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Get one hour of free rides on electric scooter in Brussels – Felyx & Scooty vouchers

It’s easy. I’m not talking of the kickscooters known in French as trottinettes or in Italian as monopattini. I’m talking of real scooters, like Vespa, but electric. Brussels offer many solutions of green mobility In Brussels there are a few companies such as Villò (heavy normal bikes, quite cheap, they can be linked to your Mobib card and can be taken and left only at their own stations) or e-bikes such as Billy (blue) and Jump (red, by Uber), available everywhere, despite frequent acts of vandalism. Then, there are a lot of kickscooters companies like Lime, Poppy, Dott. Some companies are already out of the local market, like Bird, the first kickscooter network in the city, that lasted only a few months (I was a charger, quite hard to find any around). Their fast proliferation is causing issues to the traffic. They aren’t that safe and some cities, like Milan, banned them.

The most popular e-scooters are Scooty – red color, it was the first to appear a few years ago – and Felyx, green colour, newest. Their mobile app and website are very similar, as well as the scooters. There are also a few Poppy – the company offers also kickscooters and cars.

Unfortunately, their speed is limited by law to 49Km/h, which is fine to get anywhere in Brussels in a matter of minutes. Still double speed than the kickscooters or a bike. The normal cost is around 25 cents/minute unless you decide to park and wait (in that case it’s just 7 cents/minute).

You can find the closest e-scooter on the map and book it. It won’t be taken for 15 minutes, the time you need to unblock it and start your ride. Scooty offers the possibility to block it for longer, up to 30 minutes, but the difference between the first 15 minutes and the limit of 30′ is paid at parking rate (7 cents/min).

Normally, they have two helmets inside, but sometimes you will find only one. Scooty has two sizes (M and XL) whilst generally Felyx has only XL.

Before parking check the area you’re going to. They can’t be taken or parked all over the city. Some communes out of the 19 that compose Brussels region aren’t covered.

Just register to the two services and you can receive a free credit of 30 minutes on each service using the vouchers below.

To benefit of the credit you have to register a brand new account clicking the links below and using the related coupon codes:

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Startup founders age

Experience comes with age: on average, the founders of the most succesful startups are 45 years old

Experience comes with age. According to a paper published on April 2018, “the average age of a startup founder is about 41.9 years of age among all startups that hire at least one employee”.

Many observers and investors believe that young people are especially likely to produce the most successful new firms. Using administrative data at the U.S. Census Bureau to study the ages of founders of growth-oriented start-ups in the past decade, the primary finding is that successful entrepreneurs are middle-aged, not young. The mean founder age for the 1 in 1,000 fastest growing startups is 45.

Source: “Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship” by Pierre Azoulay, Benjamin Jones, J. Daniel Kim, Javier Miranda. NBER Working Paper No. 24489, issued in April 2018

Intro: Many observers, and many investors, believe that young people are especially likely to produce the most successful new firms. We use administrative data at the U.S. Census Bureau to study the ages of founders of growth-oriented start-ups in the past decade. Our primary finding is that successful entrepreneurs are middle-aged, not young. The mean founder age for the 1 in 1,000 fastest growing new ventures is 45.0. The findings are broadly similar when considering high-technology sectors, entrepreneurial hubs, and successful firm exits. Prior experience in the specific industry predicts much greater rates of entrepreneurial success. These findings strongly reject common hypotheses that emphasise youth as a key trait of successful entrepreneurs.

Read more: New research shows successful founders are far older than the Valley stereotype” by Danny Crichton on Techcrunch (11 April 2018)