The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 7

Up this week: Dan's "tech-light, but a good read" look into the Portuguese legal system, Barkyn's quantum leap in innovation, Berlin's Gigs and who their customers are(?), why the numbers are down in the UK, the buzz around Instabee, and why 300 million is the number of the week.
Despite skipping the legendary opening party at OMCLUB as part of DMEXCO in Cologne, and smelling quite lovely, I might add, Robin's back in the studio to discuss what went down across the European technosphere this week.

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή Robin weighs in on Dan's "tech-light, but a good read" piece highlighting the shaky legal system in Portugal and what it means to the investment and startup scenes.

πŸŽ™οΈ > 🎀 After a blip in the audio recording, we're pleased to announce that we're going through Robin's audio setup with a fine-toothed comb, and let's see if we can get him sounding just as good as Dan. Or at the very least, remove all the technical barriers.

βš›οΈ Dan finally received the opportunity to pen a headline he's been waiting his entire life for it involves "pet food and supplements" and a quantum leap in innovation.

πŸ‘‘ Robin recaps the funding numbers of the week, noting that of the top 10 investments none of them were from the UK. A rarity indeed. What's going on? Hint: Salve Regina.

πŸ“± Berlin/San Francisco-based telecom-as-a-service platform Gigs raised $20 million from a number of notable investors including Gradient, Google’s early-stage fund, YC Continuity, etc., but neither Robin nor Dan can figure out just who their customers are and/or what industries/segments they're targeting. Stay tuned...

🐝 Robin waxes poetic about the buzz surrounding the Instabox and Budbee merger.

πŸ’Έ And there's one more thing - Robin takes note that investors tend to like the $300 million number. This week Swisscom Ventures, DTCP, and Extantia all clocked in at 300 million.

πŸ˜‚ Last but certainly not least, after 5 episodes hosted together, Robin finally loses it and we almost have to stop the show due to uncontrollable laughter.

All this and more on Episode 7 of's Drive at Five.

Creators and Guests

Dan Taylor
Dan Taylor
Scribe at | Broadcaster | Player of Stringed Instruments | Polymath |
Robin Wauters @ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦
Robin Wauters @ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦
European tech journalist and analyst; founder of @tech_eu, previously @TheNextWeb & @TechCrunch. Also proud co-founder of @StartupLensEU and @BeCentralBxl.