INVESTMENT TRENDS IN EUROPE

| June 16, 2019

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Any business that generates some portion of its revenue from the delivery of a provisioned ICT-based resource via a pay-as-you-use, on-demand, or subscription model. Companies delivering compute/storage/network resources, or cloud software services, or digital resources including a “self-service” element. Companies o¬ering colocation facilities and related datacenter management systems or taking over the 24 x 7 operations of an IT or business process environment.

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Casper

Casper is a global sleep company that launched in 2014 with one perfect mattress sold directly to consumers — eliminating commission-driven, inflated prices. Its critically acclaimed sleep surface was developed in-house, has a sleek design, and is delivered in a small, "how did they do that?"​-sized box. The company is one of the fastest growing consumer brands of all time, and its product line has increased to include sheets, pillows, a matching foundation, and a dog mattress. Casper was named one of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World, and its eponymous mattress was crowned one of TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2015.

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