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Niklas Zennström , half of the infamous duo that started companies like Kazaa , Skype , Joost and Rdio , took the stage at the Le Web conference this afternoon to talk innovation in Europe and the lessons he’s learned as a European entrepreneur for the last 9 years. Zennström said he found it encouraging to find that so many European entrepreneurs and startups are busy building innovative things in Europe too, and that conferences and Le Web are a great way to bring everyone together. He talked about his most successful venture to date, Skype, and also acknowledged that mistakes were made building other companies like Kazaa and Joost.
Posted by Tom Foremski - December 8, 2009 I'm bowled over by the French startups and entrepreneurs I've been meeting the past two days. Lots of passion, energy, smarts, and great ideas. I'm totally surprised because I had a totally different expectation. France has a reputation for bureaucracy ( a French word), for strikes, (the taxi drivers were on strike on Tuesday), and for archaic attitudes such as a strong belief in a maintaining a work/life balance, six-week vacations, a 35-hour week, and making it near impossible to fire a worker (you will receive as much as three years full salary if you are fired). It seems amazing that France's economy hasn't shattered into pieces by now, and the country hasn't fallen below the waves of the ocean as a modern day Atlantis.