Romania is up to becoming Europe’s Silicon Valley
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     Recently, Techcrunch noted a remarkable progress in terms of tech and business development made by Romania, which gives one of the CEE and post-USSR countries a very promising forecast soon to become the top entrepreneurial hub in the region. Romania possesses an exceptional reputation of the hotbed for tech companies, majoring in outsourcing and software development. In addition, the local startup ecosystem is booming: over 300 startups, 600 incubators and angel investors are reported to be present in Romanian Startups database.      As for the startup culture, Romania has several projects to be proud of: Vector Watch…

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Europe heads up the world tech
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    Silicon Valley has been a globally recognized leader in tech development and a key trendsetter in the latest years. Meanwhile, European hubs have been trying hard to catch up with the American competitors. And now the international experts talk about a negative valuation trend occurring among the US companies: valuations of several fast-developing tech firms have notably decreased. This can also be seen in a Downround Tracker prepared by CB Insights and analyzing unicorns that recently failed, where more than 80% of the listed startups originate in the US. Surprisingly, this negative wave hasn’t yet spread on to…

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How to turn post-USSR territories into Silicon Valley
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      American west coast became a definite model of the perfect entrepreneurship ecosystem for the whole world a long time ago. The most ambitious developers run away to California in hope of settling their startup in the Silicon Valley and then going global. The biggest concentration of investors, venture funds and startuppers alongside with obvious proofs of their success – billion-dollar exits, so-called unicorns and world-famous brands – all this is about the Silicon Valley. All the other ecosystems are often trying to copy that American business spot, European countries always compare their achievements with those belonging to…

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Weekend in Riga: Silicon Valley comes to the Baltics
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      Last Saturday Riga became the venue of one of the biggest tech conferences in the Baltic region – Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics. More than 650 young entrepreneurs and talented developers attended the event, meeting the leading professionals from the Silicon Valley and largest European tech companies. Latvian bank Rietumu and TechHub Academy were the main partners and organizers of the conference.       One day before the conference, on November 6th, a separate board of investors and entrepreneurs gathered at Riga Venture Summit, organized as a part of the event SV2B. The key topic…

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How to launch an accelerator in 3 weeks: real story from Kazakhstan
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      More and more often we hear about outstanding entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan and their aspiration to build a high-quality business ecosystem, equipped with all the necessary investment instruments and possessing an up-to-date development infrastructure. Next week Astana will host a big international conference TechConnect Astana, promising to become the meeting point of European and Asian tech talents. Seems like the country is constantly moving forward, achieves new heights. Here is another example of Kazakhstani perspective evolution: recently they managed to launch an accelerator with the support of Happy Farm business incubator (Ukraine) and it took them only three…

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New LinguaTrip feature allow startups to get hosted by Valley mentor
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     Silicon Valley is a magnet for businesses all over the globe. Still, many factors prevent ambitious businesses from entering the Valley despite the fact that most businessmen there are immigrants. One of the considerable factors is language. Proper English is an absolute must for anyone wishing to work in the most advanced IT-business hub in the world. So, what is the next best thing for those wishing to enter the Valley and learn English? Being hosted by a Valley mentor. This is a service offered by LinguaTrip that has lately been the talk of the startup community.  …

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SplitMetrics gets funding expands to USA
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SplitMetrics, a Belarusian startup, providing conversion rate growth service received seed funding from Embria Ventures fund. The exact sum remains undisclosed but judging by the pre-money valuation of $3 million it might be hundreds of thousands of dollars. The project founders Eugene Nevgen and Max Kamenkov already have big plans for the effective use of the funds. Their top priority now is expansion both at home and overseas. Since most SplitMetrics clients are located in Silicon Valley, the team is planning to set up an office in San Francisco to stay in the same time zone with the clients. Besides…

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