Mobile touchless technology: Crunchfish raises 2.3 million

Crunchfish-logoThe Malmö-based startup Crunchfish raises additional €2.3 million in funding to accelerate the roll-out of its mobile touchless technology. The majority of the funding comes from Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, Crunchfish Chairman Joachim Samuelsson and Intesa AB. New investors are Stephan Carlquist and Anders Williamsson.

Crunchfish aims to take the user experience with apps and mobile devices to the next level by making the touchless interface available everywhere. Continue reading

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The favorite books of Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson

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 entrepreneurs. Today we’re looking at the bookshelf of Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson:

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook): According to a New Yorker profile in 2010, he once named the classic Greek novel The Aeneid as one of his favorite books. Mark stated, that he first read the Aeneid while he was studying Latin in high school and that he was fascinated by Aeneas’s quest and his desire to build a city that “knows no boundaries in time and greatness.” According to the New Yorker, Mark Zuckerberg even quoted some lines from the Aeneid at a product meeting a couple of years ago. Continue reading

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CRM: Malmö-based Dexplora raises $1.2 million

Dexplora-get-sales-done-logoThe Swedish startup Dexplora today announced a seed investment of $1.2 million to support its drive to improve enterprise tools and empower sales organisations. Its first product, the intelligent task app GetSalesDone, has been developed to improve sales workflow and eventually make CRM input obsolete. Investors include well-known VCs Creandum and DN Capital and twelve angel investors.

Dexplora was founded in 2012 by the team behind The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2010. Continue reading

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Now official: Bill Gates + Tenaya Capital invested in ResearchGate

Logo_ResearchgateResearchGate, the professional network for scientists, today officially announced a new investment ($35 million) from Bill Gates and Tenaya Capital with participation from Dragoneer Investment Group, Thrive Capital, and the company’s existing investors.

Backed by this growth investment, ResearchGate, which is headquartered in Berlin, aims to continue to lead the research community into an open science era Continue reading

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The the largest selection of startup jobs in Europe

job-board-premiumOur job board is currently offering 90 exciting career opportunities. I’m pretty sure this makes the largest resource for startup jobs in Europe!

We are proud of the fact that during the last months we were able to connect plenty of European startups with new rockstar employees through our job section. Since its initial launch, our job board has evolved into the sites most frequented section right after the Continue reading

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WorldStores raises $15m to fuel continued growth in 2013

WorldStores-logoWorldStores, a leading U.K.-based online retailer of products for the home and garden, today announced that it has raised $15 million to support its continued rapid growth in an investment round led by Serena Capital. The existing investors Balderton Capital and Advent Venture Partners also participated in theis series C funding round. The fresh capital will allow WorldStores to continue to invest in growing its supplier network and in the on-going expansion of its product range, which now exceeds over Continue reading

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8 exciting news we missed to write about

Every day, there are so many exciting news around European startups out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. Here are 8 links to interesting articles of other publications:

1.Polish EduKoala raises Euro 100K in seed funding from Vienna-based INEO Capital

2.Hungarian mobile payment firm Cellum reaches 100K users with its MasterCard mobile

3.Neelie Kroes calls on EU Parliament to help kill mobile roaming costs

4.Cartoon Messaging App Zoobe Closes Seven-Figure Seed Round Continue reading

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internetstores and Addnature team up to create European leader

InternetStores-addnature-logosThe German online bicycle and outdoor retailer internetstores will join forces with the Swedish online outdoor retailer Addnature AB in order to pursue a European leadership in the online market for bicycles and outdoor products. internetstores has agreed to acquire Addnature for around € 27 million and the three founders and main owners of Addnature will re-invest the majority of their proceeds into the combined Continue reading

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Lifeloggers: A great documentary released by Memoto

Oskar Kalmaru, CMO and Co-Founder of Memoto, informed us today that his company has just released a documentary film about the ”lifelogging” phenomena. Memoto is a Swedish startup with a vision of giving everyone a true photographic memory. As an innovator in the field of lifelogging, Memoto develops products and technologies that offer its users a way to capture and share every special moment of their lives. Memoto sent out two film students into the world to explore and document how lifelogging is going to change how we remember our lives, track and monitor our health and find out any possible risks of documenting our lives. And here it is:

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Axel Springer and the Silicon Valley myth (+funny video)

axelspringer-logoAxel Springer, one of the largest media companies in Europe, aims very hard to transform its traditional print business to become the leading digital media company in Europe. For that reason, the German media giant started a digital research project several months ago where they sent a team of top executives to the Valley on the hunt for digital ideas and new opportunities. One of the results was a partnership Continue reading

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