nestpick, a platform for verified rental booking, starts its European expansion

nestpick-logonestpick, the online platform for verified rental booking, today launches in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. The Berlin-based startup enables the younger generation to rent or let mid-term accommodation securely, quickly and conveniently.

The startup was founded in May 2014 and is backed by Rocket Internet, the main investor since this December. Due to its successful start in the Netherlands, nestpick now aims to grow internationally and take over the Continue reading

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Northzone announces €250m final closing for its Fund VII

Today Northzone announced the closing of its latest Fund VII, reaching a hard cap of €250 million ($325 million) on the back of strong performances in previous funds. The fund was oversubscribed, and is one of the largest early-stage venture funds raised in 2014 globally. Continue reading

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Carpooling, Europe’s No. 1 ridesharing platform, debuts in U.S.

The number 1 European ridesharing platform, carpooling, announced it is launching in the U.S., making door-to-door, long-distance transportation convenient and affordable. Continue reading

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WeSustain, a sustainability management tool, secures €4 million

WeSustain-logoWeSustain, a Buxtehude-based startup with focus on Enterprise Sustainability Management, recently closed a Series B financing round of € 4 million. All existing investors (HTGF, MBG, KfW) participated in the round and VNT Management joined the German startup as new investor. The fresh capital will be used to strengthen WeSustain’s market share and its sales organization.

The EU recently issued a new legislative directive, which makes sustainability reporting (environmental/social performance) mandatory for large Continue reading

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Huddle raises $51 million Series D round to accelerate growth and bring secure external collaboration to enterprises worldwide

Huddle, the enterprise cloud collaboration service, today announced that it has secured a $51 million Series D round of funding. The capital will be used to expand Huddle’s leadership in secure external collaboration; transforming the way global teams work together by enabling enterprise and government organizations to simply and securely share, discuss and work on files in the cloud. Continue reading

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E-commerce business intelligence solution minubo closes its 2nd seed round

minubo-logominubo, a Business Intelligence cloud solution specifically developed for online shops, has received a second seven-digit seed investment and expands to the US. With the recent founding of the minubo Inc. in Boston, as well as the continuous development of the international partner networks, the basis for a successful US market entry is established.

The capital of this 2nd seed round comes from Seedcamp Investments, HTGF, Tola Capital as well as from prominent business angels like Stephan Continue reading

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Interview with Cosmin Malureanu (Ascendia Design)

We had a change to interview Cosmin Malureanu, one of the most aspiring Romanian entrepreneurs. In 2007 Cosmin founded a software design company specializing in eLearning materials, including online learning courses for corporate clients and educational games for pre-school children.

Now his company Ascendia Design employs 24 people with an annual turnover of more than €350 000. Among Cosmin’s clients are Romania’s Ministry of Education Allianz and Raiffeisen Bank. Ascendia Design is now operating in Romania, Moldavia, Cyprus, Germany, UAE, Egypt, Malta and Kazakhstan and is expanding its presence in the UK. Continue reading

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Helsinki-based game studio PlayRaven secures € 3.3 million

PlayRaven-logoFinnish game studio PlayRaven today announced it has closed a € 3.3 million extended seed investment round. The Norwegian venture capital fund Northzone joins the startup’s existing backers, which include Creandum, investor Jari Ovaskainen and Continue reading

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Recruitment software provider Invenias secures $2m in a round led by MMC

invenias-logoInvenias, a leading provider of software solutions to the executive search and specialist recruitment sector, has completed an additional funding round led MMC Ventures. Raising an additional $2 million is taking the total external funding raised to $4 million. The Reading-based company was founded in 2005. The fresh capital will be used to fuel the growth and to accelerate the international expansion Continue reading

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Mesosphere Raises $36 Million to Accelerate the Roll Out of World’s First Datacenter Operating System

Mesosphere, creators of the world’s first datacenter operating system, yesterday announced it has raised $36 million in Series B funding. New investor Khosla Ventures led the round, with additional investments from Andreessen Horowitz, Fuel Capital, SV Angel and others.

Headquartered in San Francisco and with a second office in Continue reading

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