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Dutch start-ups 2021 – Excellence at its highest

Startups and scale-ups are important innovators in the economy and a crucial part of the Dutch economy in terms of new business activities and job creation. By setting up small but strong start-ups in the Netherlands, they are working towards growth and success.

The strong growth of the Dutch start-up sector is due to the favorable economic situation. The Dutch start-up industry is very Dutch and known for its high social and logistical links to the rest of the world, the intensity with which Dutch start-ups access the market and the mature investment climate. The Start-up Sector is very strong due to the attractive Dutch financial climate, the fast and easy registration process for companies and the near perfect physical and digital infrastructure.

The Dutch government is trying to create a better start-up scene and make the Dutch start-up sector a more advantageous market for start-ups, there’s even hope for industries like the porno industry that can be saved from the abyss. There is an upward trend in the number of financing opportunities and deals for startups. Every day, more government and EU initiatives start to support Dutch start-ups to bring innovations to market.

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No signs of retreat

The Dutch start-up scene is showing no signs of retreat, and we are pleased that it will grow in 2021. Against this backdrop, here are ten promising young Dutch startups that were founded between 2018 and 2020, growing teams that are working on innovative missions and sending promising signals, such as raising funds last year. The online festival “New Dutch Wave” from 16 to 20 March 2021 represented the creative and innovative Dutch industry with a special program that included interactive booths, partner searches, interviews and other activities-

In terms of capital, the Netherlands is a real magnet for startups and ranks as the fourth most active startup hub in Europe. Fintech startups attracted $1.7 billion in investment capital, up 43% from a year earlier, according to Agfunder.

When you talk to people who are at the center of the Dutch start-up scene, things get to the point where the first two names you hear are the same. The most successful startups and Fortune 500 companies are founded by individuals from the United States.

The Dutch nation is a haven for start-ups thanks to government support, a driven work ethic, an open culture, the fastest broadband speeds in Europe, a wealth of world-class incubator and acceleration programs and a high level of innovation. If you are a founder in the Netherlands, you can obtain a one-year startup visa, which includes a temporary residence permit, and you will be supported by the country’s mentors.

An advantageous position

While Amsterdam draws the lion’s share of attention to the Dutch tech ecosystem, not every region outside Utrecht has its fair share of tech startups and investors, as our recent survey of the locals shows. Ecosystem contenders such as StartupUTrecht,, Holland Startups, the UPRecht community and others are bringing together startups, scaleups, corporate angels, VCs, local governments, banks and universities to build a local ecosystem for start-ups. They also benefit from the impressive initiative Netherlands Tech Advocates, StartupDelta, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, which promotes the country’s technology ecosystem. is an Amsterdam data company that tracks funding rounds for businesses in many regions, including the Netherlands. Boling Jiang is co-founder and CEO of Bullchat, David Nichols is co-founder, chief design officer and Jason Kruse is co-founder and CTO of Lithic.

For a fixed monthly fee, users receive a bicycle that the start-up maintains and repairs. Zwolle and Veneta say they believe that knowledge-oriented employees are encouraged to let their tails relax by participating in team activities such as table football and mini golf. Every day, a team lunch made with organic ingredients is prepared in the company’s office in Amsterdam, and on Fridays the company has its own bar and DJ.

When we think of the Netherlands, most of us think of canals, bicycles and tulip fields. Amsterdam Picnic is the fastest growing company in the Netherlands and Europe’s fastest growing online supermarket, according to LinkedIn.

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Start-ups thrive among COVID crisis

Since the beginning of the pandemic in the Netherlands, the job market was tough for job seekers, but startups are bucking the trend and proving to be the number one job engine in the country. While many large companies have been forced to cut staff, startups have been more resilient, recording a 4% increase in job vacancies in the second quarter of 2020. Dutch tech startup projects that are scheduled to be discontinued and financed in 2021 include HousingAnywhere, Felyx, Lalaland Creative, Fabrica, ChannelEngine, Quin, Kambr and Axoniq.

As we enter the new decade, the Dutch start-up ecosystem shows little sign of slowing down. According to the Startup Genome Project, the Netherlands is on the rise as the fifth-best startup ecosystem in Europe.

Dutch venture capital investment was estimated at $36.8 billion between January and June 2021. Commercial real estate start-up Dreesz made a Series A back-to-back investment totaling A $3 million in July and November 2019.

The Amsterdam-based company, which launched in 2016, has a $10 million Series A investment in June 2020. As a service startup, office Skepp provides organizations with digital products to improve the engagement between tenants and landlords in order to improve offices.a Skepp was founded in 2013 and raised A $1.5 million in Series A investments in April 2019. In 2020, edutech, a start-up, collected A $5m in total, A $3m in May and A $2m in December 2020.

Dutch Startup Conference

The Dutch Startup Conference 2021 is our first annual conference for Dutch startup. The event brings together founders, VCs, executive executives, seed fund partners, general partners, journalists and bloggers from different backgrounds and industries. If we leave the pandemic behind, 2021 will be a year of different needs, values, and societal changes that will determine the nature of the start-up ecosystem. At mid-term, we will present the main trends that will emerge in 2021, as well as an overview of the companies and sectors that will receive the most investment and start-ups that will employ the most.

Dyme, one of our most popular Amsterdam startups, uses smart and innovative technology to help its users understand their personal finances and to inform them about potential financial opportunities. By connecting users bank accounts, Dyme provides a clear overview of fixed costs and offers one-click cancellation for switching between subscriptions.

Fintech company Spotcap uses smart technologies to process applications and perform credit risk analyses. SwishFund (crunchbase website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) Swishfund revolutionizes corporate lending by providing short-term (3-6 months) loans to SMEs. Opium (Crunchbase Team) (website, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin) The Opium team develops innovative financial products using new technologies that challenge the traditional financial sector.

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FinTech industry thriving

Peak, a new fintech start-up backed by Rabobank, invests your changes in multiple exchange-traded funds (ETFs) around the world, delivering high returns on low-risk investments such as individual stocks and bonds. Blanco Services (Crunchbase website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) Blanco Services mission is to help asset managers grow their business by focusing on customer investments.

The FinTech industry has been growing for years, and the market is slowly filling up with early-stage financial service providers and FinTech startups seeking to meet customer needs and shape the future of finance. Several innovative financial services and large fintech companies are accelerating growth, attracting investors and offering new financial products and services. Get business insights into the latest technological innovations, market trends, your competitors and data-driven research.

Serious contenders

The ecosystem contenders such as Startup UTRECHT, Beeg, Holland Startups, the Uintrecht Community and others bring together startups, scaleups, corporate angels, VCs, local governments, banks and universities to build a local start-up ecosystem. They also benefit from the impressive Netherlands Tech Advocates and StartupDelta initiative, the Dutch entrepreneur agency that promotes the country’s technology ecosystem. Untrecht has offices and co-working spaces such as Dotslash (Utrecht de Stadstuin), Mindspace, Tribe Accelerator Program, StartupBootcamp and Techleap.

Another cool start-up we are excited about is the Virtual Reality Learning Lab. The start-up has set itself the task of enabling developers to develop the next generation of intelligent devices. The VR Learning Lab came into being when founder Robins realized that educational companies and schools were interested in VR, but lacked the tools to use it in this way.

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Prepaid Funeral Plans Comparing Future Planning as a LAUNCH on Awareness in the UK

Funeral Plans and Prepaying

Suffering a bereavement is one of the worst things a family can go through, as losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching and sometimes an untimely occurrence. After a tragic event or even before, you must plan carefully to ensure a funeral is a memorable and unforgettable for the people closest to the deceased. Understanding the details involved with a funeral is important: this can be explained by many reputable funeral care companies.

Emotions can run high and allowing a company to take the finer details out of your hands maybe the best option. Grieving for the deceased is extremely important, as it is part of the healing process.

Comparing Funeral Plans

There are many companies in the market place that offer sound financial funeral packages and put the needs of the customer first. To find the best price, you must compare funeral plans scrupulously – this will ensure that you find the best deal and a plan that works for you. Essentially, you need to compare plans so that you find a plan that is both affordable and understandable for all involved.

Top Companies for Funerals Care Plans and Compare Funeral Plans

Below are a list of companies who offer funeral care packages, so you can compare funeral plans and make a decision:

(1) The Co-Operative offer comprehensive packages where they tailor their services to the needs of the customer. They have over a 100 years of experience in the industry and profess to be one of the leading companies in relation to the advice they give in their funeral plans.

(2)Age UK are one of the leading lights in the funeral care plan industry and also offer the ‘personal touch’ when it comes to discussing a policy. You can request a free pack via their website or you are alternatively encouraged to call so that you discuss your situation and seek a policy that meets your needs. Age UK is seen as one of the most accommodating funeral care companies and definitely one worth considering.

(3)Asda 50+ offer very attractive funeral care packages and are competitively priced against rival companies. Asda proclaim that the quoting process is both simple and straightforward, so that a plan can be tailored to your needs very quickly. It also states on the website that no medical questions will be asked, so your medical history can be protected.

(4)Sun Life Direct have been one of the leading companies in the funeral care business for a very long time. The website is extremely straightforward and lists options for taking out a new policy or claiming a cash sum before a funeral, if you already have a policy. Importantly, the process for the customer is easy and the minor details are dealt with and explained by the experts Sun Life employs. Sun Life still actively advertise on the small screen and there adverts are normally some of the most recognizable!

(5) LV is another company with a stranglehold in this industry. Cover can be taken from as little as £7 a week and claims to be rate at 9/10 by a majority of current and new customers.

(6)The Post Office are already strong players in the loan and savings industries, but also a very attractive per-paid funeral care plan. According to their websites their telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An extremely impressive claim!

(7)Bupa are renowned for offering an exemplary service in the funeral care service sector. You can take out a pre-paid cash plan with this company to ensure that yourself or others are covered when it comes to funeral expenses. Essentially, this company comes highly recommended and has very good ratings on Trust Pilot.

(8) Aviva offers a very attractive funeral health care plan, whereby customers can insert their details online and it finds the best monthly payment package. Aviva is not on comparison websites and comes highly recommend.

(9)Tesco Bank offers life insurance polices that are similar to that of other leading company’s funeral care policies. However, an advantage of buying a life care plan from Tesco Bank would be the clubcard points and in-store benefits that are offered with a policy.

(10)Other smaller companies: If you spend time looking on the internet and compare funeral plans accurately, you will come across smaller companies that offer many perks and offer more attractive monthly deals. When you compare funeral plans in relation to smaller companies you normally get a better deal, much like going through a broker with car insurance.

L019: Bitcoin P2P Currency: The Most Dangerous Project We’ve Ever Seen

Solid discussions of this piece on, Hacker News, Slashdot and Reddit. Rob Tercek has a follow up to this piece here.

by Jason Calacanis and the LAUNCH team

A month ago I heard folks talking online about a virtual currency called bitcoin that is untraceable and un-hackable. Folks were using it to buy and sell drugs online, support content they liked and worst of all — gasp! — play poker.

Bitcoin is a P2P currency that could topple governments, destabilize economies and create uncontrollable global bazaars for contraband.

I sent the 30 or so producers of my show This Week in Startups out to research the top players, and we did a show on Bitcoin on May 10. Since that time the number of bitcoin stories has surged.

After month of research and discovery, we’ve learned the following:

1. Bitcoin is a technologically sound project.
2. Bitcoin is unstoppable without end-user prosecution.
3. Bitcoin is the most dangerous open-source project ever created.
4. Bitcoin may be the most dangerous technological project, since the internet itself.
5. Bitcoin is a political statement by technotarians (technological libertarians).*
6. Bitcoins will change the world unless governments ban them with harsh penalties.

What Are Bitcoins?
Bitcoins are virtual coins in the form of a file that is stored on your device. These coins can be sent to and from users three ways:

1. Direct with peer-to-peer software downloaded at
2. Via an escrow service like ClearCoin
3. Via a bitcoin currency exchange

Each owner transfers the coin to the next by digitally signing a hash of the previous transaction and the public key of the next owner and adding these to the end of the coin. A payee can verify the signatures to verify the chain of ownership.

The benefits of a currency like this:

a) Your coins can’t be frozen (like a Paypal account can be)
b) Your coins can’t be tracked
c) Your coins can’t be taxed
d) Transaction costs are extremely low (sorry credit card companies)

You can watch a simple video here:

Where Do Bitcoins Come From?
Bitcoins are created by a complex algorithm. Only 21M can be made by the year 2140. Your desktop bitcoin software can make bitcoins, but at this point the electricity and time it would take to produce a bitcoin is larger than the actual value of a bitcoin (your laptop might take five years to make one, and they currently trade at $6.70 per bitcoin [ see for the latest exchange rate ].

Bitcoin miners use super cheap GPUs (not CPUs) to create the coins, but as more people come online to make them, the algorithm adjusts so that one block can only be made every 10 minutes.

Who Invented Bitcoins?
An individual with the name — or perhaps handle — of Satoshi Nakamoto first wrote about bitcoins in a paper called Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. This person has stepped back from the project and trusted Gavin Andresen to take charge as the project’s technical lead.

How Does One Buy and Sell Bitcoin?
Currently Paypal and credit card companies are making it illegal to sell bitcoins. Why? Simple: PayPal’s terms of service prohibit “currency exchange.”

CoinPal had its account frozen, details here.

Given that you can’t whip out your Paypal account and buy them, and that it will become harder and harder to get them, bitcoins will be bartered for services in the real world.

For example, a Hacker News community member named Nicholas Carlson just boasted that he is being paid for a programming project in bitcoins.

Bitcoins in Real Life
In the next year you’ll hear about people in casinos in Vegas buying and sell bitcoins for cash and casino chips.

Imagine a bachelor party comes to Vegas and STNY (someone that’s not you) gives $550 to a guy at a bar and he takes out his laptop or tablet and ships 100 bitcoins to STNY’s phone. STNY then goes to Craigslist and ships some bitcoins to an escort and a drug dealer, who then show up in person to provide goods and services.

The Drug Underground and Bitcoin
Last month folks were buzzing about an online drug marketplace called SilkRoadMarket, which was reportedly trading in, well, all kinds of drugs: marijuana, mushrooms, LSD, ecstasy and DMT.

Of course, since bitcoin transactions are untraceable, you would have zero recourse if you sent a dozen bitcoins to someone for a couple of tabs of LSD. Just like you might lose your $10 if you gave it to a kid in the school yard for a dime bag and he never came back.

Let’s Make Some Predictions
We are 100% certain that governments will start banning bitcoins in the next 12 to 18 months. Additionally, we’re certain bitcoins will soar in value and a crush of folks will flood the system and start using them.

Currently there are 6M coins at $6.70 each for a total economy of about $40M. Bitcoin speculation and hoarding will also cause a massive spike in bitcoin value. For example, if 10M people find out about bitcoins in the next year and want to buy $100 worth, $1B will be infused into the bitcoin economy.

Finally, there will be massive breakage in bitcoins. If your laptop crashes and you didn’t back up your bitcoins, well, you’re SOL. If someone steals you laptop that has 10,000 bitcoins on it you won on Bitcoin Poker, you’re SOL. Lost your USB drive with 500 bitcoins on it after a night out on the town? You’re SOL.

Sites like 99designs, eLance and oDesk will start accepting bitcoins for payment. If they don’t, they will face competition from folks who do.

Bottom line: The world is going to be turned over by bitcoins unless governments step in and ban them by prosecuting individuals.

This is about to get really interesting, everyone.

* We made this term up to describe the “good people” of the internet who believe in the fundamental rights of individuals to be free, have free speech, fight hypocrisy and stand behind logic, technology and science over religion, political structure and tradition. These are the people who build and support things like Wikileaks, Anonymous, Linux and Wikipedia. They think that people can, and should, govern themselves. They are against external forms of control such as DRM, laws that are bought and sold by lobbyists, and religions like Scientology. They include splinter groups that enforce these ideals in the form of hacktivism, such as the takedown of the Sony Playstation Network after Sony tried to prosecute a hacker for unlocking its console.


TWIST Bitcoin episode
Full show here.

Gavin explains the fundamentals of Bitcoin – clip

Who is Satoshi, the mysterious bitcoin founder? clip

The million-dollar bitcoin question: Can the system be hacked? clip

Jason sets his software to generate bitcoins and Gavin explains why that’s a bad idea – clip


#61: Money changes everything if you let it.

Can Amazon Rival Rakuten Trigger the Following Bit-coin Bull-run?

Amazon competition Rakuten, a Japan-based online merchant that is expanding across the globe in the last couple of decades, has begun accepting registrations for the brand new Bit coin and crypto currency market, Rakuten Wallet–together with Bit coin and crypto currency investors trusting other tech businesses, such as for instance U.S. online retail giant Amazon, will follow suit.

Rakutena sprawling company with operations around e commerce, online banking, communications and media, indicates interest in Bit coin and crypto currencies for quite a while, with the company saying annually”that the function of cryptocurrency-based obligations in e commerce of deutsche pornos, off line retail and also in peer payments will grow later on ”

Bit coin and crypto currency adoption is, even however, fighting as the entire world’s conventional banks and payment providers dash to digitize their approaches and most today expect the planet’s biggest technology businesses, by Rakuten and Amazon to site Twitterto induce another wave of Bit coin along with crypto adoption.

Bit coin and crypto currency users will need to possess a Rakuten banking accounts or even a Rakuten member ID so as to register upto the ceremony, but with no sign yet once the wider public should have the ability to enroll.

Even the crypto currency market is currently scheduled to open to people from June this season later Rakuten received a permit for its Bit coin and also crypto currency market late a month by the Western financial services ruler.

Many major names in Bit coin and crypto currency have cheered the statement, with the primary executive of Binancethat the entire world’s biggest crypto currency market with volume, repeating an earlier statement that signals finally”everybody else will probably maintain crypto.”

Up to now, Amazon has resisted requires this to start accepting Bit coin and other crypto currencies, together with Binance’s CEO Changpeng Zhao, frequently known only as CZ or BEEG, before saying he anticipates Amazon adoption to activate the following Bit coin bull streak.

Bit coin and the wider crypto currency market has already been on a tear lately, rising several 38% during the previous month since investors pile to Bit coin and a number of its popular alternatives including ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, litecoin, EOS, along with Bit coin cash.

Even the Bit coin price exploded at the start of the calendar month, leaving analysts and traders unsure of exactly what caused the abrupt upswing and inducing most to uncertainty whether Bit coin, ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, litecoin, EOS, along with Bit coin cash could have the ability to continue with their own recent profits.

A week ago, the entire Bit coin along with crypto currency market-capitalization because this is porno, the joint value of a 2000 crypto currencies, hit a second jelqing high according-to CoinMarketCap statistics, rising to $186 billion, even using Bit coin making an eye-watering $90 billion that– even though, the wider rally was branded”alt coin season” as a result of a number of the double profits many smaller crypto currencies have left.

Rakuten Wallet, previously called everyone’s Bit coin, has been acquired by Rakuten for $2.4 million last August before being re branded and”closed the site alohatube for refurbishment” in March.

Rakuten first began accepting Bit coin payments straight back in 2015, incorporating Bit coin payments chip Bitnet to its U.S. site.

Meanwhile, the Rakuten’s stocks have jumped higher in front of their original public offering of U.S. digital scrapbooking start-up P-interest. Rakuten spent around $50 million in P interest in 2012. Bit coin and also crypto currency investors will probably be trusting Rakuten’s move in to crypto will establish as lucrative.

Elsewhere, other Western businesses are on the lookout to Bit coin and crypto currency as a prospective revenue motorist. Yahoo! Japan, different by the Yahoo! that was bought by U.S. telecoms giant Verizon at 20 17, possesses some 40 percent of Bit coin and crypto market tao-tao, that is supposed to open .

Bitomat Loses Data and MyBitCoin Shuts down — New Bitcoin Crisis?

Poland-based bitcoin escrow service Bitomat has lost all wallet data — meaning people’s bitcoins — due to a system failure July 26 and is now up for sale for 17K bitcoins, Bitomat founder Bartek Shabbat revealed on Sunday. In addition, bitcoin wallet site became inaccessible July 29 and appears to have disappeared, taking user’s bitcoins with it.

There are no estimates as to how many bitcoins, an open-source, virtual currency that has no central authority, may have been lost on each site (more background on bitcoin in this LAUNCH article).

In a translation from Polish posted to Hacker News, Bartek says, “On 26 July 2011 at about 23:00, I noticed that absorbs all Bitcoin server machine resources, and probably not used for making. So there was need to increase the amount of RAM in the server. As a result of that procedure – suddenly the whole virtual machine has been erased, all data stored on the server has been lost.”

Comments on Hacker News have noted that Bartek likely caused the failure due to a lack of understanding and is seeking a third party to blame. Bitomat was a one-man operation that launched in April 2011 according to the bitcoin wiki.

Numerous people complained about MyBitCoin over the last month in the Bitcoin Forum saying the site had stolen small amounts of bitcoins from them and appeared to be “sketchy.” The site is registered to a “Tom Williams” at a P.O. box in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The value of bitcoins dropped dramatically June 19 after bitcoin exchange MtGox confirmed that a hacker had broken into its database and attempted to convert stolen bitcoins into dollars.

Gavin Andresen, founder and CEO of Clearwing Software and a Bitcoin project developer, said by email that he had a few bitcoins stored at MyBitCoin. “I hope they are just temporarily unavailable and not permanently lost.”

Gavin said bitcoins need better regulation mechanisms and better technology for securing them but both will take time. “Bitcoin needs time to grow up, which is why I have been consistent in saying that you should treat any money or time you invest in bitcoin like you would any other high-tech startup– it is risky. Trusting third-party services that are also startups is doubly risky.”

Amir Taaki of Bitcoin Consultancy, the largest U.K. bitcoin exchange, said by email their site has not suffered a major attack or problem “beyond minor human error.” He added that his company is working with the U.K. Financial Services Authority to have the business regulated.

Amir told LAUNCH, “Bitcoin exchanges cannot continue running on the black market what with all the scandals we’ve been seeing. This needs to be an operation run by real organizations working full-time with the expertise.”

As of July 31, 1 bitcoin was valued at $13.35 on MtGox.