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10 things you didn't know about Europe's tech scene | VentureBeat | Business | by Omar Mohout
So while Europe might be a single market, it’s definitely not a single tech scene. That fact makes it difficult to feel the pulse of the European tech. But if you take a close look, you’ll quickly notice that there is interesting stuff happening in Europe – to the point that we’re spotting young EUnicorns, the European answer to Silicon Valley’s unicorns! In order to get a good overview of the scene,, the non-profit I work for that maps Belgian tech startups, recently looked at all of the European tech companies that have raised at least $1 million in 2016. The data (you can view it here), which is comprised of more than 1,100 transactions from 30 countries, reveals 10 surprising insights. Here they are — the good, the bad, and the ugly of the old continent:
startup  review  fintech  Europe  London  Paris  Berlin  Stockholm  Barcelona  Munich  Amsterdam  Copenhagen  Dublin  Milan  Ghent  Krakow  Lausanne  Porto  Helsinki  UK  Germany  France  Sweden  Belgium  Ireland  Finland  Switzerland  university  accelerator  venturecapital  B2B  B2C  marketplace  Venturebeat  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
How Stockholm Became A 'Unicorn Factory' - Forbes
What do Silicon Valley and Stockholm have in common? Spawning billion-dollar tech companies. After Silicon Valley, the Swedish capital produces the highest number of so-called “unicorns” per capita than any other global city. With a population of less than 900,000, Stockholm has birthed prolific global brands like Skype, Spotify, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga. In fact, American interactive entertainment firm Activision Blizzard has just purchased the makers of Candy Crush Saga for $5.9 billion.

Experts say a number of factors — including the global success of well-known Swedish companies, government foresight and infrastructure planning — have fomented an environment that has fostered 22,000 tech businesses in the city alone. “Sweden has developed a human, social, educational and corporate infrastructure that supports start-ups,” notes Wharton management professor Exequiel Hernandez.
startup  unicorn  Stockholm  Sweden  Skype  Spotify  Klarna  iZettle  KingDigital  review  Forbes  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Europe's Cities Are Suffering From Economic Segregation and Inequality Too - CityLab
Americans are well aware of the growing economic inequality playing out in major U.S. cities. So you can forgive them for assuming that things are always much better in European cities, with their larger welfare states and long histories of social democracy. Indeed, my own recent study of the connection between inequality and creativity juxtaposed America’s low-road path—which combines high levels of creativity with high levels of inequality—with the high-road path of Scandinavian and Northern European nations, where high levels of creative competitiveness go along with much lower levels of inequality.

But a new study of 13 leading European cities—London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo, Vienna, Madrid, Milan, Athens, Budapest, Prague, Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn—documents a substantial rise in socioeconomic inequality and economic segregation over the past decade or so. The study (part of a broader project on Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities) tracks socioeconomic inequality and segregation by key markets of socioeconomic class—including income, occupational status, and education—in these cities from 2001 to 2011.
incomeinequality  segregation  cities  Europe  London  Madrid  Tallinn  Riga  Athens  Vilnius  Amsterdam  Vienna  Budapest  Oslo  Prague  Stockholm  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The best record shops in Europe – chosen by experts | Travel | The Guardian
The UK has been covered, so here musicians and record industry insiders choose their favourite European destinations for buying vinyl ... and just hanging out
music  recordstore  vinyl  Warsaw  Brussels  Copenhagen  Hamburg  Barcelona  Madrid  Dublin  Glasgow  Stockholm  Cologne  Belgrade  Amsterdam  tourist  Guardian  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral

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