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It’s another bittersweet episode as our hosts talk about wins and some sad news.

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for Benedicte: attending Lillian’s flute recital, spending a spa day with Salma (@whitep4nth3r on Twitter) in Larvik, and traveling back to Oslo to receive Whee!’s award. Last week was also very emotional for her and the family because they finally moved mom to the nursing home.

Benedikt is feeling productive again this past week: finishing the Mixpanel integration and working on self-service CSV exports. He also enjoyed the meet up with bootstrapped founders at Frankfurt. And with everything going great with the new hire, Benedikt shares that this is Michael’s final week with them.

iris.ai: investments & exits – mit daniel hopfner und henri

Wie hilft KI bei Forschungsarbeiten? Unser Experten-Duo Daniel Höpfner, Founding Partner und Henri Kühnert, Founding Partner bei b10, analysiert die Finanzierungsrunde in Iris.ai.

Das in Oslo ansässige Startup Iris.ai hat 7,64 Millionen Euro erhalten, um seine KI-gestützten Sprachmodelle zur Beschleunigung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung weiterzuentwickeln. Das Startup löst ein großes Problem für Forschungs- und Entwicklungsabteilungen in Unternehmen: die überwältigende Menge der veröffentlichten Forschungsarbeiten. Iris.ai kombiniert dabei seine eigene wissenschaftliche Sprache und andere Modelle des maschinellen Lernens mit einem generativen KI-Modul, das qualitativ hochwertige Texte erzeugt. 

Die Investition wird von Silverline Capital und dem European Innovation Council Accelerator Fund geleitet. Iris.ai plant, seine Plattform RSpace zu verbessern, um die Verarbeitung wissenschaftlicher Texte zu optimieren und die Genauigkeit der Ergebnisse zu erhöhen.

 

Ăśber Daniel Hoepfner und b10

Daniel Hoepfner ist Unternehmer und Investor und GrĂĽnder & Managing Partner von b10, einem Berliner Early Stage VC mit Fokus auf B2B-Startups, die das Potenzial haben, eine Branche zu verändern – ein “Category Killer” zu sein. Davor war Daniel GrĂĽnder und CEO von PressMatrix – einer intelligenten Publishing-Plattform. Zuvor arbeitete er fĂĽr OC&C Strategy Consultants in Dubai und Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi war er fĂĽr die Strategieentwicklung und die erfolgreiche EinfĂĽhrung innovativer eGovernment-Dienste verantwortlich. Daniel war in leitender Funktion bei VC-finanzierten und börsennotierten Unternehmen im Silicon Valley und im Vereinigten Königreich tätig. Er ist ein erfolgreicher Unternehmer, der mehrere High-Tech-Unternehmen gegrĂĽndet und unterstĂĽtzt hat. Seine Leidenschaft ist es, Innovationen mit einem starken analytischen, strategischen und kundenorientierten Fokus voranzutreiben, der zur Entwicklung und Umsetzung groĂźartiger Ideen fĂĽr den Erfolg des Unternehmens fĂĽhrt. Er ist ein regelmäßiger Redner zu verschiedenen Aspekten des Unternehmertums. Daniel hat Wirtschaftswissenschaften studiert, hält mehrere Patente fĂĽr SaaS-Computing und lebt mit seiner Familie in Berlin. 

B10 wurde 2015 gegrĂĽndet und ist eine Risikokapitalgesellschaft mit Sitz in Berlin, Deutschland. Das Unternehmen investiert bevorzugt frĂĽhzeitig in Start-ups aus allen Branchen.

 

Ăśber Henri KĂĽhnert und b10

Henri ist erfolgreicher GrĂĽnder, Manager, Unternehmer und Investor. Er hat zahlreiche Unternehmen selbst aufgebaut und anderen dabei geholfen dies zu tun. Im Laufe seiner Karriere hatte er 5 erfolgreiche Exits, darunter quandoo (nach 24 Monaten fĂĽr 200 Mio an die Recruit Holding verkauft) und CarJump (nach 18 Monaten an Peugeot verkauft). Heute unterstĂĽtzt er als Business Coach Unternehmer und Top-Executives beim Erreichen Ihrer Ziele.

B10 wurde 2015 gegrĂĽndet und ist eine Risikokapitalgesellschaft mit Sitz in Berlin, Deutschland. Das Unternehmen investiert bevorzugt frĂĽhzeitig in Start-ups aus allen Branchen.

 

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ship it, ship it, ship it!

Benedicte is feeling calm after an ordinary week. She is getting ready for summer and, beyond the routine activities, she has figured out solutions for the Cloudinary plugins. Now that the “fun” part is over, she will implement the solutions over the next two weeks. Oslo has been warm and Benedicte is taking full advantage. Her talk is approaching in late June and she is prepared to be… unprepared and stressed.

Benedikt has enjoyed good weather as well and planned some local sightseeing recently. The new pricing at Userlist is close, but it is tricky. The team is having difficulty getting the proration the way they want it. After diving into the Stripe Apps, Benedikt is also finding that effort more complex than expected. To kick off yet another, large, infrastructure-like  project, Benedikt and Leo meet and start researching on a new WYSIWYG editor. 

vacation mode & surprise integrations

Benedicte enjoys a serene winter wonderland. Benedikt adds an unexpected integration.

Benedicte and Benedikt are feeling calm. 

Benedicte has been staying in the woods outside of Oslo on vacation. Her cell phone and Twitter use are down, and she has been relaxing — skiing and spending family time. Before vacation, she was doing some refactoring on POW! to make it easier to add features in the future. Looking ahead, Benedicte will be traveling to London to visit her dad and to meet up with friends from the interwebs! After that, on to Athens.

Benedikt details a win for Userlist — finalizing a new privacy policy and terms of service for GDPR compliance. It was expensive, not so fun, and they may need more updates again soon. Keeping with the recent integration theme, he worked on an unexpected one for Heap, a powerful analytics tool. After many years he also started building an authorization solution to allow for enabling access based on pricing tiers or user roles in the future.

party in oslo!

Benedicte celebrates her birthday and Benedikt dives into backend work.

While Benedicte enjoys a birthday tradition, the momentum from last week has slowed down. Not to fear — the Gatsby “engine” is proving a valuable way to keep things moving along. Routine, systems, and daily email writing were all “winners” for the week. A podcast appearance on React Round Up went well, too.

Benedikt adjusts to working with Userlist’s newest addition, Leo. Despite delegating tasks, Benedikt realized he is still spending time thinking about the delegated work. Otherwise, the onboarding is off to an excellent start and it has allowed Benedikt a chance to focus on the backend work. Exercise returns as a focus as well.

Admire anyone that is working “slow and steady” on their business? Let us know and perhaps we’ll have them on as a guest!

setting goals for 2022

Welcome to the new year! Benedicte and Benedikt report on their year-end breaks and share a few goals for the coming year.

  • YearCompass — reflect on the year and plan the next one

Benedicte enjoyed a great Christmas holiday and New Year’s celebration. Between a trip to the mountains, sledding on toboggans, and watching the fireworks over Oslo, she felt invigorated to get started in 2022. Her encryption and privacy talk went well and she already has a podcast appearance and streams lined up to kick off the year.

Benedikt’s holidays were not quite as relaxing, but he still enjoyed some of the family time and took a trip to the Black Forest. One big win was onboarding Userlist’s new frontend developer. Benedikt says he’s a great fit, is learning the code, and it felt good that things were getting done while he was away. They also hired a new customer success manager from their previous short-list, who already jumped in and helped with a recent AWS outage.

For 2021 review and 2022 goal setting Benedicte and Benedikt used the YearCompass framework. Benedicte’s theme is “slow and steady”. She has goals to avoid “shiny object” temptations and to keep progressing the things that are working for Queen Raae. She still has to decide on what that means for POW! — will it be the year that POW! becomes all that it can be? Benedikt isn’t big on trackable or concrete goals either, though he wants Userlist to become profitable. Not profitable for just the sake of it, but to break even for longer-term financial stability.