Poland? I can see some changes for the better

How do you like Poland? What do you think about Polish people? – these are the questions any foreigner living in Poland or staying here for a while has to answer, sooner or later. What do I, a Dutchman living in Gdańsk, think about Poland? Some weeks ago I was interviewed by Wyborcza.pl, one of the leading news papers in Poland. This post is a translation of the original article which can

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Eastern Europe rising as an outsourcing destination

I noticed that my blog post about the Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations 2010 still attracts many readers. Although, this post is about 2 years old, it didn’t lose its value. The conclusions of that post are still valid. Tholons has also published the Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations 2012. The most important conclusion is that the 2010 trend seems

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Back in time with Walesa the movie

Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda will soon finish filming a biopic in Poland about former Solidarity Union leader, President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. Currently they are filming the last scenes in the Gdansk shipyard and today I had the honor to be part of it! Later this year we will be able to see the

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Polish e-commerce market expanding

Retailers all around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the e-commerce opportunity. Within Europe the UK is the leading e-commerce market but other countries are quickly following. It might surprise, but especially the Eastern European countries are adopting online commerce at high speed. At the end of 2010, there were 10,000 e-stores operating in Poland and that number is getting larger, reported

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Entrepreneurship and research essential for Europe not to loose the competition

Some weeks ago I attended a meeting with Burton Lee, a Stanford University professor and Super Angel, who visited Poland. I was lucky to be present at a very intimate presentation and discussion with him in Gdynia. With the characteristic pride of an American he explained why Europe is legging behind and why this is probably not even going to change. But something will have to change if we don’t

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Poland very promising though no longer a low-cost market

Yesterday the Polish Investforum 2010 had its kick-off in Gdansk in the beautiful Baltic Philharmonic. Two days long representatives of governmental organizations and foreign investors are discussing the Polish potential. The main objective of the Investforum is to promote the image of Poland and present its attractiveness as the location for foreign investment. The question is whether or not they managed.

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The draft of the Polish economic reform seems to be ready

Poland’s Economy Ministry finished the works on its project of economic reform containing 98 draft bills meant to remove red tape and burdens for Polish businesses. It promises life will become a lot easier for Polish businesses. This can be read today in Puls Biznesu. Unfortunately we still have to wait a while. The final decision making needs still a lot of

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