5 developer tools we discovered for you at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

Last Wednesday & Thursday, the Cumul.io team landed in Berlin, Germany on the bi-annual TechCrunch Disrupt edition in Europe. The TC editors were so kind to select us as one of their TC Top Picks 🏅 and we had a ton of interesting conversations.

Here are 5 start-ups we spotted that are building products to make the lives of developers and product managers easier.

#1: UserGuiding

Based out of San Francisco, Mert and co. of UserGuiding are on a mission to help new customers of SaaS companies hit the ground running. With their product, you can easily define interactive tutorials within your application to guide new users in their first steps. The best thing: no new code required.

Additionally, you can use their software to highlight new features to your clients to showcase your hard work or capture feedback, for example, as NPS surveys.

They offer a 14 day free trial, so you have exactly zero reasons left not to check this out!

#2: Embold

Embold hooks into your GitHub, Bitbucket and/or GitLab repositories and screens your code base for you. They then show automatic dependency graphs, heat maps of the structure of your components and potential issues or anti-patterns their algorithms spotted in your code. For example, highly coupled components arranged in a Local Butterfly pattern or very large God Classes are signs of bad system design.

To choose which issues deserve your undivided attention, they also prioritize them for you.

Even better, you can also connect your issue-tracking system, which enables Embold to cross-match earlier issues with your current code — to avoid similar issues as the ones you already solved to pop back up.

#3: MindAffect

MindAffect was founded in 2017 as a spin-off from the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Based on research by Prof. Peter Desain, they’re working on a brain-computer interface (BCI) to control robotic arms, smart home appliances and other devices. You put on an EEG head band, then look at commands that contain unique patterns of blinking pixels… and their software does the rest.

The market for this tech is still somewhat unclear, but the same could be said of capacitive touch screen technology pre-iPhone. Promising enough to be awarded the Wildcard for the Disrupt Startup Battlefield competition.

They’re launching a development kit and SDK at the CES fair beginning of January for under $1,000 so you can get started building your own brain-controlled apps. Magical!

#4: Otter.ai

Otter.ai is a Silicon Valley-based start-up that makes conversations live. With their AI-powered assistant, rich notes are automatically being taken during meetings, interviews or presentations. Paper is no longer required, you can now transcribe your words immediately to the screen. 

(c) Otter.ai

By focusing on the conversation itself, teamwork can be even more productive and engaged. Otter not only takes notes for you, but can also sync images. The notes can be shared with your colleagues. They can be highlighted and edited by multiple people at the same time during or after the conversations.

Fun fact: during the speaker sessions at Disrupt, Otter created live notes on the TechCrunch website. You can imagine the time gain for TC writers.

#5: Zegami

Another interesting start-up we met, Zegami, is also active in the world of data analytics. Tim and his team mostly focus on visual data and use AI to recognize patterns. 

Using their tool, you can automatically organize your visual assets, enabling search and analysis on structured and unstructured visual data. You can for example filter images by theme or investigate outliers in social data. This can help medical teams in comparing pictures to recognize healthy or unhealthy situations. 

Definitely worth taking a look if you want to make better decisions based on visual data. Discover what Zegami can offer you with their free trial. 

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