Just a Startup

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Like in the early stages of startups, the early stages of startup ecosystems are fragile. This is the period where network effects can cut sharply both ways – have a few successes and the ecosystem is off to a roaring start, but have a few public failures and people get cold feet about taking risks with ideas and capital, especially politicians and parents. Milan is an emerging startup ecosystem that...
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Problems as Opportunities

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When you go around Italy, you see historical and cultural treasures everywhere. The country was home to the Roman civilization and the birthplace of the Renaissance. From this history, Italians have developed an original mindset that questions things in the status quo. In particular, Milan is one of the European capitals of design and fashion. The intermixing of so many great ideas, both historical and present, gives Milan an environment...
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Migrations

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Our last full day in Barcelona was filled with visiting landmarks and personal reflections. We visited the Sagrada Familia, one of the most impressive structures in the world. Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026 – that’s one heck of a long project! The project demonstrates the long-term perspective that people in Barcelona have towards this important building and symbol for the city. Building a...
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Empathy

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You’ll have to ask a local about how and why Barcelona is such a friendly place. That’s the thing we noticed immediately – people are easy going and making new connections is no problem. We think that an important characteristic about startup founders, investors and ecosystem builders is that we all share empathy and understanding for each other. We all understand two important truth about the entrepreneurial journey. 1. Starting...
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Why Not?

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“Why doesn’t everyone in Europe start a startup?” That was the comment that one American immigrant who currently lives in Berlin made to us. In many countries in Europe, there is a strong social safety net. Basic necessities including healthcare is freely available to citizens. While we don’t intend to take sides on the political issue in this blog, what we noticed is that these safety nets gives people a...
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Dreams of Reality

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Berlin is one of the most historically significant city in modern times. Just a generation ago, it was the unfortunate microcosm of the larger global divide in economic and government ideologies between the U.S and Western Europe and the Soviet Union. Today, Berlin is the international crossroads of Europe, welcoming citizens from both Western and Eastern Europe as well as from many countries outside of Europe. English has evolved to...
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