Spotify promises artists revenue through streams. However, a band needs 1.5 million (Spotify) streams each month to make a minimum wage. Beginning artists hardly benefit from streaming platforms, while they especially need an extra push. Volareo, a smart speaker, solves exactly that problem.
Innovation in Motion, a Dutch startup that develops smart home products, proves to be a great success in the United States. The first product of the Amsterdam based company is Slide, a system that automatically opens your curtains. As many as one-third of the orders for this Internet of Things product is from America, but the Slide is also popular in Germany, Japan, and England.
Unlike social media networks, messaging apps, and deep tech startups that get plenty of media attention, senior living might appear as a ‘niche industry’ hardly in need of a tech solution. Still, connectivity is a primary challenge for seniors and the caregiving staff. A Hasselt, Belgium-based senior living startup Cubigo raised €3.65M ($4.5M) Series A funding led by Urbain Vandeurzen, with participation from Transvision.