Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Digital start-ups in Europe?

Uh, this is a PR email from last week. Look -

The European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness is meeting the founder of Europe's 10th highest valued start-up who believes that Europe is just 5-10 years away from producing Google or Amazon-sized tech giant.

Well, I'm sceptical myself. While I think we should stay in the EU for reasons of general business and basic civilized living, I'm not sure I can see a European Google or Amazon emerging. 'Maybe they'll surprise us, boss.' Who will?! 'Whoever's, uh ... doing the start-ups, man.' What, and working forty-eight hours a week? Ha! We don't have the culture, Voice. / Obviously, it's a good thing that your average worker is protected and not forced to work more than those hours, but what if you're a madman like Zuckerberg, Bezos, or Musk? Those guys work crazy hours, dear reader(s) because they need to, you dig? 'I think you can opt out.' Can you? Oh, I hope so.

Anyway ...

London, 12th April 2018 - Gianpiero Lotito, founder and CEO of Europe's tenth highest valued start-up FacilityLive, has met with Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. The discussion mainly focused around the creation of the next 'unicorn' generation in Europe.

Unicorn generation? A generation of unicorns?! Whatever. 'Ha!' Why can't they just speak normally? Please!

The meeting took place just after Mr Katainen announced a new investment vehicle seeded with €410M of public money to help start-ups reach €1B 'unicorn' status in Europe. FacilityLive is also a founding member of the European Tech Alliance. Mr Lotito has previously said that Europe is just 5 to 10 years away from producing a giant on the scale of Google or Amazon.

Yeah, yeah, okay, okay. Five to ten years, so you reckon. We know that, son. Tell us something we don't know. 'Here he is, boss -'

Gianpiero Lotito, Founder & CEO of FacilityLive, said: "We talked about many topics which are on the European digital agenda today. Chief amongst them the European digital ecosystems of the future, how start-ups can benefit from public procurement, and how artificial intelligence will be applied in Europe. We also spoke about our idea of Small Valleys, digital ecosystems that are ideal for Europe, that we are trying to grow in Pavia, in Italy, as a model. We tried to express the unique point of view that European start-ups have towards technology innovation and we found an interlocutor who was not only attentive and prepared, but also curious to know what Europe is trying to express in this field. He was also interested to hear about the mindset of young companies, start-ups and those who aspire to become European and global players tomorrow, a sign that Europe is paying more attention to the entrepreneurial mindset."

Right. I'll see it when I believe it. 'Eh?!' When I believe in it, Voice, what they're doing, like, then ... I'll take a look at it, and actually see it, yeah? 'Oh, okay.' It's perfectly clear.


Anything else? Self-help? Those self-help gurus don't tell you to read a biography of someone you want to model ... on a loop, do they? 'You've discovered something there, Mikey.' Fuckin' A, I have! / Of course, it's got to be someone motivational. Don't read the biography of some bloody nutjob who's going out every night to Stringfellows and getting wasted. That's just common sense.

Well, laters.