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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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Peak search: "Google has no answer to lower mobile advertising profitability"

Google's stock dip might actually be a first warning that something is seriously amiss with Google's business model, according to one analyst. In the longer term, Eric Jackson, Ironfire capital founder and managing member thinks Google might even loose its dominance in search, just like Yahoo lost its own dominance to Google. "Obviously, everyone is focusing on CPC...Profitability is way down for five quarters now,... Read more

How I discovered that there's thousands of competitors out there, and what I did about it

“If you don’t know where you’re going you’re likely to end up someplace else” (Laurence J.Peter, inspired by “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” the novel by Lewis Carroll) When I took the plunge and started my business in April 2011 of course I had understood the importance of having a  well-defined target-group. After all, I am a qualified coach and trainer! Without a clear set... Read more

No use crying over print milk: how to DEAL with disruption? #Newsweek

As we all know by now, Newsweek shut down its print activities and will continue as an online (daily) beast. A lot of people are saying how right they always were - which is fine, but which doesn't exactly help along the cause of journalism or the media. The question that publishers need to answer is: how will we DEAL with this disruption? How to deal with the vast inflation of available eyeballs that were unlocke... Read more

Great instead of big: how Italian entrepreneurs are forming grids to beat the crisis

Small and medium European businesses provide two thirds of all jobs  in Europe, so it's crucial to find new ways for these small companies to thrive even in uncertain times. In Italy, small companies have been organising themselves in so called "grids", loose cooperations that allow them to work together in flexible and innovative ways. The model has proven so successful that the Italian government recently expande... Read more

"3D printing will be framed to resemble Napster and gutted by DRM"

Don't break out the champagne (tm) yet to celebrate the dawn of the 3D printing era, warns Ryan Whitwam: the whole idea of 3D printing might very soon come under attack from various IP pressure groups. The biggest danger he sees is that the technology will be painted as a new form of "peer-to-peer" sharing - and it even might land the 3D printer producers in court. So how do we get from where we are now to some sort... Read more