Good morning! Here’s what happened in the Dutch startup scene last week.
Funding & News
Amsterdam-based bike sharing service Cycleswap was acquired by American competitor Spinlister. Cycleswap will take on the name Spinlister.
Polarsteps, the startup for tracking your travels, today announced a 500.000 euro investment from VC Silver Point Ventures and corporate TMG.
Sharing-startup Peerby has launched a popular crowdfunding campaign on OnePlanetCrowd, before it went live, founder Daan Weddepohl already secured 300k euro from e select group of community members. The goal is to collect 1.5 million, and there already past one million euro as we speak.
TechEU wrote about 50 of Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies. For the second year running, Tech Tour has presented its ‘Growth 50’ list in Switzerland: or EUnicorns!
Monday morning read
New York Times – Apple vs. the F.B.I.: How the Case Could Play Out. Apple is getting ready for a busy week. On Monday, the company unveils smaller versions of its iPhone. Then on Tuesday, Apple will face off against the United States government at a hearing in federal court in Riverside, Calif., over whether it must help law enforcement break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack.
NRC (Dutch) – American economist Robert Gordon states in an interview he feels we are not part of a technical revolution. ‘All big inventions are already done’, he says.
CNBC – Could you fall in love with this robot? Humanlike robots may seem creepy, but some roboticists are betting they are the key to unlocking a future in which humans and superintelligent computers coexist, work alongside each other and even develop relationships.