Book review: European Founders At Work

European Founders At WorkA book by Pedro Santos follows the format of Jessica Livingstone’s “Founders at Work”, offering a series of interviews with the founders of European start-ups.

Entrepreneurs, such as Illya Segalovich (co-founder of Yandex), Loic LeMeur (founder of Seesmic and LeWeb), Peter Arvai (co-founder of Prezi) and many others (see full list on the book’s website: tell about how they started, built, pivoted and drove their businesses to success.

The book gives a unique first-hand perspective on how to grow a successful business from Europe, what is the importance of US market, what are the challenges European start-ups are facing and what are the competitive advantages of being in Europe.

It is an inspiring book, and it is very relevant to European entrepreneurs. While stories of US start-ups quite often start with “we got $N mln in funding and started growing from there”, in Europe it’s more about bootstrapping and building a profit-generating machine. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of starting a technology company in Europe or is already running one.

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Why are mobile application sales dropping?

Michael Mace in his blog writes about the reasons that lead to stagnation of mobile applications market – in particular why S60 application sales are not growing, while as sales of S60 based smartphones is booming. Very interesting article and very interesting discussion that followed the comments from Rafe Blandford from AllAboutSymbian and Sander van der Wal from mBrainSoftware.

Excellent reading, that can be complemented by “Let them be – or completely change expectations?” by Steve Litchfield and “The Long Tail of S60 Applications” by Tommi Vilkamo.