European Commission - The study “Business Dynamics: Start-ups, Business Transfers and Bankruptcy [4 MB] ” analyses the macro-economic impact of start-up, business transfer and bankruptcy legal and administrative procedures on entrepreneurship in Europe. Its aim is to identify the main problems faced by entrepreneurs along key instances of the business life of a company: start-up/licensing procedures, transfer of business, bankruptcy and second chance. Moreover, the study explores potential solutions and proposes policies that may be recommended to increase the ease of doing business and eventually the number of entrepreneurs in Europe.
In August 2004, FastCompany published an article titled, Inside The Mind Of Jeff Bezos, written by Alan Deutschman. Although the article is informative, it is the accompanying sidebar that has remained with me over the succeeding years.
Matt Mickiewicz has been featured in media outlets around the globe and understands the power of great startup marketing. But the founder of SitePoint and 99Designs says that having a great product or service is more important than being an awesome marketer, especially in the early days. “Be disruptive,” he says. “Be free where others charge (like PlentyofFish), fix something that fundamentally sucks (Square), create liquidity where none existed (Flippa, SecondMarket, AirBnB). We copped a lot of flack when we first launched for disrupting the graphic design industry – but at least people cared, and our customers loved us, and told everyone they knew about how much fun they had using our service.” He says being 5% or 10% better than the status quo isn’t good enough anymore.
Despite that whole hooplah over former TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington leaving the company, there was still plenty of excitement over the startups presenting in TechCrunch Disrupt 2011's Startup Battlefield The startups that hope to completely...