Sometimes investors bring a lot more than cash to the table, and Summit Partners – which just led a $50m round for the home deco shopping club Westwing – has a lot of relevant experience to offer from its history with Vente Privee.
Everyone in flash sales seems to be having problems right now, from Groupon to Gilt. But the new boss of the American spin-off from Europe’s pioneering Vente Privée explains why things will be different for him.
The average European startup might struggle to get the same attention as the latest hot prospect outta Silicon Valley, but some of Europe’s biggest names are famous across the globe. In our first installment of GigaOM’s Euro 20, we chose these five startups as Super Stars.
European startups have a long history of trying to break the American market — a move that works for some but not all. Now the CEO of print-on-demand website Photobox says that Europe’s entrepreneurs should learn from history if they want to build strong companies.
Social web behavior is increasingly filling the need for a traditional search engine, but you can’t monetize the social web by transferring over search advertising. What does that mean for Google, and what are some of the most promising ways startups are filling the gap?