Ecois.me wants to help you cut down on energy costs by making your home smarter

Krakow: In 2014, one cannot go anywhere without their cell phones or gadgets.  The appetite for energy is so fierce that  people go to wars over it.  It has been and will continue to be a problem that we all must grapple with as more and more devices and economies are based on the internet, the cloud, and things running on moving electrons.  An Ukrainian startup based in Krakow, Ecois.me is hoping to make energy consumption more economical for your home. 

Ecois.me is founded by Alexander and Anton Diatlov, John Pasichnyk, and Nazar Mokrynskyi.  All of the team members have a number of backgrounds from business to engineering. The team was involved with two projects before signing on to Ecois.me.  One of the projects, opir.org, was an interactive map for monitoring situation during Ukrainian revolution with 800K views per first 24 hours of its work. Then it was rebuilt for monitoring election process in Ukraine. Also the team took part in developing of spilno.tv website, which uses Ustream platform to allow private individuals to create their own channels.  At last count, it had over 23 million views. 

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Taxify is set to become Poland's Anti-Uber

Uber has been a disruptive force to cities everywhere. No matter where they go, be it Germany or London, people are upset by their presence. They offer you an alternative to the local taxi companies by offering you rides by private individuals. They have a clever app that uses GPS's to get you the closest ride at an affordable rate. However, they have been accused of unfair business practices by their rivals like Lyft as well as local established taxi firms. As a result, local taxi firms feel that technology is leaving them in the dust.

Taxify is trying to help local taxi firms become more competitive. The app was developed by a team in Estonia. They are funded by the VC that brought you Skype. They have successfully set up their services in Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga, Kiev, Minsk, and Gdansk. Recently, they have set up a network in Krakow and are hoping to extend their reach to the rest of southern Poland.

 

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Polish 3D Printer startup announces the on-site sales of Their 3D Printers

Poland: Zortrax, one of the first Polish 3D printer startup announced that they will be selling their 3D printers on-site in an outlet called Z-Store, starting in October.  It will be the first time in Poland that 3D printers will be sold on-site on the Polish market and one of the first in Europe.   Zortrax is cooperating with the 3D printing community organizer, Materialination in Krakow who will act as a retail outlet of printers and will also act as a showroom.  This point of sales will not only be a place where you can get printers, filaments, and parts, it will also act as a education center and exhibition center showcasing the possibilities of 3D printing.  Workshops will be offered as well as possibility to do some rapid prototyping of your ideas.  This news is coming on the heels of Makerbot announcing that they will be selling their 3D printers in Home Depot.   

 

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