Pauliina Martikainen, The role of marketing and branding is often overlooked by early-stage deep-tech startups

Editor’s note: This interview has been recorded and published as part of a content project in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Over the past couple of years, the Nordics have seen an influx of new early-stage VC firms that entered the market fueled by the success of local startups, from Supercell to Spotify. One of […]

Special report: Europe lags behind US in VC gender equality, albeit with signs of change

Editor’s note: this is a guest post, syndicated with permission from Crunchbase News and written by Dr. Johannes Lenhard, the Centre Coordinator of the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, the Economy and Social Change. With fieldwork in Silicon Valley, New York, London and Berlin, his current book project focuses on the ethics of venture capital. His recent edited […]


The Reverse Pitch: Oxx

We tend to focus on the ‘plumbing’ – where technology plays a role in optimising existing processes and data flows but doesn’t necessarily add a magical ‘black box’ interpretation of the data. We’re really excited about the fact that today the cost of launching a SaaS business is very low because you have all the […]


Six months after launch, Nordic gaming studio Mainframe raises €7.6 million Series A for cloud-native MMO

Mainframe, a pan-Nordic gaming studio, has raised a €7.6 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) with support from Riot Games, marking both firms’ first investments in the Nordics., Play Ventures, Sisu Game Ventures, and Crowberry Capital, who participated in the studio’s seed round last fall, also joined for the Series A.  […]