Biggest challenges and opportunities of expanding a tech business across Europe

For years, founders in Europe have marveled at America’s ability to bolster entrepreneurship, the caliber of tech companies emerging from Silicon Valley, and the maturity of the investment landscape.

In America, failure is celebrated, seen as a mere consequence of trying to improve or disrupt an existing product or service. US entrepreneurs are known for their ability — and willingness — to tell the world about their success. Investors are less risk-averse.

Meanwhile, their European counterparts, often seen as far more humble, have been trying to perfect the art of cracking the US — because as much as it is big and challenging, the scale afforded by America’s vast customer base is something only Europeans can dream about. Indeed, making it stateside can often make or break a business.

On paper, Europe presents all the necessary elements to allow tech businesses to grow and scale — so perhaps entrepreneurs

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Reliance to pay up to $3.6 billion for Future Group retail business

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd will pay between 240 billion and 270 billion rupees ($3.2-$3.6 billion) to buy the Indian retail chains owned by Future Group, Mint newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing two sources familiar with details of the deal.

Asia’s richest man, Ambani has been buoyed by investments close to $20 billion from backers including Google and Facebook in his oil-to-telecoms conglomerate, and is seeking to strengthen his hand in India’s huge retail sector.

Reliance’s existing retail operation already runs close to 12,000 stores, including a cash-and-carry wholesale business, in over 6,700 Indian towns and cities.

Owned by India’s “father of modern retailing”, Kishore Biyani, Future Group is home to supermarket chain Big Bazaar, upmarket food stores Foodhall, and bargain clothing chain Brand Factory.

A series of media reports have said the two were nearing agreement on the deal.

Ratings agency ICRA estimates total debt

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Once without a home, Monique Barley running for county mayor to push opportunities

Monique Nicole Barley, 37, aimed high when she followed the family tradition last year and signed up to run for office.

Fourteen months later, the candidate for Miami-Dade mayor sees no reason for experience to be a selling point in a county with one of the widest prosperity gaps in the nation.

“The candidates we have now, they had their opportunities to show the Black and Brown community what they could be doing,” said Barley, a law firm employee and the daughter of former state Representative Roy Hardemon. “But they don’t do it.”

One of six people on the Aug. 18 ballot, Barley and fellow first-time candidate Ludmilla Domond are the only Black candidates running in the Aug. 18 non-partisan primary to succeed term-limited Carlos Gimenez.

The other four candidates — former mayor Alex Penelas and commissioners Esteban “Steve” Bovo, Daniella Levine Cava and Xavier Suarez — had more than

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Hollywood is ‘so hypocritical,’ still denies LGBTQ actors opportunities

Billy Eichner is opening up about his experience as an openly gay actor in Hollywood.

The “Lion King” star, 41, spoke to Deadline about LGBTQ representation in film and television as well as the career challenges actors can face when they come out of the closet.

“What’s happened is that, when someone comes out of the closet, we celebrate them,” Eichner said in the article, published Tuesday. “We applaud them. We put them on the cover of magazines. We say, thank you for living your truth, and thank you for being brave, and you’re such a role model for our gay kids. And then instantly, that actor gets taken off so many casting lists in the business.”

According to GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index that studied 118 films released in 2019 from the eight largest studios, 22 (18.6%) included characters who were LGBTQ, which is a slight increase over the

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