Netherlands: a look at the world’s high-tech startup capital

It’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future.

Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in Europe. (If it feels unfair to weigh an entire country against individual cities, consider that the Netherlands has 17 million people crammed into an area half the size of South Carolina.)

The world of startups is intricately linked to technology, software, and Silicon Valley, but at the same time, it’s a world that’s very far away from me. The working hours, the insecurity, the minute chances at success – I would never opt for such a life.

Which is why people like me don’t found the next Apple or Google.


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