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Adyen’s IPO Success Spurs Hopes European Tech Scene Has Turned a Corner

Posted by hkarner - 17. September 2018

Date: 16-09-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

London, Paris and Berlin have developed tech ecosystems, with growing numbers of local venture-capital firms and incubators

A model autonomous vehicle stands on a desk at a technology conference in Berlin earlier this year. The German city has had a slew of tech startups go public recently.

The rousing recent listing of Dutch payments company Adyen NV is offering investors hope that Europe’s tech scene is finally fertile enough to generate a stream of successful startups. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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As tech companies get richer, is it ‚game over‘ for startups?

Posted by hkarner - 23. Oktober 2017

Date: 21-10-2017
Source: The Guardian

Young firms struggle to compete as deep-pocketed companies like Facebook and Amazon clone products and consolidate their power

The leading tech companies are making it harder for startups to attract investment.

Facebook has been breathing down the neck of the group video-chat app Houseparty for over a year. The app, developed by the San Francisco startup Life On Air, has been a hit with teenagers – an audience Facebook is desperate to woo.

After months of sniffing around its tiny competitor and even inviting the team to its headquarters last summer, Facebook launched its own group video chat tool within Messenger in December 2016. In February, it invited teens to its headquarters to quiz them, in return for $275 Amazon cards, on how and why they used video-chat apps. By July, Facebook was demonstrating a Houseparty clone, Bonfire, to employees and by early September the app launched in Denmark. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The other side of paradise

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2016

Date: 14-01-2016
Source: The Economist: Schumpeter

Glamorous tech startups can be brutal places for workers

SOFTWARE firms are supposed to be a paradise for “talent”. Not only are their workers fabulously paid, but they are showered with perks as well. They can gorge themselves on free food cooked by Cordon Bleu chefs. They can snooze in nap pods or, if they feel more energetic, work out in on-site gyms or take yoga classes. There are dry-cleaners on the premises to do their laundry and buses to ferry them to and from work.

There is some truth in this. Such companies have few resources other than their employees’ brains. And the battle for those brains is becoming more intense as the digital revolution reconfigures swathes of the business world. Giants such as Google and Facebook are seeking to reinforce their position at the heart of this new economy by investing heavily in research and expanding into ever more areas. Google’s headcount has grown by 157% in the past five years, to about 60,000. Smaller startups are also scrambling to attract talent; and manufacturers are responding to the digitisation of their industries by hiring coders and other tech geeks. Carmakers such as GM, Ford, Nissan and Toyota have all set up research outposts in Silicon Valley. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Silicon Valley Everywhere

Posted by hkarner - 4. Dezember 2015

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Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Future Cities and the curator of the Future Food District pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, directs the Senseable City Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

DEC 3, 2015, Project Syndicate

CAMBRIDGE – During the last decades of the twentieth century, Silicon Valley was the unparalleled epicenter of high-tech innovation. Other regions tried to imitate its success, but none succeeded. France’s Sophia Antipolis, a top-down attempt by the government to create an innovation hub near Cannes, never evolved beyond its origins as a relatively tranquil technology park – notwithstanding its mythological name, California-like weather, and the surrounding area’s unbeatable gastronomy.

In the twenty-first century, however, Silicon Valley’s competition has gotten fiercer – as reflected by the increasing number of locations affixing the chemical element to their names: Silicon Alley (New York), Silicon Wadi (Tel Aviv), Silicon Sentier (Paris), etc. In London, for example, the emergence of Silicon Roundabout in the late 2000s caught the British government almost by surprise. Now rebranded Tech City, the innovation hub in the old Shoreditch neighborhood has evolved into one of London’s key economic engines and talent magnets. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How China Boosts Its Tech Startups

Posted by hkarner - 18. September 2015

Date: 17-09-2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Beijing’s efforts seek to create employment opportunities, sense of social mobility

Each week, China Circuit will explore the issues, trends and people driving technology and innovation in China and across Asia.

Six years ago, when Ye Zhewei told his parents that after graduating from a top university he wanted to join a startup under a newly founded incubator in Beijing, they weren’t happy. They didn’t know what a tech startup was, let alone an incubator. They approved his job choice only after seeing the founder of the incubator, Kai-fu Lee, on a state-television news program.

At the time, the most sought-after jobs for young graduates were in civil service, state-owned enterprises and big tech companies such as IBM, Tencent and Alibaba. Startups had no clear future, and the pay was poor.

Now, much like in the U.S., tech startups are about the coolest places to work for ambitious young Chinese. And they have an unlikely advocate: the Chinese government.
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The Importance of Start-ups

Posted by hkarner - 24. August 2010

 23. August 2010, 21:22:00 | John Mauldin

Which Are We Going To Bet On?

Which Are We Going To Bet On?

I knew I would be touching a raw nerve with my last two posts, on patents. But I was really surprised at the divergence of opinion. Entrepreneurs overwhelmingly supported my stance that software patents hamper innovation and need to be abolished, but friends at Microsoft, IBM, and Google were outraged at my recommendation. The big companies’ executives argued that abolishing patents would hurt their ability to innovate and thus hamper the nation’s economic growth. (They believe that companies like theirs create the majority of jobs and innovations, and they claim that without patents they cannot defend their innovations.) I am not convinced that software patents give Google any advantage over Microsoft and Yahoo, or make IBM’s databases any better than Oracle’s. But I do know one thing for sure: it isn’t the big companies that create the jobs or the revolutionary technology innovations: it is startups. So if we need to pick sides, I vote for the startups. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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