Travel tech: Amsterdam-based Tiqets secures $450K

Tiqets-logoTiqets, an Amsterdam-based travel tech startup, has just received seed funding of $450.000 by Investion. The young company provides a unique service that makes it possible for travel companies to easily sell “date” and “non-date” entertainment to their customers. The Tiqets database includes more than 15 million tickets to over 1 million events in 2.000 cities in the world.

Tiqets, which was founded earlier this year, will us the fresh capital to build up more local content, develop mobile tools and improve their database service Continue reading

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Recipe box delivery: Gousto secures $2m in a round led by MMC

gousto_logoFollowing their angel round a few months ago, Gousto – the London-based recipe box delivery startup, has now closed a $2 million investment round led by MMC Ventures. The funding will be used to build up Gousto’s team of chefs and nutritionists, improve the recipes, and strengthen relationships with the farm suppliers and producers.  In September, Gousto raised over $500k from industry veterans and the Angel CoFund - taking their investment this year to over $2.5 million. Continue reading

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Outdoor shop acquired by Backcountry

backcountry-BergfreundeBackcountry, an US-based e-commerce leader in the outdoor, action sports, bike, and power sports markets, today announced the acquisition of, one of the leading e-commerce companies for outdoor fans enthusiasts in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

With the acquisition of (for an undisclosed sum), Backcountry enters the European market with a great brand. was Continue reading

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The favorite books of Jeff Weiner and Marc Benioff

Books have the power to transform lives and businesses. With our section “The favorite books of…” we inform you once in a while about the favorite books of some of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs. Today we’re looking at the bookshelf of Jeff Weiner and Marc Benioff:

Jeff-WeinerJeff Weiner (CEO of LinkedIn): In an interview with in 2013 he mentioned the two books that have had the biggest influence on him. Number one is “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama. Jeff Weiner said: “That’s where I learned the true definition of compassion and the difference between compassion and empathy and how important it is to aspire to live compassionately and manage compassionately.”

The other book he mentioned is “Being Digital” by Nicholas Negroponte. In 1994, Jeff had just gotten a job at Warner Bros. in the corporate development Continue reading

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The Austrian Startup Report 2013 by Speed Invest

By the end of last month, Speed Invest published “The Austrian Startup Report”. The report is an ongoing joint research project to structure data about the development of the growing startup community in Austria. Check it out:

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Relocation helper MOVE Guides receives $1.8m in seed funding

MovieGuides-logoMOVE Guides announced today that it has closed a $1.8 million seed funding round from Notion Capital, NEA and a number of angel investors bringing its total funding to $2.4 million. The mission of the London-based startup is to transform the $40bn employee relocation industry with a software-as-a-service (‘SaaS’) platform that leads to significantly reduced costs, greater productivity and improved employee satisfaction.

MOVE Guides stated that it has grown quickly since its service was released a year ago. Clients, ranging from large multi-national firms to startups, Continue reading

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Jobs of the week: SponsorPay, CupoNation, w0o0t

Be part of the sucess stories of some of Europe’s hottest startups out there. From now on, we’re going to introduce you each week 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:

SponsorPay-LogoThe Ad Monetization Platform SponsorPay is one of Berlin’s biggest startup successes. Right now, they are seeking to hire a Key Account Manager Developer Relations EMEA. As Developer Relations Manager, you will play a key strategic role in the growth and success of the organization. Using your business development skills, you will close partnerships with mobile application developers to integrate SponsorPay’s revenue management platform as their Continue reading

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Social data platform DataSift raises $42 million

datasift-logoDataSift, the platform that powers the social economy, announced today it has secured $42 million in Series C financing led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors. The funding will be used to accelerate the company’s growth and to increase investment in its social data platform. DataSift aims to continue expanding its global reach and also plans to invest in additional sales and marketing resources.

Datasift was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in London. The young company has now raised more than $70 million to date. Founded by Nick Halstead, Continue reading

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Advertising platform Sociomantic expands to Stockholm

Sociomantic-logoSociomantic Labs, a Berlin-based provider of a programmatic display advertising solution for eCommerce marketers, today announced the start of its operations in Stockholm. This is the latest in a series of recent office openings that include Milan, Singapore and Mumbai. Frederic Saigne will join the young company as Managing Director Nordics and will be responsible for spearheading the company’s regional growth and customer service out of Stockholm.

Though Sociomantic has not put down roots in the region until now, its online display and mobile advertising solutions have already benn used by some of Continue reading

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Saving lives while building an amazing community

Photo of Gergely RaczWe had the chance to get to know Gergely Zsigmond Racz, PhD student at University of Cambridge when travelling to the campus for the first Hungarian Innovation & High-Tech Investment Forum with my colleague, Balazs Komar. Soon it turned out that  Gergely is doing a way much more than purely focusing on his studies; while working on a project that will save the life of brain-injured patients, he is also the main engine of building a strong community for the Hungarian higher-education students in the United Kingdom with his partner, Boaz Sobrado with their community called the UK Hungarian Student Association. Can you tell us something about this association?

Gergely: There are approximately 1.400 students from Hungary studying in higher education in the UK, the most organised smaller society is located Continue reading

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