Worth reading: Kreditech, Skimlinks, Zalando, Waymate, SBC

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There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

Kreditech-logo-standaloneGlobal Founders Capital, the new fund started by Oliver Samwer, Marc Samwer and Fabian Siegel, just invested a “mid-seven-digit” sum in the credit scoring company Kreditech – alongside Kreditech’s existing investors. Kreditech, founded in 2012 and based in Hamburg, is a real-time credit scoring and micro-lending company, aimed particularly at emerging markets. Read more on VentureVillage.com.

skimlinks-logoSkimlinks, the platform which gives publishers control over affiliate links and content monetization, has completed a growth financing round led by Greycroft Partners. The capital will be used to develop its content monetization platform and expand across the US, Asia, and Europe. In particular Skimlinks opens its Japanese site, although a full office is still in the works. TechCrunch has the full story.

Zalando-logoBetween April 1st 2012 and March 31th 2013, Zalando made a turnover of roughly € 1.5 billion. This is at least what recent reports of the main investor Kinnevik are indicating. The report also values Zalando with about € 2.8 billion. Visit ExcitingCommerce.de to find out more (in German).

Waymate-logoWaymate has launched its travel comparison platform. The Berlin-based startup enables users to compare different options from getting from A to B including flights, car travel and trains, and also includes an integrated booking feature. The company will face stiff competition both from the traditional major transport companies as well as startup rivals such as GoEuro. Visit SiliconAllee.com and learn more.

startupbootcamp_logoEuropean accelerator Startupbootcamp is currently on a world tour to meet startups and see them pitch. On Wednesday, it hits the Dutch capital Amsterdam. The idea of these pitch days are that they’re private sessions where startups can get straight and honest feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and investors on their pitch and company. TNW has more info.