Marketing Budgets & Unicorns – Both Scarce in the Netherlands

In a recent post we discussed the Dutch startup environment, looking at whether the necessary conditions have been created within the Netherlands for startups to thrive and eventually become a Unicorn like Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat or Pinterest, or, in Europe, Skype, Spotify, Rovio and Dutch fintech company Adyen. Though these companies have no trouble finding […] Read more »

Dutch Start-Ups Go International

Two Dutch startups are exploring new horizons. De Correspondent, a Dutch digital only magazine, and Blendle, an article republisher, both recently announced plans to conquer the international market. De Correspondent wants to take the plunge into the US while Blendle is putting their investor’s money in the German market. Publishing however has never been a […] Read more »

Transformation: From Traditional To Digital Economy

The traditional definition of “economy” according to the Oxford Dictionary is “the state of a country or region in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services and the supply of money”. According to Wikipedia, the term “Digital Economy” refers to “an economy that is based on digital technologies. The digital economy is […] Read more »

Strengthen, Simplify and Grow

turns into “Strengthen, Simplify and Shrink” as KPN “accelerates its transition in The Netherlands and continues to adjust to a changing external environment” – verbatim from its press and analyst presentations today. KPN’s transition seems to be accelerating in the wrong direction with a 63% drop in fourth-quarter profit and mobile customers increasingly transitioning to […] Read more »