All posts by Justyna Wróbel

MEGA: Moving Towards a Vision of a Sustainable World

A lot of our motivation to create open-source eco-innovations and sustainable solutions and to improve the state of the world is based on the emotions of fear: the fear of an environmental apocalypse and the guilt that we, humans, are contributing to its advent through our daily activities and lifestyle choices, says Alexandr Iscenco, CEO of MEGA, or the Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy. He spoke to Justyna Wrobel about the origins of his organisation and its plans for future development. Continue reading MEGA: Moving Towards a Vision of a Sustainable World

Rolling Sales Procedures Together so Everyone Succeeds

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PandaDoc empowers businesses and individuals to lead paperless and productive work lives by building effective and designed documents. They claim that thanks to their product the average contract value goes up by 15 per cent, each employee saves one hour of their time and the close rate grows by 10 per cent.

Mikita Mikado, CEO at PandaDoc, spoke to Justyna Wróbel about the company’s 5000 customers, the recently introduced Add-on Store and the origins of the company as well as its plans for development.

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PandaDoc — Rolling Sales Procedures Together So Everyone Succeeds

PandaDoc empowers businesses and individuals to lead paperless and productive work lives by building effective and designed documents. They claim that thanks to their product the average contract value goes up by 15 per cent, each employee saves one hour of their time and the close rate grows by 10 per cent.

Mikita Mikado, CEO at PandaDoc, spoke to Justyna Wrobel about the company’s 5,000 customers, the recently introduced Add-on Store and the origins of the company as well as its plans for development. Continue reading PandaDoc — Rolling Sales Procedures Together So Everyone Succeeds

Sher.ly — An Innovative Alternative for Secure File Sharing

Sher.ly is an alternative to public cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, Apple Cloud Drive or Google Drive because it does not require files to be sent to a cloud. It works within a closed network environment which means the files are shared directly from a computer.

Błażej Marciniak, CEO at Sher.ly, spoke to Justyna Wróbel, about how both the app and Sherlybox were developed and about how his team is currently improving the solution as well as where he sees his company being in ten years’ time. Continue reading Sher.ly — An Innovative Alternative for Secure File Sharing

Brainly — Making the Classroom Global

There are millions of students across the globe and most of them turn to the internet for help when doing their homework. For this reason the web offers unlimited opportunities for developers and these millions of users across 35 countries prove that Kraków-based Brainly knows how to help students.

Michał Borkowski, CEO and a co-founder of Brainly, spoke to Justyna Wróbel about the $15 million acquisition that the firm has recently made with funds raised in a round led by Naspers, a South African media company, as well as discussing the start-up’s beginnings and developmental plans. Continue reading Brainly — Making the Classroom Global

Treepex — Paying the Environment Back

With the amount of rubbish that is created on a daily basis, around the world, knowing that you can buy your favourite products and still take care of the environment, plus plant a new tree, is very comforting. Two Georgian entrepreneurs have come up with an application that creates innovative and revolutionary shopping habits and significantly influences purchasing decisions.

Bacho Khachidze, Co-founder & CEO of Treepex, dubbed the most promising green start-up, spoke to Justyna Wróbel, about how the application is being developed and how it can be used by companies to maintain loyalty and build a long-term relationship with their customers. Continue reading Treepex — Paying the Environment Back

Desk.Works — Making it Easier to Find an Office on the Go

The best ideas are usually quite simple and are those that provide solutions to everyday challenges. So it was with the App that helps you find a co-working space, whenever you’re in your home city or travelling and you don’t feel like spending a day in a noisy cafe with poor Wi-Fi or searching for an office, on location. After less than a year, the App is worth over €8 million.

Waldemar Ariel Gala, the founder and CEO of DESK.WORKS, spoke to Justyna Wróbel about his solution, the new ideas that will improve the service further and his plans for an initial public offering (IPO) in less than a year’s time, among other things. Continue reading Desk.Works — Making it Easier to Find an Office on the Go

Axosuits — Democratising Access to Health-Improving Technologies

In the past building exoskeletons might have been reserved for large companies — all five of the major players are listed on NASDAQ or the Nikkei and only three of them are manufacturing products that are commercially available. However, some young Romanian inventors decided to challenge them and to build an exoskeleton which would be more affordable than the ones these giants offer.

András Kapy, CEO at Axosuits, spoke to Justyna Wróbel about how he and his friends came up with the idea of democratising access to medical technologies and improving people’s quality of life. Continue reading Axosuits — Democratising Access to Health-Improving Technologies

Survio – The Czech Start Up Creating 1.5 Million Surveys

Survio is an easy tool for any type of online survey that already has one million users who created over 1.5 million surveys. The online forms included more than 10 million questions and received some 20 million responses in its first four years of operation. 

Ondřej Coufalík, CEO at Survio, spoke to Justyna Wróbel, about the company’s up and downs, their recent achievements and their ambitious plans for future expansion.

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Kontomatik — An Innovative Idea Grows Into a Business

Founded in 2009, Kontomatik’s banking API is now available in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, the UK and Portugal as well as in the Latin American countries of Brazil and Mexico.

Marcin Truszel, the founder and CEO of Kontomatik*, spoke to Justyna Wróbel about the start up’s recent expansion, its acquisition by a German leader in financial technologies and its future development plans. Continue reading Kontomatik — An Innovative Idea Grows Into a Business

Hungarian ‘Son Of Saul’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul, the winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, features Saul Auslander, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner,  played by Géza Röhrig, as a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, forced to cremate the bodies of fellow prisoners gassed by the Nazis at the concentration camp.

When he wants to start realising his task he thinks he recognizes his son among the dead. Meanwhile other members of the Sonderkommando learn about their impending extermination, rise up and destroy the crematorium. Despite that, Saul keeps focused on his own plan to save his son’s corpse from the flames and find a rabbi to say Kaddish at a proper funeral. Continue reading Hungarian ‘Son Of Saul’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film