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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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That didn't take long: "Google should pay ALL publishers in EU"

That didn't take long: Francisco Pinto Balsemao is the head of the European Publishers Council, and he thinks that Google should make deals with ALL the European publishers, instead of just with the French and the Belgian. Last week, French president François Hollande and Google chairman Eric Schmidt announced a € 60 million innovation fund for the French media. The money will be spread around over a period of ... Read more

Should we fund half the number of startups for double the amount?

Over on the WSJ Europe tech blog, Ben Rooney is asking a pertinent question: should we fund half of the European startups at twice the price, if Europe wants to compete with the Silicon Valley startups? Here's his analysis: VentureSource has shown [that] companies on this side of the Atlantic receive considerably less cash in the crucial early stages of the company. “A” rounds—the first round of funding aft... Read more

LinkedIn cofounder: "The Facebook Era is over"

Konstantin Guericke, cofounder of LinkedIn and now a partner at Earlybird Venture Capital and a mentor at Stanford University, thinks the "Facebook era" - and with it, the age of consumer internet is over. Expect consolidations, he says, naming the taxi app industry as an example (add takeaway delivery to that too). “The consumer internet wave started somewhere in 2005 - with Facebook, MySpace and Flickr, but we... Read more

Enhanced campaigns: Google shifts to mobile with "biggest change to AdWords"

In the third quarter of 2012, Google's average cost per click, the price that advertisers have to pay every time someone clicks an ad, dropped an alarming 15 %. In the fourth quarters, Google managed to stop the bleeding a bit with a drop of 'only' 6 percent. But the damage was clear: the shift to mobile was putting pressure on the cost-per-click, and investors didn't like it one bit - it seemed like Google had ... Read more

Why I almost left my own company because I was so bored with it

About a year ago it dawned on me that something was wrong. It was when I found myself having more meetings in the café around the corner than in my company’s headquarters in trendy Berlin Mitte. In fact, you had a fair chance to bump into me anywhere around the globe – rather than at my own office. But what had happened to the once vibrant qualitative research firm my business partner Christian and I had foun... Read more