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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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The end of the corporation (2): do megacorps now cause more inefficiency than they solve?

We will see the end of the corporation soon, wrote Frederic De Meyer on Whiteboard recently, because it will become entirely possible to spin out huge parts of the operations  to smaller contractors, and basically run a multibillion euro enterprise with a dozen or so people. The P2P Foundation blog has an extract from a book review by John Hagel about this very subject, although from a different angle. It's calle... Read more

Good news, bad news: why publishers won't stop the race to the bottom anytime soon

Kernel Magazine editor Milo Yannopoulos went on a visit to Berlin, and was impressed with the entrepreneurial drive of publisher Axel Springer, which has been buying up media startups at an impressive clip, Kernel reports: Axel Springer seems to have grasped what smaller media start-ups have known for some time: that the only thing consumers will pay for is focused, high-quality content – normally comment and anal... Read more

Why female role models of success are broken and need to be fixed

The female economy and the female workforce enjoy increased media attention lately. Business cases prove that balanced male to female teams have a positive financial impact on the organization. In 2009, McKinsey conducted a survey of about 800 business leaders worldwide which confirmed that certain leadership behaviours typically adopted by women are critical to perform well in the post-crisis world. Today’s scr... Read more

What the Square Starbucks marriage means for payments

With Square, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey brought emotions and design into the boring payment industry. Square has been been a runaway success, with more than one million ‘merchants’ using the system today. Granted, these are mostly smaller outlets and indie sellers (who normally wouldn’t have access to credit card terminals) but they still handle transactions totalling a respectable $6 billion (!) this year.... Read more

Innovation in journalism: how the BBC is building a fully integrated "social newsroom"

Nadja Hahn writes on the London School of Economics blog about the value of putting social media at the heart of the editorial process. Hahn is a business correspondent for ORF, Austrian Radio who is currently researching the public service value of social media. She brings a detailed account of how the BBC is using social media in an integrated way throughout the newsroom, from finding sources to checking storie... Read more