News and Reading Tips: Edition #5



Avast acquires antivirus maker AVG for $1.3BN to gain scale and dive into IoT security

Security giant Avast has announced it intends to acquire fellow Czech-based antivirus software maker AVG for a purchase price of $25.00 per share in cash — resulting in a transaction that will total around $1.3 billion.

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Slovak Dedoles Company on Success Stories by Facebook

A young online eco-fashion store grew rapidly in Europe after remarketing with dynamic ads, more than doubling its sales in just one year.

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Europe’s Fintech companies join forces to launch the European Fintech Alliance

Some of the leading Fintech companies in Europe have just joined forces to launch the European Fintech Alliance (EFA) in Berlin. The EFA will provide its members with timely information on policy and regulatory developments that have an impact on the industry.

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InHiro and Esther Ellis merge

The founders of InHiro and Esther Ellis Group are pleased to announce their merger. InHiro (Bratislava, Slovakia) acquires 100% stake in the company Esther Ellis Group based in Paris, France.

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Limewood, Big Data Analytical Solution, Now in Neulogy Ventures Portfolio

Neulogy Ventures made an investment in Limewood, an applied analytical solutions start-up targeting insurance and banking verticals. Limewood is developing big data analytical solutions allowing companies, particularly in insurance and banking, to monitor and analyze behavior of their distribution networks, identify lapse risk, and optimize portfolio from the profitability perspective.

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DECENT Software sale

DECENT Software Sale is a one-time opportunity to become a part of Blockchain driven Decentralized Future of Media. By joining the digital revolution you help DECENT to create the independent and secure publishing platform for everybody around the world.

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Top Engineers Silicon Valley Placement” now available to Czech & Slovak engineers thanks to Exponea and Radius

Top Slovak and Czech software engineers can now apply for 12-18 month placement in one of Silicon Valley’s best engineering teams. Radius is the world’s most valuable B2B predictive analytics company and offers a placement for Full Stack and Machine Learning SW Engineers.

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23 Totally Genius, Little-Known Apps for Work All Salespeople Should Use

The 23 apps below won’t just make you a more successful salesperson — they’ll make you a more successful person, period. Better yet, they’re all relatively undiscovered. You just gained a competitive advantage.Read the full article

Hyperloop and Flying Cars Add Hype to Slovakia’s Startup Craze

An hour’s drive from Bratislava, engineers are working up a prototype reminiscent of James Bond’s extrication of a Soviet defector from the Slovak capital to Austria in the 1987 film, The Living Daylights. Instead of a one-man capsule, the 10-foot-high real-life version is designed to haul up to 50 passengers through a Hyperloop tube within eight minutes to Vienna.Read the full article 

How Game of Thrones can prep you for your VC pitch

Within the venture capital industry, we all have different styles when we talk to entrepreneurs. Even within the same team: I tend to ask lots of detailed questions on the business and the product, for example, whereas other VCs on our team focus on the personal history of the founder, their background, and the problem that led them to set up a startup to solve it.” Read the full article 

Startup Continent: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startups In Europe

Europe is home to prominent startup and innovation hubs like Berlin, Stockholm, and London. However, the tech boom is diffusing across continental Europe and startups are emerging outside of the established hotbeds for technology and innovation.Ireland (Future Finance), Spain (Cabify), and Denmark (Trustpilot), to name a few — all have at least one tech startup that has raised $100M+ to date. Read the full article

GoodAI One Year Later: Progress to Date and Next Steps

It’s been one whole year since we publicly announced GoodAI. I want to celebrate the anniversary by looking back at what we have achieved in the past 12 months, and tell you a bit more about what we are planning for the future..” Read the full article 

Banking Is Only The Start: 20 Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

Banking and payments aren’t the only industries that could be affected by blockchain tech. Cybersecurity, music, and auto also could be transformed.Read the full article

Cover photo: by Visual

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