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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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"Becoming a father makes CEO's less generous"

What to make of this research from the university of Aalborg, conducted among Danish CEO's (the study was conducted among CEO's of "all but the smallest Danish companies")? You'd think that becoming a father would make CEO's more generous, but you'd think wrong. Not entirely wrong: they do pay themselves better afterwards. Epecially when fathering a son, men become less generous for their employees. The effect of... Read more

5 risks that European VC's see for the entrepreneurial landscape

We already wrote about the European VC panel debate that was organised by the Louvain Management School Alumni and the INSEAD Private Equity Network. But aside from the culture of success that was discussed, the VC’s present also gave their assessment of the current entrepreneurial climate in Europe by answering the question what they see as the biggest opportunity in Europe as well as the main risks today. We’ll... Read more

Lean PR: what PR can learn from the lean startup movement

When it comes to launching new services or products, businesses are learning from lean startups: the agility, speed, risk appetite, the method of trial and error and iteration are all finding their way into bigger companies. I think it's time for "lean PR": a lean startup way of thinking about and executing PR and communication. Because a lot of the realities that the lean startup addresses for products are reali... Read more

"Europe doesn't need a culture of failure, we need a culture of success"

Yesterday, 5 European VC’s took the stage in Brussels to talk about venture capital in Europe. The organisers (Louvain Management School Alumni and the INSEAD Private Equity Network) had assembled an impressive panel, with Richard Pelly of the European Investment Fund, Tony Zappalà from Index Ventures, Alex Brabers from GIMV, Jos Peeters from Capricorn and Maurice Olivier from Nausicaa Partners. There were a nu... Read more

Is 'pay-per-scoop' the salvation for traditional media?

Why are some media doing fine?  Online 'pure players' like Business Insider and Politico but also specialised services like Bloomberg, Dow Jones and Reuters are not suffering as much from the disruption that's shaking the media world to its core. Frédéric Filloux of Monday Note sees a pattern: the hungry bird gets the worm. In countries, regions, or segments where newsrooms compete the most on a daily basis (... Read more