busuu hits 30m users and launches a Spanish course for kids

busuu-logo-newbusuu, one of the world’s largest language-learning communities, today announced that it has just reached 30 million users (out of 200 countries). Founded in 2008, Busuu raised € 3.5 million by the end of last year and moved from Madrid to London. According to the young company, its social network for language learning is growing at about 40,000 new users Continue reading

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$6m for JUSP, the Italian startup that turns your Smartphone into a POS

JUSP, the Italian, Milan-based company operating in the mobile POS market, as just closed a new $6mln  round thanks to Principia II, Vertis Venture and a group of angels. The company will use the new resources to launch and accelerate its development  and thanks to it, JUSP will be able to launch its services both in Italy and in other European countries.

Founded by Jacopo Vanetti and Giuseppe Saponaro, who will be respectively CTO and COO of the company, JUSP is a small and light “Chip&Pin” mobile Continue reading

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Interview with Jan Beckers (HitFox Group)

Jan-Beckers-HitfoxWe recently had the chance to interview Jan Beckers, the Co-Founder and CEO of the Berlin-based HitFox Group.

The HitFox Group, which recently reported a rapid growth in revenue and market reach, is known as being the world’s first game distribution company builder. Before co-founding the HitFox Group in May 2011, Jan Beckers successfully co-founded and managed companies like SponsorPay.com, Madvertise.com and Absolventa.de. Enjoy the interview:

EU-Startups.com: The HitFox Group describes itself as the world’s first game distribution company builder. Please give our readers a brief explanation of your business model and how you (or your co-founders) came up with it.

Jan Beckers: The HitFox Group is focused on building and acquiring synergetic businesses in the fields of game distribution and user acquisition. Our three current portfolio companies are ad2games (performance marketing/online games), AppLift Continue reading

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Digital talent marketplace MBAandCo secures £800k

MBAandCompany-logoThe digital talent marketplace MBA & Company today
announced that it has secured £800k funding, led by MMC Ventures – with co-investment from Piton Capital and the existing investor Cabiedes. The fresh capital will be used to enhance the platform and grow sales and marketing.

MBA & Company provides both corporates and SMBs with instant access to high-end advisory and research work, through an online network of highly Continue reading

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Guy Kawasaki about the “Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs”

Guy Kawasaki, the former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, gave a speech last month at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan) of the Haas School of Business. Watch the following video to find out what he thinks are the top ten mistakes that entrepreneurs make:

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Edutainment startup Brainbow secures $1m in seed funding

brainbow-logoBrainbow, a London-based startup which aims to combine games, health and education, has just secured $1 million in seed funding from Initial Capital, DN Capital, LVP, Lifeline Ventures, Jaina Capital and some prominent angel investors. This round of financing will enable Brainbow to grow the team and to focus on building awesome gaming products. In the past few months, Brainbow has already released a few ‘teaser’ Continue reading

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Worth reading: ScreachTV, Toothpic, Copenhagen, The Family

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:

ScreachTV-logoThe Newcastle-based startup ScreachTV just has raised $2.5M in a round with VC firm Northstar Ventures, Hotspur Capital Partners and other strategic investors to accelerate the UK rollout. ScreachTV is a plug-and-play system that allows pubs/venues to create a personalised TV channel that can show special offers, social media posts (from Twitter, YouTube, etc.), news, as well as games that punters can interact with using their smartphones. Visit BetaRocket to find out more.

Toothpick-logoToothpick, an ‘OpenTable for dentists’, has quietly exited Beta, as well as expanding beyond its native UK to the Continue reading

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Online live auctions: Auctionata raises $20M for global expansion

auctionata-logoThe online fine art and auction house Auctionata has just raised $20.2M for global expansion, recruiting and technology platform growth. The financing comes from Earlybird, Bright Capital and Kite Ventures as well as HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners and the Raffay Group.

As the first patented online producer of live auctions, the Berlin-based startup Auctionata covers the entire spectrum of an auction house. Including expert Continue reading

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Greek startup Workable is partnering with SimplyHired

workable-simply-hired-logosWorkable, an Athens-based startup which aims to help companies improve the quality/efficiency of their hiring, today announced a partnership with SimplyHired. The cooperation with SimplyHired enables Workable’s customers to get their job openings listed in one of the world’s most comprehensive job sites (over 30 million monthly unique visitors). With just one click – and with no extra Continue reading

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1st of April: Google launches Google Nose

This is what we’ve waited for. Till this day, Google only gave us the opportunity to search for Images, maps, videos, news (etc.). But what about the smells? Check out Google’s latest invention in search technology – Google Nose:

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