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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...


Why publishers don't publish anymore when they go digital

Axel Springer's bet on digital is clearly paying off, as we wrote this morning: for 2012, the company posted record earnings. More importantly, the share of digital revenue was larger than the revenue derived from the (previously core) publishing activities for the first time. Most of Springer's digital properties, however, don't deal in content - most are real estate and job listings. A blog post by Frederic Fill... Read more

"Entrepreneurship in Spain is stronger than ever - it's in our DNA!"

An article here last week was titled 'Why Spain has an entrepreneurship problem (and why there's hope)". It's been one of the most discussed articles on Whiteboard, mostly on LinkedIn. One of the reactions there came from business advisor Javier Macias, an alumnus of ESADE business school, which was also mentioned in the earlier article. Here's his reaction: "The topic surprised me. It makes the assumption that... Read more

Yes, European startups can compete with US giants like Groupon

Last year I published a book about twelve young Flemish entrepreneurs. I had a diverse set of reasons for the selection of startups for the book, but I had a very particular reason to select Outspot. Outspot is a social buying & "daily deals" platform, in essence a direct competitor to US giant Groupon, who by the time I wrote the book had gone through an IPO at a market valuation of $ 13 billion (they have si... Read more

BMW's 20 million (!) kilometer field test with electric cars: results are in

BMW has been working on its BMW i series since 2008 (see photo for the i3. Also, we've seen the pictures of the i3 and i8 so often now that it's time they start selling them, I think). As part of the research surrounding electric vehicles, BMW also initiated what they call "the world's biggest electric mobility field trial" with MiniE and BMW ActiveE vehicles in Asia, Europe and the US. ActiveE vehicles look like ... Read more

"Mobile could become more profitable than desktop"

Google saw its stock dip a few months ago because it seemed the company had no clear answer to the shift to mobile. But Mikhail Zverev, head of global equities at Standard Life Investments (who is a Google investor, it should be noted), told the FT that in his opinion, we're close to a tipping point for mobile internet: “A tipping point has been reached that could see mobile internet becoming more lucrative than d... Read more