We turn 20 this year. A great time for us to reflect and plan what to focus on in the next two decades. Here we want to share some trends that might be useful if you are thinking about the next big thing, or are wondering if you are in the right industry.
One of the benefits of working in our Karlín office is the ability to take our four-legged friends to work. The same goes for almost all of the companies in our portfolio. How many dogs ‘work’ here? There’s one dog for every six humans (if all 18 are present at the same time, which hasn’t happened yet), which makes for impressive canine therapy. Just take a look at our video or the photos that go with this story.
There are several differences from our review of 2017, the last year for which a review was written. First, this review is not as witty as the one for 2017. Second, we didn’t have as large an exit as Slevomat. On the other hand, we have officially welcomed three new members to our family (there were more additions unofficially). And we started to post more information on Twitter, so you should already know everything.
Rossum has recently raised 3.5 million USD from investors in the UK, USA and Czechia. We are starting our own podcast and looking at customer experience as our first theme. And we close with tips for good reading and listening in all the free time we have stored up in the lead-up to Christmas.
Today Rossum announced that it has raised $4.5 million since its inception — including $1 million in preseed funding to develop a minimal viable product between 2017 and 2018 and a $3 million seed round that closed last month. The funding round was co-led by U.K.-based seedinvestors LocalGlobe and Seedcamp, with participation from some notable angel investors, including Flexport CEO and founder Ryan Petersen, and Elad Gil, who sold his startup Mixer Labs to Twitter in 2009 before becoming an investor in Airbnb, Instacart, Pinterest, Square, and Stripe, among others.
Our regular summary of the past month prepared for Miton’s founders. GLAMI is now in 15 countries, Grason and Qerko have joined the family, and Driveto was featured on Czechcrunch.
Where you don’t need a server to pay your bill and the manager finds reliable personnel through an app.
At Miton we have been watching the hospitality startup scene for a long time. As a result, we can now welcome two new startups to our portfolio – Grason and Qerko. We have been with both projects since their beginnings and have invested a total of 500,000 Euro.
Every month we send a newsletter to our CEOs and founders with a summary of important happenings and tips about interesting events, books and podcasts. Here is the public version of the newsletter. So, what did happen in May?