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Entrepreneurial Team Spirit: The Family and Station F Create Communities for European Startups

European startup culture is evolving rapidly, both in terms of priorities and investment. The technology sector has seen especially significant growth over the last decade, with $23 billion in investments in 2018, up from $5.2 billion just five years prior. The European Union has adopted a brighter attitude toward startups as venture capital funds in the region have matured and investments have soared. Perhaps unsurprisingly, entrepreneurial enthusiasm isn’t hard to come by in Europe, and neither are up-and-coming folks with promising ideas.

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Empathy, Haikus, and Reinventing How We Live with Menlo Ventures’ Shawn Carolan

Just call Shawn Carolan Menlo Ventures’ “mobility man.” Not only did the general partner champion the venture capital firm’s investments in Jump Bikes and electric scooter startup Skip, but Carolan was also among the earliest to understand how the transportation sector would unfold, backing connected-car and location-based services company Telenav back in 2005. That conviction […]

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Josh Elman of Greylock Partners talks to AWS's Adam FitzGerald during a State of Startups Event at the AWS Loft in SF.

What Greylock Partner’s Josh Elman saw in 2017 – and What’s Coming Next for Startups

Josh Elman, a consumer specialist at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, couldn’t have been blunter about “acquihiring,” the practice of big companies paying big bucks for startups to hire teams for their expertise. “There was this funny little period time where that seemed like it was a thing,” Elman recently told a crowd of startup entrepreneurs at the AWS Loft in San Francisco. “I think that’s gone.”

That doesn’t mean big companies aren’t buying startups, Elman continued. In fact, it turns out that acquihiring didn’t translate to getting better talent than just hiring—it’s just more expensive.

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