Welcome to Silicon Valley

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Traveling 6 countries in Europe to report the local startups action in London, Helsinki, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Milan with our documentary Startups in Action has been such a great experience that we decided to do it again. Just oversea! This time we wanted to learn how Silicon Valley really works by asking it directly to those founders and investors building and growing their companies there, so we packed our suitcases,...
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Why the Y?

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The moment you decide to name something, you need to be so concise that a whole concept reduces to a short sound, few letters. Names aren’t just a way to recall things, names embody feelings, emotions… they whisper. Think about Apple, Amazon, Oracle. You might not know what a name means, but the way it sounds can still give you some ideas about its meaning. Look around. Almost everything that...
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Sparkling Europe

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Have you ever made a Skype call? Or listened to music on Spotify? Got a car ride with BlaBlaCar? Spent hours playing Angry Birds? Built something with Arduino? Believe it or not, all of these companies were born in Europe, and there are many new technology startups launching every day. Skype was founded in 2003 by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. It grew fast and was...
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Year 23 AI

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Everything that can be invented has been invented.Charles Holland Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1899 This quote goes to show that sometimes rumors spread more than facts. In reality, the Commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Charles Duell, never made such a statement (as explained here and here.) The quote seems to have found its way into popular dialogue and has been misused since. Mr. Duell...
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Startup Virgins

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Every city in the world wants to be more innovative. If you do some research on this topic, it seems like there is a Silicon Something everywhere you look. The word innovation may be one of the most overused word in the lexicon of political leaders, some use it better than others. In any case, there has been a proliferation of startup incubators, co-working spaces, and other innovation centers. These...
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How to Build a Thriving Startup Ecosystem

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“I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries; a world where anything is...
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