US and European Entrepreneurs – More Than an Ocean Divides Them
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- December 23rd, 2008
You have to watch this video to get an idea of the gulf in attitudes between American and European entrepreneurs. The world may be flattening, but not everyone in Silicon Valley has heard the news.
It’s a panel discussion that took place at a Paris Web conference called LeWeb. As a panel discussion it’s a complete train wreck — unscripted and out of control with boorish people patronizing the mostly European audience. At around the 14 minute mark is when things heat up, and at one point one of the speakers was jeered.
But what’s revealing is the attitudes of the Americans and Europeans about startups.
The Americans say: “You Europeans are lazy, take 2-hour lunches, and don’t work hard enough to be successful entrepreneurs, like we Americans do. No wonder there are no big tech companies over in Europe.”
The Europeans say: “You are arrogant, self-absorbed and have a terrible quality of life. We Europeans have successful companies, but you Americans just don’t pay attention to them.”
And if want to see starker differences between European and American entrepreneurs, see this post with the background story, where nearly 500 comments continue the debate between Europe and America (with Asia kicked around now and then like a ball, from both sides).
Like I said, unintentionally revealing in many ways.