Why doesn’t Europe support its own startups?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

Why doesn’t Europe support its own startups? Why doesn’t Europe want to build a digital infrastructure that can compete with Cliqz got zero support from Europe, and now it has shut down.

We´ve beat all odds. We´ve beat all people telling us that it will cost us billions.

Yet, we failed to make people truly aware of the problem; we failed to reach a scale that would allow our search engine to be self-financing. We have reached several hundred thousand daily users. But – and this is the disadvantage of running our own technology – this is not enough to run a search engine, to cover our costs. And most of all, we failed to convince the political stakeholders, that Europe desperately needs an own independent digital infrastructure. Here we can only hope, that someone else, picks up the ball. It’s still true: Europe needs its own digital infrastructure. It’s still true: The world needs a private search engine that is not just using Bing or Google in the backend. It’s still true: The world deserves a better, fairer web. The pandemic did not change that.

We did not fail creating tremendous knowledge. We did not fail doing things completely different. We did not fail combining data and privacy. Most of all, we did not fail creating an amazing and passionate team around Cliqz.