In search of a European Google - a great read. In looking at Europe, what many people forget is that Apple was founded in 1976, Amazon in 1994, Google in 1998...... The European tech eco-system and venture capital industry barely existed at that time. There has been amazing progress over the last decade, and we can see the results of that in the acceleration of European success stories, and the role models that now exist in Europe. Ambition is building and there is lots of room for optimism, the building blocks are all there.
But one thing that’s clear is that this is not a problem that Europe is ignoring in favour of easy gains elsewhere. A phenomenal amount of money, time and energy is being thrown at the issue. That doesn’t guarantee success, but it feels closer than it ever has before.