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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...


Help a reader: what will web 5.0 be like?

I like questions from readers, so I decided to turn this one into a post. A reader asked me what my thoughts on web 5.0 were. I had to admit I had never thought about this, but I said: Whiteboard readers are smart. They will help you. Could anyone help this student, please? If you can't help, could you retweet it? It would be great if we can get some bright minds to answer this question. And I've gotten quite c... Read more

"A European Facebook? It's already here" (says Index Ventures)

It's often been said that the European tech scene is a bit obsessed by the question 'where is the European Facebook' (or Google). Well, says Index Ventures' Robin Klein: It's already here. He repeats a point he made earlier: there are dozens of companies in Europe (including Israel, and Russia) that are ready to IPO. We just don't see it: [M]any young internet businesses are now maturing into significant companie... Read more

4 myths about the Lean Startup that need to be dispelled

I notice that people are still confused about what a ‘Lean Startup’ really is. I was interviewed about this recently by Up To Wine, and I thought the points were important enough to present them here as a blog post. Essentially, Lean Startup is a about adopting an evolutionary approach to business development. As we all know from Darwin, it is not the strongest that will succeeds in evolution, but it is the mo... Read more

Can 'hardcore SEO' turn Google Image into a 'unique advertising tool'?

This popped up in my timeline, and I thought it was interesting: an advertising agency claims it can turn Google Image Search into a 'unique advertising tool', thanks to 'hardcore SEO-craftmanship': A group of graduates of the Willem de Kooning Academy are taking Google's Search Engine Optimization to a whole new level. They came up with Search Engine Advertising, which means that they are turning Google into a uniq... Read more

The Hindi hacking spirit: how to use Jugaad innovation in tough economic times

“Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life." Harvey Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire & Rubber company This quotation makes me wonder if the raise of the innovation subsidies for Top Ind... Read more