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Are Europeans “slackers”? Christian Hernandez responds

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In a video interview with the Financial Times released on September 30, PayPal founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist Peter Thiel shared some controversial views on EU entrepreneurs. He notably said: “I think people in Europe are generally pessimistic about the future. They have low expectations, they’re not working hard to change things. When you’re a slacker with a pessimistic view of …

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Why Europe’s Startups & tech companies rival Silicon Valley’s

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How many times have you heard the bullish claim that ‘[Place That Isn’t Silicon Valley] is the new Silicon Valley’? Or seen new variants on the phrase used to imply a similar idea? Here in the British Isles alone we’ve had Silicon Fen (Cambridge), Silicon Glen (Scotland), Silicon Docks (Dublin) and Silicon Roundabout (London) even if the latter was originally …

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Christian Hernandez Gallardo: Meet the European Tech ‘Mafias’

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Valley lore often refers to the “PayPal mafia”, the group of early PayPal employees that went on to found and fund many of today’s leading technology companies: Peter Thiel and Facebook, Reid Hoffman and LinkedIn, Jeremy Stoppelman and Yelp,  Chad Hurley and YouTube and Elon Musk and the Iron Man suit…  “The PayPal Mafia” by Jeffrey O’Brien in Fortune, November 2007 …