Paris-based Aircall secures $2.75M to accelerate the growth of its online phone system for teams

aircall-logoAircall, the online phone system built for teams, today announced that it closed a seed investment round of $2.75 million, led by Balderton Capital. The young company, founded in 2014 in Paris, will use this funding to accelerate its growth in both European and US markets, and to reinforce its team.

Aircall has built a business phone system that can be deployed in seconds. The system does not rely on hardware such as desk-phones, and instead deploys Continue reading

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6 Belgian startups to look out for in 2016

Belgium-2016Belgium is a rather small European country, but its startup ecosystem has noticeably grown over the last few years.

As you probably know by now, we started the year with some research and the goal to come up with a list for each EU country with 5-10 of the most promising startups to look out for in 2016. Below you’ll find our selection of 6 Belgium-based startups which create innovative Continue reading

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Startup jobs of the week: FlatClub, FinanceFox and Bloomon

New year, new job? Join one of Europe’s hottest startups out there and be prepared for an exciting journey! For a complete overview of the best startup jobs, make sure to check out our job board. Below we’ll introduce you to some brand new job openings – the startup jobs of the week:

flatclub-logoFlatClub is a leading marketplace for medium term stays – for stays of a few months. The London-based company is growing fast with more than 100,000 properties, Continue reading

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Startup Wise Guys announces participants of the next B2B accelerator program

StartupWiseGuys-2016BusinessTech Winter 16 is the latest program of the Tallinn-based startup accelerator Startup Wise Guys. It is now focusing only on B2B & SaaS and has just announced the participanting startups – 11 companies from different countries accross Europe and even from China and Canada. In total, 25 teams participated in Continue reading

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French market leader Planet Cards acquires Rocket Internet daughter Bonnyprints

Planet-Cards-BonnyprintsBonnyprints (Wunderkarten.de) has just been acquired by Planet Cards SAS, the French market leader for personalized wedding­, birthday­ and special occasion­cards. Planet Cards will integrate Bonnyprints, and their shop Wunderkarten.de, into their product portfolio. This deal combines two Continue reading

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Ustream acquired by IBM for $130 million in cash

Ustream_Logo_2013Ustream, founded in 2007 by John Ham (US), Brad Hunstable (US), and Gyula Feher (HU), provides video streaming services to more than 80 million viewers / broadcasters and has just got acquired by IBM as it was now officially announced by IBM after a non-official article a few hours earlier on siliconANGLE.

Ustream, usually referred to as one of the Hungarian startup triumvirate, being co-founded by Hungarian CTO Gyula Feher and the product developed in Continue reading

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5 Portuguese startups to follow in 2016

Portugal-2016It’s a new year and time to provide you with an overview of Europe’s hottest startups! As in the previous years, EU-Startups is currently searching for some of the most promising startups out of each EU country – and now it is Portugal’s turn.

The startup scene in the western mainland is rising and that makes it harder for us to narrow this list down to five. Taking out last years’ highlights, though some keep Continue reading

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Belgian startup PieSync raises €1.5 million to scale business growth

PieSync-logoPieSync, the platform that connects your cloud applications and syncs your contacts two-way and in real time, today announced a €1.5 million funding round led by Ark Angels Activator Fund and SOFI (PMV). PieSync will use the fresh capital to expand the list of supported SaaS applications and scale business growth.

The Ghent-based startup aims to connect 200 major SaaS applications by 2017, and no less than 500 by 2018. PieSync was founded in 2012 by the Belgian Continue reading

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Some highlights from the DLD conference 2016 in Munich

DLD-2016Over the last few days, I attended DLD 2016 - a gathering of over 1,000 opinion-makers, industry leaders, startups and digital giants in Munich. Here are my highlights from the event:

1. The “disrupt the banks” panel discussed the effects which alternative payment Continue reading

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London-based Winnow raises $3.3 million to expand its unique solution for cutting food waste

Winnow-logoWinnow – the technology company behind the Winnow smart meter – helps chefs cut food waste by automatically measuring what gets thrown away. The London-based startup has just completed its Series A funding round of $3.3 million which was led by Mustard Seed and D-Ax.

Food waste in the hospitality sector is a large and longstanding problem. Celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have both spoken out recently on this issue. They have invited supermarkets and the Continue reading

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