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Campus Looks To Scale

In many ways, Campus London’s trajectory is much like that of any successful start-up: the first phase was all about establishing a minimum viable product. The next stage is all about scaling.London already had plenty of accelerators and co-working spaces when Google decided to launch Campus London. What London needed was a hub that would

Finland’s Billion Dollar Babies

It is no surprise that top-tier angel investors and venture capitalists from Europe and the U.S. have been flocking to Slush, a start-up conference in Helsinki.The phenomenal success and high valuations of Finnish start-ups Rovio, Supercell, and MySQL are creating lots of interest in this Nordic country. Europe still doesn’t build that many billion-dollar Internet

Let A Thousand Start-Ups Bloom

What a difference a year makes. When the local digerati gathered in Paris in 2012 for LeWeb, an annual Internet conference that attracts a global audience, the atmosphere was morose. An initiative by the new government to tax capital gains as salary had led investors and entrepreneurs to form a lobby group called “Les Pigeons,”

€7 Million, Seven Contestants, Seven Judges…Three Winners

Outfittery, a Berlin-based personal online shopping service for men that is creating lots of buzz in the market, aims to win over reluctant male shoppers. Its tagline? “We take the pain out of shopping.” The male shopper fills out an online questionnaire that is followed up with a phone call from his “personal stylist.” After

Stockholm’s Sizzling Start-Up Scene

In the mid 1990s, Swedish business school students like Jacob de Geer were prepping to become bankers or consultants.Then several Swedes helped to pioneer the European Internet scene. Among them was SIME conference organizer Ola Ahlvarsson, a co-founder of Boxman, which, in the late 1990s, became the largest European e-commerce store selling CDs online. Ahlvarsson

Russian Search Engine Yandex Reaches Out To Start-Ups

Russia, Europe’s biggest and fastest-growing Internet market, is red hot. With a skyrocketing number of Internet users, but a still underdeveloped commercial environment, the opportunity to build phenomenally successful domestic e-commerce and other digital businesses in Russia is huge. Take the case of Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine: it has around 60%of the

All Aboard

Cork, a monastic settlement founded in the sixth century and now Ireland’s third largest city, is nothing like Austin, Texas, home to South by Southwest Interactive, a hip annual conference focused on emerging technology. But at the end of October this southwest Irish city will be drawing the same kind of crowd. CEOs of U.S.

Budding Tech Stars Head To Tel Aviv

Pat Phelan, CEO and founder of Ireland’s Trustev, which specializes in real-time, online identity verification using unique social fingerprinting technology, has racked up his share of awards in the past year. In July Trustev, which aims to help online retailers sell globally by making certain they are dealing with real human beings by using a

Why Politics and Policy Should Matter To Start-Ups

The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) is an independent non-profit lobbying group which represents tech start-ups and entrepreneurs to government on policy and regulatory issues. It was formed in response to the 2010 Digital Economy Act’s passage through parliament to give start-ups a voice alongside of corporate giants in key policy discussions. Today Coadec,

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