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    Hawa Dawa is an environment intelligence company – Originally founded to help asthma patients

    Hawa Dawa is an environment intelligence company – Originally founded to help asthma patients

    The idea of the wearable device was to crowdsource the data. All people using the device would contribute data on air quality.
    Karim Tarraf CEO and Co-Founder Hawa Dawa

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    The Founder

    In this interview, we talk to Karim Tarraf (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karim-hesham-tarraf-a0773250/), the CEO and Co-Founder of Munich-based Hawa Dawa (https://hawadawa.com/, https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hawa-dawa-munich-germany, https://twitter.com/hawadawalabs).  He was originally born in Kairo to an Egyptian-German family. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich (TU Munich or TUM) and started to work on projects and government entities on topics of climate change and development assistance (for countries). In those capacities, he worked for projects with the UN Environment Program.

    Karim personally witnessed the Arab Spring in Egypt, which left an impression on him.

    He later got back to TU Munich for a master’s degree, were the first ideas of Hawa Dawa emerged. TU Munich also has a large startup and entrepreneurship program. You can learn more about the program called UnternehmerTUM here.

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    The Startup

    Within a seminar at his master courses, Karim participated in a two-week hackathon. Next to him, there was an Indian student, who talked about the air pollution in India. So they developed a wearable device for asthma patients, to measure air quality. Asthma patients should – due to their health condition – avoid polluted air and the device could help them do this.

    The idea to gather the data did now work well, so they started developing their own stations to measure air quality. This made them to an environment intelligence company.

    The founders discovered similarities in several languages where Hawa means air and Dawa means medicine, so they combined both. The startup creates the data and places them on data markets. Measuring air quality is not as simple, as it first sounds. During the interview, we talk about technical details and it turns out that they even use AI to calibrate their sensors.

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    Hawa Dawa is looking for a funding round for internationalization in 2021. We will connect you if you are interested.

     

    The Video Interview went live on August 6th, 2020, 19.00 Frankfurt local time (CET) / 1 PM Eastern

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    DATAbility enables airlines to safe money with digital twins

    Datability enables airlines to safe money with digital twins

     

    We enable fuel savings for airplanes with digital twins of individual airplanes
    Sebstian Baumann, Founder and Co-CEO DATAbility

     

    Frankfurt Forwards Startup of the Month

    This interview is in a media partnership with Frankfurt Forward. DATAbility is the Frankfurt Forward Startup of the Month July 2020. Congratulations!

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    We are looking for funding or a strategic partnership.
    Sebstian Baumann, Founder and Co-CEO DATAbility

     

    The Founder

    In this interview Startuprad.io is talking to Sebastian Baumann (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastian-oliver-baumann/), Founder and Co-CEO of Rhine-Main based AI startup DATAbility (https://www.datability.ai/). He is not only an entrepreneur but also working on his Ph.D. Thesis, which he hopes to submit this year. So he will be a Ph.D. in 2020 or 2021. Fingers cross for him!

     

    Different airplanes are operated differently by different airlines and from pilots. You want to phase this in your digital twin to make more precise calculation
    Sebstian Baumann, Founder and Co-CEO DATAbility

     

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    The Startup

    The startup enables digital twins of real existing airplanes, helicopters, and the like. With their tool, they can calculate the fuel flow of the engine with the respective plane. Now the machine learning framework will train the algorithm.

    DATAbility develops customized software solutions and digital services for the diagnosis and prognosis of machine status and the automation of processes aiming to reduce the quality-related costs in failure control, prevention, and correction. A high level of customer satisfaction and strong customer loyalty should have top priority in mechanical and plant engineering. But machine downtimes impede these and cost a lot of money. The identification of the correct spare part or the cause of system downtime is not trivial.

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    DATAbility is looking for funding, a Series A for the development costs of their scalable software solution. They are also open for a strategic partner to widen their (sales) network.

     

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on Thursday, July 16th 19.00 Frankfurt local time (CET), 1 pm Eastern (EST), 18.00 London local time (UTC)

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    Further Readings / Additional Ressources

    Jet Stream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_stream

    Digital Twins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_twin

    Hannover Messe (the trade fair Sebastian refers to) https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/

     

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    The Interviewer

    This interview was conducted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder, and host of Startuprad.io. Reach out to him:

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    Biweekly publication in summer break

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    A summer message from our founder Jörn “Joe” Menninger (LinkedInTwitterCrunchbase) in times of Corona.

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    Hello and welcome, everybody, this is Joe – Founder and Host – of Startuprad.io. It is the beginning of July and I wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to you.

    First, I wanted to wish you a great summer – as great as it can be under the current circumstances.

    Second, I wanted to let you know that for July and August we take some time off. Our news is in the regular summer break – Enjoy your summer in New York Chris!

    We will also publish interviews only every other week. We normally used summer to publish interviews from our backlog, but since there have been almost no events we attended in person, there is less backlog.

    We will be back to a weekly publishing schedule in September. Until then, enjoy your time and thank you to all our listeners, who made us reach the podcast charts in now 35 countries across the world. The last ones added have been Hong Kong and Kuwait.

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    Have a great summer and see you again in September!

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    Quoscient helps to analyze, investigate and respond to cyber-threats

    QuoScient helps to analyze, investigate and respond to cyber-threats

     

    Attackers are devious… During the current health crisis, they are going after health institutions and hospitals. They don’t basically care that they are doing damage to people who have already health problems.

    Ioannis Bizimis, Co-Founder QuoScient

     

     

    The Founder

    In this interview, we are talking to Ioannis Bizimis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ioannis-bizimis-6423527/, https://twitter.com/defense_active), the Co-Founder, CFO, CRO, and  CISO of QuoScient.

    Ioannis has been an Investment Manager, project lead with Dow Jones, with MarkIt, an employee of Deutsche Bank and other well-regarded companies. He has a lot of experience and with this experience, he started to set up QuoScient.

     

    One of the biggest strategies [of hackers] is to come into your network and stay there and install as many backdoors as they can. They will use them when they need it.
    Ioannis Bizimis, Co-Founder QuoScient

     

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    It costs hackers just a few hundred Dollars or Euros to build up an attack campaign. The effort on the other side is thousands, sometimes millions to understand this kind of campaign.

    Ioannis Bizimis, Co-Founder QuoScient 

     

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    The Startup

    QuoScient (https://www.quoscient.io/, https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/quoscient)  is a cybersecurity startup, which recently split into three parts to better pursue their respective activities. Two of those entities are still headquartered in Frankfurt, one in Columbia, Maryland (close to Baltimore). They basically split along their business lines:

     

    [A company] first must understand what their most critical assets are and what are the [cyber] risks to those assets.

    Ioannis Bizimis, Co-Founder QuoScient

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    QuoScient has just raised venture capital. They may be looking at another funding round in the fall of 2020. If you want to keep posted, reach out to us.

     

    Threats can not only come from the outside. Capable hackers can also send you someone, pretending to work for you as contractor. … they do this professionally.

    Ioannis Bizimis, Co-Founder QuoScient

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on July 2nd, 2020 19.00 CET

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    Further Readings / Additional Resources

    Have a look at the other interview Joe refers to with IT SEAL:

    https://www.startuprad.io/blog/it-seal-helps-companies-to-train-their-employees-in-cyber-security/

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    This Month in German Startups – June 2020

    This Month in German Startups – June 2020

    Intro

    Today we are going to talk about German startups, in the process of producing vaccines for Covid19, the potential accounting fraud at Wirecard, startups in Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Berlin, and the 110th Birthday of Konrad Zuse, the inventor of the modern-day computer.

    Welcome to this month in German Startups by Startuprad.io – in a transatlantic news recording with Chris in New York City.

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    The Video Interview is set to go live on Thursday, June 25th 2020

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    Housekeeping – Time to brag 

    Now it is official, Startuprad.io passed several milestones. 

    1. We reached more than 200.000 subscribers for our podcasts alone! 206.014 as of today! We count subscribers, who return at least once in 7 days to our RSS feed over 90 days.
    2. We managed to score more than 1.000 days in podcast charts (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Chartable), actually, we made 1.026 days so far. https://www.startuprad.io/blog/startuprad-io-ranked-now-in-33-countries-and-1-000-days-in-podcast-charts/
    3. We now scored with PR China, Croatia, and Singapore in three more countries and now we made it in 33 countries in their respective podcast charts. We are also a steady member of chartable.com’s science and tech podcast charts, for the US as well as globally. https://www.startuprad.io/blog/startuprad-io-ranked-now-in-33-countries-and-1-000-days-in-podcast-charts/

    And again we have several interviews and blog posts for you. We will also have on July 1st our first live stream after corona. https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Couch-TV-Talks/events/271395382/

     

    Coronavirus / Covid19 

     

    Wirecard – This month’s top news in Germany

    Intro

    Wirecard is a company processing payments. The company works as an intermediary and guarantor between buyers and sellers and takes a commission on all transactions. They have about 5,000 employees and actually replaced Commerzbank (we will talk about them later) in DAX 30 (Germany’s equivalent of the Dow Jones Industrial Average 30). They are the first “fintech” to achieve this.

    The big problem now is that there are accounts missing, which should hold 1.9 bn Euros in cash. So these 1.9 billion are in their balance sheets, but they probably basically don’t exist. Let’s back up a bit, though.

    Find all the details in our dedicated Podcast recording (Audio, Video, and Blogpost):

    PODCAST News Wrap-up developing Wirecard story

    Ecosystem 

    • VC investments have declined by 20 percent worldwide due to the Corona crisis shows the latest report by Startup Genome https://buff.ly/3eoTdus 
    • There are approximately 900 fintech startups in Germany, of which almost 35% are headquartered in Berlin. No 2 are Hamburg and Frankfurt with 10.6% of the fintechs https://buff.ly/3egGH0v 
    • Ridepooling services are not looking good in Germany and the #coronavirus does not help. With a few exceptions no service provider generates profits and many backers may reconsider after the crisis https://buff.ly/3dopX6a 

     

    Startup Hubs

    #Frankfurt

    • Commerzbank is not really known across Germany as a big fintech investor. But this story tells how they invested in Marqeta via CommerzVentures. They invested in a 25 mn US$ round and now own (yes, there is some guesswork involved) approx. 3.5% of the company, now valued at 4.3 bn US$ – which leads to their share being valued at approx. 150 mn. This assumes CommerzVentures did not sell any shares in the meantime https://buff.ly/3dvn7gw
    • Bryter, a software toolbox – with locations in #Frankfurt, #Berlin, and #London raises 14 min Euros #VentureCapital https://buff.ly/2MrmN6m 
    • Wingcopter Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum – sUAS News – The Business of Drones https://buff.ly/2Azw8Hi 

    #Aachen

    #Munich

    #Cologne

    • Ford-owned Spin scooters head to Europe, starting with Germany with Cologne, Essen, and Dortmund – TechCrunch https://buff.ly/3dS2PxN

     

    Companies 

    • Researchers find exposed data on millions of users of #Berlin-based quiz app, TVSmiles – TechCrunch https://buff.ly/36ZotgX 
    • Klarna partners with Raisin to open savings accounts in Germany https://buff.ly/2BWujEy
    • Former Rocket Internet Managers start 468 Capital, a 170 mn Euros #deeptech #VentureCapital fund https://buff.ly/3d9zSMA
    • There is still life in the German-speaking startup scene. Proof here the #VentureCapital investments (in chronological order)
      • Homeday raises €40 million from Axel Springer and others for its hybrid real estate brokerage service – @tech_eu https://buff.ly/3hxYfXH
      • Berlin-based Contentful secures €71.3M funding to accelerate expansion; ropes in new CMO | @SiliconCanals https://buff.ly/3dc2k0l 
      • 83North, Microsoft|s M12 and Next47, Paua Ventures, EQT Ventures and Atlantic Labs invest 26 million Euro #VentureCapital in Wandelbots, a startup which has a tool to code for industrial robots https://buff.ly/3htkkXD #manufacturing #Germany #startups 
      • Berlin-based #fintech scale-up @smava secures €57 million in financing to maintain growth through economic downturn – @tech_eu https://buff.ly/36D3m47 
      • German #Healthcare #Jobs Startup Medwing Wins $30m Series B Round — Red Herring https://buff.ly/2AinHPW
      • Swiss SME Lending Startup Teylor Closes CHF 8 Million Funding / Expands to Germany https://buff.ly/30rMbBb
    • Sennder, a #Berlin-based logistics company, has acquired French rival Everoad to create one of the largest digital platforms for road shipments in Europe. https://buff.ly/3cJZpMd 
    • Vivid Money: How this new German #mobile #banking startup plans to challenge fintech moguls | @SiliconCanals https://buff.ly/37HGX62

     

    Happy 110th Birthday to Konrad Zuse

    Konrad Zuse was born on June 22nd, 1910. His greatest achievement was the world’s first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941. His company built more than 250 computers between 1949 to 1967 in Hessen. It was sold to Siemens in 1967.

    Zuse died on 18 December 1995 in Hünfeld, Hesse (near Fulda) from heart failure.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse

     

    See you in September! We will be back with "This Month in German Startups" 
    with a summer news wrap-up end of September 2020. Enjoy your summer!

     

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