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Subject: RE: UKNM: State of the Nation
From: Carlton Jefferis
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 11:34:34 +0100

Note: I forwarded some of the last few days' discussion to a colleague with
whom I'm currently working on a new business initiative. He's asked me to
forward the response below to the list, which I also endorse.

As we live in such a stick-in-the-mud culture where many European companies
aren't prepared to lead innovation - isn't this a huge opportunity for a new
breed of European entrepreneurs to jump in and beat the monoliths at their
own game?

For example, who needs long distribution chains - so called channel
partners: rubbish! its just more people building more margin into the sale
price. There loads of examples in the US where a nimble and driven small
player has successfully attacked market leaders or exploited new niches.
Can't we do better?

Surely those who can exploit this European apathy and survive commercially
until when the market really does explode, will be sitting pretty come the

I'm launching an e-commerce biz in June 98 - scary stuff, but 'I have a
dream'. The plans are in place, but could do with additional resources and
expertise in key areas - any offers?. Am I jumping into an bottomless chasm
or a pot of gold?

I'm in...

anyone else???????

James Samuels
jamessamuelsatmsn [dot] com

-----Original Message-----
From: owneratchinwag [dot] com [owneratchinwag [dot] com]On">mailto:owneratchinwag [dot] com]On Behalf Of Nabil
Sent: 15 May 1998 22:55
To: uk-netmarketingatchinwag [dot] com
Subject: Re: UKNM: State of the Nation

It's not actually just State of the Nation, it's State of the EU.
There's appears to very little appetite in the UK and Europe for
anything new, experimental or risky. Until it's not new somewhere else
anyway - the US usually. Has anyone been following the exodus from
Europe to the US of entrepreneurs who can't get VC(venture capital)
financing in Europe. People such as Keith Teare, founder of the Real
Name System(ex Easynet and Cyberia). Why is so much technology invented
here and then exported in order to be exploited? Why are companies so
slow to adapt to new methods?

While there are plenty of entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe, the
culture doesn't support them.

The EU mentality reminds me of scientists who do not wish to make leaps
of faith but rather prefer to plod along. All the ground breaking
scientists were initially scorned by their peers. Scientists typically
set out to disprove new ideas until eventually every avenue has been
tried and thus the hypothesis must be accepted (European view).
Innovators accept the new ideas and set out to prove them right (US

The "mustn't grumble" attitude isn't exactly a trailblazing sentiment.
Companies can't see the point in implementing new ideas so the
implimentors (us) have a more difficult sale. You've got to convince
potential customers of the merits of the product in general before you
get an opportunity to even make a pitch. But hey, it's fun and


  Re: UKNM: State of the Nation, Nabil Shabka

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