"From the beginning we have tried to identify the shared pain points for our companies. It was easy for us to agree on stepping up our interaction with existent customers." Foto: Pier47.

Fix for the startup-corporate culture gap: Speak up about your pain points.

If you start with the tough topics, the distance between startup and corporate might be smaller than you think. Case in point: The recent IoT collaboration between the entrepreneurs from Anyware Solutions and the energy giant E.ON.

Closer engagement with the customers. That was the motivation driving E.ON, the major energy supplier, to team up with the startup Anyware Solutions. The corporate’s Danish division and the entrepreneurs launched their first service in October. A ’smart adaptor’ that monitors light, sound, temperature, and humidity in private homes. The data is visible for the user in an app, advising them on where they can reduce heat consumption or improve the indoor climate.

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