Robot or Human aka the story

slush6I got kind of excited when I was walking for this interview. Almost 4 years have passed by since I entered the door of this building last time, back then it was the office of my former employer, Prezi.

Since Prezi left, the office was empty for a while, but 1-2 years ago a new generation of promising startups took it over, this time I was coming to interview Oszkar, the co-founder and CEO of, the company that was winning the 2014 Slush 100 pitching competition in Helsinki with a surprisingly Continue reading

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Danish startup Pleo wins Pioneer Of The Year 2016

Pleo-pitch-winnerThe Danish fintech startup Pleo has received the “Pioneer of the Year 2016″ award as the best startup at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The startup offers smart company payment cards for employees.

Pleo was founded by Jeppe Rindom and Niccolo Perra in 2015. It provides cards for Continue reading

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UK fintech startup Ormsby Street launches in Germany via partnership with Deutsche Bank

Ormsby-Street-deutsche-bankThe London-based fintech startup Ormsby Street has just launched its innovative credit-checking tool CreditHQ in Germany, as part of a new partnership with Deutsche Bank.

CreditHQ allows small businesses to check the financial health and credit status of any customer or partner and will be available Continue reading

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Knok is the “most investable” startup according to the Global Investment Forum

Knok-logoMaybe it happened to you before: Someone’s sick at home, neither serious enough to go to the closer Hospital Emergency Room nor negligible to treat as a common flu. But where are you going to find a doctor that can visit you soon in the commodity of your home? This is the problem knok is trying to solve – a Portuguese startup that investors and alike found the “most investable” at the Global Investment Forum. Continue reading

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TwentyBN secures $2.5 million in funding for its artificial intelligence solution

twentybn-logoThe Berlin-based AI startup TwentyBN has just closed a funding round of $2.5 million to make the rapidly emerging AI method “deep learning” accessible to companies in all fields with a special focus on the European mainland and North America. The fresh capital comes from an US-based business angel who remains unnamed.

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Planning to expand sales across Europe? This map of marketplaces will help you

Choice-in-eCommerceLast month I attended E-Commerce Berlin Expo, an exhibition dedicated to circuit eCommerce, Online Marketing, Social Media and Mobile Services for the eCommerce industry. I chatted with Anna Duleczus from Choice in eCommerce which recently came up with a study about online marketplaces across Europe. Below this article you’ll find a map about eCommerce marketplaces across Europe.

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eBay acquires Spain’s Ticketbis for more than $160 million to expand StubHub’s global reach into 47 markets

Ticketbis-StubHubeBay today announced the acquisition of Ticketbis, an international ticket marketplace with a presence in 47 countries. Ticketbis, which is headquartered in Bilbao (Spain) will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub business, the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S. With this acquisition, StubHub will grow its presence across Latin America and Europe and expand into Asia Pacific, becoming the global ticket marketplace leader, as measured by volume of transactions and international reach. Continue reading

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Online payments for start-ups made easy – with the Wirecard Checkout Portal (Sponsored)

CheckoutPortal-WirecardSelecting the right payment portal is a key factor for the success of an online shop. All start-up founders who want to get their business rolling should ask themselves the following questions:

Can my customers make payments simply and quickly? Do my customers feel secure making payments in my shop? Am I offering the payment methods that my customers want?

Many customers complain about issues during online checkout, particularly in selecting the payment methods offered. Consequently, shopping baskets often remain empty and merchants miss out on valuable sales Continue reading

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Vienna-based TourRadar picks up $6 million to further accelerate the growth of its tour travel marketplace

tourradar-logoTourRadar, one of the world’s largest online multi­day tour travel marketplace, announced it has completed a $6 million round of Series A funding led by Cherry Ventures and Hoxton Ventures with participation from aws Founders Fund and Speedinvest. TourRadar is Cherry Ventures’ first investment since announcing the closing of its new€150 million fund.

Headquartered in Vienna, TourRadar was founded in 2010 and has grown rapidly over the last year, tripling its booking revenues and expanding its base of more than 500 tour Continue reading

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Highlights from this year’s infoShare conference in Gdańsk

infoShare-logoLast week I attended the infoShare conference in Gdańsk, Poland. The 3 day event is the biggest tech conference in CEE region and gathered about 5,000 tech professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs.

One of my personal highlights was the speech of Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay and Flattr, who argued that “tech is neither good or bad. You/we are!”. He talked about Pirate Bay and explained why they also once founded the “Church of Kopimism”. It was an actuall Continue reading

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