Traity raises $4.7m to become the standard for online reputation

Traity-logoTraity, the Madrid-based creator of a new reputation standard that enables individuals to own their own online reputation, has announced a $4.7M Series A investment. The funding round has been led by ACTIVE Venture Partners.

Founded in 2012, Traity’s purpose is to empower people across the world by enabling them to trust one another in a safe and transparent environment as part of the growing collaboration economy, reducing Continue reading

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Rocket Internet becomes an AG (public company) and appoints Oliver Samwer as its CEO

Rocket-Internet-Oliver-SamwerRocket Internet, the controversial company builder out of Berlin, just switched its legal form from GmbH (comparable to Ltd.) to an AG (public company) and appointed Oliver Samwer as its CEO. This suggests, that Oliver Samwer is going to play an even more operational and more active role in Rocket Internet’s Future.

Rocket Internet has technical exited Zalando back in 2013, where it transferred its shares to Continue reading

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Madrid-based Percentil secures €1m in a Series A round

Percentil-logoPercentil, the online kids’ clothing consignment shop, has today announced a €1M Series A investment led by Active Venture Partners.

Percentil’s mission is to help families save money while buying and selling kids “pre-loved” clothing. It has built a convenient consignment shop that buys nearly-new kids clothing from families, applies strict quality controls and markets the high-quality garments on-line. Parents also benefit from the startup’s ‘fuss-free’ service because PERCENTIL takes cares of all operations from pick-up to delivery including Continue reading

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Crunchfish GoCam – a touchless camera app for great selfies

Crunchfish-logoCrunchfish, a Swedish startup based in Malmö, just launched the camera app GoCam on iOS as part of their vision to bring touchless technology to the world. GoCam offers touchless photo triggering and video recording. High quality filters and editing tools are included for convenient sharing with social networks. Founded in 2010, Crunchfish has secured about $5 million so far.

Joakim Nydemark, CEO of Crunchfish, stated: “GoCam really brings a magic user experience to your device that opens up a new dimension of Continue reading

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On-VacationI just wanted to leave a quick note that I’m on vacation till the 26th of June. Since I don’t have a stable Internet connection during my trip, and since I need a few days of doing nothing, pauses till that date. E-mails won’t be checked as well. For the time being, I wish all our readers some nice and sunny days!

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Jobs of the week: Kreditech, HitFox, RetentionGrid

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. For a complete overview, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the jobs of the week:

Kreditech-logo-standaloneKreditech is an online consumer finance company which provides easy and fast access to online loans to customers worldwide through its web and mobile services. The promising startup is also a real-time scoring technology provider that applies big data analysis to thousands of data points in credit applications over individuals. Kreditech, which is based in Hamburg, is one of the fastest growing startups in Germany Continue reading

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Markus Barnikel, CEO of, will be speaking at this year’s EU-Startups Conference

Carpooling_EU-Startups-ConferenceWe’re proud to announce that the second speaker of this year’s EU-Startups Conference will be Markus Barnikel, the CEO of the world’s leading ridesharing marketplace We’re going to talk with him about the sharing economy, the challenges and opportunities of beeing a European startup and many more topics.

The EU-Startups Conference will be held on the 7th of November 2014. The event will take place between 2pm and 8pm in the event space of the WERK1 in Munich. Around 120 attendees are expected.

Additional speakers and details regarding the conference will be announced on the 1st of July. If we already got your attention and you’re able to be in Munich at that time, we highly recommend you to purchase your ticket now! More info regarding the EU-Startups Conference can be found here.

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fitbay-logoFitbay, the discovery platform that solves the problem of buying clothes online in the wrong size or style, has closed a $2 million seed funding round, lead by New York-based Steadfast Venture Capital and Stockholm-based VC firm, Creandum. This $2 million investment comes just 6 months after Fitbay closed an angel round with Jesper Buch (Founder of Just-Eat) and Creandum.

The latest funding will be used to grow both the product team in Copenhagen and the commercial team in New York, and to develop the product and Continue reading

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Interview with Charles von Abercron (CEO of GLOSSYBOX)

Charles-von-Abercron_GlossyboxWe recently had the chance to interview Charles von Abercron, the founder and CEO of GLOSSYBOX.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Berlin, GLOSSYBOX is an online subscription service for monthly sent beauty samples. The young company today operates in 10 markets on 3 continents and has so far sold more than 5,000,000 boxes. GLOSSYBOX, which is a portfolio company of Rocket Internet, has been financially backed by well known investors like Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kinnevik and Access Industries. Enjoy the interview:

EU-Startups: Since there were subscription services for monthly sent beauty samples before GLOSSYBOX, you are obviously not the inventor of this business idea. What did you like most about this idea and what made you sure to be able to grow a successful company with Continue reading

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Wikifolio-LogoThe social trading platform wikifolio recently closed a 6 million Euro funding round led by Speedinvest, a European early stage venture fund. The existing shareholders VHB Ventures, Lang & Schwarz, Michael Grabner Media, Michael Altrichter and Speedinvest, as well as a selection of private investors associated with Speedinvest participated in the round. reached break-even in the first quarter of 2014, and the current funding is earmarked for international expansion. will launch in selected Continue reading

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