The favorite business books of Charles von Abercron and Jan Beckers

Books have the power to transform lives and businesses. With our section “The favorite books of…” we inform you once in a while about the favorite books of some of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs. Today we’re looking at the bookshelf of Charles von Abercron and Jan Beckers:

Charles-von-AbercronCharles von Abercron, Co-Founder and CEO of GlossyBox:

A few weeks ago we did an interview with Charles, where we asked him about which books had helped him most during his entrepreneurial endeavors. He answered: “I really enjoyed Onward by Howard Schultz. It really shows what a tremendous impact a proper vision and culture can have on the success of a company over decades. Another great book is Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh as it teaches you so much about focusing and appreciating Continue reading

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Rocket Internet’s Lamudi rolls out iOS app in 12 new countries

Lamudi-logoThe property portal Lamudi, a venture of Rocket Internet, today launched its iOS app in 12 additional countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America as the startup seeks to capture the growing smartphone market in these regions. The launch of Lamudi’s iOS app follows the successful roll out of the startup’s Android app last month. The Lamudi app is now available on iOS devices in 16 countries worldwide, with the Android app available to users in 28 Continue reading

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Social ad platform Glow Digital Media secures $7 million

Glow-logoGlow Digital Media, the social ad platform used by large mobile advertisers around the world, today announced that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding from Notion Capital and White Star Capital. Existing investors Project A Ventures and Avonmore Developments also participated in the round. This round brings the total financing to $8 million to date. Glow, which was founded in 2011, stated that Continue reading

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Eye-tracking startup Braingaze raises €336K to fuel growth

Braingaze-logoThe Barcelona-based eye-tracking startup Braingaze just secured €336,000 of public and private money in the company’s first pre-seed round of funding since its inception in September 2013. The fresh capital will be used primarily for R&D, product development, patent expansion, product regulatory compliance, and the development of the firm’s clinical trials programme in Europe and the US.

Braingaze develops next-generation eye tracking software that predicts and identifies personal behavior for clinical and commercial applications. Braingaze Continue reading

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Jobs of the week: HitFox and Moosend

Become part of the success stories of some of Europe’s hottest startups out there. Each week, we’re introducing you to great career oportunities in the startup space. For a complete overview, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the jobs of the week:

HitFox-logoHitFox is a fast growing incubator with professionals from all over the world. The company is located in Berlin, San Francisco and Seoul, and was founded by serial entrepreneurs Jan Beckers, Hanno Fichtner and Tim Koschella in 2011. HitFox is committed to grow companies within the fields of Big Data, Advertising & Games. All announced HitFox companies are profitable and increased their revenue overall by more than 600% in 2013. HitFox puts a Continue reading

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Online furniture startup Swoon Editions secures £4 million

Swoon-Editions-logoSwoon Editions, a London-based ‘new design every day’ online furniture startup, today announced a £4 million Series A funding round to expand its business in the UK.

Octopus Investments led the round with additional investment from Index Ventures. The transaction is a follow-on from a seed round of £1.2 million in 2013.

The fresh capital will be used to grow Swoon Editions’ community of ‘insiders’ (interior-savvy people signed up to their email list) as well as increasing the number of designs launched each week. The team has grown from three to 36 in the past 12 months and an additional Continue reading

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Awesome Slideshare presentations about the startup scene in Lisbon and Porto

Startuptour, the 1st travel agency for founders and startup community leaders, recently created two presentations about the startup scene in Lisbon and Porto. The slides give you a great overview of what is happening in the startup ecosystems of these two Portuguese cities.

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IPO around the corner? Zalando reports operating profit in Q2

Zalando-logoThe European e-commerce giant Zalando continued to grow strongly in the second quarter of 2014. Today the company announced that it reached group revenues of € 1,020-1,060 million in the first half-year 2014 (first half-year 2013: € 809 million). The favorable trend towards break-even observed in Q1 2014 accelerated, leading to a profitable Q2 at group level and a first half-year group EBIT margin around break-even (compared to -9% in first half-year 2013). The significant margin improvement was driven by all major cost line items, Continue reading

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Fast growing ad tech company SponsorPay rebrands as Fyber

Sponsorpay-Fyber-rebrandThe mobile supply-side platform SponsorPay today announced that it has rebranded to Fyber.

Headquartered in Berlin, Fyber enables publishers like GREE International, Glu Mobile, Cie Games and more, to integrate, manage and optimize all ad revenues sources through a single, unified platform. Since its inception in 2009, the company has grown globally to over 180 employees and plans to add 70 more by the end Continue reading

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tado°, the European leader in intelligent climate control, raises further €10 million

tado-logo-2014The smart thermostat startup tado° has closed a new round of financing, raising €10 million from current backers Target Partners, Shortcut Ventures, and other investors.

tado°, which is based in Munich, is the European market leader in intelligent climate control for consumers. The promising startup is also a competitor to the Google-owned hardware company Nest. The tado° products enable households to save significantly on energy costs while also reaching a higher level of comfort. Heating or AC systems with tado° automatically adjust Continue reading

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