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I realise now that it was remiss of me, mentioning that European startups might want to put out feelers in Silicon Valley, not to also re-emphasise the other point I made in that long post about connecting with the fast-developing East of Europe. My Silicon Valley reference elicited a kind offer offer from Ben Metcalfe to help UK and Irish startups. But what we also need now are some equally handy offers to connect from Eastern European startups who want to connect with the UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe. Why them specifically? Because these are parts of Europe which are still developing a startup eco-system to rival the older networks contained around London, Paris, Berlin etc. So for starters (and I am probably over-stepping my remit here!) I have put up a TechCrunch Facebook group for startups in Europe who want to connect to TechCrunch in Europe (something I will be doing more of in the new year, as I am based in London and a short flight away from the rest of Europe). It’s just a small start, but I’m sure others will create other groups, and there is already an interesting one over at the European & Valley Community.

  • http://www.wishdone.com John

    Hello ,
    I am John a young Greek entrepreneur ,founder of wishdone.com and greekestate.gr .I was looking to meet you in leweb3 th e previous week as to discuss regarding the upcoming European valley.Its pretty sure that Europe is upcoming in the internet business and we all have to help build this community .Europe is different is multi language -culture ,multi in general but it has to start building multi -national companies and we have to help each other!

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    Mike, what about the Middle Earth (aka New Zealand)?
    We still swear allegiance to the British Crown! Do we count in? :-)

  • Mike Butcher

    Nah, sorry, Hobbit Kiwis don’t count ;-) [JOKE!]

  • http://kaljundi.blogspot.com/ Jüri Kaljundi

    One thing to keep in mind when profiling or discussing European (or Eastern European) startups or larger Internet companies is the issue of being pan-European vs local in one or few countries.

    Being pan-European does not mean the company is more valuable than being local. Unfortunately sometimes the very insignificant small startups, who try to be pan-European but actually have no real user base, get a lot of publicity, while the single country large players are forgotten. Good examples of local markets are Russia with 30 million Internet users and Poland with 13-15 million users.

    So if you are looking to cover what happens in Eastern Europe, keep in mind the local approach, as most of the developments are related to local audience and local markets, with only small percentage being oriented on English-language pan-European or worldwide services.

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