Anna Shaposhnikova

Guest feature | Transmetrics and Dirk Reich on Logistics Industry and Entrepreneurship

On the Transmetrics blog we want to engage opinion leaders from the logistics industry into the discussion about important aspects and trends in the industry. Our first attempt at doing so is this interview with one of the industry champions – Dirk Reich, that I had a pleasure of conducting. Dirk Reich is an active board member of Panalpina, Inc. and LSG Group, a member of Advisory Board of Transmetrics, a former CEO of Cargolux Airlines and a former management board member of Kuehne + Nagel. He has already founded two successful companies: R+R International Aviation which offers strategic advice in the fields of e-commerce and logistics in China and Log-Hub which is a marketplace platform for sharing warehouse capacity.

In this interview, Dirk shared his views on the different challenges of various transport modes, the potential of predictive analytics to resolve inefficiencies in the industry, and his wisdom on many other interesting topics.

More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … SQream Technologies!

SQream Technologies, based in Israel, was CODE_n Finalist in 2014, starting out with graphics processors that captured, stored and processed bid data within seconds. What was already a big deal then has since turned into a business model proving valuable for several industries, including Genome, Cyber Security, Finance and IoT. In his interview CEO and Co-Founder Ami Gal tells us in detail about the amazing things you can do with big data – from Cancer Research to defense cases and gives insight about the development of his company since CODE_n.

Following on from your time as a CODE_n Finalist, what have been Sqream Technologies’ greatest achievements?

Ami Gal, CEO and Founder, SQream Technologies

Ami Gal, CEO and Founder, SQream Technologies

Ami Gal: SQream’s greatest achievements name a few domains. For starters, SQream’s customer base is growing rapidly. The broad range of use cases SQream DB can be implemented in, has lead to an interest from organizations that have supported our product strategy, leveraging it to answer real-life needs of DBAs and researchers.

One specific use case worth mentioning is a large Genome Cancer Research Center in Israel that approached us, in need for a database being able to handle rapidly scaling large-size datasets in an ultra-fast manner. In search for mutations in specific chromosome positions, large post-sequence datasets were being manually compared to previous findings in other databases. The process was extremely time consuming with an old-school file base system. SQream provided the Research Institution with a database developed specifically for genome researchers – GenomeStack – a database with large-capacity storage enabling pre-uploading of other databases to GenomeStack, as well as uploading of the new research data. The database empowers genome researchers to perform an ultra-fast simultaneous comparison of millions of chromosome positions – with a click of a button. The outcome is an automatic, rapid way for researchers to get to their insights using a database instead of a file base, significantly shortening research timetables. We consider SQream’s contribution to Genome Research to be of great value and a huge achievement, as we are predicting the technology will impact millions of people’s lives.

There are a few other great achievements such as SQream’s geospatial analytics engine and our contribution to Defense related use cases, that is becoming a crucial – perhaps even a life-saving tool, in times when the world is experiencing unfortunate growth in terror-attacks.

What lessons have you learned or failures you’ve experienced and how have you coped with them?

Ami Gal: There are two things to be named here: At some point we understood that we can’t follow through on all customer requirements and that we have to stay focused. Another important issue is the DNA of your team. We have learned that even the slightest DNA issues shouldn’t be tolerated and definitely not compromised. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … Massive Analytic

Massive Analytic, a pioneer in Artifical Precognition, was one of CODE_n’s finalists in 2014 and has come on leaps and bounds since its time with us in Hanover. In our next part of the CODE_n Alumni catch-up series, we talked to CEO George Frangou about the young company’s most important learnings and greatest achievements (like building a relationship with Microsoft) since then.

massiveanalytic

Following on from your time as a CODE_n finalist, what have been Massive Analytic’s greatest achievements?

George Frangou: I would say our greatest achievement has been the launch of Oscar AP on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace in June of this year. Our technology is now available for purchase. It’s exciting to be building that relationship with Microsoft. We’re also proud of our entry to the Lockheed Martin Virtual Technology Cluster. Getting both of those endorsements have been great for us.

What lessons have you learned or failures you’ve experienced and how have you coped with them?

George Frangou: The key lessons we have learned over the last year is to get our product messaging right. Often it is easy to be passionate about the product and describe it in a manner that does not resonate with the target audience. We were able to set that right on the back of our involvement in CODE_n and the client engagements that followed immediately.

What were your biggest takeaways from your time at CODE_n?

George Frangou: The biggest takeaway from CODE_n for me was seeing how many young innovative companies there are doing different and exciting things. It was great to share experiences and inspiring to see what’s going on. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … Soma Analytics

In 2012, our CODE_n Alumnus Soma Analytics started out with an honorable vision: to reduce work-related stress and make work-life more sustainable. Three years later the company, now based in UK’s startup hotspot London, has just been named Europe’s best mHealth Startup. Their flagship product is an evidence based mobile resilience program for employees which provides personalized improvement plans and interventions based on biometric information tracked by a smartphone. We talked to Johann Huber, CEO of Soma Analytics, about his initial idea, his achievements, tips for young founders and the advantages of his adoptive home London.

Following on from your time as a CODE_n Finalist, what have been Soma Analytics’ greatest achievements?

JohannHuber_SOMAAnalytics_komprimiertJohann: Believe it or not we met one of our first and biggest clients at the CODE_n booth at CeBIT. Now we are working together with them in three countries. Besides that we have just been named “Europe’s best mHealth Startup 2015” by the European Commission. We also collected more than one million Euros in external funding through grants and angel investment.

What lessons have you learned or failures you’ve experienced and how have you coped with them?

Johann: It’s been an extremely steep learning curve in the last one and a half years. The biggest learning is that a great product is not selling itself. You need to be as innovative in sales as you are in product development. When we started we didn’t have many reference cases so it took a lot of convincing to get the ball rolling and to build momentum. But it is not always a disadvantage to be a small company. Larger companies like innovation and the speed with which startups are moving forward… so whenever you meet someone there is a bit of curiosity and people are intrigued how life is in a startup.

What were your biggest takeaways from your time at CODE_n?

Johann: Of course the biggest amazement was that we won the selfie challenge with Ulrich Dietz, so I guess an awesome picture counts as our biggest takeaway! All jokes aside, through CODE_n we were able to meet some amazing thought leaders in big data and speak to very interesting companies. And as I mentioned above we met our first big client there.

What advice would you give to startups looking to enter CODE_n?

Johann: Be prepared to give your pitch at least 500 times – so take some sore throat medication with you to CeBIT. But seriously, you will pitch a lot so keep smiling and be energetic. Also get some gadgets to show people and attract attention to your stand. Through our stress measurement app we got a lot of attention and amazing press. It also helped to explore the halls around CODE_n. Last but not least I would definitely recommend sticking around for the evening events which are great fun. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

GPredictive (Germany) – Knowing in advance who is bringing in the turnover

GPredictive-Björn Goerke

Goerke, Founder & CEO of CODE_n Alumnus GPredictive

As CODE_n finalists from 2014, they are attending CODE_n15 at CeBIT as start-up veterans: GPredictive from Hamburg analyzes buying behavior from customer data to derive patterns for the future. The young company offers its analytical expertise as software-as-a-service. This means that it is affordable for smaller and medium-sized companies too.

As alumni, you’re again represented at this year’s CODE_n15 at CeBIT. Looking back, what were your impressions last year of your CODE_n premiere?

Björn Goerke (GPredictive): I think the entrepreneurial spirit at CODE_n is really exciting. There was a tremendous amount of energy in the venue. And the interest that our stand generated was simply overwhelming. It was usually after 4 p.m. before I managed to get anything to eat … Being mobbed by so many interested trade fair delegates was great fun. Everyone who came to see us really enjoyed looking at our business model.

What’s happened to your start-up in the last twelve months?

Björn Goerke (GPredictive): We’ve doubled in size and we now have a ten-strong team. We sourced a major investor in the form of Target Partners, and we’re now in a position to increase our team even further. Overall, we’ve massively optimized our product approach. Our analytics solution “Scores out of a box” now runs virtually fully automatically, which means that we’re able to respond much more quickly than we did a year ago. We now have a mature product and a growing number of satisfied customers. More…

Dirk Baranek

Video: Interview with Lukas Olbrich (sablono)

Into the Internet of Things – CODE_n15 will feature startups who are into it and the startup sablono already is. At a CeBIT press conference end of July in Munich we talked to Lukas Olbrich, co-founder of sablono and CODE_n14 finalist, about his experience participating in the CODE_n startup contest and his view on this year’s topic The Internet of Things.

Enabling 5D Construction – this is how’s sablono is entering The Internet of Things. Sablono Onsite is the first mobile solution for easy progress tracking on the construction site. For the first time, users can control the development of a project by recording the progress of all individual activities that are being executed on site. But this is just the beginning as Lukas tells in the interview. In the near future they will use more and more data from web connecetd tools on the construction site itself ….

Here’s our interview with Lukas

Lena Gaede

CODE_n14 finalist Graphmasters: “We make individual decisions for every driver”

The team behind Graphmasters, a young German company, has developed an internet-based traffic management solution for navigation devices that helps drivers avoid traffic jams. They claim to be the first company providing individual routes and decisions for every driver. Christian Brüggemann, one of the founders, explains what sets his company apart from the competitors.

CODE_n @ CeBIT took place at the beginning of March – several weeks have now passed. How did you experience your time at CeBIT and especially the weeks after?

The Graphmasters Team

The Graphmasters Team

CeBIT was a great opportunity to meet potential new customers. I was really surprised by the quality of the discussions we had at the booth. The week was packed but nonetheless fun, and it certainly helped us a lot in the long run. After CeBIT, we have had many follow-up meetings and have now started projects with some of our new customers.

You have developed a traffic management solution. How do you gather the necessary data? And how do you use it for your business model?

At Graphmasters, we believe that the only way to optimize traffic flow is to prevent traffic data from being broadcast. Whenever traffic data is broadcast through a channel over the internet or radio, navigation systems use it to recalculate alternative routes, so decisions are made on those individual devices. But with all devices making decisions based on the same data, this has an impact on further traffic jams. Ultimately, one could argue that live traffic data becomes worthless as soon as it is broadcast. That’s why we gather anonymous data from client devices using our service and do not broadcast it anywhere. Instead, we make individual decisions for every driver based on the data we’ve collected. More…

Lena Gaede

CODE_n14 finalist OpenDataSoft: Turnkey solutions made in France

We are happy to introduce you today to one of the French startups who made it amongst our Top 50 CODE_n finalists 2014: OpenDataSoft, located in Paris. Jean-Marc Lazard and David Thoumas founded OpenDataSoft in 2011 and have been on a successful journey since then. We had the chance to talk to Jean-Marc who explained their business model and the benefits in more detail.

Please describe, in three sentences, what OpenDataSoft does.

OpenDataSoft CEO Jean-Marc Lazard

OpenDataSoft CEO Jean-Marc Lazard

OpenDataSoft developed a turnkey SaaS platform designed to easily and intelligently transform all types of data into innovative services (APIs, data representations, real-time monitoring). OpenDataSoft’s mission: to make it easier for business users to publish, share, and reuse data. With OpenDataSoft, any non-tech user can turn any data into interactive data representations and share it anywhere on the Web (social media, website embeds). They can also turn this data into APIs to build innovative business applications.

Tell us a little about your clients. What sectors do they come from? What are their needs?

Our customers are both public administrations who use the platform for their open data portals, and companies who want to share data with their internal and external ecosystems (e.g., news media agencies using the platform for data-driven journalism or utilities and transportation companies using the platform for data management).

Our customers want turnkey solutions that directly address their business needs. These include:

  • comprehensive open data portals
  • data marketplaces for targeted data broadcasting via APIs
  • data-driven journalism tools

The standard OpenDataSoft version can be used for all of these use cases, without complicated deployment or customization. More…