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And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🐦 Amsterdam’s MessageBird extends Series C round, raises $1 billion, snaps up US-based SparkPost for $600 million 🛰 London’s internet-from-space OneWeb secures $550 million, brings total new raise to $1.9 billion 💊 Stockholm’s digital healthcare provider Kry raises €262 million in Series D r…
 
This episode is sponsored by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, or TAITRA, the organisers of Computex — one of world's largest and oldest trade shows focused on technology and electronics. This year, Computex will gather 80,000 attendees from May 31 to June 30 (!) in the virtual format for the first time, allowing even more people from …
 
Dasha Kichuk is CEO and Co-Founder of Effa which is creating sustainable products, aiming to replace disposable plastics around the World. Together with her husband Dasha launched Effa company to create toothbrushes made of paper. Among clients of Effa are famous hotel chains, airlines, and even Netflix. https://effabrush.com/ This episode was reco…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 📈 UiPath climbs 23% in stock market debut after one of largest US software IPOs in history 🚙 BlaBlaCar raises $115 million to build all-in-one travel app 🤖 Europe proposes strict rules for artificial intelligence 🛴 Dutch-French e-scooter startup Dott raises $85 million as it plans to roll ou…
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Annika Sjöberg and Bo Ilsoe of NGP Capital. We talked about a new report that the Finland-born VC firm has just published, focussing on the role gender plays in a startup founder's ability to raise private capital in Europe. It turns out that if you're a woman, your chances of raising cash are extre…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🔋 Polestar raises $550 million from outside investors as EV market grows 💉 Medical device company CeQur raises $115 million 💵 Berlin Brands Group raises $240 million to buy and scale up third-party Amazon Marketplace brands Interview with Carlos Cashman of Thrasio Interview with Malte Horeys…
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Elise Moutarlier, co-founder and VP of operations at Lovys, and Zeena Qureshi, CEO and co-founder of Sonantic. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions at podcast@tech.eu or tweet at @tech_eu and @a…
 
Mark Patchett is e-commerce Entrepreneur and Founder of Growth Shop, an international marketing agency and one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies in the world. In less than 2 years, GS has grown by more than $ 1 billion. The company’s offices are based in the UK, Ukraine and Vietnam. We’ve been talking about e-commerce. How does it work? W…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🤖 Softbank acquires 40% stake in Norwegian robotics firm AutoStore for $2.8 billion 🛒 Norway’s online grocer Kolonial bags €220 million, rebrands as Oda 💵 Index closes $200 million dedicated seed fund to intensify multi-stage thesis ❗️ Oslo-based employee engagement and learning platform Mot…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🛒 Barcelona-based unicorn Glovo lands €450 million in series F funding, the largest in Spanish startup history 👚 Amsterdam-based unsold fashion marketplace Otrium raises $120 million in series C funding, eyes US market entry 🥖 Milan-based online grocer Everli raises $100 million in series C …
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Jonathan Satchell, chief executive at Learning Technologies Group. The company has been around for almost a decade, actively acquiring edtech organisations across the world. In the interview, Robin and Jonathan talk about the process of scaling up the acquired companies, developing the right culture…
 
Max Gurvits is a US/European entrepreneur, Chief Host at Summit Summit & Partner at Vitosha Venture Partners. Active in Europe and the Middle East as startup advisor and investor, Max is particularly focused on Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Also, Max runs TRACTION Camp, a series of three-day workshops with Silicon Valley operators, for top founde…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🛒 Turkish delivery startup Getir is raising $300 million at a mooted $2.6 billion valuation from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global 🦍 Gorillas, the on-demand grocery delivery startup, raises $290M and ‘surpasses’ $1B valuation 💵 Crypto firm Blockchain.com rides bitcoin mania to a $5.2 billion …
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Benedikt Blomeyer, Director of EU Policy at Allied For Startups, discussing the recently-signed Startup Nation Standard and the bigger picture of the EU regulation that's aimed at startups and entrepreneurs. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to emai…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💳 London-based payments provider SumUp raises €750 million 🦄 Is it a Bitpanda, is it the first Austrian unicorn? Peter Thiel’s Valar leads $170 million Series B round 🛴 Bird to spend $150 million on European expansion plan 💻 Norwegian video meeting startup Whereby raises $12 million in Serie…
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Eric Demuth, CEO of Bitpanda. The company has just become Austria's first unicorn, raising $170 million at a $1.2 billion valuation. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions at podcast@tech.eu or tw…
 
Daniel Szemerey co-founded and spearheads the growth of Health Venture Lab, a pan-European Healthtech accelerator with offices in Hungary, Spain and Poland. HVL covers the full pipeline, from need-based research, through early-stage product-market fit iteration, to growth-stage companies. If you want to apply, pls go: https://hvlab.eu/ We were talk…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🔊 Epidemic Sound raises $450M at a $1.4B valuation to ‘soundtrack the internet’ 🔐 Snyk raises $300m at $4.7b valuation ⭐️ Starling Bank confirms £272 million in new funding, claims unicorn status 🍏 Urban farming startup Infarm raises extra $100 million to expand 🏎 Porsche raises stake in ele…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💸 Stockholm-based Klarna receives fresh injection of a cool $1 billion, CEO challenges tech to focus on global sustainability 🚁 Electric air taxi startup Volocopter raises €200 million in Series D funding 🍄 Thiel-backed psychedelics firm hits $2 billion valuation 🛒 Prague-based online grocer…
 
Ivan Dorn is a singer, DJ and producer, MTV European Music Awards winner. His music combines elements of house, disco, pop, jazz, funk, UK garage, hip-hop and soul. He is a champion in ballroom dancing and sailing. He is also good in chess, tennis and football. In 2016, Ivan started Masterskaya, a music hub and an independent music label focused on…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🤑 VCs are chasing Hopin upwards of $5-6B valuation 📈 Klarna may opt for direct listing as private funding looms Klarna said to be raising $1bn at $31bn valuation 🐚 HelloSPAC: HelloFresh founder Dominik Richter (and friends) file for $300 million US SPAC 🚀 Lakestar gains in largest Europe tec…
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Dima Shvets, co-founder and CEO of Reface. If you're into memes and faceswap, you certainly know the name of the company — it's been downloaded more than 90 million times and used by people like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Justin Bieber. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🤝 Event networking app Grip raises $13M, as pandemic forces events to stay virtual 📞 Sinch to acquire US voice communications company Inteliquent for $1.14 billion 🐚 Tech investor Klaus Hommels launches $332 million SPAC in Europe 💰 Emerging as an Eastern powerhouse, Earlybird Digital East F…
 
Andrii Degeler is a journalist and podcast host based in the Netherlands. He is covering tech news since 2007 for Tech.EU, Engadget, TNW, Ars Technica UK, the Kyiv Post, and more. We’ve been talking about recent tech news, and about the perception of the Ukrainian IT-ecosystem in Europe. Thanks for the sound engineering of the podcast to Masterskay…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💻 Buoyed by the Covid-19 crisis, Switzerland-based software firm Nexthink raises $180 million at $1.1 billion valuation 🛒 Target Global leads $150 million round for Amazon Marketplace consolidator Branded ❓ New consumer tech startup Nothing raises $15 million Series A led by GV 📱 Klarna laun…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🍷 Vivino raises $155 million for wine recommendation and marketplace app 🤖 Software maker UiPath raises funds at $35 billion valuation 🗃 Box to buy Dutch startup SignRequest for $55 million 🏦 BBVA sells Holvi to co-founder 🐷 Card retailer Moonpig soars 25% after pricing $1.64 billion London …
 
Yura Lazebnikov is a managing partner of esports media holding company WePlay Esports which is developing esports studios and arenas from Kyiv to Los Angeles. We discussed trends in esports, spectacular tournaments, earnings of top-ranking players, and Ukraine's advantages in terms of esports. Thanks for the sound engineering of the podcast to Mast…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💰 SAP to acquire business process intelligence company Signavio (and the Bloomberg report) 🍕 Finnish food delivery scale-up Wolt secures $530 million in new funding round led by ICONIQ 🗞 Twitter buys Dutch-founded newsletter platform Revue 🔐 Polish locker company InPost worth €9.5 billion af…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🇩🇪 German HR tech company Personio raises $125 million at $1.7 billion valuation 🛵 Turkish on-demand delivery leader Getir raises $128 million at a ∼$850 million valuation as it gears up for launch in the UK and Latin America 🏫 School startup Ironhack raises $20 million to “disrupt the way w…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💰 Israel-born fintech company Rapyd lands $300 million in financing, doubles valuation to $2.5 billion 3️⃣ Checkout.com nearly triples value to $15 billion after funding 🚚 Berlin-based digital freight forwarder Sennder bags $160 million at a $1 billion+ valuation 💳 Curve seals $95 million eq…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💻 Hopin buys livestreaming startup StreamYard for $250M as it looks to expand its product line-up 🛵 Delivery Hero raises €1.2 billion in new share offering 💸 French fintech startup Pennylane snags €15 million in Series A funding 🍖 Too Good To Go raises $31 million to fight food waste 🏦 Mambu…
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Stan Boland, CEO of the UK-based autonomous driving startup Five. The company has been around since 2015, and I was really curious to learn more about its recent pivot and get a snapshot of what the industry is like these days. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you thin…
 
Here are the links to the profiles of our interviewees: 🎙Jean Marc Feghali, R&D lead at WeWALK 🎙Tushar Agarwal, co-founder and CEO at HubbleHQ We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions at podcast@tech.eu or tweet at @tech_eu and @adegeler.…
 
In this episode, we’ve prepared an interview with Andrew Bud, founder and CEO of face verification firm iProov and an engineer who's witnessed first-hand a big chunk of the modern computing and communications history. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, an…
 
Giorgi Iukuridze — co-founder of SHABO, the biggest and the most innovative winery in Ukraine. We’ve been talking about technologies in agriculture and in winemaking. What is so special about Ukrainian wine? Which technologies do help winemakers? Can we trust a robot sommelier? How did COVID change the consumption of wine? Is that true that a glass…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🛴 Bolt raises $182M to expand its on-demand transportation network in Europe and Africa 0️⃣ UK-based Zilch raises $30 million for its BNPL platform with a twist 👀 Croatian startup Microblink leaves bootstrapping behind; collects $60 million first round 🏎 EA acquires UK-based game developer C…
 
Welcome to an interview special episode of our podcast: a format, in which we put together a few pre-recorded conversations with some of the most interesting people of the European startup ecosystem. Before we get to the episode, a quick announcement: you've still got time to leave a voice message for our team, to be featured on Friday in the 200th…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💰 Catawiki raises €150 million in Permira-led round for its ‘curated online marketplace’ 🏎 MTG acquires UK game developer Hutch for $375 million 👔 TransferWise to create 750 jobs globally in the next six months 📱 Swedish entrepreneur behind OnePlus raises $7 million in all-star round for new…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🛴 Voi, the European ‘micromobility’ rental company, raises $160 million additional equity and debt funding Bolt unveils its fourth-generation scooter 🐼 UK-based HungryPanda raises $70 million to expand its online Asian food delivery business worldwide 🏦 Monzo, the UK challenger bank, picks u…
 
Alexander "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovskyy has more than 20 years of experience in the esports and the gaming industry. He is the CEO & Co-Owner of DreamTeam - the first esports and gaming recruitment and management network. He built the 2nd most popular and one of the most successful teams in the history of esports - Natus Vincere (Na`Vi) and is the Co-…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: ❗️ Kahoot! has acquired language learning mobile game maker Drops for up to $50 million Tech.eu Podcast — Interview Special: Daniel Farkas (Drops) and Janosch Sadowski (Kolibri) 🍽 HelloFresh plans to buy US meal delivery company Factor for up to $277 million 🍄 Peter Thiel backs psychedelic d…
 
Jan Peter de Jong has over 20 years of sales and management experience in digital transformation. As a Country Manager of Microsoft in Ukraine, Jan Peter is focusing on digitization, philanthropy, education, and the overall progress of Ukraine. Jan Peter graduated with a master's in Astronomy at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Thanks to scien…
 
This time, we talked to Bogdan Iordache, founder of How To Web; Adelina Peltea, VP Growth of Holded; and Robin Geers, founder and CEO at Alliance Europe. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions at podcast@tech.eu or tweet at @tech_eu and @adegeler…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🚌 UK electric vehicle company Arrival set for $5.4bn Nasdaq listing Tech.eu Podcast #192: Let’s talk about SPACs… 💳 Santander buys Wirecard’s core European business for €100 million Former Wirecard boss Braun stonewalls German lawmakers’ inquiry 🏗 Spacemaker, AI software for urban developmen…
 
Welcome to an interview special episode of our podcast: a format, in which we put together a few pre-recorded conversations with some of the most interesting people of the European startup ecosystem. In this episode, Tech.eu’s founding editor Robin Wauters talked to Tara Reeves, partner at OMERS Ventures Europe, and Michael Kent, CEO of Azimo and c…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 💎 Farfetch secures $1.1bn backing from Alibaba and Richemont 📅 Hopin raises $125 million at $2.1 billion valuation as virtual events become the norm 🦄 Estonian-born Pipedrive achieves unicorn status with $1.5 billion valuation 👷 HR tech startup Remote raises $35 million Series A from Index, …
 
Vitaly Sych — Editor-in-Chief of the magazine “Novoye Vremya”, one of the leading media in Ukraine. We were talking about the standards of genuine journalistic, about media as a business, about fake news and social media as a massive phenomenon, about technologies such as AI behind the modern media, and its chances to compete with a human being in …
 
This time, Tech.eu’s founding editor Robin Wauters talked to two entrepreneurs who founded very different ventures — the language-learning startup Drops and the gaming company Kolibri Games, which was acquired by Ubisoft earlier this year. We hope you enjoy this special format — please let us know what you think! Feel free to email us with any ques…
 
And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode: 🍽 Meal kit company Gousto hits unicorn status, but founder Timo Boldt doesn't care all that much about valuations. 🔋 Skeleton Technologies, the Estonian startup developing the “SuperBattery,” has raised a €41.3m Series D funding round 💸 The pandemic’s impact on private equity so far: New rep…
 
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