Author Archives: Silicon Roundabout

Barcelona based Badi has raised more than $45m and are at the forefront of Proptech AI. Founder and CEO Carlos Pierre talks urban living, algorithms and his entrepreneurial journey.


I was 24 when I founded badi which meant I was starting out with limited experience, but I once heard this quote and it stuck with me: “The best people are the people who don’t know how to do something, …

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‘How did I get here? The events in my life that shaped who I am.’ (Part 2)


Looking back through my life – from growing up in Estonia to building a global tech business in London – I’d say the event that had the biggest impact on who I am was the unexpected death of my father …

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The office environment that attracts talent, inspiration and ideas is changing. Sandra Tripp, Managing Director of Huntsman Architectural Group in New York, explains!


The war for talent is real. According to Gallup – Only 32% of employees in the United States are engaged. That means over two-thirds of employees nationwide are disengaged with their work. It is not surprising, then, that employers are …

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‘How did I get here? The events in my life that shaped who I am.’ (Part 1)


My story began with my brother at my kitchen table. We spent countless hours there with two laptops, free credits to a cloud computing service and gallons of coffee, after they realising that bombarding people with generic, irrelevant ads wasn’t …

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Following an $11m Fundraising Round, Flatfair’s Franz Doerr discusses how they have brought convenience to Private Renting!


The idea for flatfair came about when I was facing an all-too-common problem. As my previous tenancy was coming to an end and my next was about to begin, I found myself having to pull together a deposit for the …

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Fresh from a $250M Series D Round Ariel Cohen and Ilan Twig discuss how TripActions are disrupting business travel


When we started TripActions, we put the user first, working to solve all of the pains of business travel that we experienced ourselves as road warriors. From frustrating booking tools that lagged far behind consumer sites to feeling left stranded …

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The Disruptors | Founders outline the problem, solution and unique value proposition that led to the creation of their business


The idea of GuestReady started in Taiwan in 2016 when I was renting out a room in my flat on Airbnb. I quickly learned how difficult and time-consuming hosting was, especially since I was often away for work.

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Introducing Cordy Griffiths, CEO of Ballou | Building brand awareness and engaging with the press


For any start-up, building brand awareness is one of the highest priorities on the to-do list. After building a great product that solves a lucrative problem, along with a world-class team to keep the momentum galloping along, getting your story …

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‘Trust in government is falling, and tech helped it happen. Now, a collaborative digital platform for policymakers wants to help bring it back.’ Says Ella Mae Lewis, Head of Product at Apolitical!


In 2015, sat in a restaurant in SoHo, a group of my friends couldn’t contain their mirth. “You’re building a platform for government… innovators? Isn’t that an oxymoron?!” They weren’t alone in their scepticism. Trust in government has been in …

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The energy sector is going through massive transition and Upside Energy are at the forefront of change. Devrim Celal, CEO of Upside Energy, explains!


Improvements in technology and the internet of things (IoT) are transforming the way energy is being generated, used and traded. With countries across the world committing to ambitious carbon reduction targets and the cost of renewable technologies reducing, we are …

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