Those of you that know us, also know that we regularly read The Economist. It is gets delivered straight to our door steps after all. In fact it is one of the most respected publications here at ArcticStartup. So when the Arcticstartup region was covered in The Economist the other day, we were extremely happy. There is even a HN Discussion here about the article.
This is good news for the region and good news for Arcticstartup, as hopefully a lot more people will recognize our region and the "Arctic Valley" after the magazine is distributed worldwide. It was especially nice to be called a "celebratory blog" by The Economist themselves. Anyhow, enough about us, this week we have plenty of news, links and a whooping 16 new jobs.
Europe's a mess right now. Even Spain has been put on European tax payer life support and more countries could be in the queue for aid. Some falsely believe that the aid itself is something that would pull Europe out of the looming recession. But looking at things on a global level, we don't believe Europe is as strong as it could be. Growing companies are the best way to help and we're producing far too few of them on average.
Furthermore, the state of things in Europe regarding businesses isn't too bright either. Fragmented national policies are not helping entrepreneurs opening businesses in multiple locations, nor is immaterial property legislation where it should be to help protect businesses from illegal use of their work.
For this Friday we thought it would be good to spark some office debates about the state of entrepreneurship and how people on the grass roots level could help to alleviate it if not solve it altogether.