Lena Gaede

Sweden rocks the startup scene! These are the strengths and weaknesses of Stockholm, Europe’s tech startup capital

What are the first things that come into your mind when thinking of ‘Sweden’? Ikea, ABBA, Vikings or meatballs perhaps… How about some of the world’s most successful global tech startups?

Spotify, Klarna and Mojang: once small ambitious startups, now billion dollar companies that started life in Stockholm, Sweden. But how does Sweden, a country of only 9.8m people, roughly a sixth the size of the UK and in fact only half the population of greater London, become the pinnacle of European innovation?

Below we review what Sweden has on offer from a startup’s perspective and especially shed light on its capital Stockholm, strengths and weaknesses.

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Lena Gaede

How to: change business culture

Culture change is a vital factor for accelerating your business into the future. However, establishing a new mindset goes far beyond the adoption of new technologies: It’s more crucial, yet harder to achieve. As economist Peter Drucker once said: “culture eats strategy for breakfast” – if done right! So don’t worry, we got your back with a how to guide to business culture change. Let’s go through the key elements that drive cultural change in the era of digitalization!

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Annabel Daferner

Guest feature | The second screen phenomenon – hidden treasure waiting to be discovered?

The world is in a state of rapid change. We have new technologies, devices that keep getting smaller and smarter, and digitalization with its seemingly boundless reach – all making inroads into everyday lives, which as people are noticing are also in a state of transformation. New mobility and workplace models are also changing our routines. And these changes are also impacting on the way millions of people watch television. While video on demand services like Netflix and Amazon Video grow in popularity and gain more and more market share – thanks in part to their premium original programming – Google subsidiary YouTube has also shown its potential as a television substitute, especially for the younger generation. So who’s still watching TV?


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Lisa Flieg

Jennifer Indovina from smart energy startup Tenrehte: “Hire slow, fire fast”

She’s a CODE_n Alumnus, a TED fellow, and a passionate entrepreneur on a mission to save the world from energy waste. We had a chat with a real pioneer in smart energy, the fabulous Jennifer Indovina, founder of Tenrehte Technologies! By creating the PICOwatt device, Jen has helped make the world a better place by saving tons of energy. After founding Tenrehte in 2010, Jen has staffed a great team and brought her small but ingenious helper into data centers around the world. She continues to inspire others – especially women – to do their own thing. In our interview, she shares insights into her convictions as a social-minded founder, her straight approach to leadership, and the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurial life. This one is a ripsnorter.

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Lisa Flieg

“Share your journey with people” | Daimler X incubator, Project A and startup pitches

Get inspired by GFT! – for the second time, GFT invited guests to its Inspiration Day. This time the event was held on June 29, 2017 at the GFT Campus under the banner of impulse. inspect. ignite. The motto was a call for new, entrepreneurial mindsets and practices in a digitalized world. Inspired by art, culture, and design, genuine experts sketched out their vision of what the future holds. In addition to presentations by Google and Dropbox, one highlight of the event was the introduction of Daimler X with the new CODE_n resident Mercedes Benz LAB 1886 – Daimler Incubator Europe. For several weeks now, Matin Ebrahimchel and his team have been busy here at CODE_n SPACES, leveraging startup techniques in Daimler’s in-house innovation factory with the aim of bringing promising ideas to fruition. Another feature on Inspiration Day was also a special goodie for the startups located on the CODE_n Innovation Campus – the Berlin-based venture capital investor Project A was in town and gave the teams some valuable tips in an exclusive Office Hour. Find out all the fun details and background information on this exciting event – we hope you enjoy the read!

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Lisa Flieg

“HealthTech is going to change our society” | Former CODE_n residents from monikit talk about their high-tech wearable for epileptics

Today we’re psyched for a special reunion! Our former residents from HealthTech startup monikit are visiting us again at CODE_n SPACES and have a lot to share. Founding duo Florian Lutz and Kevin Klett and their team were located on the Innovation Campus until November 2016, pouring their passion into a project to develop a wearable device that will help epileptics prevent seizures and manage their condition more effectively. When they were ready to take the next step in product development several months ago, the ambitious team moved to the University Hospital in Tuebingen, where they can test the system on patients suffering from epilepsy. Their aim is to finalize product development and launch their device as a smartwatch in the near future. In this exclusive interview, the co-founders brought us up to speed on when their smartwatch will hit the market, the hurdles that can crop up when developing medical devices, and why their small startup took the leap despite these difficulties. As always, we’ll ask the founders to give us some insights into the ups and downs on their startup rollercoaster, the challenges they face, and their top three tips for anyone who’s thinking about starting their own business.

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Lisa Flieg

“What does collaboration need to succeed? Culture and consistency!” – Corporate-Startup event recap on June 22, 2017

Interested in a candid, behind-the-scenes look that steers clear of buzzword bingo? How about a discussion with like-minded people about the questions posed by digitalization? That’s what you’ll find at CODE_n themed events! In February, experienced leaders and entrepreneurs bounced around ideas on leadership in the digital age at “The Art of Guidance”. And the conversation continued on June 22, 2017 with “Corporate-Startup-Collaboration | Fuckups, Lessons Learned, and Cultural Differences.” The evening was all about sharing experiences, straight talk how things get screwed up, and exploring the keys to fruitful collaboration between a corporation and a startup. Taking “When worlds collide” as their motto, a couple of talks and a charged panel discussion offered expert insights into this highly topical issue. We hope you enjoy reading this event recap, complete with our impressions and a roundup of the evening’s encounters between two cultures!

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Lena Gaede

Chicago is proving to be a leading global tech startup hub: The city vibes show that early stage startups are gravitating to the ‘Windy City’

The US continues to lead the field in attracting tech startups as we reviewed in our previous article  “Pros and cons of promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Europe vs. US”. Digging a little deeper, Illinois, specifically the Chicago land area, is growing rapidly and has a hugely dynamic and supportive business environment suited especially well to tech startups.

Chicago is more than a world-famous musical title! Business friendliness, coupled with the fast-paced lifestyle, strategic location, relatively low cost of doing business, and healthy economic growth make Chicago an ideal city to start a new business.

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