To challenge big tech, European startups need their own Nasdaq

Why can’t the European Technology companies competing with the giants of Silicon Valley? It’s an enduring puzzle for the continent’s IT leaders – and one Phil Robinson is trying to solve.

After a global career as a technical executiveAnd Robinson returned home to the UK and founded Boardwave, a networking platform that wants to make Europe a software superpower.

The concept emerged from Robinson’s diverse background in the sector. The entrepreneur has spent decades traversing Europe and Silicon Valley, in roles ranging from CMO to during the IPO of the CEO of Dutch software giant Exact.

These experiences revealed several advantages for US technology companies. Robinson focused on one idea: the fertile ground for success created by the tight-knit Silicon Valley community. The small land area connects a large number of technology experts, entrepreneurs, investors and advisors. Meanwhile, the business environment in Europe is highly fragmented.

To simulate the effects of a valley network, Robinson founded Boardwave. At TNW Valencia on March 30, he promised to share more insights into building tech giants.

Before the talk, Robinson unveiled one of his most ambitious proposals: the creation of a European version of Nasdaq.

Robinson founded Boardwave to create the connections European software companies need to thrive.