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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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Consumer trends: top ten cities for carpooling in Europe

We wrote yesterday about the new countries that BlaBlaCar will travel to - Poland, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium and Portugal. We were contacted by BlaBlaCar rival carpooling.com, originally founded by 3 German MBA students, with some interesting numbers on carpooling in Europe. Top 10 carpooling cities in Europe in terms of rides available (according to carpooling.com): Berlin, Germany Paris, France ... Read more

Consumer trends: mobile video good for 50% of mobile traffic

A report by Citrix ByteMobile found that video accounts for 49% of mobile web traffic, although the performance of mobile video is still very uneven, the report adds. The report said that on average, mobile video performance drops by 30% during peak hours of service. Peak demands for mobile video are at 13h, 22h and 23h, although if you look at the graphs, the demand is pretty much stable during the entire peak hou... Read more

Hiring and firing: 8 ways to keep your company asshole free (Klaas Kersting, Flare Games)

You should really see this HackFwd video of Klaas Kersting of Flare Games, who talks about his experiences as an entrepreneur. Klaas has talent as a stand up comedian, for one, but he also has this great advice for any starting entrepreneur: "the number one rule is: don't work with assholes, because it's not worth it" Klaas' views on assholes in your company: 1. Of all the things you do in your life, you probably s... Read more

Media innovation: the future of connected tv according to HackDay Paris

This weekend, Hackday Paris tried to reinvent the connected tv in a 48 hour hackathon with Joshfire and France Télévisions. We wrote a post to announce HackDay Paris last week, so it makes sense to see what the hackers cooked up to make the era of connected tv come true. From the list of projects that were posted on their sites, we could see four trends emerge: 1. Connected tv will be social It seems that ever... Read more

Online advertising rates: are we seeing the collapse yet?

The Google stock dip makes it painfully clear that we might indeed be looking at a "race to the bottom" in online advertising rates. This weekend, analyst Eric Jackson of Ironfire Capital pointed out that the value of advertising has been dropping quarter after quarter for five quarters now, and that the end is not in sight. The shift to mobile, according to Jackson, will cause sorrow for every advertising based mode... Read more