The Ramp arrives with their no-fuss + no-big-titles startup studio

In The Ramp’s room on the 1st floor there is a stack of sweatshirts, bright-yellow logos freshly printed on them. “Yes, we got a logo now,” says team member, Ricki Mae Melchior. Otherwise the interior is stripped for this-is-us-we-are-a-tribe indicators. For a good reason. “The Ramp is nothing else than the brains, we put into one room. The culture part comes along, when you work together,” … Continue reading The Ramp arrives with their no-fuss + no-big-titles startup studio

5 completely solid pieces of startup advice from Sitecore’s Lars Fløe Nielsen

The CMS software provider Sitecore hit a revenue of 1,4 billion DKK in 2016, so we feel it’s okay to call them a blow-up rather than a scale-up. Here co-founder Lars Fløe Nielsen provides delightfully tangible word’s of wisdom. 1.    Speak up about your competitors ”You are rarely alone in your market. One of the most common mistakes … Continue reading 5 completely solid pieces of startup advice from Sitecore’s Lars Fløe Nielsen

What we learned from 30 third graders about entrepreneurship

One week ago we had a pack of founders between 8 and 12 over for Rainmaking Kids, a fast-forward workshop where you develop a business plan in a day. Unsurprisingly, they got much of the trade figured out already. This is what we picked up from their visionary heads. 1. No matter the industry, Ice cream / candy / cake … Continue reading What we learned from 30 third graders about entrepreneurship

Beyond the headlines about funding rounds and exits

Co-founder and editor Katia Lang of The Fintech Times stopped by Copenhagen last week. We sat down with her before a talk at CPH Fintech Lab to identify three trends she expects to reshape the media coverage of startups. 1. We will move from an interest in money flows to people + ideas “Succesful funding rounds continue to dominate … Continue reading Beyond the headlines about funding rounds and exits

How to challenge the big ones: Three ideas from Starling Bank’s Megan Caywood

Starling is one of the much anticipated digital players in the British banking field. This year’s $70 million funding round built up the initial hype. With Starling’s team preparing for product launch in early 2017, the timing was just right for touching base with their Chief Platform Officer, Megan Caywood. Earlier this week she spoke at our co-working sister … Continue reading How to challenge the big ones: Three ideas from Starling Bank’s Megan Caywood

We like to keep the competition close: This guy is building a co-working app too

It’s co-working app season. While our own studio team develops the Rainmaking Loft app, the young startup Sjelp on Ground Floor are crafting a related networking tool for entrepreneurs. The Sjelp app welcomes the user with a swiping function, which puts it in the product family of Tinder and the more recent business version, Grip. In Sjelp’s case you are introduced to a flow of challenges from fellow startups. … Continue reading We like to keep the competition close: This guy is building a co-working app too

“If you clash and still share a direction, amazing explosions will happen.”

The new General Manager of our sister collaborative The Camp, Nynne Budtz Christiansen, boils down her co-working philosophy: Co-work is very much a state of mind. You can sit close to the same colleague each day, but you may never collaborate with the person. From my experience real collaborations only arise, if they are necessary … Continue reading “If you clash and still share a direction, amazing explosions will happen.”

Simon Sylvest, Head of Growth at Founders, shares one big idea

With the persistent buzz about growth hacking, why don’t we catch up with local hack evangelist, Simon Sylvest, and ask: What is it good for? ”Basically growth hacking tools (like these) can work as a counterbalance to a startup culture that is in love with ideas and rapid execution. Instead of just getting a lot … Continue reading Simon Sylvest, Head of Growth at Founders, shares one big idea

A quick design lesson from Grow: Why looks matter for even the most bootstrapped of startups

Among the fresh faces in our creatives section, The Workshop, are art directors Stephanie Barbon Ravn, Sophie Barbon and UX designer Søren Øbro. They previously designed visual treats for clients like Nike, Pandora and The Danish Film Institute. At Rainmaking Loft they’re looking forward to collaborate with startups in an informal and we’re-growing-together-kind-a-way. Very logically … Continue reading A quick design lesson from Grow: Why looks matter for even the most bootstrapped of startups

A General Manager that brings work to the dining room

Christian von der Recke just bought a house. Rainmaking Loft’s new General Manager is moving from Vesterbro to the suburbs with his wife and two daughters. One of the rewards outside the city: Getting a home with the perfect work space. “We’re using the room you would traditionally use as a dining area. It has plenty of light and we’re going to have alot of plants … Continue reading A General Manager that brings work to the dining room

“How do I create a big amount of billable hours without burning out? My work is not about that.“

Jumping from a communications career that has brought her from Bertel Haarder’s campaign trail to DR, Anne Marie Berså just launched herself as a one-woman-enterprise in The Workshop. She’s good at helping companies with how they talk to customers and the rest of the world. But aside from her strategic understanding she writes copy all … Continue reading “How do I create a big amount of billable hours without burning out? My work is not about that.“

Startup mythbusting with Semmle’s Christian Øhrgaard

Semmle, originally an Oxford-based startup, has set up their Copenhagen branch on the second floor with four team members. The company, which provides software engineering analytics, landed their first major paying customers in 2013 and now they help companies like Dell and Bank of America. With what exactly? Well, imagine that your business depends on … Continue reading Startup mythbusting with Semmle’s Christian Øhrgaard

Unleash your curiosity

Focus is important. Curiosity is essential. So what we need is focussed curiosity, advises Rainmaking founder Martin Bjergegaard and entrepreneur Cosmina Popa. This is an excerpt from their new book, How to be a leader, on what good leadership contains today. (Being feared or keeping your enemies close has nothing to do with it.) At … Continue reading Unleash your curiosity

“It’s important that your brand story is your own. Constructed narratives never work.”

We are delighted to welcome Louise Zastrow, the latest addition to The Workshop, our top floor section for creative freelancers and independents. Louise advices companies on how to build their brands, so consumers care about them. She has helped household names like GUBI, Fritz Hansen and Mielcke & Hurtigkarl. For the latter cathedral of gastronomy, … Continue reading “It’s important that your brand story is your own. Constructed narratives never work.”

Meet the trailblazing Gulnaz Khusainova

There we are: In the event space at Rainmaking Loft, where she, Gulnaz Khusainova, held her conference ”More Women in Tech”, months ago, when it was still summer. Now the Startupbootcamp alumni is talking about how EasySize (Khusainova’s sizing tool for online shops) is aiming at new markets – UK, Sweden, Germany, France and America … Continue reading Meet the trailblazing Gulnaz Khusainova

Swiftcourt’s quiet revolution

Swiftcourt rebels against legal counseling that is slow and includes a big fee. But they haven’t found a way to replace the lawyer – yet.

Disruptive lessons: Two of our entrepreneurs on challenging old markets

1. Mikkel Rosener: The banking industry As a partner in GodBank, Mikkel provides a digital matchmaking service that links people to the bank that is ideal for them. The main channel of income is giving banks leads for potential customers. “Our most important task is to create transparency in the market. The existing banks have not … Continue reading Disruptive lessons: Two of our entrepreneurs on challenging old markets

The Good Entrepreneur

The idealism of Kristoffer From’s startup LivaLife is disarming – and possibly his strongest selling point. He wants to build a digital universe that supports lifestyle changes for people with chronic diseases. Every third Western citizen has one; diabetes, KOL, extreme obesity, and cardiac illnesses are the main groups. From’s fix for it: A platform … Continue reading The Good Entrepreneur

Labster: “All universities want to add new technology to their teaching.”

One of the new companies here, Labster, won Dansk Erhverv’s Videnstafet award last week. With 40.000 users worldwide the startup is on a roll with their virtual labs. Originally envisioned by co-founder Mads Tvillinggaard Bonde in 2010, Labster brings game narratives and 3D visuals to science education. Their mission is not to replace the teacher, … Continue reading Labster: “All universities want to add new technology to their teaching.”