Sibling Startups – The Way Forward?

Justas-Tomas-Andrius-WhatagraphWhat does Rocket Internet, Slideshare, DailyDeal and Stripe all have in common? Besides their phenomenal success and collectively securing over millions in funding, each venture was founded by siblings. Are sibling powered startups the way forward?

According to Lithuanian startup Whatagraph, launching a startup amongst three siblings came naturally. A pre-existing bond between siblings beats days if Continue reading

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London-based DAD secures £2 million to launch DIY video visit service

DAD-logoDAD, the service that helps consumers to fix up their home, just secured £2 million in seed funding from its strategic partner HomeServe to launch its video visit service.

DAD was founded in 2015 and helps busy young professionals by connecting them with a DAD Expert who provides DIY tips and expert advice to help them fix anything from a dodgy door handle, to mould in the bathroom, or a broken boiler.

The introduction of DAD means that consumers no longer have to endure expensive call outs or wait for plumbers, electricians and handymen to turn up at their home. Continue reading

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G(r)o(w)ing from Startup to Scaleup

Scaleup-EuropeYou may have bumped into the Scaleup term sometime. There’s one phase in many startups’ life where the need to grow brings new challenges. This may happen early or later and thus time is not the best reference for the definition. A focus on Scaleups developed in Europe in the last years and the Scaleup for Europe movement has just gathered an additional push due to the European Business Angels Network Annual Congress, held in Porto this week.

The congress saw the participation of more than 200 delegates, representing the Continue reading

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Robot or Human aka the story

slush6I got kind of excited when I was walking for this interview. Almost 4 years have passed by since I entered the door of this building last time, back then it was the office of my former employer, Prezi.

Since Prezi left, the office was empty for a while, but 1-2 years ago a new generation of promising startups took it over, this time I was coming to interview Oszkar, the co-founder and CEO of, the company that was winning the 2014 Slush 100 pitching competition in Helsinki with a surprisingly Continue reading

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Danish startup Pleo wins Pioneer Of The Year 2016

Pleo-pitch-winnerThe Danish fintech startup Pleo has received the “Pioneer of the Year 2016″ award as the best startup at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The startup offers smart company payment cards for employees.

Pleo was founded by Jeppe Rindom and Niccolo Perra in 2015. It provides cards for Continue reading

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UK fintech startup Ormsby Street launches in Germany via partnership with Deutsche Bank

Ormsby-Street-deutsche-bankThe London-based fintech startup Ormsby Street has just launched its innovative credit-checking tool CreditHQ in Germany, as part of a new partnership with Deutsche Bank.

CreditHQ allows small businesses to check the financial health and credit status of any customer or partner and will be available Continue reading

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Knok is the “most investable” startup according to the Global Investment Forum

Knok-logoMaybe it happened to you before: Someone’s sick at home, neither serious enough to go to the closer Hospital Emergency Room nor negligible to treat as a common flu. But where are you going to find a doctor that can visit you soon in the commodity of your home? This is the problem knok is trying to solve – a Portuguese startup that investors and alike found the “most investable” at the Global Investment Forum. Continue reading

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TwentyBN secures $2.5 million in funding for its artificial intelligence solution

twentybn-logoThe Berlin-based AI startup TwentyBN has just closed a funding round of $2.5 million to make the rapidly emerging AI method “deep learning” accessible to companies in all fields with a special focus on the European mainland and North America. The fresh capital comes from an US-based business angel who remains unnamed.

Deep learning systems are inspired by the neural networks in the human brain, Continue reading

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Planning to expand sales across Europe? This map of marketplaces will help you

Choice-in-eCommerceLast month I attended E-Commerce Berlin Expo, an exhibition dedicated to circuit eCommerce, Online Marketing, Social Media and Mobile Services for the eCommerce industry. I chatted with Anna Duleczus from Choice in eCommerce which recently came up with a study about online marketplaces across Europe. Below this article you’ll find a map about eCommerce marketplaces across Europe.

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eBay acquires Spain’s Ticketbis for more than $160 million to expand StubHub’s global reach into 47 markets

Ticketbis-StubHubeBay today announced the acquisition of Ticketbis, an international ticket marketplace with a presence in 47 countries. Ticketbis, which is headquartered in Bilbao (Spain) will become part of eBay Inc.’s StubHub business, the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S. With this acquisition, StubHub will grow its presence across Latin America and Europe and expand into Asia Pacific, becoming the global ticket marketplace leader, as measured by volume of transactions and international reach. Continue reading

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