12 Questions: Meet Xavier (Spain)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

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12 Questions: Meet Rod MacGregor (Spain)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

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Thoughts on Spanish Startups from La Red Innova 2011

VC Cafe

I won’t get into the details of the presentation on mobile search and its impact on ecommerce, but rather, I want to share my quick insights on the atmosphere in Spain, based on my own observations and the conversations I had with both speakers and conference attendees.

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Lingua Franca Traducciones

crowdSPRING Blog

Lingua Franca Traducciones is a translating service that is based in southern Spain. We are in Spain and our service is provided in any place in Spain, and even in the world.

6 tips to bridge cultural differences in marketing communication

The Startup Magazine

Self-development is a great angle for a marketing campaign in Northern Europe, but not in Spain, which is considered a collectivist culture. The Germans are pretty proud of their punctual reputation, but the eternal siesta is a sensitive matter in Spain.

Women 2.0 Partners Google, Extends Founder Friday Events

YoungUpstarts

Media and event company Women 2.0 has announced that it is partnering search giant Google to support the startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the United States and around the world.

Colorado Global EIR Program – Applications Open for 2016

Feld Thoughts

The Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEIR) Program brings international entrepreneurial talent to the CU-Boulder campus and community. GEIRs guest lecture in classrooms, advise on entrepreneurial research, and provide mentorship to CU community members developing their own startups. Hector Rodriguez (Spain). Applications are open for the second group of Colorado Global Entrepreneurs in Residence.

12 Questions: Meet Moisés Ferreira (Brazil)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

Cracking The Code: BlablaCar - Travel Revolution

Cracking the Code

Blablacar is one such example of innovation: with a fast growing community of 1.6m Zimride , Ridejoy ), they have not yet seen the explosive growth that the service has observed in Europe with more than 1 Billion miles shared by the community and more than 8m passengers transported !

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[The Philippines] Harnessing Apps To Tackle Traffic

YoungUpstarts

Trip Barker , a community-based trip planner for mass transit systems through which users can share real-time weather, traffic, and events with their community, won the Best App Award and P100,000.00

UK second only to US amongst large countries for ‘Digital Evolution’

The Equity Kicker

It’s easier for smaller countries to substantially re-orient themselves, as Singapore in particular has done, so the real point of comparison here are the other large developed countries: the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.

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New speakers + Ignite + streaming locations

Startup Lessons Learned

This is a community-run event featuring a number of brand-new case studies and voices in the Lean Startup movement. Startup Lessons Learned 2011 is just around the corner: May 23, 2011 in SF. You have just under a week to get general admission tickets before prices go up. A lot of people missed the early bird rates and wrote to me about it. Don't be late, buy your ticket now. We've also added a number of extremely discounted tickets for full-time students.

Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live

Startup Lessons Learned

We struggle with this issue every year, because we strongly encourage everyone who can to participate with their local entrepreneurship community. I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: New Assessment Tool For Entrepreneurs

ReadWriteStart

ShareVolution As for the pitches today, first, Daniel McPherson from Australia pitched ShareVolution , an app store for the Microsoft SharePoint community. Fortunato is facing a dreadful economic climate in Spain -- a meltdown of sorts, really -- and is looking for U.S.

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Twitter Link Roundup #47 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

The Octopus says Spain will win the World Cup – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Twitter Link Roundup #47 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

The Octopus says Spain will win the World Cup – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

12 Questions: Meet Constance Semler (Canada)

crowdSPRING Blog

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community.

Fiverr rings the NYSE bell

Cracking the Code

This open and diverse culture is immediately visible when you spend time at Fiverr’s Tel Aviv office, a free-flowing environment complete with a community space for buyers and sellers from the platform to meet.

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Alfred Jorgensen Laboratory

crowdSPRING Blog

AJL supply these yeasts to breweries in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Spain, Brazil, Chile, USA, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Korea, India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Vi etnam, Germany and many other countries.

What does it mean to be Latinx in Tech Today?

Austin Startup

Latinx leaders delved into discussions on representation and how to navigate the tech ecosystem, as well as exploring cultural values, perceptions, and resiliency in the Latinx tech community.

The Right Way To Raise Future Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

She started I Am That Girl, a massive online community for the women’s movement. Tommy Scott loved selling things when he was young and then discovered peach juice in Spain.

Host a Livestream of The Lean Startup Conference

Startup Lessons Learned

For the 2010 and 2011 Lean Startup conferences , we offered the complete conference for simulcast so that people could join in from their communities around the world. These simulcasts are important community-building opportunities. BTW, you can read more about why in Brad Feld's new book, Startup Communities.) Luis Rivera Gurrea-Nozaleda of Spain Lean Startup said, "Our community of entrepreneurs loved participating in last year’s event."

Global Blockchain Expert Lilia Stoyanov Joins Advisers Team of Foresting HQ

Transformify

She's also a professor at the Zigurat Business School in Barcelona, Spain. "We will continue to support the Forester HQ to build a loyal community of users and supporters to boost brand awareness. via Business Insider. Blockchain Meets Social Media.

Here’s What’s Driving Collaborative Consumption and Where the Market May Head Next

Both Sides of the Table

Example: More than 50% of all youth in Greece & Spain (34% in Italy) are unemployed and if you take “under-employment” it is even worse. billion page views making it the largest communities of artists in the world.

This Weekend

Startup Lessons Learned

The next couple of days are going to be amazing, as the Lean Startup community converges on San Francisco. If you're in town Saturday night, you'll want to stop by Ignite: Lean Startup , a community-run event that features a number of new voices in the Lean Startup community. budmang Building Community: Champions, Cheerleaders and Comrades Kimberly Dillon. I want to welcome all of you who are traveling to be here. Welcome to our fair city.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

In the 90’s, there was a famous TV spot in Spain from Renault tagging the new young generation entering labor market. Don’t forget to join our #IamCEO Community. The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first.

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Boosting the French Tech Ecosystem

Cracking the Code

The French ecosystem has been booming for the past five years has proven its ability to generate Unicorns like Criteo , Showroomprive or Blablacar and the next wave is coming with a strong number of fast growing and disruptive start-ups including Peopledoc , Withings , Algolia , Doctolib , Food Assembly or Sigfox. Accel has been at the forefront of this new wave and we have been actively investing in France. In the past few years, we have deployed more than $130m in companies including Showroomprive, Blablacar, Peopledoc and Algolia and we don't intend to slow down. The current administration - and in particular the ministers Axelle Lemaire and Emmanuel Macron - have been working hard to help the development of the ecosystem and seek feedback from venture investors. Emmanuel Macron during the workshop in Versailles In this context I was invited, together with a large dozen of foreign investors, to participate in a workshop to discuss what France could to do to attract more venture capital from global firms. The workshop was held in the palace of Versailles followed by a dinner at the Elysees to share the salient points of our discussion with Francois Hollande. To prepare the discussion, I worked with my colleague Pia d'Iribarne on a short memo summarizing a few elements that could be addresses in the labor law to reduce complexity and increase the agility of start-ups. These suggestions are coming for a large part from the founders and CEOs of several French start-ups we have reached out to and are articulated around four themes: Limiting the burden of social charges Enabling start-ups to attract foreign talents Reducing the burden of regulatory compliance Send a strong PR message to the Tech and investor community The core idea would be to create a simple framework for start-ups - defined as companies of less than 10 years old and or loss making - for which different rules would apply. The feedback was well received, so I hope that some of these ideas will make their way in the new laws around labor. 1. Limit the burden of social charges for start-ups Start-up founders have the option to select any country to start their new company and today, the burden of social charges does not make France standout in a positive light in the global tech ecosystem. Making changes in this area would be a key element in making France more competitive and attractive for foreign investors and founders. We understand that the new law will address all companies and not only start-ups, and have tried to make suggestions more broadly applicable but with a strong impact on start-ups. The CIR and JEI are going into this direction but the following suggestions would help further: a. Implement a gradual scale for social charges applicable to new companies, which would catch up with the current level after a period of 7 to 10 years. This would help companies get off the ground and create jobs faster while catching-up with the current regulation after a few years b. Cap social charges for loss making companies in their first 10 years: in a period of stress, companies would be better off keeping more of their workforce but paying less charges than having to layoff massively. Many start-ups are going through ups and downs and this change would both incentivize them to hire more when things are going well and lay off less people in the downturns Examples from other countries: Russia reduced IT companies’ social contributions from 30% to 14% until the end of year 2017 2. Enable start-ups to attract foreign talent Access to talent is key to improve the success of tech start-ups. While France is very strong on the engineering side, attracting foreign sales, marketing and product talents is often necessary. A few measures that could help: Unique perspective on the Galerie des Glaces without any tourist around! a. Cap the income tax at 25% for foreigners during their first few years in France (5-6 years – typical duration of a position in a start-up). This measure could be limited to company less than 10 year old and could also be extended to French people who have not worked/resided in France for the past 5 years and want to come back (link to the initiative “Reviens Leon”) Examples from other countries: Spain’s “Beckham Law”: under the terms of Royal Decree 687/2005, (10th June), enacted to amend the Income Tax Regulations under Royal Decree 1775/2004, (30th July) which govern the special fiscal regime applicable to Non-Resident Income Tax, any foreign nationals coming to work in Spain may apply to be taxed as non-residents. At the time of enactment, the tax rate was set at around 24%, instead of the average income tax rate which was around 43%. The Netherlands has a special tax regime for expatriates - known as the 30% regulation – which entitles them to a tax-free cost reimbursement of 30% of the salary (with some technical adjustments). The employee is then, in essence, no longer entitled to separate general tax free reimbursement of expenses, in relation to the assignment to the Netherlands. b. Lower social charges for foreigners joining a company less than 10 years old. Given the differences in salaries between France and the US or the UK in particular, having lower social charges would help fill the salary gap as well. This measure could also be extended to French nationals who are coming back after 5 years to France and could be limited in time (5-6 years) c. Create a visa with express application for foreigners working for companies less than 10 years old. Time is critical for start-ups and having express visa would reduce the hiring friction Examples from other countries: In the Netherlands, immigration law changed on 1 January 2015, offering a new visa for start-up founders from non-EU countries. The scheme’s associated residence permit entitles the applicant to be a resident of the Netherlands for one year. A prerequisite, however, is that the start-up must be guided by an experienced mentor who is based in the Netherlands. This means that within that year, the start-up entrepreneur can develop a sustainable a business based on an innovative product or service under the guidance of the experienced mentor. 3. Reduce burden of regulatory compliance for young companies under 10 years old Applying the same regulation to fast moving start-ups as to other companies increases the complexity of running the business, and the cost of compliance in time and legal fees is high. Here are a few suggestions that would help reduce this burden: a) Comite d’Entreprise and Employee representations: while these representations are very important for larger companies, they are not designed for start-ups and are a real burden for founders. Adapting the law to introduce a notion of company age could be a way to limit the impact on start-ups. For example, the law could specify that companies require a CE only after 5 years post incorporation (in addition to the compliance period, this would be 7-8 years before it is put in place). b) Standard lay-off package: laying-off people in France is something that any entrepreneur or foreign investor fear because the process is lengthy, complex with an uncertain outcome. For start-ups, this complexity may make the difference between life and death as a few months of cash runway means everything. Giving start-ups the ability to lay-off people with a standard package of 3 months salary without further negotiation would make things easier (this is the way it works in the UK or the US). This measure could be limited to companies less than 10 year old and loss making to limit the scope but make it very relevant for start-ups. Frederic Mazzella addressing Francois Hollande and John Chambers at the Elysee dinner 4. Change France’s image with a strong PR message about a new law favoring start-ups France is mostly known abroad for the 35-hour week, and the 75% tax rate it tried to introduce (and was fortunately considered unconstitutional). However, these measures are always announced first and then mitigated by a lot of exceptions in the law. These exceptions are usually not communicated or understood abroad – they are often too complex and not newsworthy. It is time for France to announce something going the other way, something that would change our image. Some of the ideas above, if well communicated, could help improve the image of France in the eyes of foreign investors. It was really refreshing to see the openness of the government around these ideas and I look forward to continuing to work on these initiatives to improve the competitiveness of the French ecosystem and enable startups to reach escape velocity much faster! PS: many thanks to Pia who joined us recently for her contribution to this post.

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When Small Businesses Meet Big Opportunities

YoungUpstarts

It can, however, be easy to overlook the importance of small businesses like the Chatuchak stallholders, not just to their surrounding communities but also to the wider national economy. Serving the community by looking beyond it.

Twitter Link Roundup #111 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

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Spain’s unemployment is 22.6 Awesomeness business community crowdsourcing design How To inspiration Interviews marketing Reviews social media start-up tips Strategy Technology writing ads advertising copywriting entrepreneur entrepreneurship facebook industrial design leadership package design pr product design public relations small biz small business startups twitter

Twitter Link Roundup #114 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

The ad, created and designed by Contrapunto BBDO (Madrid, Spain), educates people about desertification , which destroys approximately 6,000 species every year. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I thought I was pretty sell suited to answer that question because having grown up in Northern California but lived and worked in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain & Japan over 11 years I had seen quite a few societies and work environments.

Be Shareable

YoungUpstarts

Instead of merely shooting a routine commercial, we had sold him and his team on a crazy, real-world stunt, where we would dress him up as a homeless man and have him beg for money in the middle of one of the busiest plazas in Spain.

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Twitter Link Roundup #110 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Spain’s unemployment is 22.6 Awesomeness business community crowdsourcing design How To inspiration Interviews marketing Reviews social media start-up tips Strategy Technology writing ads advertising copywriting entrepreneur entrepreneurship facebook industrial design leadership package design pr product design public relations small biz small business social meida startups twitter

28 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

Today I can write an article for my blog from a beach in Spain, and tomorrow I could fly to Thailand and shoot a video series for a new marketing course that I have in mind. Don’t forget to join our #IamCEO Community. Being in love is great.

500 Startups unveils its Fall 2012 accelerator lineup: More international and more sh*t founders say

The Next Web

Startups in this class come from far and away, including Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, India, Japan, Italy, Latvia & Estonia, Spain, and Taiwan. Hunie: community for designers to help them get feedback from their peers.

10 Companies Want To Show You The Money

YoungUpstarts

All Lyft drivers must be friendly, community-oriented drivers who love meeting new people, who can pass a phone screen, an in-person meeting and background & DMV record checks.

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25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

Over time, our online local newspaper grew in readership and expanded to several other towns, to the point where we became the primary news source for the residents of our communities. The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes first.

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The 4 Keys to Building Brand Loyalty with Millennials

Up and Running

They are concerned with the brand’s actions, realized quality, and community awareness. They simply interacted with the community, created high-quality content, reached out to the public, and made a personal connection.

How to get creative with your domain name registration

The Next Web

The domain name choice just made sense for the community-focused company, says Badal. “We We want new members to join the Grouper community and have an epic adventure with their friends, so it was an easy choice for us.”.

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15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

Navio, or nao in Old Spanish, was the primary ship used by the early explorers from Spain and Portugal during the Age of Discovery. Don’t forget to join our #IamCEO Community. The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet.

What’s it Like Being a VC?

Both Sides of the Table

I went to Ibiza in Spain with my wife and in-laws before we were married. Running a local community / mentorship program – I run a group called LaunchPad LA.

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15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

Then – I have a burning passion to go live in Spain, I have Spanish blood in me. I desired to become an entrepreneur who would develop new books, coaching services and training modules for leadership development and community development.