Oct 12, 2016 Venla Väkeväinen
Needless to say, we are psyched to have Daniel Ek join Slush. The man also has a thing or two to say about European tech.
“It’s insane that Europe doesn’t have its own Apple or Microsoft”, Ek declared on stage last year at Brilliant Minds in Stockholm, adding that it is statistically an anomaly, as there are almost as many people in Europe as there are in the U.S.
Obviously, the landscape has changed tremendously during the last few decades. Daniel has – somewhat jokingly – said that Niklas Zennström sold Skype too early. But it’s important to understand that the reality back in the early 2000s was that there was no liquidity for owners or employees. Back then, one had to be simply crazy to build a business beyond the early billions, as there was no chance for a partial buyout.
A lot has changed since then; for instance, Supercell just became the first official so-called ‘decacorn’ in Europe, reaching a valuation of $10bn in the sale to the Chinese internet giant Tencent. Their journey was different to Skype’s, but no less challenging.
That’s why we thought this year it would be really fun to talk about some of the most successful and iconic tech companies that have come out of Europe over the past decade and what can be done to ensure that there are even more in the future.
On the first day of Slush Daniel Ek, Niklas Zennström, and Ilkka Paananen will take the stage to candidly discuss how they built their tech titans Spotify, Skype and Supercell. They’ll share the hardships and the mistakes they made along the way and how they used these experiences to turn their companies into the success stories they are today.
The theme of the discussion is ‘How We Failed Our Way to Success’. What mistakes have the three most successful tech entrepreneurs in Europe made, and what did they learn as a result? What needs to change in Europe’s founder landscape to nurture more success stories?
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