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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.

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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…

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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…

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“Driving” innovation – half time in CODE_n hall 16 at CebIT

Half time at CeBIT: Two days lie behind us already and there are two more to come. But even as the week progresses, CODE_n hall 16 – the hotspot for innovation – has further aces up its sleeve. Future Mobility, Future Banking, Future Finalist – these terms may seem distant or even unreal, but the future is closer than you think: it’s right here with us in Hanover, Hall 16.

For quite a few impressive woman and a couple of courages men, the day started out with a breakfast around the main topic Into the Internet of Things, hosted by SAALZWEI, the business online magazine for female readers. Apart from coffee and great food, visitors received input on the management of successful IT companies, by Marika Lulay, COO of GFT and got to listen to the founder story of Katja Beyer and Dr. Moria Shimoni of CODE_n finalist VAYSUSENSE. Dr. D. Knodel encouraged women to look into programming – the closest thing we have to a superpower!

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From IT to Future Mobility: that’s what the conference program on Wednesday seems to be all about. Around midday, the hall is on the move – showing smart mobility and logistics with Frank Rinderknecht and team Rinspeed, Peter Fuss and Dr. Rainer Scholz from CODE_n partner EY, before Accenture presents what driver’s want: an automative survey, taking the sales cycle online. More speed comes from a rather unusual participant: Allianz. Insurance as an enabler for new mobility concepts is something the Allianz Digital Accelerator has in mind. More data-driven, indidivual mobility ideas come from Blue Yonder, showing how algorithms will improve personal travel. More…

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Finalist | ULU (Netherlands) – Unlocking potential for a better mobility experience

ulu quadratischOur Future Mobility finalist ULU created a a vehicle/driver ecosystem connecting stakeholders around the vehicle with the driver in mind. It provides real time answers to businesses in the ecosystem and connected vehicle experience and feedback to the driver. We talked to Jošt Faganel, CEO of ULU, about his startup and their and solution.

Fore more information on ULU please also visit: CODE_n CONNECT | Website | Twitter

Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jošt Faganel (ULU): The idea for our startup came from the founding team being people who play with data. We believe there is a huge unused or better “unlocked” potential of car and driving related data, that can – at the end of the day – bring a better mobility experience to drivers.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Jošt Faganel (ULU): Ultimately our product targets consumers, but through the business channels of the of the car ecosystem. We enable companies to adopt and leverage the connected car within their businesses, optimizing the cost side of operations and enabling them to offer new connected car services to their customers. More…

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

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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…

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Finalist | Greenbird (Norway): Software for the digital power utility

CODE_n15 Finalist Greenbird from Norway is offering power utility companies the application Metercloud to provide ways to integrate smart metering and smart grids into existing business applications – at a reduced cost. This allows Greenbird and its integration service Metercloud to enable power utility companies to become digital. We talked to Thorsten Heller, CEO of Greenbird, about the details.

More information about Greenbird: CODE_n CONNECT | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Where did your idea for the company come from?

Thorsten Heller, Greenbird: The founders of Greenbird had many years of experience as integration architects and integration developers for the biggest power utilities in the Nordics. Experience from these companies revealed that most utility companies start from scratch when they develop and implement integrations for their business applications. This approach translates into high-risk projects with regard to costs and time to market. Years of experience from the utilities industry also showed that the business processes required for implementing smart metering and smart grid technologies are very similar among utility companies. These findings were the foundation for establishing Greenbird and our core service Metercloud – a big data integration service for smart metering, smart grids and the Internet of Things.

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Finalist | IS Predict (Germany) – Democratizing predictive analytics

IS_Predict_rotOur CODE_n15 finalist IS Predict from Saarbrücken, Germany, developed Resource Intelligence, a self-learning analysis and prediction solution which offers predictive recommendations for daily operations. It can even automatically control processes with complex process or data structures. In our short Q&A, Britta Hilt, co-founder of IS Predict, tells us more about the business records of her startup and the dynamic simulation methods that can discover hidden optimization potentials.

For more information visit: CODE_n CONNECT Website

Where did your idea for the company come from?

Britta Hilt (IS Predict): Richard, also co-founder & MD, and I worked in a world-leading company for business process optimization, IDS Scheer – ARIS Division. We felt that more benefit can be gained to increase the efficiency of resources, whether man, machinery or energy, if you know what will happen. And if you avoid inefficiencies – before they happen. In our old job, we were used to analyzing past data and designing new processes. We felt that predictive analytics and predictive control could put process optimization to a new level. So we built a concept for such a software solution and even developed the first prototype – all done in the evening or at weekends. Then, we started to check “outside” if our ideas were realistic: We took days off and presented our ideas to local companies. In those discussions, we noticed that processes are never fixed, that influencing factors change again and again. So we worked on a concept for a self-learning predictive analytics and predictive control solution. And that is where it all started with our Resource Intelligence – we set up our own company, now 4 years ago, got first orders and grew in several dimensions: more powerful solutions, more staff, more exciting projects with well-known companies like Siemens, BASF, SAP, EnBW, LG,…! More…

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GFT Brazil debates Big Data in financial sector with CODE_n alumni

On 27 August, GFT Brazil organised and hosted an event where “Data Revolution: Leveraging value from Big Data in Financial Services” was addressed and discussed with clients and prospects in São Paulo. Clients who were attending the event were, amongst others, Deutsche Bank Brazil, Sulamerica, Bradesco, RSA Insurance, Guidewire, and many more.

The event’s agenda was dynamic, beginning with a pleasant breakfast, followed by a brief introduction by Marco Santos, GFT Brazil Country Managing Director. Soon after, Ignacio Sales, GFT Spain senior architect and expert in Big Data, presented experiences and real cases of projects in Banks and Financial Institutions with a focus on risk management, customer experience and operational efficiency.

GFT Brazil CODE_n Event 2014

Foto (left to right): Vlnr: Ricardo Clemente (CODE_n14 Alumni Intelie), Ignacio Sales (Senior Software Architect at GFT), Miguel Reiser (Director Business Marketing at GFT), Marco Santos (Managing Director GFT Brazil), Ricardo Ramos (CODE_n14 Alumni Precifica)

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