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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London-based Buy-to-let P2P Lending Platform Landbay Secures $2.35 million

Landbay, the secured peer-to-peer lending platform focused on the UK buy-to-let mortgage market, has completed its first institutional funding round. The company has raised £1.4 million from an investment partner introduced by the alternatives investment manager Omni Partners LLP.

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4th Office raises over £2.3m with promise to end email overload

4th-office-logo4th Office, a London-based company which fights against email overload, has successfully raised a second round of funding (£2.3 million). This recent round was led by new investors RSG Capital and Ben White with participation from existing investor Notion Capital.

The mission of 4th Office is to free businesses from their over-reliance on email. 4th Office aims to achieve this through a cloud workspace combining Continue reading

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Rocket Internet’s cleaning platform Helpling raises US$ 17M in funding

Helpling, the most widely-available online platform for on-demand home services, has secured US$ 17M in Series A funding. The group of investors includes among others Mangrove Capital Partners, Phenomen Ventures, as well as Point Nine Capital and Lukasz Gadowski. Continue reading

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Marvel Raises $820K and Releases New iPhone and Android Apps

marvel-logoMarvel, the fast-growing mobile and web prototyping platform, announced that it has raised $820,000 seed funding from Connect Ventures, ustwo and Roberto Bonanzinga, alongside the release of their new iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Continue reading

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HitFox Group launches FinLeap – a FinTech company builder

HitFox-FinleapThe HitFox Group, a company builder headquartered in Berlin, today announced the start of FinLeap – an independent international FinTech company builder. With offices in Berlin and San Francisco, FinLeap will connect successful entrepreneurs, finance and technology experts with new technologies and scalable business models. The goal behin FinLeap is to provide cheaper, simpler and more transparent financial services to businesses and consumers alike.

Jan Beckers, Co-founder and Partner at FinLeap, stated: “The financial market is both enormous and extremely slow Continue reading

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Interview with Konstantin Zagaynov (

Videoly-Konstantin-ZagaynovOver the weekend, we had the chance to do an interview with Konstantin Zagaynov, Co-founder of

The Helsinki- and Berlin-based startup Videoly is an e-commerce tool that helps to increase sales by plugging-in video reviews to online stores. Its intelligent video search technology picks relevant product video reviews from user generated videos. Users watch video reviews right on the product description page without walking away to other sites. Konstantin Zagaynov also represented Videoly at the pitch competition of our recent EU-Startups Conference in Munich. A few weeks ago, secured Continue reading

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Ve acquires qunb in multi-million pound deal to expand Big Data analytics offering

After acquiring GDM Digital last week, UK-founded ecommerce conversion company Ve has announced that it acquired French data science company qunb in a multi-million pound cash and shares deal.

The acquisition is aimed at significantly expanding Ve’s Big Data capability. Continue reading

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How to get investors excited and to throw money at you!

Sebastian ENG-CoverEvery day, a lot of startups are pitching for funding - all over the world. But only a few succeed. Isn’t there enough money? Well, there is, but… there are just an awful lot of sub-optimal pitches. Startups tend to mistake an investor pitch for something different than a simple sales pitch. Basically, it’s not! It is to sell the idea (shares, equity) to investors. As simple as this is. Because investors are also human beings and their psychology isn’t any different than from the rest of the world.

So when it comes to your pitch, make sure to focus on the right selling technique! Joachim Continue reading

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