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VAT for European #SaaS founders: here's what you need to know

VAT for European #SaaS founders: here's what you need to know

Companies in EU or that have some of their customers in the EU have to know how VAT (Value Added Tax) applies to them. Keeping your business in good books with the VAT man is cruc...

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Ideas are expensive: the 6th reason why no one will steal your business ideas

I read this blog post by Grega Stritar on "Five reasons why I will not steal your business ideas", which explains in some detail why other founders won't steal your idea. Among the five reasons are the classics like 'Your idea is probably no good anyway' : "I've seen Seedcamp companies change their core concepts and business models completely, and these startups are already the best, selected from hundreds, if... Read more

Will BYOD be the end of the ecosystems?

A few weeks ago, based on research by Accenture, we wrote that the internet of things will become a force so strong that it might break down the closed 'app' ecosystems of Apple, Android and Microsoft. We will rely so strongly on smart sensing devices, that we will demand a degree of reliability that might be impossible to maintain across all ecosystems. Yesterday, Gartner published research that shows that the "b... Read more

Why those American startups aren’t so stupid when it comes to marketing

I recently got in touch with a couple of start-ups from both sides of the Atlantic. The difference between European and English-speaking companies’ approach was very obvious; the Europeans would spend all their money on product development, whereas the Brits and Americans pay a lot more attention to promotion from the very start. We Europeans don’t generally have it in our nature to run promotional campaigns s... Read more

Amazon Coins proves that virtual currencies (real threat or not) are here to stay

Amazon’s announced today that it will launch Amazon Coins in May 2013. Clients will be able to purchase apps on Kindle Fire with Amazon's proprietary virtual currency. Amazon Coins, which are planned to be launched in May, will be pegged to the US dollar and can be bought using existing Amazon accounts. It's a move that breathes new life into virtual currencies. At last, as some may say who believe that an al... Read more

Slow growth: how should your business deal with the tough years ahead? [research]

Here's a graph from a recent Accenture report that clearly shows that the economy is not out of the woods by a long shot, and that economic growth will likely stay slow for the next years. The first graph shows the dismal outlook for the mature economies, something everybody already knew or expected. The second graph shows how hard the crisis hit (American) consumers psychologically and financially: American consu... Read more