Mergers, Lists and Launches: Atomico, Transferwise & Kano

By August 10, 2016News, Startups

success-479568_960_720Our clients are always on the move and despite holiday nature of the summer months, July and August have been no exception. Here’s a round up of a few strategic wins for our clients.

Hailo has joined forces with Daimler’s MyTaxi and created Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company. With the merger, the companies say they will now serve three million customers with 100,000+ registered taxi drivers across 50+ cities in nine European countries. Our client, Atomico was one of the investors in this deal and we’re happy to have helped them with this exciting merger.

The MIT Technology Review recently published their list of the world’s 50 smartest companies for 2016 and guess who is one of those smartest companies was? Our client Transferwise which appears at number 39. The list includes the top 50 companies using innovative technology and cites Transferwise’s use of peer-to-peer as why. Not only that, but Transferwise is keeping good company with the likes of Amazon, Tesla and Alphabet who are also on the list.

Kano, creators of the first computer anyone can build and code, announced their US retail strategy in July. The company is partnering with the iconic US brands, Toys“R”Us and Barnes & Noble. The Kano kits will arrive in all Toys“R”Us stores and 640 Barnes & Noble locations nationwide this fall. This is the first brick-and-mortar presence for Kano in the United States.

In a press release, Alex Klein, CEO and cofounder of Kano said  as screen time becomes all-the-time, still, only a fraction of us know what is happening below the surface of the devices we often take for granted. Our award-winning Computer Kit allows consumers to build their own computer, and teaches them to create art, music, apps, and games with code, demystifying a sealed world that is usually only for ‘experts’.

“The natural next step was for us to partner with retail leaders Toys“R”Us and Barnes & Noble who support our mission and have the ability to share Kano’s innovative products with children and adults alike nationwide,” said Klein.

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