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EntrepreneurCountry Insights keeps citizens informed about the latest global technology and innovation trends. Here is a record of all the articles, case studies, reports and contributions EntrepreneurCountry has published in its digital newsletter Insights since 2008.

Articles tagged with: 2014

Grow Baby Grow - The Ariadne Portfolio and Platform Expands

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

In 2014, Ariadne has made deals and investments in multiple innovative digital disruptors with high-growth potential. Drawing from a range of industry sectors, all of the companies hold in common that they adhere to the Ecosystem Economics approach – organising their respective ecosystems and successfully incentivising stakeholders. This article profiles each of these companies, whom Ariadne Capital look forward to doing further business with in 2015 and beyond.

Follow The Entrepreneur Investor Summit 2014

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

On Friday 5th September, Ariadne Capital hosted its 4th Annual 'Follow The Entrepreneur Investor Summit' (FTE) at the Four Seasons, Hampshire. More than 200 entrepreneurs attended the event to listen to a host of impressive speakers. The issues and sectors discussed were diverse and highly relevant, including the Future of Data Centres, Energy, European Venture Capital, Genetics, Money, Publishing, Retail, Service and Space.

Network Effects - What's Happening Across The EntrepreneurCountry Regional Partner Platform

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

2014 has been a particularly prosperous year in the growth of the EntrepreneurCountry platform – with expansion into new continents and a dramatic rise in the footprint of the entrepreneurial community. EntrepreneurCountry has remained committed to interacting with local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems and bringing them to the global forum. 2014 has demonstrated the power of entrepreneurship within our community, with the ability of Africa to drive mobile and FinTech innovation and Europe to continue to be a leading hub of entrepreneurship. The next big thing doesn't have to come from Silicon Valley – this is what EntrepreneurCountry seeks to facilitate.

Roman Stanek - The Serial Entrepreneur Taking Ideas to the Clouds

Written by Dan Ginger on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

Roman Stanek, one of the founding Ariadne Capital investing members, was born during the Communist regime in former Czechslovakia. His entrepreneurial streak started early - shortly after graduating from the Czech Technical University in Prague, he began building businesses. Despite not having access to a computer at school, he distributed U.S. software in Eastern Europe – but with the rise of the internet and the ability to download software online, his business vanished. However the idea that trade links between Eastern Europe and the US were strengthening inspired Roman to pursue this line of business again.

The House of Ariadne: What We Know & What You Can Expect

Written by Julie Meyer on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

Roughly every 7 years, there is another economic cycle. Where we were 7 years ago was that Northern Rock had happened, but Lehmans hadn't yet. The stock market cycle of bulls and bears however has very little correlation to 'the technology world' in which I've operated businesses since 1988. Whereas financial markets go up and down, technology has consistently driven growth in jobs, wealth, consumer utility and productivity since the 1980's when I was becoming an adult. In fact, if you think of technology as merely 'tools' – then, humans have been improving the ways that they do things for forever. At the time of Stonehenge, it was stones. In 1450 in German, it was Gutenberg and mechanical printing technology. In 1971 in Silicon Valley, it was the microprocessor.

 

Peter Schrøder of Egmont Publishing on Innovating Media

Written by Dan Ginger on Friday, 19 December 2014.

Peter Schrøder has worked in New Media for the past 15 years, in both small and large corporations all focusing on global roll-out. He also has experience in VC and in co-investing himself with Business Angels. Peter has a strong background working in industries where technology is the enabler and digital disruptor – Digital Davids influencing the industry ecosystem and organising the Ecosystem Economics™ of the sector to transform and innovate.

Positive Architecture

Written by Julie Meyer on Friday, 19 December 2014.

I was a babe in the woods as many first time entrepreneurs are.... We don't know what we don't know yet. And if we knew how hard it would be (like being a parent), we probably wouldn't go there..... I find that the average person who has never run their own firm thinks there's a 1 to 3 differential between being an entrepreneur and being an employee in someone else's firm (no matter how large, mature or well-funded) in the stress level, requirement for focus, dedication of time etc. Balderdash... It's at least 1 to 10 and probably closer to 1 to 25. Not my view alone, but the view of those who have done both.

Digital Monopolies – Unfair Competition?

Written by Dan Ginger on Thursday, 18 December 2014.

Recently, on Thursday the 27th of November, the European Parliament voted in favour of ‘breaking up’ Google, by 458 votes to 173. While the European Parliament has no powers to form legislation – this being the role of the European Commission, the vote has fuelled fire on the debate over digital monopolies, and how they should be managed compared to conventional monopolies. Google has a profit margin of 20 per cent, and posts revenues of $13billion annually. Is an online monopoly unfair, prohibiting consumer choice and exhibiting bias? Why should large digital players be penalised for successfully innovating and organising the business model and Ecosystem Economics™?

What INSEAD Taught Me

Written by Julie Meyer on Thursday, 18 December 2014.

'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.' - Marianne Williamson

The ultimate guide to pricing your company for a fundraise (Or, how much is too much?)

Written by Armando Biondi on Thursday, 18 December 2014.

Your company's valuation is probably the single most important number in your whole fundraising story.

Sure, you need to have some early traction, you need to have a product out there and a convincing enough team; but those are prerequisites. Don't even go into a fundraising conversation if you don't have them, and much has been written about what people look for nowadays.

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