Lena Gaede

Promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Siena on the starting blog. These are the metropolis’ strengths, weaknesses and special powers

Long runner of Tuscany and everlasting popular tourist destination: Siena. With its art treasures, beautiful public squares and various tourist attractions, people from all over the world can’t get enough of the Italian metropolis. But Siena is more than that. Amongst founders and entrepreneurs, it’s the underdog of startup hubs and the city enjoys the presence of farsighted entrepreneurs who are full of ideas. Want to find out why? Let’s take a look at Siena’s strengths, weaknesses and special powers!

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Lisa Flieg

“More than 43% of trucks on the streets are empty. We want to change that.” Interview with logistics startup Transmetrics

An industry once criticized for being slow to embrace new ideas is gaining momentum: Logistics is transforming from a traditional sector into a flagship, showing how technology can solve real-world problems. One example of this is CODE_n Alumnus Transmetrics – an ambitious team working with co-founders Anna Shaposhnikova and Asparuh Koev, who together developed a SaaS tool for predictive analytics. How is this revolutionizing the sector, you may think? With 43% of trucks on the road basically traveling empty, you might get a sense of how unbelievably inefficient modern cargo transport can be. Transmetrics is ushering in a new era of intelligent, anticipatory logistics! The core team talked to us about the developments they are sure are about to hit the sector, and the role Transmetrics is planning to play in this.

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Lena Gaede

3 Mistakes to avoid, when starting your own business as an individual

You are full of ideas and more than motivated to start your own business? Good! There’s just one tiny little detail to take care of: Founding a startup is anything but easy. Even for experienced engineers, creatives and people with deep, industry-specific knowledge, the chances of success aren’t great. Still convinced that your business model will work? Great, because willpower and self-assurance are crucial in this process and cannot be lacking. But still, there are several mistakes to avoid in order to improve chances of success. Some are obvious, others less so. In no particular order, check out our checklist of three mistakes you would otherwise probably make in the first 6 months and can now avoid:

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Lisa Flieg

“The automotive industry is about to undergo the biggest change in its history.” Matin Ebrahimchel of Lab1886, the Daimler incubator

Something big is a-happenin’ in CODE_n SPACES. For a number of months now, there’s been an “innovation team with a difference” pacing the corridors of the campus in Stuttgart. This year marked the launch of the new Daimler incubator Lab1886, which chose CODE_n SPACES as the premises for its fourth site, aside from Berlin, China, and the United States. The “global innovation machinery” – as it likes to call itself – was already announced at the GFT Inspiration Day (see here for our write-up). Matin Ebrahimchel, CEO of LAB1886 GmbH, joined us for an interview on the new incubator and the underlying initiative.

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Lena Gaede

Digital revolution: How artificial intelligence will transform industries

User-oriented services like Pinterest use deep learning for image recognition and therefore create an intensive user experience. Financial companies, such as PayPal, use graphical process-driven deep learning to detect fraud. The research and development division of the consulting firm Accenture and other companies use deep learning to detect security risks on the Internet. And medicine, healthcare and education are among the most important areas of application for AI – the importance of artificial intelligence for sure can’t be argued. So, let’s have a look at how AI transforms industries, including a highlight sector our Alumnus Aisoy Robotics contributes to.

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Lars Schatilow

Guest feature Lars Schatilow | How I failed with my startup… and how I keep going

We recently shed light on the topic of failing with your startup – something which hurts but can also be an opportunity to learn some important things! If you find yourself in this situation, you could learn from tips on how to get back on track. In today’s guest feature, Lars Schatilow, the founder of the CODE_n13 finalist Selando, tells us his personal story of failure. Our thanks go to Lars not only for sharing the story of his success but also for telling us what defeat actually feels like and the lessons learned.

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Lena Gaede

São Paulo in Brazil reaps the benefit of job creation, innovation and economic growth as an upcoming Mecca of startups!

No other city like São Paulo is as controversially discussed as the Brazilian metropole: smog, traffic, crumbling sidewalks and the gap between poor and rich – but in the same breath, citizens will tell you they’d never live anywhere else. And apart from that, silently and unobtrusively, São Paulo evolved into a buzzing place of entrepreneurship. Boosting up to 2,700 active tech startups, São Paulo is home to the largest and most mature startup ecosystem in South America! Also, the Brazilian tech epicenter is one of the 15 largest ecosystems in the world. And yet, the city is not on everyone’s radar. Want to change that? Cool! Lean back and find out about São Paulo’s strengths, weaknesses and special features.

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Lisa Flieg

Antti Vihavainen of Cozify: “Obeying lean startup principles – that’s easy to say, but it’s really difficult to get right”

Cozify – Revolutionizing Home Automation, something we headlined in 2015! At the time, the CODE_n15 contestant was pursuing a vision to provide home automation to everyone. In a follow-up with Antti Vihavainen 10 months after participating in the CONTEST, he told us the latest developments regarding the successful shipping of the first Cozify hubs, which also brought valuable customer and market insights. Cooperation with big players and continuous work with international channel partners really helped boost the business. “Obviously our task is to copy and improve on the progress we made in Finland,” Antti now tells us. Two years on, we had the pleasure of chatting with him again and so much has happened. Prepare yourself for the fact that Cozify is daring to transform the insurance sector from acting as a reactive provider of compensation to becoming a proactive companion in life – based on an enhanced vision of expanding out of the smart home toward a more comprehensive smart living concept! Fail fast, iterate fast, and the balancing act between quick revenue and hunting scalable opportunities are just some of the topics Antti discussed with us.

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