Magazine article Newsweek International

The Best Euro Start-Ups

Magazine article Newsweek International

The Best Euro Start-Ups

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Byline: John Sparks

Too often, the phrase "pan-European enterprise" conjures up visions of disasters like the Airbus A380. In the right hands--small entrepreneurs as opposed to state-run mega-projects--the Pan-European approach has produced a string of high-profile media and telecom successes that includes the most buzzed-about start-up on the planet. It's called Joost, and the hands belong to Janus Friis, a Dane, and his Swedish partner Niklas Zennstrom--tech rock stars of the first order, and Europe's answer to Google's Larry Paige and Sergey Brin.

The pair gained fame as the creators of the megahit music-sharing site Kazaa, whose popularity with users was rivaled only by the enmity it earned from music companies. Then came Skype, which rocked Big Telecom by offering cheap phone calls via the Internet. Now the duo are turning their talents to new media and entertainment. With Joost, a video sharing website, they'll offer the Web generation a new way to watch favorite TV shows--when and where they want, with picture quality worthy of a plasma screen. And while digital cable and satellite operators charge ever-rising monthly fees for the same thing, Joost will offer them for free, with a lot of social-networking features like comment posting and instant messaging. Also free. With its professionally produced content and slick controls, it makes Google's YouTube look like last year's disruptive technology.

So far, Joost consists of nothing more than a Beta version with a long waiting list to give it a spin. …

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