Belgium-based E-peas that aims to build IoT devices that are less reliant on external power sources bags €8M funding

e-peas, a Belgian company that develops and markets disruptive ultra-low power semiconductor technology raised an additional €8 million funding. The round was led by Partech and Airbus Ventures, with KBC Focus Fund, W.IN.G, Noshaq Ventures, LeanSquare, Nivelinvest, and Vives also contributing.

Romain Lavault, General Partner at Partech: “Since our initial investment in 2017, we have been incredibly impressed by how Geoffroy and Julien have transformed a small R&D company into a recognized leader in low power IoT and edge computing with prestigious clients around the world. Geoffroy and Julien have also put the company in scale-up mode with the arrival of very experienced talents like Jean-Paul Bardyn and Christian Ferrier, have quadrupled the size of the team, and have developed an active commercial pipeline worth 500M$ over 3 continents. We are proud to be supporting e-peas again on their journey to make the world run battery-free.”

The company is planning to use this funding to accelerate the development of new products and market penetration of its existing products. Part of the funding will be used to strengthen its commercial presence worldwide by opening more offices.

Headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert, e-peas is uniquely positioned within this sector, serving as a one-stop-shop for customers’ energy harvesting requirements and enabling their hardware to be powered indefinitely.

The company is working with various sectors including industrial, home/building automation, agriculture, health monitoring, smart metering and other sectors. Furthermore, over the last 3 years, the company has been continually broadening the scope of its Ambient Energy Manager (AEM) product line.

This now covers solar, thermal, vibration and RF methods for extracting energy from IoT devices’ surroundings – thereby making them completely energy-autonomous. The imminent introduction of ultra-low-power processing and sensing solutions will bolster the e-peas portfolio still further. Headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, with additional offices in Switzerland and the USA.

Matthieu Repellin, Investment Manager at Airbus Ventures: “With its exceptional low-power ICs, e-peas is a key attractive partner for all those considering the design and deployment of energy-efficient autonomous devices at scale. e-peas has been a model in terms of execution and reliability. We are thrilled to continue supporting this outstanding European team through its fast-accelerating journey.”

Main image credits: Partech

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Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a startup that helps IT manage Apple devices remotely

At a time where IT has to help employees set up and manage devices remotely, a service that simplifies those processes could certainly come in handy. Apple recognized that, and acquired Fleetsmith today, a startup that helps companies do precisely that with Apple devices.

While Apple didn’t publicize the acquisition, it has confirmed the deal with TechCrunch, while Fleetsmith announced the deal in a company blog post. Neither company was sharing the purchase price.

The startup has built technology that takes advantage of the Apple’s Device Enrollment Program allowing IT departments to bring devices online as soon as the employee takes it out of the box and powers it up.

At the time of its $ 30 million Series B funding last year, CEO Zack Blum explained the company’s core value proposition: “From a customer perspective, they can ship devices directly to their employees. The employee unwraps it, connects to Wi-Fi and the device is enrolled automatically in Fleetsmith,” Blum explained at that time.

Over time, the company has layered on other useful pieces beyond automating device registration like updating devices automatically with OS and security updates, while letting IT see a dashboard of the status of all devices under management, all in a pretty slick interface.

While Apple will in all likelihood continue to work with Jamf, the leader in the Apple device management space, this acquisition gives the company a remote management option at a time where it’s essential with so many employees working from home.

Fleetsmith, which has raised over $ 40 million from investors like Menlo Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Upfront Ventures and Harrison Metal will continue to sell the product through the company website, according to the blog post.

The founders put a happy on the face on the deal, as founders tend to do. “We’re thrilled to join Apple. Our shared values of putting the customer at the center of everything we do without sacrificing privacy and security, means we can truly meet our mission, delivering Fleetsmith to businesses and institutions of all sizes, around the world,” they wrote.

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Is using screenshots of service in mock devices useful?

I have a B2B SaaS company that currently the website is lacking a bit on, it is using a WordPress template – nothing wrong with it – though I am using a lot of stock/template images on it that came with the template. Most of the template images are on the main/home page. I have screenshots of my application – partial views at a time – on the features page. Something I am considering doing is taking screenshots on a mobile device – iPhone XS – and also on a 1080p laptop and them putting those screenshots inside mock images of a mobile or computer device. This is something I've seen on quite a few SaaS websites.

The business is entirely web based right now – thogh responsive – with plans to add a mobile app when the time is right and customers are ready for it.

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