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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Lena Gaede

Applications of augmented reality: What are the potentials for the manufacturing industry?

Augmented reality is not only the technology that made animations in football broadcasts and Pokémon GO possible. It is also the technology where global economy impact will grow, from under 5 in 2016 up to 29.5 billion dollars in 2019. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? This growth will also be due to adaptions of augmented reality in the manufacturing industry. Especially with the rise of industry 4.0, AR holds great potentials for improvements in workflow, monitoring and efficiency. We get to the heart of it and present to you the applications of augmented reality in the manufacturing industries.

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Lena Gaede

My business just collapsed: 3 tips on how to get back on track as an entrepreneur

Every so often considered a taboo subject, but still a serious threat: Failure. There are hundreds of miles of newspaper column inches dedicated to entrepreneurial success stories. But mostly, they don’t broach the issue of business flops. Truth is, in any business, failure is an option. Actually, it’s inescapable if you’re trying hard enough. You think talking about it would simply not be very “empowering” or inspirational? Prima facie, it might seem like that, yes. Nevertheless, even those things need to be outspoken, so one could learn from the mistakes and actually keep moving forward. Alright entrepreneurs, brush yourself off and check out these 3 tips on how to get back on track after your business collapsed.

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Lisa Flieg

Every euro we invest has to be earned first – an interview with Sarah Haide from MyCouchbox

Last week we heard from Sarah Haide, the founder of the snack startup MyCouchbox in our article on Female Pioneers Part 2. Today we’re back with a fascinating interview in which Sarah divulges why she launched MyCouchbox in the first place as she describes the journey she has been on as the co-founder and CEO of the e-commerce company. The business founder from Stuttgart also explains why the model based on subscription boxes was actually plan B at the beginning and how involuntarily bootstrapping her own firm also has its advantages! The result was a candid interview on differences between the owners, the constancy of core values in a setting that is subject to continual change, and the importance of understanding human nature when selecting staff.

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Lisa Flieg

“I rarely faced challenges – until I had my daughter” Female pioneers talk about women in tech and startup life

We’ve gathered more first-hand accounts from women who are striving to make a difference, and proudly present part two of our female pioneers series! Today we present a scientist and mother who beats the odds to make her startup a success. A mobility specialist who applies her smarts to making career fulfillment and family life more compatible. And the experiences of a female co-founder of a snack delivery startup. Enjoy the continuing story of female pioneers as these women talk about tech and startup life! Today with Vesna Prchkovska from QMENTA (former Mint Labs), mobility expert and agile specialist Eileen Mandir, and Sarah Haide from MyCouchbox.

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Lisa Flieg

The healthtech revolution is gaining ground! But how are entrepreneurs protecting their own health?

In a recent interview with Tobias Günther, we explored the topic of work-life balance and how he has handled stress while starting up his own company. When asked whether the founder of a startup is even able to strike a healthy balance between work and other aspects of life, he answered, “You definitely can. And, maybe more importantly: you have to! The alternative of constantly overstraining yourself is simply not sustainable.” On the other side of this equation you’ll find ambitious entrepreneurs in the fields of medicine and healthtech working to keep improving human health in a wide range of areas. Their inventions are making a contribution toward empowering people to lead healthy lives that are worth living. We recently reported on monikit, the team planning to launch the first smartwatch for epileptics in 2020. BABYBE medical is working on a high-tech cushion that supports the development of premature babies in incubators.

But how do entrepreneurs actually take care of their own health in the high-pressure environment of a startup? And what does healthtech have to offer a group that has been shown to carry a very high stress load? We decided to get to the bottom of these questions and went looking for answers among the healthtech startups that are part of our network. Feedback from Soma Analytics, AmbiGate, and SimyLife helped us paint a better picture of the state of healthtech and entrepreneurship.

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Martina Merz

Guest feature Martina Merz | It’s never too late to be a pioneer

I’m a pioneer now. Before, I was a production planner, a self-starter, a supporter, an executive, a director. But not a pioneer.

So on the day I joined CODE_n SPACES, I became a recognized pioneer. I have a little office with pink-check walls in the “Hub for digital pioneers”. Sometimes, I find my new eco-system a little skewed, sometimes it’s a little challenging – but I always find it energy-charged and stimulating.

The commitment to development through change – and yes – I’ve developed as a person. The people and the topics in the SPACES have made me “better”, I believe.

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