European Founders at Work

In European Founders at Work, several of the top European startup founders and venture capitalists are interviewed to explain their respective paths to building a successful company. It builds on the same format as the original Founders at Work, but showcases the differences between building a successful company in Europe versus the U.S.

These inciteful interviews are presented in a way that will help readers understand  the founders  local or a global views, how they competed on the global scale, if and how they got funding and their main challenges and opportunities. The companies chosen to be interviewed are a mix of unique worldwide ventures: European-only ventures and even a few copycats of already-proven concepts. As such, it provides a balanced view on the European scene. This mix also includes companies that started in Europe and moved to the U.S., companies who went IPO in their country of origin, companies with European venture capital backing, and companies that bootstrapped their way to success.

Foreword by Saul Klein, Founder of LOVEFiLM and The Accelerator Group.

What you’ll learn

  • Learn from the experiences of successful startups and Europe’s leading venture capitalists
  • Learn how to succeed in building an European-based venture based venture
  • Gain an understanding of European entrepreneurs’ world views
  • The main differences in mentality, difficulties and opportunities between the U.S. and Europe in starting and running an organization
  • Regional differences and strategies that come from the unique European business climate

Who this book is for

  • Startup enthusiasts, from potential founders to experienced entrepreneurs and investors
  • People interested in the thoughts of leaders who have succeeded in creating successful companies and how they did it
  • Managers who might be interested in opening European markets or expanding their company in these markets

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Jos White, Notion Capital, Founding Partner
Chapter 2. Barton, Inghelbrecht, Mukherjee, and Wang, Shazam
Chapter 3. Lars Hinrichs, XING
Chapter 4. Bernard Liautaud, Business Objects
Chapter 5. Iain Dodsworth, TweetDeck
Chapter 6. Giacomo Peldi Guilizzoni, Balsamiq
Chapter 7. Olivier Poitrey, Dailymotion
Chapter 8. Richard Moross,
Chapter 9. Felix Haas, amiando
Chapter 10. Peter Arvai, Prezi
Chapter 11. Saul Klein, Video Island (LOVEFiLM)
Chapter 12. Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, The Next Web
Chapter 13. Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp
Chapter 14. Ilya Segalovich, Yandex
Chapter 15. Richard Jones,
Chapter 16. Alex Farcet, Startupbootcamp
Chapter 17. Martin Varsavsky, Fon
Chapter 18. Brent Hoberman,
Chapter 19. Loic Le Meur, Seesmic and LeWeb
Chapter 20. Eric Wahlforss, SoundCloud

Book Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (February 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430239069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430239062
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