At their 10th anniversary, the Slovenian high-tech company Zemanta d.o.o. announced that it was entirely acquired by Outbrain from the US, the world’s largest premium content discovery platform. The sum that Outbrain paid for Zemanta’s technology, products and team remains a business secret, and Zemanta’s co-founders Andraž Tori and Boštjan Špetič will join Outbrain. After becoming part of Outbrain Zemanta’s platform will continue to operate as a standalone product.
CHRIS SKINNER PRIOR TO NOVATHON
Novathon #withPBZ is getting closer. This 24 hour-long brainstorming, coding and design event will attract designers, developers, students and others interested in creating a banking app, and the winning team will go home with as much as €10,000. Besides the mentors, the teams will be motivated by the financial expert Chris Skinner, to whom we had the opportunity to talk about the state of the financial technology industry.
At the beginning of June, at Shift Developer Conference in Split, Croatia, Peter Brussard, Senior Vice President of Product at Rosetta Stone, Inc. shared professional insights about successful implications of lean agile development and elements at a global enterprise scale.
Nikola Bozinovic For Netocratic
Frame, a US-Serbian company, has secured $16 million of funding. Among the investors is also Microsoft Ventures – the investment branch of one of the biggest technology companies nowadays. With its teams in San Francisco, Belgrade and Niš, Frame is going to use the money for employment of software engineers as well as sales and marketing expansion – particularly in Europe and Asia, as revealed for Netokracija exclusively.
We Live in the Future
Shift Developer Conference is just around the corner, to be kicked off on June 1st in Split, Croatia, at the amazing and picturesque surrounding of the Croatian National Theatre (HNK). This proclaimed event traditionally attracts more than 1000 visitors from around the world, and one of the keynote speakers is the legendary Christian Heilmann.
Point and click adventure
Steampunk and Austro-Hungarian Empire are a compound you don’t see often, or probably just never. However, this didn’t stop the team of Spektar Studio to combine exactly these two in a point-and-click adventure in which the main character Viktor is trying to seize the throne of the monarchy. The only logical thing was to interview the team behind this game and discover what was going on in their minds when they got this extraordinary idea.
Social media wall
Anyone who has been to Netokracija’s events knows that we love live-tweeting and that we like to display on a wall or a screen all tweets related to a specific hashtag. Our choice for this has always been the Croatian project Wall of Tweets, which was also chosen by many organisers of global events, including World Economic Forum in Davos or Smashing Conference. Recently, the company behind this product, UX Passion, introduced a new, improved and long-perfected version – Wallery.
Gideon Brothers replaced Farmeron
Farmeron’s new owner, Virtus Nutrition has decided to move its personnel to the United States, country of their primary market, thus closing the Croatian office of one of the first prominent Croatian startups. What will happen to Farmeron’s team, what the founder Matija Kopić intends to do and what all this means for Croatian startup scene, analysis.