News and Reading Tips: Edition #6



Big summer acquisitions, Square gears up for UK launch, Slovakia’s startup, Showpad and Q2 report

On the latest episode of the weekly podcast, Roxanne and Robin talk about some recent big EU tech acquisitions, Slovakia’s burgeoning startup scene and more. (Slovakia at app. 10:40 – editor’s note)

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Piano Powering Content Monetization Strategy For The Economist

The Economist just expanded its user engagement and monetization strategy at using Piano’s Composer. Composer is part of Piano’s product suite that enables media companies to optimize their digital businesses with higher audience engagement and new revenue.

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World motorsport personality David Richards joins AeroMobil board of advisors

Recently added to AeroMobil’s growing list of A-list board of advisors is David Richards; founder of UK based world-leading motorsport and technology business, Prodrive. Mr. Richards will be a key asset in staying relevant with the latest technologies, while also helping generate connections to industry investors.

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The House of Da Vinci

A unique 3D hands-on puzzle adventure game, set in the exact time and place where the world’s greatest inventor lived and worked.

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Deecent Meetup in Bratislava

If you are interested in the Blockchain technology, you definitely should not miss the Decent Bratislava Meetup on September 7th – an open discussion about the possibilities of the Blockchain technology within the digital content distribution with Matej Michalko, the founder of DECENT, as a speaker.

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CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why businesses should be paying attention to the chatbot revolution

Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the development of chatbots — software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling a meeting, to reporting weather, to helping users buy a pair of shoes.Read the full article

How to sell a 3 month old startup for $680 million

“How do you sell a company you started 3 months earlier for $680 million? That’s what Anthony Levandowski just did. He started his company, Otto, in May, and sold it this week to Uber.Here’s 3 steps that Anthony took in one of the fastest startup-to-sale stories in history.Read the full article

This flying car is real and it can fly 430 miles on a full tank

AeroMobil could be the name we will associate with flying cars. This invention, created by a Slovakian startup, flies up to 430 miles on a single tank of regular gas. These vehicles could hit the road as early as 2017, so get your pilot’s license now.” Read the full article

Global Corporate Venture Capital Report

This in-depth report analyzes global corporate venture capital activity including financing trends, deal activity, and more. Below is a high-level summary of some of the report’s highlights. For all of the findings, download the entire report.Read the full report

Opportunity to study startup entrepreneurship in Estonia – interview with Alise Lezdina, the Head of Curriculum

Alise Lezdina is one of the pioneers of the Latvian startup scene. She was CEO of the first ever co-working space in Riga and invested a lot of time and energy to build the startup community in Latvia. Now Alise lives in neighboring country Estonia and develops the first academic study program for startups in this region. By the way: It is still possible to apply.” Read the full article 

What’s next in car connectivity, infotainment and navigation?

There is a prediction to move from “dumb” to smart cars in 4 years. We saw such a transition happen already in the field of smartphones. According to a recent study published in the UK, the market for connected car services will raise by 32% in 2020. What does it mean for customers, services, car infotainment and navigation as we know it?Read the full article

Zilina Offers More Possibilities For Startups Than You’d Expect

“Welcome to Zilina, the core of IT business in Slovakia. Located in the heart of the Northwest it’s the fifth largest city of Slovakia and perfect for you to startup. Simply follow this guide.” Read the full article

Cover photo: by Visual

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