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Run like Hoka

Run like Hoka
Lithuania Tech Weekly #135
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work in progress

  • Laser firms. Starting with niche research products, the laser industry is shifting. It took too long for the LT laser cluster to break out and spread these skills into fast-growth domains/markets, finally happening to some extent. Here are a few to keep track of - Altechna, Optogama, Optoman, Integrated Optics, Femtika. Anything missing?

rounds and capital


Robotikos Akademija - Head of Marketing
Open Circle Capital - Analyst
Sun Investment Group - Head of Legal
EmPlastrum - CTO
NFQ - Sales Manager
Comundo - Decarbonisation Lead
Elinta Charge - Sales Manager
Printify - General Manager Business Expansion (remote within EMEA)

Simple, tactical advice - your startup job search

Pick a startup - find a job
Inspired by the reader’s comment below, a practical framework for how to think, research and find the best jobs in the tech market. A draft -help improve this by sending your suggestions. The early options that matter have already matured and there are just not enough high-growth early stage startu…

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further insights

Pep Guardiola described his walking, especially in the early stages of a game, as a form of cartography—an exercise in scanning and surveying, taking the measure of the defense, noticing where the vulnerabilities lie, and calculating when and how opportunities might be seized. “After five, ten minutes, he’ll have a map in his eyes and in his brain”
Startups with a female founder performed 63% better than their investments with all-male founding teams.

Teams with an average age under 25 (when invested) perform nearly 30% above average.

First Round companies with at least one founder who attended an Ivy performed 220% better than other teams.

Teams with at least one founder coming out of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft or Twitter, performed 160% better than other companies.

Repeat founders’ initial valuations tended to be over 50% higher.

Technical co-founders are critical to enterprise, not so much for consumer

First Round companies founded outside New York and the Bay Area are performing just as well as their peers based in those epicenters


The Polish ministry responsible for allocating the EU funds has the money, but hasn’t yet transferred it to PFR Ventures.
The ministry tells Sifted that the funds should arrive this year — but don't explain why the process is taking so long.

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