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5 spooky European startups helping you celebrate Halloween this year

5 spooky european startups helping you celebrate halloween this year

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Halloween, or ‘All Hallows eve’’, goes all the way back to a pagan festival called ‘Samhain’. Although it traditionally marked a changing of the seasons, some observers also believed it was a time when the boundary between worlds became especially traversable.
Many European citizens will be confined indoors this year for Halloween, taking festivities like door-to-door ‘trick or treating’ or activities like apple bobbing off the table. Instead, scaled-down indoor entertainment could be the only option, as it was during the hard lockdown. This could act as a further boost for the gaming sector, which has recently gained renewed attention from their regular players, as well as new fans hoping to pass the time spent indoors.
With this in mind, we thought it was apt to bring you some little known and spooky games created by European startups.
Darkside Detective – Founded in 2015, the Irish startup Spooky Doorway created Darkside Detective, an old school micro gaming experience with cute pixelated graphics and a charming story. Darkside Detective is a classic ‘point and click’ adventure game, where Detective McQueen and Officer Dooley investigate 6 bizarre cases. The game has a unique sense of humour and has already built up a solid following of 10 …

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Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy?

should your saas startup embrace a bottom-up gtm strategy?

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Caryn Marooney
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Caryn Marooney is general partner at Coatue Management and sits on the boards of Zendesk and Elastic. In prior roles she oversaw communications for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus and co-founded The OutCast Agency, which served clients like Salesforce.com and Amazon.

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David Cahn is an investor at Coatue, where he focuses on software investments. David is passionate about open-source and infrastructure software and previously worked in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley.

Many of today’s most successful software companies, from Atlassian and Datadog to Zoom, subscribe to the bottom-up SaaS go-to-market model. In this model, the user purchases software directly from a website, without ever speaking to a sales person. The product essentially sells itself.
The bottom-up model has a few key benefits: Companies spend dramatically less on sales than their peers, allowing them to invest more in product; they can sustain hypergrowth for longer because they are not as reliant on raw sales headcount to win business; and they tend to be more profitable in the long run, leading …

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To Do Politics or Not Do Politics? Tech Start-Ups Are Divided

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Rob Rhinehart, a co-founder of nutritional drink start-up Soylent, declared in a blog post last week that he was supporting Kanye West for president.“I am so sick of politics,” Mr. Rhinehart wrote. “Politics are suddenly everywhere. I cannot avoid them.”David Barrett, the chief executive of Expensify, a business software start-up, went in another direction. In an email to his company’s 10 million customers last week, he implored them to embrace politics by choosing the Democratic presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr.“Anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy,” Mr. Barrett proclaimed.With days to go before the election on Tuesday, Mr. Rhinehart and Mr. Barrett represent the twin poles of a start-up culture war that has openly erupted in Silicon Valley. Start-ups such as the cryptocurrency company Coinbase and the audio app Clubhouse have become embroiled in a debate over how much politics should be part of the workplace. And venture capitalists and other tech executives have weighed in on social media with their own views.“I have never seen another instance like this in my career,” said Bradley Tusk, a venture capitalist and political consultant. “There’s no real separation anymore, in …

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BIO-Europe® Digital Startup Slam Winner 2020: KyNexis Medicine Development

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– Eight life sciences startups pitched virtually to an expert judging panel at the Startup Slam competition at BIO-Europe® Digital, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation- Sweden’s KyNexis, the Startup Slam winner, is developing novel therapeutics to help with cognition- UK’s ImmTune Therapies, creating cell therapy without cell manufacture, won the Audience Choice AwardMUNICH, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — EBD Group is delighted to announce that KyNexis Medicine Development was declared as the winner of yesterday’s BIO-Europe® Digital 2020 Startup Slam competition. The Company’s innovative approach to the discovery of novel therapeutics by targeting key enzymes in the kynurenine pathway stood out overall. Additionally, ImmTune Therapies won the Audience Choice Award for its cell therapy process that cuts out complicated bio-manufacturing processes. KyNexis’s CEO, Johan Lund, and ImmTune’s CEO & Co-founder, Bakul Gupta, both receive a complimentary registration to a future EBD Group event.Eight life sciences startups virtually pitched at this popular session, sponsored and moderated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, with complimentary pitch training provided by Scius Communications. As this year’s event was held in a digital format, contestants submitted a five-minute film in advance and then had two minutes each to present, live, about their company and innovation to a jury of leading investors, …

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Apple reportedly bought a video AI startup for $50 million as it tries to improve Siri and other apps

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Apple purchased artificial intelligence startup Vilynx earlier this year for approximately $50 million, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Barcelona-based Vilynx built AI tools that analyze videos with the goal of “understanding” what’s in them and categorizing that information, which Apple could use to improve Siri and other apps.
Bloomberg also reported that around 50 of Vilynx’s engineers and data scientists will stay on at Apple, which will use the startup’s Barcelona office as a key AI research hub in Europe.
Apple doesn’t disclose the purpose of its acquisitions, but the company has recently bought several AI startups, signaling its intent to expand its footprint in the space.
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Apple added to its rapidly growing artificial intelligence portfolio earlier this year by acquiring Spain-based AI video startup Vilynx for approximately $50 million, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.Vilynx, headquartered in Barcelona, built software that leverages computer vision to analyze a video’s visual, text, and audio content with the goal of “understanding” what’s in the video, which helps it categorize and tag metadata, generate automated video previews, and recommend related content, according to an earlier version of its website.Apple told Bloomberg that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time and …

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5 startups get $900K to help travel and tourism recovery

5 startups get $900k to help travel and tourism recovery

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Five teams of entrepreneurs have been awarded $900,000 combined to help the hospitality, entertainment and travel industries recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The five finalists of the Lee School Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which ranged from a robotics company to a single-use recyclable linen company, presented their ideas to investors, manufacturers, industry end users and the public at the Global Gaming Expo convention’s virtual Demo Day on Tuesday.
The winners are set to begin work with UNLV’s Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to develop their concepts and bring them to an investor marketplace that includes leading corporations, private equity firms and angel investors. The solutions aim to hit the market within the next year.
“These were the five that the committee felt were the most impactful, had the greatest potential opportunity to succeed,” said Leith Martin, executive director of the Troesh Center. “I think each will be able to build a successful company.”
Promethium Limited: $250,000
This private, Las Vegas-based company is working to provide cleaner air inside stadiums, hotels, casinos, airplanes and homes. Promethium Limited produces air purifiers that use photocatalysts, which are powered by ambient light, to disperse and neutralize harmful airborne impurities. These include toxic …

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The Startups Building A Future Of Zero Fashion Waste

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Guest Post by Lindsay Trombley

The fashion industry produces about 10% of global carbon emissions globally—more than all … [+] international flights and maritime shipping combined.

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Never in the history of the planet has clothing been so cheap and so plentiful. On average, we’re buying five times as much clothing per person as we did thirty years ago. At the same time, average household spend on clothing has plummeted. So how is it that while other consumer prices have risen, clothing prices have dropped so sharply? 
The problem of overproduction in fashion
Over the past three decades, the global fashion supply chain has become ever more diffuse and opaque. As the supply chain has globalized, fashion brands’ ability to take advantage of cheap labor in developing markets has translated into a precipitous drop in clothing prices. Overseas garment factories are incentivized to keep their production lines operating as close to 100% utilization as possible, so they offer fashion brands extreme bulk discounts for booking large order quantity production runs. While it’s very expensive on a per-unit basis to produce 100 units of a single style, the per-unit price to produce 10,000 units is shockingly cheap. 

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5 startup theses that will transform the 2020s

5 startup theses that will transform the 2020s

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From “wellness” to “fundamentals,” dozens of startup areas that will define our next decade

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I wrote a call to action for the tech community to dive deeper into the future of innovation this coming decade. Where are some of the hot spots going to come from though? Below, I have assembled a very loose set of five clusters broadly categorized into “wellness,” “climate,” “data society,” “creativity,” and “fundamentals” that offer some scaffolding for understanding what’s about to come this decade and how and any entrepreneur — really, any citizen — can start to build progress.

Take these ideas as inspirational — they aren’t limits, nor should the borders of these categories be seen as anything but liminal. I know in the daily cavalcade of news, it can be hard to fell inspired by the future. But do be! There is so much more coming this decade, that we may look back at the 2010s as the dark ages of innovation.
“Wellness”
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First, there is a cluster around “wellness.” That sometimes gets elided to just “mental health” and reduced to a prescription bottle, but this area really encompasses so much more than that. …

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10 favorite startups from Techstars’ October 2020 class

10 favorite startups from techstars’ october 2020 class

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A few weeks back, The Exchange dug through a number of Techstars demo days and parsed a few dozen startups to find a few favorites. Today, we’re back for more of the same, albeit with a different set of accelerators’ results to examine.
As a reminder, the last time we dug through the various cohorts, we liked YearOne, MyFavorito, Livelii, Albo, Space Products and Innovation GmbH and SATIM.

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This morning let’s take a look at the startups from Techstars’ Atlanta (full class here), Los Angeles (full class here), and New York City cohorts (full class here), with a final peek at what the so-called “Techstars & Western Union Accelerator” managed (full class here).
TechCrunch has also taken looks at startups from the latest Y Combinator batch (parth one, part two), Acceleprise, Envision and others. It’s a time-honored tradition around here — we think startups are inherently interesting. With that, let’s begin.
Favorites and standouts
I wanted to kick off with Atlanta this morning, and not merely because the Falcons are somehow worse than my Eagles. A startup …

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Could Covid-19 Be An Opportunity For International Startups In New York?

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When COVID-19 struck New York, many foreign entrepreneurs found themselves trapped in the city. “Everything suddenly moved online, but there was such a mess with the flights: many founders couldn’t go back home,” said Anastasia Lykova, partner at the NYC-based Starta accelerator, which focuses on Eastern European startups. Some countries also closed their borders for all incoming travelers. Entrepreneurs from Tunisia, Mauritius, and India haven’t been able to leave for weeks, according to Giulia Imperatrice, program director at French startup accelerator NUMA. “But none of our founders gave up, and all kept working on their projects,” Imperatrice said. “The morale has always been very high: all of them are now back in business, some hiring.”Digital connection New York, a popular destination among international tech companies for its high concentration of B2B clients, has been especially vulnerable to the pandemic. NYC-based startup development organizations had to rethink the ways they helped foreign founders bridge the cultural gap. Normally, international entrepreneurs learn from their in-person experiences, such as investor pitches and client meetings. All of this became impossible during the lockdown. Luckily, some organizations were prepared. NUMA, for example, had already been running a part of its program …

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