From electric vehicles and renewable energy, to space travel and aircraft, many global trends shaping the 21st century have one thing in common: their underlying technology contains magnets.
Designing these electrical devices — which are categorized as either transformers or inductors — has traditionally been a very manual task: While engineers have used analytical software to assist them with the process, they still had to decide between different materials, shapes and combinations, taking into account the manufacturing conditions. In many cases, engineers come up with highly efficient designs that cannot be manufactured under realistic conditions.
Frenetic is changing the magnetics…
Quality in production is a massive global issue in the manufacturing industry. Poor quality isn’t just bad for business, but also for the environment. Defects and product recalls produce waste in both production and through shipping. For example, cars exported to China must be shipped back to Germany if the quality is poor.
That’s why we’re thrilled to back the team at FotoNow — a company that’s changing the game of AI-powered visual inspection for global manufacturers. …
By Jurjen van Rees, CCO/COO of RheoCube
Everywhere I turn, I see another take on the future of work.
The office is dead, long live remote work.
Why remote never works.
How to be successful as a fully remote team.
All of these have been insightful reads, but what always interested me most are solutions that take into account the individual — not the collective to which everyone must adapt. Essentially, I wanted to understand the ideal approach to hybrid work that we could implement at RheoCube.
Fluctuating covid restrictions since June meant that many people were starting to come…
By Louise Lindblad, Co-founder and CPO of Valispace
Here’s something no one really talks about when it comes to startups: Scaling can be scary.
At least that’s what I realized as we entered our fifth year as a company. It became acutely clear to us that growth would now depend on having structure that’s built by, and around, the right people. After learning from the success of other founders, we wanted to invest in our people now to ensure we were ready to scale.
Each member of Valispace’s Leadership Team — Marco as CEO, myself as CPO and Nelson as…
By Gonçalo Fortes, Founder and CEO of Prodsmart
I think we can all agree: Sales are a tricky bastard for early-stage startups. Even when you know your own company culture like the back of your hand, even when you have a great product, things can still feel like a constant uphill climb.
We found ourselves in that predicament last year. US expansion isn’t exactly a walk in the park — but we felt ready for it. We’d hired a VP Sales to get us going.
The problem was it just wasn’t working out.
It kept me up at night. Why…
At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us wondered what the working world would look like when we emerged on the other side. A year and a half later, we’re still not entirely sure. But as we continue to navigate lockdowns and changing work environments, one thing is becoming clear: the office is not dead. It’s just…different.
Our portfolio company, Office App — who is actively getting teams back to work through its comprehensive office engagement and safety platform — has let us know that UK firms have shown the most interest in the company’s product. …
Together with Holland Capital, we proudly announce our backing of RheoCube, an Amsterdam-based simulation and software company offering breakthrough technology for chemical research and development. RheoCube provides virtual prototyping, replacing up to 90% of synthesis and laboratory experiments with detailed bottom-up scientific simulations.
Product development takes center stage in a company’s success, especially in a world of rapidly changing consumer needs and increased competition. The research behind any new innovation must advance quickly, yet most R&D operations use the same analog method: repetitive trial and error lab testing. …
Last July, I joined Join Capital’s investment team for a few months as part of its Visiting Analyst Program.
If you possess a deep curiosity about new technologies and love to work with brilliant people who question the conventional, Join Capital might be a good place for you.
Personally, I was intrigued by the challenge of how to commercialize a revolutionary invention and build up a successful, potentially game-changing company. That’s why I applied to Join.
A deep tech focus
It’s good to know that Join has a specific focus on B2B software in the field of Industry 4.0. Of…
Intellectual property and R&D are among the foundations of every innovative company. Over 3 million patents are filed every year worldwide. As you can imagine, the amount of information stored in lengthy, technical documents quickly adds up.
It’s a tedious job to safeguard these valuable assets and create new ones, but it must be done: Research from Boston University found that patent litigations result in annual losses of $80bn in firm wealth. To avoid roadblocks like infringement and copying of existing ideas, patent attorneys, examiners, and searchers as well as R&D engineers constantly ask: Am I reinventing the wheel? What…
Female founders lack access to funding. To change that, more than 70 investors from Europe have joined forces to connect and provide female founders and mixed founding teams from DACH with remote funding office hours.
Following the success and great feedback from female entrepreneurs and our community of leading venture funds, we have decided to organize quarterly and industry-specific events to support female founders on their way to raising capital.
We are incredibly excited to take our initiative to the next level by providing female founders with targeted access to relevant investors during our office hours.