TV2 News – Torben Frigaard, Mobile Industrial Robots

On 30th of March 2017, Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, paid a visit to Washington, D.C. to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the same time, I’ve paid a visit to Mobile Industrial Robots headquarter in Odense, Denmark – one of the companies that watched Danish Prime Minister’s visit very closely.

As a chairman of Mobile Industrial Robots, I gave a short interview on a national TV2 News channel.

 

Please watch the video here (in Danish).

Converzion henter millioner

Converzion har altid haft mindre fokus på rapporter, snak og rådgivning og tilgengæld mere fokus på praktisk hjælp, konkrete resultater og mere kapital.

Via en samarbejdsaftale med det visionære offentlige tiltag Invest in Odense har Converzion over de seneste 9 måneder hjulpet tre vækstende virksomheder med at skaffe grundlag for og adgang til vækstkapital – og resultaterne er i hus!

Et mindre tocifret millionbeløb i ny vækstkapital sikrer ikke kun ny beskæftigelse, adgang til nye markeder og kraftige vækstrater for de tre virksomheder men er med til at understrege, at selv mindre virksomheder kan med det rette set up tiltrække investorer

De tre virksomheder Trivision, Sensohive og OnRobot har over 9 måneder fået praktisk hjælp fra Converzion.
Mindre snak og mere handling har været omdrejningspunktet. Der har skulle skabes resultater, åbnes nye markeder, findes nye salgskanaler, sikres samarbejdspartnere samtidig med at der har skulle arbejdes med salg og marketing, produktudvikling, HR og administrative funktioner – Alt sammen mens man i samarbejde med Converzion arbejdede med at sikre kapital.

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Umbraco-as-a-Service: changing the way we approach web solutions

At the heart (and the start) of Umbraco is “U”.
Umbraco powers over 400,000 websites in 169 countries worldwide. It records over 10,000 monthly installs and is backed by an active community following of over 180,000 craftspeople globally. It is the friendly Content Management System that will act as a vehicle for your creativity. In efforts to further free its users from the monotonous administrative tasks that come with the territory of web solutions, Umbraco has launched its biggest game changer yet, Umbraco-as-a-Service. UaaS takes the solid foundation of the Umbraco core and skyrockets it to a new level, changing the way we approach web solutions.

 

Founded in Denmark in 2002, Umbraco was created as a content management system that aimed to make it easier for people to build great digital experiences, only limited by their creativity and curiosity. Somewhat reflecting the culture of “simplicity in design” from its Danish roots, Umbraco was a reaction to some of the technical complexities and over-engineering that came with the boom in web-shops and CMS solutions in the early 2000s. Unlike other CMSs it hoped to return technology to its position as an “enabler” rather than a “prescriber”. With people at the centre of its inception, Umbraco began as and continues to be an open-source product – that is, free to download, accessible and editable source code and constantly improved with submissions by its users. The community forum, Our Umbraco, records [# of new posts per month] proving that users are truly invested in the success of the product.

 

Umbraco is not only strongly supported by this active (and hugely enthusiastic!) community, but by a rock-solid commercial organization. It provides professional support subscriptions, add-on products, video tutorial content to over 3,5000 subscribers, certification training in 8 countries worldwide, which as a result boasts over 200 certified webshop partners. The product can be used in its free, open-source format with the additional option of professional tools, support plans or the fully-managed UaaS subscription as required. If the raw Umbraco CMS is the enabler then think of UaaS as a virtual member of your team. It will change the way developers and webshops build web solutions. Two years in the making, UaaS was born from the Umbraco belief in, and commitment to, its talented craftspeople. Developers spend between 8-12% of their time on things that can be automated. That’s a lot of uninspiring, non-billable hours that UaaS picks up to free developers from the tasks of installing, upgrading and deploying. Welcome to the smarter and more productive way to build websites. It is the unique combination of UaaS’s primary features; an unshakeable, secure Azure infrastructure, automatic updates, smart deployments and efficient baselining capabilities with the existing strength and ingenuity of the Umbraco contributing community that sets it apart from other products.  Running the same version of Umbraco that users download, UaaS allows the dynamite-duo of freedom from administrative tasks with freedom to create, improve and enhance. Since launching in September the rate of sign-up suggests this freedom is highly sought-after. In the first two months over 1700 UaaS users are running almost 1000 projects, including global client Carlsberg Group who are blazing the trail with a multi-site content delivery platform powered by UaaS. Also Red Bull, NFL and COOP are some of the delighted users of Umbraco.

Kendt erhvervsmand i spidsen for fynsk robot

MIR får ny stærk bestyrelsesformand i Torben Frigaard Rasmussen.

Den fynske robotvirksomhed Mobile Industrial Robots oplever stor fremgang i sit andet år på markedet. Robotvognene ruller ud til kunderne og antallet af medarbejdere stiger konstant.

Nu har Odense-firmaet, som står bag en mobil robot, som blandt andet bruges på flere danske sygehuse, nu sikret sig en stor kapacitet som ny bestyrelsesformand.

Det er den internationale iværksætter Torben Frigaard Rasmussen, Odense, som er trådt ind som bestyrelsesformand.

Torben Frigaard Rasmussen har tidligere været involveret i firmaet som E-soft, Worldticket, Umbraco og E-conomics.

– Set i internationalt perspektiv har Danmark en unik position som frontløber inden for robotteknologi. MiR har åbnet for et helt nyt marked for mobile robotter med sit produkts brugervenlighed, fleksibilitet og sit lave prisniveau. Det ser meget lovende ud, også i kraft af det stærke team, der tegner virksomheden, siger den nye formand.

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Passing the torch

After more than 5 years at e-conomic, the time has come to pass the torch: I’m happy to share that Mogens Elsberg will take over as CEO in e-conomic by the end of this month, continuing the journey to take e-conomic to the next level.

It’s been a great ride and I’m truly honored and proud of the achievements we’ve accomplished at e-conomic during my time. We’ve gone from 40 employees, 15,000 customers and €4m revenue in 2008 to more than 200 employees, 75,000 e-conomic customers (plus many more on Debitoor) and expected revenue of more than €20m in 2014.

I’m also very proud of the great and unique spirit that we have maintained in the company and the way we have been able to live out our company values of dedication, respect, transparency, ambition and, not least, having fun!

The journey has just begun
Despite what we’ve already accomplished, the journey of e-conomic has just begun. I’m very confident that Mogens – with his great experience with global technology expansion and software business leadership – is the right person to take e-conomic to the next level and carry out our ambitious growth and expansion plans.

Here are Mogens’ words on e-conomic and the goals of the company:

e-conomic is a phenomenal technology success story for Denmark. I am really looking forward to continuing the growth across Europe and globally. We are passionate about helping small businesses become more successful and want many more of them to benefit from collaborating with the online products and services that e-conomic and our wide array of partners provide.

My own journey with e-conomic will also continue as I will still be a shareholder in the company and will support Mogens on specific business initiatives along the way.

I’m also very much looking forward to starting in my new role as Special Operating Director for HgCapital – the owners of e-conomic who I’ve worked closely with over the past year – with the task of finding new investment opportunities among Scandinavian SaaS companies.

Thanks for your support
Since this will be my final post on this blog, I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in e-conomic during the past 5 years – customers, partners, employees and everyone else – for your support and dedication and for taking the journey with me.

An amazing year at e-conomic

2013 is almost over, and I’d like to take the opportunity to look back on a truly amazing year at e-conomic – highlighted by our acquisition by HgCapital, great growth in all areas, and exciting new product initiatives.

New owners
The single biggest event of the year was without a doubt the acquisition of e-conomic by HgCapital. We have had a lot of potential suitors over the years, and it’s really great that we have now found new owners who understand and like what we do and want to fuel that further.

With the financial backing of HgCapital we have already made our first venture into new areas by acquiring the Ge.tt online file sharing service. And we’re currently mapping out new strategies and initiatives to help us use our funding to accelerate our future growth.

More customers and product initiatives
Speaking of growth, we reached a truly amazing 200,000 customers this year! That means that we have not only achieved our mission target of having 100,000 customers signed up to our products by 2013 – we have in fact doubled that figure.

With Debitoor, we have worked a great deal on design and feature improvements, which have paid off in terms of both many more customer signups and great customer satisfaction scores.

On the e-conomic accounting system, this was the year we started the great transition to the new and improved version of e-conomic. This is the most thorough reworking of e-conomic to date, with improved functionality, simplified and modern design and easier workflows in e-conomic – all intended to make life easier for our users.

Growing together
Another growth area this year has been in the number of people working at e-conomic. We are now more than 160 people, all pulling in the same direction. With the great expansion we’re going through, it’s great to see the team spirit and dedication throughout the company.