A few weeks ago the folks at the factory put together a great pop-up (as you do these days) tech conference called Startup Europe Conference. Lots of people came from all over Europe – an ecosystem of increasingly connected dots.
What stuck with me though was something Christophe Maire said in passing. He probably didn’t think much of it; I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then. He said, “you know, entrepreneurship is now the new normal in Europe.”
Christophe is right; something has changed over the last 1-2 years and we didn’t notice it. Thinking about it, the attitude has developed like this over the years:
- Wow we’re a [Berlin / Stockholm / London / etc] startup
- Wow we’re a startup
- Wow we’re solving this really big problem
And politicians, media, non-tech folks have started admiring their local scenes and celebrating them. It’s not a freak show any longer.
Don’t get me wrong – there is so much left to do; but I like this new normal.
The panel at the conference was a few weeks back and I’m not even sure what we were talking about. But I do know it was called “50 Shades of Green” and was fun: