Robin Wauters

Co-founder and editor-in-chief of, with previous stints at The Next Web and TechCrunch under his belt. Deeply in love with his family, technology, traveling and Belgian beer.

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German automotive supplier ZF acquires 90% of computer vision tech pioneer Simi

German computer vision technology company Simi has been acquired by ZF, a Friedrichshafen-based conglomerate that supplies systems to passenger and commercial vehicle makers, among others. Simi is not exactly a startup – its founder Andreas Russ set up the company near Munich back in 1992. Russ will be retiring and leaving the company to his […]

“Life is Growth” – A new + Stripe report on how, where and when European tech companies start scaling up

Today, and Stripe have released the (free) “Life is Growth” report, a deep dive into the state of play for growth-stage technology companies in Europe. This is the second report and Stripe release after “Seed the Future” (November 2018), which looked specifically at early-stage investment in Europe. What’s clear from the report is […]

European Investment Bank lends up to €110 million to Dräger to boost its medical technology research and development efforts

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will lend up to €110 million to Dräger, a German company specialised in medical and safety technology. Founded in Lübeck in 1889 (yes you read that right), Dräger will use the fresh financing to fund R&D projects in medical technology targeting life-saving systems such as anaesthesia devices and ventilators. Jyrki […]

German industrial IoT startup Cybus raises funding to scale up internationally

Hamburg-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) startup Cybus has secured funding (“a seven-figure sum” because Germany) from btov Partners, the investor behind the likes of Volocopter, Raisin, Blacklane, SumUp and XING. Unnamed ‘private investors and entrepreneurs’ from the VC firm’s network also participated in the round, which will be used mainly to grow Cybus’ development, […]

Portuguese startup Stratio raises €3 million to bolster its AI tech and prevent vehicle downtime

Portuguese startup Stratio – not to be confused with, well, Spanish startup Stratio – has scored €3 million in funding from London-based Crane Venture Partners and LocalGlobe to scale its AI for auto manufacturers, distributors, and fleet owners for preventative maintenance (which the company says comes with a $200 billion price tag in annual expenditure). […]

Orange makes good on its ambitions to become a “European cybersecurity leader” by acquiring SecureLink for €515 million

French multinational telco Orange is coughing up more than half a billion euros to demonstrate its ambitions to become a European leader in cybersecurity services. The company announced this morning that it is acquiring 100% of The Netherlands-based SecureLink for €515 million, a little more than twice the latter’s revenue total in 2018, from investment […]