Croatian Teddy the Guardian has just came back from the Consumer Electronics Show and it already brought some good news - the startup raised a seed round of $400.000 and generated $716.000 in preorders. If you wondered when it will be available for sale - don’t worry, your new smart and fuzzy friend could be in your home this spring.
We usually don't write about ongoing crowdfunding campaigns at Netokracija CEE, but we just had to introduce you to Walpie, a very groovy cat that wants to take YOU out for a walk. Wait, what…? Yes, you will ask that question often, throughout the whole article, because this campaign is a bit… Different. Why a cat, not a dog? Why crowdfunding? Who is the mysterious Mr MITS? We have (almost) all the answers!
While we usually connect Croatian Rimac Automobili with somewhat pricey electric supercars and other vehicles (take a look at Concept_One or Greyp Bikes), technology developed for them can be used in various applications. This time an adapted battery system was integrated into a standard wheelchair in order to improve the user’s quality of life. Rolly Bugnar, a bright young man that was testing the new system for the last seven months, shared his story today.
Ready for some summer startup conferencing? RockPaperStartups, the best summer startup conference in Eastern Europe, is back! Meet all the startupers, geeks, designers, developers and investors at this unique event that falls between something of a conference, a workshop and large meetup. Location: Rijeka, Adriatic coast, Croatia. Date: July 17th and 18th (+20th – WhoHack mini hackathon).
How many agencies in Europe have a Google analytics certified partner and Facebook preferred marketing developer status in the same time? According to Croatian digital agency iSTUDIO, only two of them - they and 77agency. But, that is not the only certificate this agency has. We talked a bit more with iSTUDIO’s CEO Daniel Ackermann about the importance of certificates, for their clients and their team, as well as the next steps for the agency.
Pet minuta (Five Minutes), a Zagreb-based company specializing in mobile solutions just landed a deal with Rhapsody and their European brand Napster. Pet minuta will develop the official iPhone and Android apps for the famous music streaming service, who plays a big role in the music sharing culture. The deal is worth over a million dollars in the first year alone.
Jon Froda, co-founder at Podio, will hold a presentation at B4CLOUD conference that takes place in Zagreb, Croatia. His company is one of the largest online business solutions in the world and it was acquired by Citrix a year ago. He will talk about the secret to Podio’s success, so we interviewed him on that topic, Podio in general as well as growing a business.
After the lunch break, conference room full of young entrepreneurs welcomed Balkans's most renowned startup names such as Vukasin Stojkov (Startit), Maxim Gurvits (Eleven) and Ivo Spigel (Zip). Together, they elaborated more on what is the driving force behind, now a very successful and vibrant startup ecosystem that didn't even exist three years ago.
Tristan Kromer, a Lean Startup expert, visited Zagreb couple a weeks ago and held a very interesting and effective lecture about Lean Startup implementation (you can find a summary in Croatian language on Netokracija). It was a chance to talk to him more about Lean Startup, Lean Startup Circle and entrepreneurship in general.
Day Zero of RockPaperStartups, a startup conference which is organized by our very own Netokracija, featured a Mini Seedcamp where a total of nine regional startups pitched their ideas hoping to end up at Seedcamp Week in London where they will spend four days with over 150 mentors and maybe even become a part of the Seedcamp's family.
This week we had opportunity to cover the announcement of airtAI, a Croatian fintech startup whose solution is based on artificial intelligence and is directed towards smaller banks that want to better assess the needs of their clients. Exclusively for Netrokracija airt’s CEO Hajdi Ćenan reveals the details.
Applications that control the operation of oil platforms and plants for the processing of derivatives are directly responsible for a safer and cleaner world, and one of the best is created largely in Croatia.