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One of the things that really hit home to me when I went to the Berlin Web 2 Expo last week (as soon as I have sorted out the ton of business cards I got there, I’ll do an overview!) was the increasingly pan-European nature of the tech startup scene. And it’s something I would like UK-based startups to start thinking more deeply about. The signs are that this is beginning. TIOTI.com was developed in the UK and the Ukraine, for instance. Plenty of guys I spoke to in Berlin said things like they were VC funded in London, but based in, say, Berlin, developed in Warsaw but had a sales office in Silicon Valley. Any combination is possible now. Try Sclipo, who are based in Barcelona (nice lifestyle, cheap rent) but aimed at UK/US, Spain and Germany. Trains and air connections with Europe now are pretty easy to access (but please, please, carbon-offset your travel). Which is in part why I thought I’d welcome EuropeanStartups.com to the blogosphere, written Ivan Trajkovic in Vienna, Austria. I look forward to reading his coverage of the scene, and I’ll also be “amping-up” my own coverage and knowledge about tech startups in the wider European context.

  • http://blog.newscred.com Shafqat

    Mike – great to hear you’re going to start expanding European coverage. There are a lot of flattening forces in play today (cheap bandwidth, free communication via Skype, online collboration tools etc) that are making the pan-european startup scene a reality.

    My own startup, NewsCred, is incoporated in the UK, with business development in Switzerland, and development in Bangladesh managed by my Swedish partner! When people ask ‘Where are you based?’, I can’t help but smile…

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