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Category: Startup Spotlight

Enfuce Financial

Monika Liikamaa, CEO of Enfuce Financial Services: “Regulators are people too.”

Regulators are people too. That’s what Monika Liikamaa, CEO of Enfuce Financial Services, wants to remind other founders who complain about meeting the strict standards of financial services regulators. “You have to be able to understand their concerns,” she says. “People are people, and they just want to feel secure that if they give a person a ‘go,’ the person they say okay to knows what they’re doing.” With Enfuce, the first infrastructure payments platform to run banks and financial institutions in a public cloud, Liikamaa’s solution to navigating the compliance process is doing her homework. For more from Liikamaa, including how she decides what features Enfuce should build and how she sees the banking industry evolving, listen here.

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Muzzley App

Web Summit 2017: Data analytics startup Muzzley embodies Lisbon spirit

Lisbon is stepping up its game when it comes to attracting startups. Following the country’s $83 billion bailout by the European Union in 2011, the city—now in its second year of hosting the popular European tech conference Web Summit—is welcoming back the youth that fled the city during the downturn and encouraging new entrepreneurship with […]

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Jeroen Bouwman, the CEO of marketing startup Get Social.

Web Summit 2017: Get Social CEO Jeroen Bouwman on app discovery, making hard decisions, and saying no to machine learning

“App discovery is fundamentally broken,” says Jeroen Bouwman, the CEO of marketing startup Get Social. With 5,000 apps entering the Apple store a day and only a tiny percentage of those apps being featured a year, banking on Apple to promote your app is foolish. “Hope is not a strategy,” he notes. With paid user […]

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Product Hunt hosts their first global hackathon.

Product Hunt hosts its first global hackathon

Although everyone claims their hackathon is the best and biggest, product discovery site Product Hunt may actually have a legitimate claim to that title. Starting Nov. 1, the company will host the Product Hunt Global Hackathon, a month-long, and yes, global, online hackathon to create awesome products. Anyone with a computer is welcome to participate […]

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entrepreneurs at AWS Startup Day

What Worked, What We Got Wrong: Dustin Lucien, COO of Betterment

Launched in 2010, Betterment is the country’s largest independent financial advisor with more than 278,000 customers and over $10 billion in assets under management. Though it started with only a small core team of mostly engineers, Betterment now has north of 200 employees. At Startup Day in New York City, COO—and former head of engineering—Dustin Lucien […]

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Mackenzie Kosut of Startups on Air Tours the Nordics

Startups on Air: Bounding Around Belgium

Even though Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, the city of waffles, beer, and Papa Smurf hasn’t traditionally been known for its startup scene. However, with the growth of companies like data management startup Collibra, which raised $50 million in 2017, Brussels—along with Ghent and Antwerp—is definitely putting Belgium on the map […]

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AWS Pop-up Loft in Munich Germany

Willkommen! The AWS Pop-Up Loft returns to Munich

                    As the third largest city in Germany and home to renowned companies like Seimens AG, BMW, Allianz, and Linde AG, Munich is unsurprisingly home to a number of different startups—particularly in mobility, biotechnology, and the insurance technology. To tap into and assist the city’s technical […]

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Snappr

Why avatars are usually awful…and how Snappr fixed it

Guest post by Matt Schiller, Co-founder & CEO, Snappr Avatars and profile pictures are everywhere on the web. But aside from being pretty, they serve two important functions. First off, they’re easier than written names for the human eye to identify and secondly, they take up less real estate on cluttered screens. Getting users to upload an avatar, […]

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bitmovin AWS EC2 use case

Use Spot Instance pricing for your video encoding workflows with Bitmovin Containerized Encoding

Guest Post by Daniel Hoelbling-Inzko, Solution Architect, Bitmovin Video encoding can be a time-consuming proposition. Every creative professional who has ever fallen asleep while exporting their Premiere or Final Cut master knows this. When encoding a video for adaptive bitrate streaming, most people do essentially the same thing: start ffmpeg and wait for it to […]

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