's just not ENOUGH!

When I had a chance to read an upcoming Belgian Web Startups Barometer in avant premiere, I was hit by an encouraging vibe. I was absolutely, positively surprised that the editors had managed to identify 61 Belgian Web Startups, the bulk of which didn't even exist three years ago. This 'Gang of 61' collectively raised over 5 million €  in FFFF funding - founders, friends, fools and family a.k.a. "Love Money". T...

Lessons I learned while raising 10 million $ in venture capital

In my career, I raised more than 10 million $ in venture capital for my own ventures. These days, I'm an angel investor in and mentor to a few startups. These experiences have helped me see where many new business ventures go astray when trying to market innovative products and services. After all, history is littered with “amazing innovations” that simply couldn’t find an audience to amaze. I can simply poi...