How Icelandic startup Takumi is building a marketplace from scratch

Takumi is an Icelandic / British startup founded in May 2015. We launched in October 2015 and have been growing at a healthy rate in the United Kingdom. We feel like we have good momentum and are planning a launch in Germany this year, EU’s second biggest advertiser market. Takumi automates influencer marketing and makes… Read More How Icelandic startup Takumi is building a marketplace from scratch

Iceland may punch above its weight, but let’s keep the facts straight

Yesterday, the web journal Red Herring posted an article titled Iceland’s Startup Scene Punches Above its Weight, which discusses the Icelandic Startup scene. While it’s good for the Icelandic scene to receive coverage like this, we feel it’s important that what publications write accurately reflects the ecosystem. There were several issues with the article, some… Read More Iceland may punch above its weight, but let’s keep the facts straight

Why we’re doing a hackathon: to increase FinTech innovation

The Icelandic banking infrastructure is unique. This statement may sound awkward in light of a total collapse of the Icelandic banking system in 2008, yet what I mean is from a standpoint of something else. Most banks globally today are highly focused on payments, trying to improve speed where individuals and companies transfer money. Money… Read More Why we’re doing a hackathon: to increase FinTech innovation

Nominations are open for the Nordic Startup Awards

Who are the startup heroes this year? The nominations for the regional finals of Nordic Startup Awards are open. Do you know what the Nordic Startup Awards are? Nordic Startup Awards is a series of events in the Nordic countries, connecting and paying tribute to the Nordic startup ecosystem. The competition brings together all the… Read More Nominations are open for the Nordic Startup Awards

The Technology Development Fund Needs Refactoring

Yesterday the Icelandic Technology Development Fund announced what projects would receive grants in 2016. The TDF is funded by tax money and operated by Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research. It has been an integral part of early stage funding of companies, and many of Iceland’s most prominent technology companies have received grants from the… Read More The Technology Development Fund Needs Refactoring