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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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Automation #wbhacks: fast forward through the boring parts!

We read this inspiring story today on LifeHacks about how automation can really save you a lot of time. So we pinged our Whiteboard contributors about interesting hacks they can offer to save precious entrepreneurial time. If you have any hacks yourself, please let us know on Twitter, we will add your answers to the Storify beneath. Use hashtag #wbhacks! [View the story "Automation #wbhacks" on Storify]Automation ... Read more

Europe: instead of trying to catch up in tech, let's innovate in biodesign

I just finished cruising through the freshly published book ‘Biodesign – Nature, Science, Creativity’ by William Myers. To be honest, I am nothing close to a designer or a scientific researcher –which is probably why I was interested in biodesign in the first place. I am somewhat acquainted with the concept of biomimicry, but the projects in this book go much further in that they are not trying to copy nature... Read more

Launch GLOBAL startups from day one: the art of geographical arbitrage

Raf Weverbergh got in touch with me a few months ago with this mad idea of creating a magazine for European thought leaders & entrepreneurs. Fast forward a few months: Whiteboard is born. The tagline now reads 'Ideas. People. Money.' But what happens when we apply that tagline to Europe? We have plenty of ideas. And plenty of people. But plenty of money? Not so much. I talk to lots of budding entrepreneurs for... Read more

Trend: are corporate accelerators the Next Big Thing in early stage investment?

In his recently published book, ex-HackFwd marketeer Mikko Jarvenpaa gives a nice overview of the landscape of startup accelerators, as well as a very detailed list of pros and cons for accelerators. We will have an interview with Mikko on the site soon, but a few things he remarks are interesting enough to quote in a separate post. First, his forecast that horizontal, 'we serve all industries'accelerators will in... Read more

On career moves, or: how to become a CEO

During my professional life as an industrial engineer, I’ve considered a number of career moves. Most recently, I thought about career changes when a very large project of mine was going through a long and arduous approval process - it took several months because of the large amount of money involved. Since I was the one defending the the project to all ranks within the organization, I felt very acutely that my... Read more