"For Zalando, every day is like Christmas"

Online shopping startup-turned-giant Zalando will reach revenue of about € 1 billion in 2012, according to Zalando CEO Rubin Ritter. That's double the revenue that Zalando reported in 2011, which already saw a huge increase compared to 2010. "For Zalando, every day is like Christmas," a Zalando executive is quoted in Wirtschaftsblatt. Zalando, funded by the Samwer brothers and JP Morgan, is certainly growing...

A new European expert group and annual summit for corporate VC

One of the most important trends in innovation and the startup scene is definitely corporations trying to harness the flexibility and innovation of startups - it's evident in SAP's Innovation Center (started in 2011) and the increased interest in intrapreneurship and corporate incubators and accelerators, like the Sanoma accelerator that we wrote about a few months ago. But corporations are also increasingly setti...

02 Jan 11:36 AM 0 Read More...

Why the content business might not be the answer for the European telecoms

With telecoms everywhere in Europe are trying to become more than "data pipes", paid content like video on demand (VOD) or subscription VOD is one direction that they're looking in. But the example of French telecom Orange shows that it's just not that easy to move into another business model successfully. Orange moved into the content business in 2008, trying to rival Canal+. But in 2011 it (again) posted huge lo...

02 Jan 10:13 AM 1 Read More...

Business trends: buyers start 2013 in optimistic mood

I wanted to start off with some optimistic news for 2013, and managed to find some: according to a survey among Dutch buyers, the economic outlook is less pessimistic than it was a few months ago. The so called "NEVI" index, which is considered a reliable metric for the Dutch economy, ended at 49,6 last month (with 50 being the treshold for economic growth). In 2012, the Nevi index only reached 50 points in the mo...

Geaver introduces the social e-card (and Whiteboard goes dark for a week)

Our friends at Geaver have been very busy creating a new kind of e-cards, and the (beta) result is well worth a look in these end of year times. The Geaver cards allow you to mix and match a personal selection of all kinds of media - video from YouTube, photos from Facebook, sound fragments from SoundCloud, and even music from the vast database of Spotify. For now, you'll have to send them out one by one (just like ...