Lendico launches in South Africa and Austria

Lendico-logoThe Africa Internet Holding (a subsidiary of Rocket Internet), today announced the launch of Lendico in South Africa. Lendico is the digital alternative to banks that enables investors to directly fund the loans of private individuals. Lendico, which has been founded by the end of 2013, also just entered the Austrian market. In total Lendico is now active in 5 countries (Germany, Poland, Spain, Austria and South Continue reading

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TheStartup.eu and EU-Startups.com join forces

TheStartupEU-Startups-logosFounded in April 2009 by Stefano Bernardi, TheStartup.eu was a pioneering blog covering the European startup scene. Stefano, who was born and raised in Italy, started his career as an investment analyst for dPixel. Aside of his own
projects, he also once worked for 500 Startups and was a contributor to TechCrunch. In 2011, he moved to San Francisco where he became the first
employee (and wild card) at Betable – a real-money gaming platform. Due to his move to the US and his work for Betable, it became very quiet around Continue reading

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Jobs of the week: Red Badger and Zesty

Be part of the success stories of some of Europe’s hottest startups out there. Each week, we’re introducing you to great career oportunities in the startup space – this week with a focus on London. For a complete overview, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the jobs of the week:

Red-Badger-logogRed Badger is a creative software workshop. The London-based company creates beautiful, compelling experiences built around robust technologies. Would you like to work on interesting new Responsive Web Design projects across multiple enterprise clients? If your answer is “yes”, you should definitely apply for the position as User Interface Developer at Red Badger.

Right now, they’re looking for experienced user interface developers to join their lean, fast growing, tech-loving, passionate and dynamic team. Red Badger is looking for both permanent and contractor roles. Please note: You need to have exceptional JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. Familiarities with leading patterns, practices and methodologies surrounding those technologies are a must.

Zesty-logoWould you like to work for a high growth, fast paced Consumer Internet startup in the Healthcare market as an intern? If so please get in touch. Zesty is the UK’s leading online Healthcare appointment booking service backed by Mangrove Capital Partners. The promising startup is currently live in London in 6 Healthcare markets with plans to expand across the UK into 25 Healthcare markets in 2014.

Zesty’s vision is to make Booking your next Healthcare appointment as easy as booking a Flight, Hotel or Restaurant online. The company’s values are: Patients First, Build Trust, Work Hard, Stay Focused, Share & Care.

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Westwing secures €72 million in new funding

westwing-logoWestwing, a leading European eCommerce company in the home & living market, announced today that it raised €72 million in another round of funding. The investors of this round include Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Odey, Tengelmann, and others. This latest round of funding makes Westwing one of the best-funded eCommerce companies outside the US. In total, the Munich-based company now raised €150 million after just 2.5 years on the market. Continue reading

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Now official: dunnhumby acquires Berlin-based Sociomantic

Sociomantic-logoAfter the rumours of last week it is now official: The leading customer science company dunnhumby (a subsidiary of Tesco PLC), today announced the acquisition of Sociomantic – a Berlin-based startup which operates in the field of programmatic advertising. Athough the terms of the deal were not disclosed, there are rumours about an acuisition price north of $100 million. This is not only a big deal for the sociomantic founders who started the company in 2009 and bootstrapped it to more than 200 employees, but also for Berlin as one of the top3 startup hubs in Europe. Continue reading

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Doransky and the SmartMobil

doransky-logoI am personally really much impressed by everything that Mátyás Dobó, aka Doransky the blogger has achieved in the digital / startup scene in Hungary ever since I have been around. Being the Head of Product Development at Magyar Telekom and the founder and main organizer of SmartMobil Conference, he has significantly affected the Hungarian digital industry. I had the chance to make an interview with him last week, over a lunch in downtown Budapest.

EU-Startups: Where are you coming from? What is your story?

Mátyás: I have been dealing with digital services since 2003, when I started blogging (in Hungarian) as ‘Doransky‘, and working as an employee in 2005 in a startup, being responsible for digital content creation, later operative management. I was working on video Continue reading

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Nujira raises $20m to track the power envelope of smartphones

nujira-logoNujira Ltd, the UK-based world leader in Envelope Tracking (ET) technology, has closed a new funding round, raising $20 million to support production ramp of its Coolteq chips, and to fund continued development of the company’s long term product roadmap. Each of the existing investors participated in the round. New investors include GAM and Investec as well as other institutional and high net worth clients.

Envelope Tracking is a power-saving technology for mobile devices like smartphones. Nujira, which was founded in 2002, is currently engaged with all Continue reading

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Balderton Capital raises $305m to invest in European startups

Balderton-Capital-logoBalderton Capital, one of Europe’s largest venture capital investors, has announced the closing of its 5th European fund, raising a further $305 million and bringing its total funds to $2.2 billion to invest in European tech startups. The new fund, which has been raised from existing limited partners and the European Investment Fund, aimt to seize growing opportunities in Europe’s technology sector.

Bernard Liautaud, General Partner at Balderton and founder of Business Objects, commented: Over the last few years, we have refined our Continue reading

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Sociomantic, Lieferando, ReadMill and big acquisition rumours

Acquisition-rumours-BerlinRumours can be fun – especially if they involve a lot of cash for European startups. In the last two weeks alone, there were three interesting rumours about some upcoming acquisitions in Berlin.

The first one was about Sociomantic. The successfully bootstrapped company, which operates in the field of programmatic advertising, was rumoured to be acquired soon by Continue reading

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Ex-Spotify engineers raise $2.2 million for Lookback.io

loockback-logoLookback, the leading platform for analyzing user experiences via video testimonials all captured directly on mobile devices, today announced a $2.2 million seed funding round to expand its business. The round is led by European investor Lakestar, with additional participation from Index Ventures and an angel investment from Ilya Sukhar (co-founder of Parse). As Lookback continues to grow, the fresh capital will be used to scale both the platform and team, and also expand its services to new arenas.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Lookback was co-founded by former lead developers from Spotify, Joachim Bengtsson and Jonatan Littke, when the team Continue reading

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