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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...


Imagine if your tax returns were online for everyone to check. (Oh, wait, they already are.)

In Norway, tax returns are publicly accessible by law. That means you have the right to see your neighbor's tax returns (or anyone else's, for that matter). Of course, nobody bothered to check his neighbor's tax returns. Until put the entire database of tax returns online. Some Norwegian citizens were outraged, but what exactly had changed? In legal terms, nothing. It was just that technology made the... Read more

A German and an Italian had a meeting once

Recently I spoke to a now retired friend of mine in Glasgow. Years ago, when he was about to depart on his first business trip abroad his manager advised him to stick to “the 3 P’s”: be Polite, show Patience, and don’t discuss Politics. The problem is, we still don’t agree on what ‘polite’ actually means in Europe. And it might become a real competitive handicap. On September 7th 2012 former EC-Pr... Read more

Do you die a little everytime you have to go onstage to pitch?

Here's some good news for all startups who are schlepping themselves from one pitch to another: nobody sees how nervous you are, and telling yourself this can actually help you make a better presentation! In one study in which people gave extemporaneous speeches, participants were asked to rate their own nervousness (Savitsky & Gilovich, 2003). This was then compared with audience ratings. The results showed ... Read more

Why we'll see the end of the megacorporation sooner than you think

Will the corporation survive this era of profound change to the way we do business? A decade ago, this would have been a silly question. Megacorporations were literally printing money ("creating value", if you prefer) in the 20th and even early 21st century. But today, the rapidly changing marketplace is causing quite a bit of turbulence for corporations. The impact of iTunes and Spotify on the music industry is u... Read more