Sweden top, UK second in Europe by per capita venture activity

The Equity Kicker

That Sweden is doing amazingly well for a small country (emulating Israel). Ben Rooney just posted an analysis of VC and entrepreneurial activity in Europe which included the two charts above.

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What giving blood in Sweden can teach us about great mobile experiences

Jeff Hilimire

So when I read about what Sweden is doing with blood donations it made perfect sense. After you give blood in Sweden, you get a text message whenever your blood saves someone’s life. I give blood platelets 3-4 times a year.

[Infographic] Which Country Uses The Internet Best?

YoungUpstarts

According to the recent Web Index study by The World Wide Web Foundation , that country is Sweden. Sweden beat out the United States as it had more citizens online (90-percent, compared to 75-percent of Americans), and provided better and faster bandwidth per Internet user.

Rhuby – An Entrepreneurial Gem In The Spirits Business

YoungUpstarts

Åkers Styckebruk is a tiny village of just under 3,000 inhabitants located in Sweden’s Strängnäs Municipality, a region with a diverse and dynamic range of industries such as tourism, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, logistics and education.

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State of the Digital Music Industry 2014: An Insider’s View

VC Cafe

Digital is now the majority of revenues in markets such as the US, India, Norway and Sweden. Music is everyone’s favorite example of digital disruption done wrong. After peaking at $38 billion revenue more than a decade ago, the industry stabilized last year at $16.5 billion.

IFS World Conference: Sneak Preview

deal architect

IFS invited me to their conference in Gothenburg, Sweden next week. In this, what I have called the year of the vertical in cloud ERP offerings, I am looking forward to learning more of their focus on asset intensive industries

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Global Innovation 2011

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creativity and Self-Expression Innovation Politics & Government Trends, Futurism, and Research Alcatel-Lucent Booz and Company Chile China Confederation of Indian Industry Creativity Demark economics Finland Global Innovation Index Greece Gregg Fraley INSEAD Lithuania Moldova Sweden Switzerland UK United Nations USA World Intellectual Property Organization

Marco Polo 2.0

deal architect

First entry this year in a series on innovation from places you do not typically expect much innovation from The Invisible Bike Helmet – Sweden Big Data of International Technology Patents – Washington, US TGVLabs – France Florida Poly Futuristic.

More Global Innovation

deal architect

Bumper crop of innovations from various parts of the world we don’t always expect innovation from Near Cashless Society – Sweden A decade of LeWeb – France Faber-Castell – Germany Wine “Rover” – German wine country Rail Power – Kazakhstan.

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More Innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog Next-gen Magnets The Outside office evolves “Proton Jeff” GoPro or Go Amateur Videographer City Planning in a fast moving world Boston re-imagined Sweden wants your trash “The earliest mobile apps”.

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More on UK ecommerce penetration

The Equity Kicker

One of the reasons we like backing ecommerce companies is that here in the UK we spend more online that all other major countries bar Sweden and we punch above our weight when it comes to ecommerce leaders.

[INTERVIEW] Zakaria Hersi, Founder Of Orten.io

YoungUpstarts

On one hand, he’s a tech innovator and entrepreneur whose creativity has earned him awards and accolades on two continents – Europe (Sweden, to be more exact) and Africa (eastern, and in countries like Nairobi, his native Somalia and Mauritius). Can you see expanding the concept beyond Sweden?

Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

The Next Web

For the fifth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden.

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Going door-to-door as teenage evangelist taught me the secret of entrepreneurship

The Next Web

My training ground was the streets of Sweden, going door to door as a teenage evangelist. You can learn useful entrepreneurial skills in all sorts of odd places. What I learned there was resilience, persistence, and self-belief.

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[Infographic] The World’s Hippest Office Addresses

YoungUpstarts

Or Stockholm in Sweden, considered one of the most startup-friendly cities in the world.

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A Blue Print For Successful Startup Hubs

VC Cafe

The Economist published "If in doubt, innovate" a special report on The Nordic Region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland) as a hotbed for entrepreneurship we can all learn from.

Manage And Schedule Appointments With TimeCenter

YoungUpstarts

TimeCenter is developed by Sweden-based Niclas Marie and Daniel Ellenson. Marie had been running a web development shop nicmar media since 2002, and had developed an online appointment scheduler for two of Sweden’s biggest companies in 2005.

The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Monday we hosted 40 Danish entrepreneurs for dinner and today its graduate students from Chalmers University in Sweden. Last week I had 15 Finnish entrepreneurs out to the ranch ( Aalto University has a partnership with Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program.) Looks like the ice is melting in Scandinavia. Welcome to the democratization of entrepreneurship.

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How Blacklane went from one city to over 250 around the world

The Next Web

In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden– we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth.

[Infographic] Who’s The Next Spotify?

YoungUpstarts

After all – if you didn’t know - Spotify started as a tiny little startup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006. If you love music, technology and startups, you probably love Spotify.

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Startups from Around the World at SXSW

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There were startups from Guatemala and Germany, Malaga, Spain, France, Australia, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and more at the invitation-only SXSW Global Startup Forum at City Hall. In addition to local dignitaries like Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest, was a panel of venture […] The post Startups from Around the World at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How Typeform became the world’s most popular online form creator

The Next Web

In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden – we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth.

Hello Startup

Start Up Blog

It’s called Hello Sweden , and here’s the kicker: the calls are taken by random Swedes. Surely the goal should be having a business in which you’d trust your customers the same way Sweden trusts its populace?

Is there a difference in expectation and attitude between Angels in the USA vs those in other Geographical regions and are there disadvantages because of this?

Gust

I am friends with many professional angels from around the world, and my analyses (allowing for our individual investment preferences) are virtually identical to those of Dave Berkus in Southern California, Matey de Nedkov in Montreal, Phillippe Gluntz in Paris and Dušan Stojanovic in Sweden. Surprisingly, no.

Who are the 30 fastest growing companies in Europe?

The Next Web

For the fourth year in a row, TNW and Adyen joined forces to organize the Tech5 competition in which we scour The Netherlands, the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden for the fastest revenue-growing companies. This is a question we ask ourselves.

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Meet 4 more of Europe’s fastest-growing tech firms:  Leetchi, MAG Interactive, Run a Shop, and Hailo

The Next Web

These startups include companies from France, United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. The Next Web has been hunting down the fastest-growing startups in Europe.

How Typeform became the world’s most popular online form creator

The Next Web

In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden – we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth.

Interview with Everipedia’s Tedde Forselius

Mucker Lab

Sweden is pretty much my favorite non-Iran country. The only thing better than Silicon Valley is palm trees and beaches, so Silicon Beach must be the perfect place for a techie like me coming from the cold and harsh winters of Sweden. Are there any cool, Mucker / YC esque accelerators in Sweden? What are the top 3 things you miss most about Sweden? Interview with my Everipedia Co-founder Theodor Forselius (AKA “Tedde”) by Mahbod Moghadam.

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[Asia] Music Streaming Service Spotify Launches In Singapore And Malaysia

YoungUpstarts

If you’re not aware, Spotify started as a tiny little startup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2008. “The introduction of Spotify into Sweden years back saw growth in the country’s music industry, along with a corresponding decrease in music piracy.

Best Companies For Magento Support

YoungUpstarts

Vaimo (Sweden). The advent of E-commerce opened up a lot of possibilities for everyone. People can now transact business, buy and sell goods and services, and share data anytime and anywhere. As long as they have the connectivity, people find it more convenient to do all these remotely.

[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

There’s a battery entrepreneur in Sweden, for example, who’s doing some interesting work on the next generation of batteries.

Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.

YoungUpstarts

Sweden: Creative. So in Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and United States, professionals used the word creative in their profiles to give themselves an edge in the careers… except that many others also describe themselves similarly.

Achieving hyper growth from Europe: Lessons from SoundCloud and Klarna [Video]

The Next Web

Adalberth started Klarna with the company’s other co-founders in Stockholm, Sweden, because, he says, the barrier for starting a business was high enough as it was (they were in business school at the time and didn’t really know all that much about the technology industry).

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7 Leadership Lessons From Successful Immigrants

Startup Professionals Musings

Nordstrom (Sweden), and Pierre Omdiyar (France) at Ebay. In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

[Singapore] Job Satisfaction No Indication Of Job Loyalty: LinkedIn

YoungUpstarts

“ Jim’s leaving the company? But I thought he was happy here! At least, that’s what he was always telling us. ” Change Jim to any other name, and you may have heard similar conversations around the office watercooler or pantry conversations at many companies.

Hear This From SXSW: Tech and News

Austin Startup

And in Sweden and Finland, robots now write more news articles than humans. Newsrooms in Sweden and Finland are leading the charge into more fully-automated content, with algorithms analyzing the facts, writing the news, and pointing their human counterparts to the most interesting stories.

Divalicious Puts A Shopping Mall In Your Hand

YoungUpstarts

Divalicious is available on iOS devices and can be found in the app stores for the following countries: USA, Japan, China, Korea, Portugal, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.

Employee Motivation: 3 ways To Increase Productivity

YoungUpstarts

Sweden is currently making headlines for tackling this very issue. There’s nothing more damaging to a working environment than demotivated employees. You’ll spot them stomping in on a Monday morning looking less than impressed, and daydreaming their way through the rest of the week.

Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live

Startup Lessons Learned

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. We struggle with this issue every year, because we strongly encourage everyone who can to participate with their local entrepreneurship community. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values.

Climb the Ladder Of Intentionality To Unleash Your Potential

YoungUpstarts

He has held senior management positions at Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo; served as CEO of The Lighting Science Group; has lived and worked in Sweden, England, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and the United States; and took 16 months to sail around the world with his family.

Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank

Other companies operating in small markets with little R&D resources in their home country (ABB, Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche in Switzerland, Philips in the Netherlands and Ericsson in Sweden) pursued R&D outside their home country by necessity.

[Infographic] Top Office Pet Peeves

YoungUpstarts

The Swedish are found to be the most tolerant of what others wear in the workplace, but there is still a gender split: revealing clothing irritates 35 percent of the women in Sweden, but only 12 percent of the men. Do you want to know what really gets someone’s goat in the office?

20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

Hearpreneur

Dala Communications is taken from the nickname Dala, which refers to the Dalecarlian horse, a cultural symbol of Sweden and a part of my own family heritage. The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea.

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