London-based tech accessories brand Knomo secures £1M investment

Knomo-logoKnomo, a lifestyle-tech accessories brand out of London, today announced a £1m investment round led by Hattington Capital, with participation from angel investor Martin Braddock, to bolster the company’s e-commerce platform and accelerate the development of new tech-friendly products.

Knomo is not really a tech startup, but a creator of high-end, stylish accessories for technology-focused consumers. The company was founded in Continue reading

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Kuddle is raising another $8 million funding round

Kuddle-logoKuddle, an innovative photo sharing social media app designed for kids of all ages, is reported to be currently in the process of raising another $8 million funding round, on top of the already raised $2 million.

As you might know, Kuddle, that is priding itself as an Instagram rival, is a a Norwegian picture-sharing app designed for children that could Continue reading

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25 things you should know about Oliver Samwer (CEO, Rocket Internet)

Oliver-SamwerProbably everyone following what’s happening in the startup world has heard of Oliver Samwer before. But aside of some myths and rumors, there is not that much info about the CEO of Rocket Internet out there.

Latest rumors say, that Rocket Internet is about to IPO in the coming weeks, beeing valued with over € 4 billion. This is why we thought it might be entertaining to list 25 (some more, some less) interesting facts Continue reading

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Ban suspended: Uber has greenlight to continue in Berlin

Uber-BerlinOnly a few days after beeing banned in Berlin by local regulators, Uber today welcomed the news that the presiding judge of the Berlin Administrative Court today has suspended the ban on Uber until further notice.

The San Francisco based startup Uber, which was founded in 2009, connects riders with local “transportation providers” at a variety of price-points in cities around the world. The startup competes with the traditional taxi business. The recent ban in Berlin followed Europe-wide protests by taxi drivers. The suspension of the Continue reading

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OpenRent announces multimillion pound partnership with Northern & Shell

OpenRent-logoOpenRent, UK’s online letting service which let more than 15,000 properties last year, has announced a multimillion pound media-for-equity partnership with Northern & Shell Ventures. Northern & Shell, as it is known, are part of the independently owned UK media group which owns Express Newspapers, The Health Lottery and OK! magazine.

Founded in 2012, OpenRent provides a full suite of services to landlords and tenants, providing property advertising, tenancy creation and management tools as a value-driven alternative to high street letting agents. With prices starting from Continue reading

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Job of the week – Pay with a Tweet

Become 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 is our job of the week:

Pay-with-a-Tweet-logoPay with a Tweet was created in 2010 and was re-launched as a SaaS business in February 2014, in Hamburg, Germany. Pay with a Tweet is a social marketing tool that drives Continue reading

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SumUp announces new funding round led by Life.SREDA

sumup-logoThe European Mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) startup SumUp today announced an investment (“double digit million dollar”) led by fintech venture capital firm Life.SREDA. The round was closed with the participation of existing investors like Groupon and BBVA Ventures. The investment follows last year’s double-digit million dollar Series B financing round.

SumUp, which is kind of similar with the U.S.-based Square, was founded in 2012. The young company empowers the world to accept card payments through mobile devices. SumUp has already expanded into 14 countries, including the Continue reading

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Startup Wise Guys BusinessTech accelerator introduces autumn 2014 batch

StartupWiseguys-logoFour months after announcing the new BusinessTech program, Startup Wise Guys released the new list of tech startups participating in their autumn 2014 batch located in Tallinn, Estonia.

The B2B accelerator was officially kicked off with an event sponsored by United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI), MashMachine and Saku in the new office in the Old Town. The new batch is fully international with eight of the ten teams being from South Africa, Argentina, India, Serbia, Greece, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, with the remaining two from Continue reading

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Hungry for more: Delivery Hero acquires its rival pizza.de

Delivery-Hero-Pizza-de-acquisitionDelivery Hero, parent company of Lieferheld, today announced the acquisition of its largest competitor pizza.de. This step makes the Berlin-based company Delivery Hero the clear market leader of the online food ordering industry in Germany. Sources familiar with the matter told us, that the purchase price was above € 250 million. That’s a lot of cash – even for a company like Deliver Hero that so far has raised a total of almost $ 300 million.

Pizza.de was founded 2007 and soon became the leading online platform for food ordering in Germany. The pizza.de brand is especially popular among Continue reading

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Bitbond announces a new funding round led by Point Nine Capital

Bitbond-logoInternational peer-to-peer bitcoin lending platform Bitbond yesterday announced its seed funding round led by prominent European early-stage VC Point Nine Capital. Additionally, Nelson Holzner, CEO of BillPay, also contributed as an angel investor to the €200,000 (close to £160,000) funding round. Bitbond will use the seed funding round to build a team of programmers, enhance the functionality of its platform and intensify its marketing activities.

As you might have know, Bitbond, based in Berlin, provides a peer-to-peer bitcoin lending platform that lowers the barriers for small businesses to receive financing – short and long term bitcoin loans after going through a credit review Continue reading

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