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Graffinity/MyoContract: Two Problems, One Solution

This article was originally published in Start Up

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By merging with Swiss product development group MyoContract, Germany's Graffinity addresses its two key issues at once: a lack of products, and poor prospects for a viable listing in its home market. Europe's industry needs more such deals, but making them happen isn't easy.

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