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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...


About digital disruption in advertising and why big advertising agencies can't handle digital

Great read over at Digiday: they have an anonymous "confessions" format where they let top people from the advertising industry spill the beans about their job. This week it's about why the huge, global advertising agencies are performing so poorly in digital and why they can't produce anything interesting. Mostly, the ad executive explains, it's because their clients don't need them to do anything interesting: "t... Read more

Interview: Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci gives advice to startups

Nadia Comaneci was the first ever Olympic gymnast to achieve a perfect ten score - on a compulsory routine to boot. Today, Nadia Comaneci lives and works in the US, but as we reported earlier, she is also on the review board of the new Bucharest accelerator "Digital Media Catalyst". The Digital Catalyst Fund was  started by Cristian Burci, a leading figure in the Romanian advertising industry and the founder ... Read more

The million euro question for startups: did you "borrow", steal or create your software?

I've been doing technical due diligence for VC's for at least ten years now. My job is to find out whether you, as a startup, created, borrowed or stole your software. This is not a trivial matter: I have seen investments go south because of this, and unfortunately I notice time and time again that most startups never think about this. Startups: do you have an IP strategy? Yes/No So you created this SaaS or packag... Read more

Are government initiatives to spur high growth entrepreneurship futile? (report)

Danish policy puts a high priority on the creation of growth entrepreneurship, but according to a new report, initiatives to enable Danish companies to grow may not be succeeding. Danish entrepreneurs still have trouble growing and moving beyond Denmark, according to the "Entrepreneurship Index 2012", compiled by the Danish Erhvervsstyrelsen. The Entrepreneurship Index is a benchmarking tool that compares Danish e... Read more

Investment banker: "The 1 trillion $ value of SAP, Microsoft, Oracle about to shift to startups"

According to Sanu Desai, a Silicon Valley investment banker who helped Amazon go IPO in '97, the enterprise software giants like SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco, will come under heavy fire in the next years - eventually resulting in their combined market cap of about 1 trillion dollars to be shifted to smaller, more competitive rivals. As he said in an interview/chat with ReadWriteWeb: "We're about to see a trillio... Read more