Dutch startup news update – EUnicorns, Peerby’s super crowdfunding and ‘sexy robots’

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 TimesApple 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.

 

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