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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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This entrepreneur is doing a "100 days of Rejection" therapy

As an entrepreneur, you better get used to being rejected. And then it will still hurt. Entrepreneur Jia Jiang, founder of Hooplus, was so profoundly hurt when an investor turned him down, that he vowed never again to feel so gutted when he was turned down. Jian found help on a dating advice site called 'rejection therapy' which wants to teach men and women to overcome their fear of asking for a date by actively t... Read more

"Why our kids need to learn code" (hint: it's not to churn out more ICT'ers)

There seems to be wide agreement: our kids should learn code. But why? For Julien Dorra and his friends not to churn out more computer scientists and ICT professionals in ten years. It's a reason, but not a good one, he says. Dorra: "A very bad reason to teach kids code would be because we want to create computer engineers in drove. There is a lot of talk of teaching computer programming because big companies ne... Read more

No 'Soundcloud' effect: for all the hype "not much money is flowing into Berlin"

This year is crunch time for Berlin as a startup hub, according to many watchers. After all the hype, it’s time for Berlin to start packing a real punch. Who will be the next big successes after Soundcloud? Nicolas Gabrysh, M&A lawyer at Osborne Clarke (Berlin & Cologne) and Andreas Thümmler, founder of CFP, “leader in internet M&A” see these trends: 1. For all the hype, there’s not much money f... Read more

Young internet users are massively adopting (paid) online streaming

According to a study ordered by Bitkom on the use of (legal) online film and tv solutions, more than a forty percent of all German internet users now use the internet as their video rental shop: 22 million German consumers either download, stream or order DVD's on the internet. Paid streaming is (for the moment) still a relatively small phenomenon: 3.5 million German (7%) use paid streaming services on the interne... Read more

A startup is not about crushing it, it's about not getting crushed

Last week, Jody Sherman, founder and CEO of Ecomom took his own life - it was widely reported in the US business press, especially after it became known that Sherman had committed suicide. Ecomom is an e-commerce where mothers can find anything they need for their babies and small children. Apparently Sherman was having some trouble with the business lately. At least, that's what Sean Percival implies on his blog. ... Read more