Voliro AG, a spin-off from ETH Zurich founded in 2019 and currently accelerated at Wyss Zurich, today announced the closing of an approx. €1.9 million seed round to develop advanced flying inspection robots. A strong consortium took part in the round led by Alpana Ventures, with participation from BackBone Ventures, Zürcher Kantonalbank, and a group…
Spent all day taking everything in my head and putting it onto a mind map. It usually helps me find weaknesses in my understanding/skillset, improves memory recall, cements understanding, etc… so I try to do it at least once per business quarter.
The mind map breaks everything into digestible chunks of 2 – 4 items per category/subcategory. It's pretty massive (around 6mb in size). The customer journey section is a bit messy, so I apologize in advance for that.
- Landing Page CRO – Some standard frameworks & best practices
- Neuromarketing – Basic psychology of learning modalities, limbic system functionalities & chemicals, cognitive biases, nonconscious motivators, etc…
- Facebook/Google ads – targeting, content, ad types, etc.. all based on the buyer journey phase.
*Best experienced on desktop
A few tools (Google drive docs)
- Wireframes *keynote for mac OS
- Competitive heuristic analysis for CRO
- Quick and dirty heuristic analysis for CRO
- Targeting checklist for Facebook
- Value proposition copywriting formulas
- Copywriting teardowns
The European tech startup ecosystem has started shifting its focus on growth and expansion. With relaxations in place, several tech startups have hit the headlines as these have secured funding targeted at their growth.
European tech startups weekly
As a part of a weekly roundup, here is a list of some of the most important tech startups that have hit the headlines in Europe this week.
Revolutionary SaaS platform
Icelandic-based SaaS platform GRID that revolutionises the way people work with numbers and data has closed €10.1 million Series A funding. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) along with participation from existing investors such as Acequia Capital, Slack Fund, BlueYard Capital and other strategic partners. With this funding, GRID will bring its product to the market and accelerate its development.
Founded in 2018 by entrepreneur and data enthusiast Hjalmar Gislason, GRID gives wings to spreadsheets. The SaaS startup’s user-friendly software empowers people to turn any spreadsheet into a beautiful web report, dashboard or interactive application. It empowers every-day Excel users to turn these spreadsheets into modern web applications sans learning any new skills.
Challenger bank eyes rapid growth
Swiss challenger bank neon has completed a €4.6 million funding round from existing investors TX Group, Backbone Ventures, the Schwyzer Kantonalbank innovation foundation and the “Höhle der Löwen” investors Roland Brack and Bettina Hein. Also, the round is backed by new investors such as Helvetia Venture Fund, QoQa Services SA and other private investors. The company will use this investment for its rapid growth in customers.
Founded byJörg Sandrock, Julius Kirscheneder, and Michael Noorlander in 2017, Zurich-based neon lets you open a bank account and manage your debit card and account via an app. The digital banking service will help you keep track of your everyday finances. There areis no base fees, and the service provides you with a free Mastercard as well. Open a neon bank account in less than 10 minutes and manage your finances in just a few clicks with the neon banking app.
Advanced e-scooter with built-in helmet
TIER, a leading European e-scooter company, has unveiled the most advanced e-scooter in the world, which is yet to hit the streets. This new e-scooter comes with an inbuilt helmet, indicator lights, and user swappable batteries. The best-in-class e-scooter lets users earn free rides by swapping out batteries at charging stations across the UK cities.
Berlin-based TIER Mobility was established in 2018 by Julian Blessin, Lawrence Leuschner, and Matthias Laug. It is certified to be climate-neutral and plans to roll out its swappable battery tech by the end of 2021. The micro-mobility startup works with the mission to change the mobility industry for good.
Game-changing battery tech
Roche-based British Lithium has recently been awarded €560K for its game-changing technology that revolutionises the supply of lithium needed to manufacture Li-ion batteries on a large-scale. This funding comes as match grant funding from the ‘Innovate UK Smart Grant’, the highly sought-after award of the UK government. The fund will be used to progress its R&D into hard rock lithium extraction in Cornwall.
British Lithium was established in 2016 and is the first company in the UK to explore for hard rock lithium. Lithium is highly reactive and a light metal used in batteries, including those that power electric cars.
Next-generation social gaming platform
Gothenburg-based Hiber has bagged €1.9 million seed funding from Luminar Ventures, Bumble Ventures, Wild Sloths, Rasmussen, Sybo, Konvoy Ventures, and the GFR Fund. In addition to the investment, Sybo (Subway Surfers game publisher)’s CEO Mathias Gredal Nørvig joined the board of Hiber. The investment will be used to grow the next-generation social gaming platform and make it easy to create user-generated games.
Hiber, founded by Mattias Johansson and Michael Yngfors in 2017, is building a next-generation social gaming platform that is free to use. This platform focuses on social interaction and lets users create and play together and share the content with the rest of the world sans any need to code. Users of the social gaming platform can express themselves and has over 300,000 games from more than 250,000 monthly active users.
Leading Swedish open banking platform
Swedish fintech startup Open Payments has secured €3 million seed funding in a round led by Industrifonden, angel investors and existing investors such as Brightly Ventures and Luminar Ventures. The fintech startup will use the investment to continue to grow its team and establish its open banking platform in the Nordic and European markets.
Open Payments was founded in 2017 by Jonas Kjellin, Louise Brandt and Per Westin. It is the first fintech in the Nordic region to offer a genuine PSD2 aggregated platform that initiates account-to-account payments and retrieves account details and transaction history via a single API with the users’ consent.
Asperitas gets new CCO!
The Dutch immersion cooling specialist Asperitas has appointed Peter Uelen as its new Chief Commercial Officer. Peter has an extensive background in the datacentre industry and has served management positions at IBM, Schneider Electric, Lucent Technologies, and Vertiv. He replaces Wim Buters, the previous CCO at Asperitas.
Peter said, “The Asperitas Immersed Computing technology is very innovative. It’s not only an enabler for the next generations of IT hardware, but it will also strongly contribute to a more sustainable datacentre industry. We are in a position to continue our leadership in the immersion cooling market, with a strong and focused product portfolio validated by enterprise-level users and strategic partners like Shell to enable carbon-neutral datacentres globally.”
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Today TIER, a leading European e-scooter company, has unveiled its most advanced scooter yet to hit the streets at an event in London today – with user swappable batteries, a built-in helmet and indicator lights.
The best-in-class e-scooter enables users to earn free rides by swapping out batteries at charging stations which TIER plans to set up across UK cities. These stations will form part of a charging network for e-vehicles which TIER has already started building across Europe. Taking this approach creates an even more sustainable operation as much of the congestion previously associated with operating e-scooter fleets is eliminated, while operating costs are also greatly reduced.
The charging technology was pioneered by the innovative London-based hardware startup Pushme, which TIER acquired earlier this year. Pushme has its manufacturing base in Aylesbury, Oxfordshire, where the charging stations are assembled.
Placed inside convenience stores, cafés, and other partner locations, the charging stations are fully-automated and require no store staff oversight, while requiring no installation either. Hosting a charging station comes at no cost for partners as TIER pays for all required electricity. At the same time, the charging stations can help to attract new customer visits and increase sales, while reducing the carbon footprint of customer travel, helping businesses reach their own climate goals. TIER’s vision is to introduce the same swappable battery to its prospective portfolio of shared vehicles so that in the future all will be powered by the same user charging network across Europe.
Lawrence Leuschner, CEO and co-founder of TIER, said: “Today marks a step change in safe and sustainable travel around our cities. By integrating this new kind of swappable battery technology, we are building a Europe-wide charging network that allows users to play an active part in adopting climate-neutral travel and building better cities. At the same time, by hosting the charging pods in local businesses, we are helping high streets to recover from lockdown. This is a crucial step in TIER’s electric revolution to make mobility better. It is our plan that in time our charging network will not just service e-scooters, but other vehicles too.”
TIER is also taking part in the race to win contracts for e-scooter trials in the UK, since the UK Government approved trials for rented e-scooter schemes, in a bid to foster more ‘socially distanced’ methods of urban transport. TIER is competing alongside startups like Swedish startup Voi, who just closed two exclusive contracts, and Irish startup Zipp Mobility who also just gained approval for UK trials. TIER is aiming for big areas like London, where it believes it can replicate the approach which recently helped it to win highly competitive tenders in Paris and Lyon.
TIER is also confident in its chances of winning these UK contracts as it believes that the new features added to its e-scooter cement its position as the most sustainable and safest operator in the industry. The new scooters will have a foldable helmet, and indicator lights on the steering bar and back fender that clearly signal the rider’s direction to other road users. This adds to other safety features developed by TIER, including the largest front wheel in the industry, a wider foot plate, dual suspension, a double kick-stand and dual drum brakes for stable riding on uneven surfaces and conditions.
Since it was founded in 2018, TIER has launched in 70 cities and was the first micro-mobility provider to be certified as climate-neutral. The company plans to roll-out its swappable battery technology across all its operations by the end of 2021 and is actively seeking strategic partners to the charging pods.
Finnish startup Varjo, a leader in industrial-grade VR/XR (virtual reality and extended reality) hardware and software, today announced closing a Series C round of approximately €45.9 million. Tesi, NordicNinja, and Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank are among the new investors contributing to the round, in addition to follow-on investment participation from existing investors including Lifeline Ventures, Atomico, EQT Ventures and Volvo Cars Tech Fund.
Founded in 2016, Varjo (pronounced var-yo) is the first and only company in the world to deliver human-eye resolution virtual and mixed reality devices to meet the most demanding enterprise applications across training and simulation, design and engineering and research. Global enterprises including Volvo Cars, Boeing, Audi and Siemens use the company’s XR-1 Developer Edition, VR-2 and VR-2 Pro devices to conduct immersive astronaut and pilot training, design the cars of the future, streamline product development, and more. Whatsmore, Varjo is the only virtual reality headset qualified for astronaut training.
“We are seeing tremendous demand for virtual and mixed reality use cases, particularly as much of the world continues to work remotely,” said Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo. “When you combine the photorealistic resolution and accurate, integrated eye tracking found in our devices with the broad software compatibility we offer, the possibilities for creating, training and running research in immersive environments are endless. With support from our growing group of investors, we look forward to scaling our operations and delivering the cutting-edge technology our customers need to transform the way they work.”
With this latest infusion of capital, the company has raised just over €85.1 million to date, which will allow Varjo to accelerate its global expansion and development of industry-leading hardware and software products.
“Varjo has established itself as a proven industry leader, as evidenced by its ability to continually push the boundaries of virtual and mixed reality and support the most demanding enterprise applications across industries,” said Keith Bonnici, Investment Director at Tesi. “With their history of breathtaking product innovation, a strong and experienced team and increasing market demand, we are excited to be on board on their journey of revolutionizing computing for all.”
“We were early seed investors in Varjo and believed in their vision for how immersive computing could transform the way professionals work from the very beginning. In less than four years, Varjo has delivered both industry-leading hardware and software to the market,” said Petteri Koponen, founding partner at Lifeline Ventures and Varjo’s chairman of the board. “We are thrilled to be participating in this latest funding round as the company continues to scale and deliver an ecosystem capable of bringing enterprise XR adoption mainstream.”
This round of funding comes on the heels of a year marked by company success and product innovation. Recent milestones include expanding operations and reseller network to +40 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific with the launch of sales and direct shipping to key markets including Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
The BeanBon Coffee Roaster is kicking off a crowdfunding campaign for its countertop smart roaster device, seeking a total of $ 10,000 over the next month. The BeanBon is already a fully realized product, and I was able to test one to confirm it matches its creator’s claims — and it does indeed offer a simple, easy way to get into at-home coffee roasting, with minimal expertise and cleanup required.
The BeanBon is a relatively small countertop device, about the size of your average juicer or drip coffee maker. It has a simple function: roast coffee beans, in small batches designed to be optimized for daily coffee drinking use. The machine itself arrives fully assembled, and is just as approachable in terms of ease of use as your average coffee maker.
At-home roasting can be accomplished in a number of ways, but BeanBon’s whole approach is designed around simplicity and flexibility. Out of the box, you can be roasting beans in no time with no prior experience, thanks to its simple manual settings. And if you want to get more in-depth, there’s an app for iOS and Android that lets you tune all the roasting settings to fit your exact tastes and needs.
BeanBon plans to retail its roaster for around $ 1,000, but is offering it to Early Bird backers for $ 699 during the Kickstarter campaign.
Design and performance
While the BeanBon I tested out is the product of a tooling sample, rather than the shipping version, it’s still pretty well put-together in terms of fit and finish. The exterior is black anodized aluminium and it feels sturdy and well-constructed. The design is modern but relatively understated, so it won’t look out of place in a modern kitchen atop the counter next to a coffee machine.
Because it’s a pre-release product, the tester version I received shipped in generic packaging and didn’t include any instructions. Luckily, none were required for me to figure out how to use it, and to get started actually roasting the two included packs of green coffee beans in just minutes. The design is clever and simple, and by referencing a promotional video for the BeanBon released in Asia, I was quickly able to get up and running.
Operating the BeanBon is as easy as removing the plastic lid of the machine and pouring beans into the central transparent roasting chamber. Once you turn on the the machine, you then turn the dial to select your roast level (1 to 8, 1 being the lightest) and then press to start. The roast cycle runs automatically, showing you a countdown timer. Once that timer runs down, there’s a cooling cycle that follows, and then you simply press a lever located on the side to drop the roasted beans into a collection bin.
One of the most clever things the BeanBon team has done is implement a fan that comes on automatically when you press this lever, which blows up the chaff (coffee bean shells that crack and shed during roasting) to be collected in an easy-to-clean filter located at the top of the machine while dropping the much heavier beans into the pot. Too much chaff can affect the taste of the coffee, resulting in increased bitterness, and this is a clever way to automate the chaff removal process.
One note about operation: The BeanBon roasting process did set off my condo’s smoke alarms, even though no smoke was visible. It gives off a strong (and very pleasant, if you’re a coffee lover) aroma while working, but this is likely enough to trigger your smoke detectors depending on the space in which you’re using it. Turning on the stove vent and using it near that seemed to solve the problem, as did ensuring I use it with windows open and fans going.
The pre-packaged BeanBon coffee I received had an included recommended roasting level, which also makes it very easy to get started. I wasn’t able to test the more advanced app-based features, because the software isn’t yet available here, but the manual modes worked exactly as advertised.
Roasting at home, especially with smart features, can be a very expensive affair — BeanBon’s price point at $ 699 (and $ 749 after the Early Bird units are gone) is remarkably low for what it can do. Over time, you can definitely realize cost savings from using unroasted beans and doing it yourself — green beans are easier to buy in bulk because they take longer to go bad than do roasted beans. But if you’re thinking about getting into this world, it’s probably better to be motivated by the skill and enjoyment of custom roasts than anything else.
BeanBon does lower the cleanup and skill requirements considerably, however, making at-home roasting pretty approachable. It’s a great way to get started, provided BeanBon meets its production goals and starts shipping these later this year, as it plans to do.
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