What do European startups want for Christmas? We’ve come up with a list of ideas. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
1. Inspiration – We want European tech founders to think more collectively, lobby government more effectively and put themselves out there as heroes for the next generation to emulate. Don’t be shy!
2. Great local capital where they are – Europe is awash with wealthy individuals and ‘family offices’ style funds that have previously invested in property and traditional businesses. We need those opened up to tech entrepreneurs. These people are not going to make interest on their money sitting in a bank account. There is talent all over Europe but the investment money tends to reside in big hubs like London. Let’s get more of that money unlocked in places where it’s capitally efficient to build new startups, like Barcelona, Athens or Rome or Warsaw or Berlin.