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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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"Guns don't kill startups, indifference kills startups," says @martinvars

As David Sacks of Yammer said recently in a lecture, the single most important thing for startups is to think about distribution. How will you convince your market that they should adopt your product? [I can relate to this, as a content startup: my content is free! I worked 12 years as a reporter for the biggest cash cow in Belgian publishing. Now I give all my work away FOR FREE, and yet it's very hard to attract tr... Read more

Why private investors and public funding agencies need each other

You might have heard of mp3. Yes, thàt mp3, the disruptive music format that allows you to carry around all your music on a tiny device that fits in your pocket. You might not have heard that mp3 was the result of a publicly funded European research project involving engineers from 5 different European countries. The research that eventually gave us mp3 was one of the many projects made possible by Eureka, a network... Read more

iPad Mini: "Dear browsers, can we please agree that 10 cm is actually TEN CENTIMETERS?"

Designing for all these different phone and tablet sizes is a huge mess, notes publishing consultant and author Thomas Baekdal. With the release of the iPad Mini, yet another format was added to the ever growing list. The problem is that the iPad mini has the same resolution as its bigger brother. This has an impact on your font size as an app designer or site designer, he writes: Because the screen is rendering the... Read more

Crowdsourcing: your best sales tips, sales stories and resources?

Yesterday, Pedro Santos Gairifo wrote a guest blog about tips from the most prominent European founders, that you should definitely read. He concluded with the tip: make sure you are able to SELL your product (and yourself, naturally). So today we want to ask our community to send us their best sales tips, stories, or resources - blogs, books, Twitterati, YouTube videos, trainers, etcetera. Hashtag #wbsales for s... Read more

10 business lessons I learned while writing “European Founders at work”

I am lucky enough to have had the opportunity to interview 20 of the most prominent European founders of our time. There are plenty of successful entrepreneurs in Europe but unfortunately for the most part they are unsung heroes. In another post I will explain why I wrote the book, but on this one I would like to focus on some of the lessons that I learned by writing the book (not only in the interviews). [capti... Read more