Category Archives: Interviews

How Budapest-based online presentation startup Prezi became a global success – Interview with Prezi CEO Peter Arvai

Without a doubt, Prezi can be described as one of the biggest success stories in Europe’s recent startup history. The Hungarian company created a cloud-based presentation software which is already used by 75 million users. Prezi employs a zooming user interface (ZUI), which allows users to zoom … Continue reading

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Interview with Fabian Thylmann – the German entrepreneur who once built the biggest adult entertainment company in the world

Do you know a big market within the global internet industry which happened to be dominated by a European entrepreneur? Well, the German entrepreneur and investor Fabian Thylmann was able to pull it off. He once founded and managed Manwin (now MindGeek), … Continue reading

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What the tech community could do to help refugees who are coming to Europe – an interview with Paula Schwarz

This summer I visited Greece, where I sailed and worked with the people of Coboat, and where I met Paula Schwarz. Paula, born in Greece, living mostly in Berlin, spends a lot of time in Greece these days to help refugees and to create … Continue reading

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Beta-i: At the heart of Lisbon’s startup scene – an interview with Ricardo Marvão

Beta-i is a non-profit association created in 2010, with the goal to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lisbon. Today, the Portuguese startup accelerator is one of the biggest startup & entrepreneurship promoters in Europe. In the recent ranking with “Europe’s hottest startups … Continue reading

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Access to the EU and soon the single digital market is critical for the UK tech community – an interview with Brent Hoberman

We just had the chance to interview one of the brightest stars in the European startup universe. Brent Hoberman is a serial entrepreneur and investor who cofounded, Founders Forum,, mydeco, Smartup and Grip. Brent also cofounded the VC firm PROfounders … Continue reading

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Fintech startup GoHenry breaks record raising £4 million on Crowdcube equity crowdfunding platform

The UK-based fintech startup goHenry recently raised £3.99 million through a Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign, making it one of the world’s largest equity crowdfunding rounds till date. Equity cowdfunding is becoming a viable alternative to traditional institutions (VCs, etc.) for Series A … Continue reading

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Opportunity to study startup entrepreneurship in Estonia – interview with Alise Lezdina, the Head of Curriculum

Alise Lezdina is one of the pioneers of the Latvian startup scene. She was CEO of the first ever co-working space in Riga and invested a lot of time and energy to build the startup community in Latvia. Now Alise … Continue reading

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Interview with Dmitry Volkov: SD Ventures opens a co-working space in Riga and continues to invest in unique online brands

Social Discovery Ventures is an international umbrella brand for a group of technology and software companies, but it’s also a Venture Capital fund that has recently entered the Latvian market with an investment in one of its most promising startups – the drone … Continue reading

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UX Design Agency is working on the future of banking – an interview with the CEO Alex Kreger

Earlier this year, it was announced that UX Design Agency, a small startup from Latvia, has been nominated for European’s Best FinTech Award. The Riga-based startup has been operational for four years, but for the last two years has been focused … Continue reading

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Interview with TOA16 pitch competition winner Jakub Konik – the founder of the smart sex toy Lovely

Tech Open Air, the summer interdisciplinary technology festival in Berlin, hosted a hardware startups competition (“Work Hard. Play Hard. Ware Hard”)  this year. I interviewed Jakub Konik from the winning startup team - the Krakow-based Lovely, a toy that helps people have better … Continue reading

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