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Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

Europe is a 'slacker with low expectations', says Paypal founder

By Jack Torrance Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Paypal founder and Silicon Valley investment veteran, Peter Thiel, has said that Europeans have a poor work ethic because of their low expectations.

Small businesses are bullish about exports

Small businesses are bullish about exports

29 September 2014

Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly optimistic about overseas growth prospects, with young businesspeople leading the charge.

 
 
'I was a double for Neville Longbottom' - Bertie Stephens, Flubit

'I was a double for Neville Longbottom' - Bertie Stephens, Flubit

26 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the Amazon price-beating site talks Robot Wars, freezing on film sets and filming Elon Musk's wedding.

 
 
Excellence is no longer enough in business

Excellence is no longer enough in business

23 September 2014

To be excellent won't get you ahead in a world where there is little difference between one company's products and another. How then to stand out?

 
 
Janvi Patel: 'If it's not on the spreadsheet it's not happening'

Janvi Patel: 'If it's not on the spreadsheet it's not happening'

19 September 2014

POWER MUMS: The founder of law firm Halebury and mother of three commutes between LA and London and admits to being a control freak. She talks about learning to let go and being bossy.

 
 
'When you really want something you make it happen' - Hannah Rhodes, Hiver

'When you really want something you make it happen' - Hannah Rhodes, Hiver

19 September 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The honey beer entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er wants to move her business from London to Hull and thinks politicians should cut ties with the media.

 
 
Failure: it destroys careers, and shreds company images

Failure: it destroys careers, and shreds company images

05 September 2014

But is there any way to avoid it?

 
 
Dyson could be about to launch a robotic vacuum cleaner

Dyson could be about to launch a robotic vacuum cleaner

29 August 2014

The ever-inventive engineer has released a mysterious video announcing a product launch on September 4th. What could it be...?

 
 
'I was checking emails in the labour room' - Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark

'I was checking emails in the labour room' - Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark

29 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the parking app talks about his 'property porn obsession' and why he offers his staff infinite holidays.

 
 
'Launching in America was the best decision we ever made' - Robyn Exton, Dattch

'Launching in America was the best decision we ever made' - Robyn Exton, Dattch

22 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the women-only dating app talks about her plans to move to the US and why she wants to rename her business.

 
 
Och no: Two-thirds of small Scottish businesses want to stay in the UK

Och no: Two-thirds of small Scottish businesses want to stay in the UK

21 August 2014

More than half of small Scottish businesses think independence would be a threat to the country's economic growth.

 
 
Stelios wants to shake up the car rental market (again) with EasyCar Club

Stelios wants to shake up the car rental market (again) with EasyCar Club

18 August 2014

The serial entrepreneur wants to grab a slice of the sharing economy with peer-to-peer car rental platform EasyCar Club.

 
 
'Star investor' Neil Woodford has just bet £7m on online estate agent Purplebricks

'Star investor' Neil Woodford has just bet £7m on online estate agent Purplebricks

18 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The 'disruptive' estate agent has raised £10m already this year, after launching in April.

 
 
A 19-year-old school dropout has just won £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragon's Den

A 19-year-old school dropout has just won £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragon's Den

17 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Jordan Daykin's patented plasterboard fixings tamed the fiery dragon. And he only employees other teenagers.

 
 
The UK sharing economy could rake in £9bn by 2025

The UK sharing economy could rake in £9bn by 2025

15 August 2014

Sharing economy companies in the UK currently make around £500m a year, according to PwC. But it all depends how you define it...

 
 
'Being aggressive isn't essential for business success' - Donna Baker, Here For a Day & Here For a Pound

'Being aggressive isn't essential for business success' - Donna Baker, Here For a Day & Here For a Pound

15 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the daily deal website and online pound store talks about becoming a midwife and why she can't work with half-hearted people.

 
 
Uber vs Lyft: This time it's personal

Uber vs Lyft: This time it's personal

13 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The battle between the two startups to disrupt and dominate taxi markets around the world is not pretty.

 
 
What do entrepreneurs really want from investors?

What do entrepreneurs really want from investors?

13 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Two thirds of business owners want advice more than money, but lots aren't getting any at all.

 
 
Yo is now more than just, er, Yo

Yo is now more than just, er, Yo

12 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The ridiculously simple free messaging app is trying to target marketers.

 
 
'Failure is good. It's a great way to learn' - Jared Jesner, WeSwap

'Failure is good. It's a great way to learn' - Jared Jesner, WeSwap

08 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the peer-to-peer currency exchange site talks cold-calling, double nappy duty and why Israelis make great employees.

 
 
JustPark's app means you'll never have to waste time searching for a parking space

JustPark's app means you'll never have to waste time searching for a parking space

07 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: It's the latest expansion of the sharing economy, as JustPark partners with BMW to embed the app into Minis.

 
 
More than half of small businesses could run out of cash in two weeks

More than half of small businesses could run out of cash in two weeks

06 August 2014

LAUNCHPAD: An insurer claims small businesses aren't prepared for the unexpected, but most probably already have insurance...

 
 
'The toys you play with in the army are incomparable' - Paul Sulyok, Green Man Gaming

'The toys you play with in the army are incomparable' - Paul Sulyok, Green Man Gaming

01 August 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The founder of the online gaming shop on the challenge of hanging onto tech expertise in London and why his beer fridge is 'magic'.

 
 
The next $10bn startup? Snapchat is 'raising funding from Alibaba'

The next $10bn startup? Snapchat is 'raising funding from Alibaba'

30 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Facebook failed to buy Snapchat for $3bn last year. Looks like its founders were right to turn down Zuckerberg.

 
 
On the brink: 12% of small businesses have considered shutting up shop

On the brink: 12% of small businesses have considered shutting up shop

30 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The economy may be ticking along nicely, but some small businesses are still feeling the pinch.

 
 
'Everyone should be a waitress once' - Melissa Burton, Goody Good Stuff

'Everyone should be a waitress once' - Melissa Burton, Goody Good Stuff

25 July 2014

The confectioner says she wanted to be a lawyer, but making candy is sweeter - and explains that however ethical your product, trying to sell it from a plain cardboard box is not easy...

 
 
'Putting on an ill-fitting black suit is my idea of hell' - Poppy Mardall, Poppy's Funerals

'Putting on an ill-fitting black suit is my idea of hell' - Poppy Mardall, Poppy's Funerals

17 July 2014

20 QUESTIONS: The entrepreneur and 35 Under 35-er talks about employing poets and fire fighters and why she only has one app on her phone.

 
 

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California woman's eviction battle: When Airbnb goes bad

23 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The sharing economy is all well and good until someone squats in your flat...

 

Michael Acton Smith: I'm stepping down as CEO of Mind Candy, but that doesn't mean we're IPOing

11 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The man behind Moshi Monsters quashed rumours he's leaving ('if you cut me I bleed jellybeans'), but told MT he wants a more creative role.

 

A German supermarket startup is about to give Aldi and Lidl a run for their money

08 July 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Crowdfunded supermarket Original Unverpackt promises it will do away with waste altogether.

 

The majority of areas with lots of fast-growing companies are outside London

20 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Capital-dwellers take note - stuff actually happens in places where you can't use your Oyster Card.

 

Skyscanner and Moonpig founders have clubbed together to provide early-stage investment

06 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Investors including Moshi Monsters' Michael Acton Smith and the founders of Skyscanner, Innocent Drinks and Moonpig are joining forces to tackle the 'equity gap'.

 

This is the world's first self-balancing bicycle

02 May 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Jyrobike wants to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter next month to make its auto-balancing children's bikes.

 

Moolah's founder accidentally donated 20m Dogecoins to Doge4Nascar

25 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Very Dogecoin. Such Nascar. Wow.

 

Style Lend dresses up the sharing economy

21 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Former model Lona Duncan wants to monetise the dresses you're bored with wearing and save you buying ones you don't need. It's not cheap though.

 

Alibaba's $215m Tango stake makes Whatsapp look stupidly overvalued (again)

20 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: 6.5 times as many users for 19 times the price. Facebook needs to work out how to turn its calf into a cash cow.

 

Coding Cupboard is hooking up student programmers with small businesses

13 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Students need experience. Start-ups need cheap coders. A match made in heaven?

 

Boris wants London to be the 'tech capital of the world'? No kidding

13 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: The government has ploughed £50m into turning London into a tech hub. Now its mayor has decided he wants it to be the 'tech capital of the world'. We can all dream...

 

Pop-up shops: coming soon to a tube station near you

12 March 2014

LAUNCHPAD: Transport for London has signed a deal to allow pop-up shops and restaurants in its vacant retail units.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Crowdfunders unite to target small businesses

10 March 2014

Funding Circle, CrowdCube and Seedr have got together to launch an alternative finance website, as Zopa accuses banks of having 'no appetite' to fund small firms.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Dan Wagner launches PowaTag retail app

04 March 2014

The dot com crash's best known survivor wants to build Britain's Google after raising a record $100m in seed funding.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Kickstarter passes $1bn in pledges

03 March 2014

The crowdfunding site is patting itself on the back, but doesn't mention projects that get delayed or fail to actually materialise.

 

LAUNCHPAD: DueDil gets its numbers right with $17m investment

03 March 2014

The company information site has raised $22m in less than a year.

 

LAUNCHPAD: We're no threat to banks, says Funding Circle boss

25 February 2014

Funding Circle director (and Betfair co-founder) Ed Wray reckons the lender is 'a long way' from funding big business.

 

LAUNCHPAD: 'Made in Britain' is back - but manufacturers are ditching banks

25 February 2014

Good news for a more balanced economy: 86% of small manufacturers are planning to invest in equipment, although they aren't expecting banks to provide the funds.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Boris Johnson backs garage start-ups

21 February 2014

London's mayor has allocated up to £9m to turn empty garages into space for small businesses.

 

LAUNCHPAD: Guardian buys 15% of Decoded

14 February 2014

The lefty newspaper's parent company will probably be hoping the code training start-up can finally wean them off dead trees.

 
 

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