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How Europe is producing ‘super startups’

How Europe is producing ‘super startups’ | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

U.S. startups have traditionally had access to far higher levels of investment, giving them a head start when it comes to research and development and making it easier to attract to its shores the very best talent.

Yet the arms race is becoming closer. According to Dow-Jones VentureSource, the second quarter of 2014 saw over €2.1 billion ($2.4 billion at the current conversion rate) raised by European startups — the highest quarterly total since 2001. (For comparison’s sake, the figure for U.S.-based startups in that period was $13.8 billion.)

Encouraged by the success of European tech firms such as Shazam and Transferwise — both of which made valuations of billion dollars in early 2015 — more U.S. money is crossing the pond.

There is also an increasing confidence in investors that Europe has the talent pool to thrive, and there has not been an irreparable “brain drain” to Silicon Valley.

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Excellent post by @codordog ; @blablacar or @sigfox are the most recent "super startups" within @LaFrenchTech

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‘Crowdfunding’ Rules Are Unlikely to Meet Deadline

‘Crowdfunding’ Rules Are Unlikely to Meet Deadline | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

When the Jobs Act became law in April, supporters proclaimed a new era for small businesses seeking to raise money.

The “game changer,” as President Obama put it in the Rose Garden as he signed the bill, was a provision to let small companies “crowdfund” — that is, sell stock and other securities over the Internet directly to the public. “For the first time,” the president said, “ordinary Americans will be able to go online and invest in entrepreneurs that they believe in.”

But it now seems that dawn will break late on this new age of democratic investing. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears certain to miss its end-of-year deadline for issuing regulations to put the provision into effect. And with the departure of the S.E.C. chairwoman, Mary L. Schapiro, and three of her top deputies — including two who manage the offices writing the regulations — some in the nascent equity crowdfunding industry worry that it could be 2014 before their line of business becomes legal.

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The secret algorithm one VC firm uses to pick entrepreneurs

The secret algorithm one VC firm uses to pick entrepreneurs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Every VC firm has its own way of evaluating potential investments. Remmy Oxley, an anonymous VC, says that Moneyball-style methods are the next step, and reveals his firm's algorithm for screening candidates.
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The Most Valuable Startups Right Now

The Most Valuable Startups Right Now | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Airbnb is reportedly in talks to get new funding at a $10 billion valuation. That would vault Airbnb to the top of the startup valuation rankings

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Inflating Bubble ?

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$1 Billion In Seed Funding Will Be Vaporized As 1,000 Startups Die Next Year

$1 Billion In Seed Funding Will Be Vaporized As 1,000 Startups Die Next Year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The so-called Series A crunch isn't the problem.
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La chaine de financement de l’innovation n’est pas prête à générer un Facebook français … par Jean-David Chamboredon - Chronique e-Business

La chaine de financement de l’innovation n’est pas prête à générer un Facebook français … par Jean-David Chamboredon - Chronique e-Business | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Avec l'entrée en Bourse de Facebook, et sa capitalisation supérieure à $100bn, une question est sur toutes les lèvres : « à quand un Facebook français ? ». La réponse est simple: ce n’est pas pour demain, voire même jamais si nous ne créons pas vite un écosystème favorable.
Belle analyse de Jean-David CHAMBOREDON, toujours aussi pertinent...
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