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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Email Marketing: Why every startup should build an email list

EU-Startups-Newsletter-logoI started in October of 2010, and one of my biggest failures so far was not to start building an email list until June 2015. If I had started to provide monthly email updates (namely the EU-Startups Newsletter) right from the beginning, and if I would have taken list building seriously, EU-Startups would already count more than 25,000 newsletter subscribers by now. Below I’ll provide you with a few of my learnings regarding the EU-Startups Newsletter and with my thoughts on Continue reading

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Six digit investment for store2be – the online platform for offline promotion

store2b-logostore2be is the online booking platform for offline promotion and advertising spaces. It offers companies and brands efficient, measurable and scalable live communication in the offline world. The Berlin-based startup today announced its first funding round with a total investment value in the high six figures.

On store2be’s online platform, customers can choose from over 1,000 bookable spaces for promotional activities with guaranteed customer reach located in Continue reading

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What does your domain name say about you? An interview with Francesco Cetraro, Head of Registry Operations for .CLOUD

Francesco_Cetraro-DotCLOUDPicking the right name for a product or a company is a crucial task that all startups face. A very important part of that process is to find a domain name that will help tell their story and make their brand stand out.

At this year’s EU-Startups Conference I had the chance to talk to Francesco Cetraro, the Head of Registry Operations for the recently launched .cloud domain. As a self-confessed “domain geek” Francesco is one of those lucky people that gets to work on something he is truly passionate about, and he is always happy to share his knowledge on domain names. We took advantage of this to get some of his best suggestions on how startups can reap the full value of a relevant domain name. Continue reading

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Scientific collaboration platform Guaana is distributing 10% of the company’s shares to 100,000 scientists for free

guaana-logoScientific collaboration platform Guaana is giving out 10% of the company’s shares to scientists around the world for free, in an effort to involve users in defining a universal format for scientific projects.

The Estonia-based startup has built a shared online space with the aim of connecting all the scientists in the world to accelerate scientific research and collaboration with the help of modern-day technologies. The concept reminds a bit of the Berlin-based ResearchGate, a social network for scientists and researchers. Guaana was founded Continue reading

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Rotterdam-based online print startup Helloprint secures €3 million in funding

HelloPrint-logoDutch online print platform Helloprint has just announced that it closed its first round of funding with a group of investors, members of the management team and the Dutch tech investor Gert Jan Munneke. In total the investors have poured €3 million into the company. Up until now the company has been entirely funded by the founders themselves. 

Helloprint was founded in 2013. It’s an online print platform with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK Continue reading

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FiveAI secures € 2.4 million in funding to apply strong artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles

Five-AI-logoFiveAI is a UK startup which is using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to accelerate the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles. The Bristol- and Cambridge-based company applies several of the latest AI technologies to solve the most complex problems in the autonomous vehicle space.

FiveAI today announced its initial € 2.4 million of equity funding. The funding Continue reading

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Europe’s Fintech companies join forces to launch the European Fintech Alliance

European-fintech-alliance-logoSome of the leading Fintech companies in Europe have just joined forces to launch the European Fintech Alliance (EFA) in Berlin. The EFA will provide its members with timely information on policy and regulatory developments that have an impact on the industry.

This includes topics which are of high interest for Fintech startups, such as state Continue reading

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