In 1956, William Shockley opened Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory to innovate on the then-current transistors. Shockley was a great talent magnet but a crappy manager so a core group of Shockley employees (the famous the traitorous eight) left to start Fairchild Semiconductors and from that, start 65 other companies. That was
“Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” - Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin 2001 - 2014 “Berlin is poor, but sexy." Next month is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Crazy. This physical and political barrier single-handedly shaped the city to become the post-capitalist contradiction it is today.
Earlier this week, something quite exciting happened. Dealroom released their Quarterly European Venture Capital report for Q2 2019. One thing stands out: Q2 broke the all-time record for tech investment in Europe, with €9.3 billion invested. Is this good news? It absolutely is. Exactly a year ago, during Q2
Last week, GetYourGuide announced an astronomical $484 million Series E round. A few weeks before that, Tourlane raised $47 million, and GoEuro revealed a complete rebrand (it’s now called Omnio) and expansion plans in Latin America and Asia. What do these companies have in common? The three of them
Different cities send different messages. After living in Buenos Aires, Cincinnati, Milano, Paris and now Barcelona, I realized that each message resonates with different people. Paul Graham writes: "Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it when you walk around one. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends
Last week, the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Secretary of State for the Home Department released a white paper calling for significantly increased regulation for tech companies with the goal of banning “trolling” and “disinformation” . The main piece of that legislation