Callback widget creator CallPage secures €500K in funding from the Polish VC fund BValue

Callpage-2016CallPage.io, a Cracow-based startup which we listed as a Polish startup to look out for in 2016, has recently secured a €500K investment by the new and also Poland-based VC fund BValue.

CallPage was founded in 2015 and offers a system that converts online visitors into inbound sales calls. Currently, the system is used by by Orange, VW, PWC, BDO and about 1,000 other Continue reading

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Jobs of the week: HelpStay, the Factory and Degustabox

eu-startups-jobboardYour boss is an idiot and you are desperately looking forward to the weekend? Quit your boring job now and join one of the most exciting startups in Europe! Week after week, we’re introducing you to great career opportunities in the startup space. For a complete overview of the best startup jobs, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the Continue reading

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Europe’s startup community signs open letter for net neutrality

Net-Neutrality-logoAn open letter signed by 133 founders, investors, and companies has just been sent from Europe’s startup community to European telecom regulators. The letter makes the business case for strong net neutrality protections and was signed by by Skype, Soundcloud, Shapeways and other well-known companies. Also Continue reading

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Berlin-based fintech startup Number26 receives banking license and rebrands as N26

N26-team-2016Number26, a German fintech startup which is also backed by the tech billionaire Peter Thiel, rebrands as N26 and receives a banking license.

Only 1,5 years after product launch, the FinTech’s N26 Bank is awarded a full German banking license by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the European Central Bank. This provides the regulatory approval to conduct banking operations Continue reading

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Tech billionaire Peter Thiel increases investment in European fintech startup Deposit Solutions

Peter-Thiel-Deposit-SolutionsProminent venture capital firms just announced they have invested €15 million in European fintech company Deposit Solutions, a fast growing fintech innovator operating in the €9 trillion market for retail deposits in Europe. The list of investors includes PayPal co-founder and Facebook’s first outside investor, Peter Thiel. FinLab, US investor Greycroft Partners, the global growth fund of e.ventures as well as Valar Ventures are also investors of the Continue reading

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Product comparison platform Versus.com announces acquisition by the MenschDanke Group

Versus-acquisitionVersus.com, one of the world’s most sophisticated product comparison platforms, today announced that it has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the Berlin-based MenschDanke Group.

The deal sees all of Versus.com assets and staff transferred to the MenschDanke Group with immediate effect. Versus, which had raised a total $3.8 million in venture capital, will continue to operate as a stand-alone Continue reading

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UX Design Agency is working on the future of banking – an interview with the CEO Alex Kreger

UX-Design-Agency-Alex KregerEarlier this year, it was announced that UX Design Agency, a small startup from Latvia, has been nominated for European’s Best FinTech Award. The Riga-based startup has been operational for four years, but for the last two years has been focused exclusively on financial services. The next big news, also a bit surprising, was that UX Design Agency has been named one the Top 15 user experience agencies worldwide by Clutch. So, we decided to take a closer look and speak with the Founder and CEO, Alex Kreger. 

I think user experience (UX) has become more important in the recent years. At what stage should companies start Continue reading

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Blog and influencer marketing startup blogfoster secures seven-digit investment

blogfoster-logoblogfoster, the Berlin-based startup for blog and influencer marketing, secured a seven-digit follow on investment by yabeo Capital and all previous investors, including VC Fund Technology and Axel Springer Plug and Play.

Founded in 2013, blogfoster gives advertisers access to a pool of thousands of bloggers and helps them place their products and brands within the sphere of relevant target groups. Advertisers are sorted by topic and relevant insights, leaving the bloggers to choose their preferred collaborators themselves. This process keeps the bloggers’ authenticity Continue reading

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Interview with TOA16 pitch competition winner Jakub Konik – the founder of the smart sex toy Lovely

Jakub-Konik-Lovely-FounderTech Open Air, the summer interdisciplinary technology festival in Berlin, hosted a hardware startups competition (“Work Hard. Play Hard. Ware Hard”)  this year. I interviewed Jakub Konik from the winning startup team - the Krakow-based Lovely, a toy that helps people have better sex. It monitors and stimulates your sex life, and sends the gathered data to the Lovely app which provides you with personalised sexual suggestions, calories burned, and more.

I also chatted about sextech with Cindy Gallop, one of the contest judges, who also had an amazing power talk at TOA16. According to Cindy, the golden age of sextech is coming. “Sextech is important because sex and sexuality lie at the heart of everything we are and everything we do. Society’s conflicted attitude toward sex – we all enjoy it but we don’t talk about it,” says Cindy. Cindy is also founder Continue reading

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Geneva-based Silent Circle announces $50 million in Series C funding

Silent-Circle-logoSilent Circle, a pioneer in the mobile privacy market, just secured $50 million in a Series C funding round led by Santander Bank. The Swiss startup will use the growth capital to expand product development, customer service, business development and marketing activities while eliminating its debt.

Silent Circle’s Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP) is probably the world’s most robust suite of privacy applications, services and devices. Deployed in a range of end markets, the solution is available through an expanding roster of strategic Continue reading

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