In our May issue, we teamed up with AustrianStartups to ask twelve Austrian founders to pick their local hero from the startup ecosystem.
Fredrik Debong / mysugr
Role: Co-Founder & Community Relations Lead
What they do: MySugr offers app-based, all-around care for people with diabetes. The apps and services ease the daily grind of diabetes therapy.
Interesting fact: Almost half of the MySugr employees live with diabetes, many since childhood. One of their advisors is Tim Ferris, author of The 4-hour Work Week. Customers are known to have tattooed the logo on their arms!
News: In April 2016 MySugr began working with Roche, the market leader in blood glucose testing.
“Florian Motlik and I met at the TU and he soon became my mentor – despite being several years my junior. A few people can be said to have been the instigators of the scene, but some, like Florian, tend to stay in the background.
“He’s a passionate man, with the ability to inspire and teach, usually with a big smile on his face. Over the years we’ve had great fun as co-founders of STARTeurope (later Pioneers.io), JSUG (Java Student User Group) and a dozen other small projects we started for fun. I attribute much of the philosophy and openness of the Austrian ecosystem to his work and inspiration. After a stint in Boston he has now come back to his hometown. Vienna is lucky to finally have him back in its comfortable clutches!”
Florian Motlik / Codeship
Role: Co-founder & CTO
What they do: Codeship is a fast, secure and cloud-based continuous delivery platform that lets software developers easily test and deploy their code.
Interesting fact: In 2013, Florian and his Co-Founder Moritz took Codeship to Boston, where they joined the Techstars accelerator.
News: In March of 2015, Codeship raised another $1.5 million, for a total of $4.4 million in funding.
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