It's been quite a few years since I sat down with Oliver Holle over beers on a very windy street in central London, chatting about European startups, the need for a high-level tech blog covering Europe and the ambitions of his VC fund, Speedinvest, to grow out of Austria and expand its coverage and investments into what we often refer to as the 'Alps / Adria' region.
The development of Austria and Vienna as tech and startup hubs since that windy London day has been remarkable to witness. Pioneers Festival puts on a great show each year in the amazing Hofburg Palace. Speedinvest itself has grown, raised fresh funding and partnered with the investment arm of Pioneers, predictably called Pioneers Ventures. For those of you who haven't taken the time to visit Vienna and the Festival in late May, I always recommend it.