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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Inside the Mind of a Global Entrepreneur

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My favorite Friday night activity in San Francisco is not to go to a EDM concert, a play, a performance or any number of wonderful attractions this city has to offer. My favorite thing to do is to grab beers with startup founders – there is always an interesting story, especially if said founder is working in an emerging market. Yes. I live vicariously through my friends and I’m not...
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Diamonds In The Sky

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Moriarty, New Mexico is a small town resting 40 miles east of Albuquerque and 50 miles south of the state’s capital Santa Fe and is home to about 2,000 people. To assure you that I didn’t make up this place after reading one too many Sherlock Holmes novels, I spent a few days in the town this week. Moriarty is the fireworks mecca for the Albuquerque metropolitan area, a trucker...
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