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Dutch startup news update: travel back in time with Roader, MWC and WeWork

It’s time for your weekly update! Here’s what happened in the Dutch startup scene last week, and what’s coming up. 

Start-updates

A child taking its first steps or Justin Bieber in a Albert Heijn store, how many times do you want to slap yourself for not getting your smartphone camera out in time to catch that special moment? This question led the entrepreneurs behind Roader to launch a ‘Time Machine Cam’ that can “travel” ten seconds back in time. When something special happens, this body camera can be activated by a click on a button to record ten seconds in the past and antoher ten in the future!

Sjoerd Pitstra, Wouter Woudstra en Joost Godee came up with the idea when a meteorite hit the Russian Ural area in 2013, the actual camera must be available for consumers later this year.

SME’s in The Netherlands had 90.000 job openings in the last quarter of 2016, the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) said last week. The majority of jobs can be found at smaller companies. Companies with less than 10 emloyees had 32.000 job openings in total.

The Dutch Chambre of Commerce (KVK) and data company CBS joined forces to launch a tool that can help entrepreneurs in The Netherlands to choose a city or area to set up a company. The so-called Locatiescan gives you available data on things like populaition and competition. (Link in Dutch).

Events

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in Barcelona. Meet the Dutch from 27 February – 2 March 2017 at the Holland High Tech Pavilion (booth 6M8).

This years summit of The Next Women on June 12 is all about ambitious female entrepreneurs. Female starters, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals who aim to be successful join in to learn about capital and networking. Keynote speakers include Maartje Bouvy (CFO Rituals) and Catarina Occhio (CEO SeeMe)

Monday Reads

CNBC/Techcrunch – SoftBank is being linked with an investment that could value WeWork at more than $20 billion. CNBC reported that the Japanese telco giant is gearing up to make an initial investment of $2 billion into WeWork, with a view to putting nearly $1 billion more into the firm. The publication said the secondary investment could reach $2 billion, which would put SoftBank’s total input at $4 billion overall.

Rockstart – The concept of founders’ agreement is not clearly defined, but in practice this term normally refers to the one that co-founders enter into before getting their venture off the ground. It normally happens before a legal entity for the startup is set up. The founders agreement as told in GIFs.

Venture Beat – No one in San Francisco wears Snapchat Spectacles.

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Suzanne Blotenburg

Tweets @SuusNL – Journalist & writer in the fields of business and economics. Co-editor-in-chief @StartupJuncture. Likes to write about #Startups #Entrepreneurship #Policy #Innovation #Newconomy

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