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The Bottom Line - Start-ups and big ego

Updated Thursday, 9th February 2012

Evan Davis and guests talk about the problem of developing successful start-up businesses in Europe and the impact of a big ego in business.

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Mark Zuckerberg Creative commons image Icon By Kate Raynes-Goldie via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license The founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is a co-production between The Open University and the BBC.

Prompted by a comment from a guest in last week's programme that Facebook could never have been created in the UK, Evan and his panel swap thoughts on why the US does so well when it comes to startups when compared to Europe. They also discuss whether a big ego helps you get on in business, or gets in the way.

Joining Evan in the studio are Anita Frew, chairman of plastics company Victrex; entrepreneur and investor Richard Farleigh;  and Michael Spencer, founder and chief executive of money broker ICAP.

The Bottom Line is on BBC Radio 4 at 8.30pm on Thursday, 9th February 2012. For further broadcast details, and to listen to the episode online, visit

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