1st of April: Google launches Google Nose

This is what we’ve waited for. Till this day, Google only gave us the opportunity to search for Images, maps, videos, news (etc.). But what about the smells? Check out Google’s latest invention in search technology – Google Nose:

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Worth reading: StartupHighway, Showpad, GFC, Rocket Internet, A Space for Art

There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

Startup-Highway-logo3 good news about the acceleration program StartupHighway: 1) The registration deadline for the third edition of the program has been extended till the 15th of April. 2) From now on investors are giving more and taking less (up to € 14,000 for 7,5% instead of 10% equity). 3) A partnership with Vilnius based Practica Capital gives startups the chance to receive Continue reading

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Yahoo just acquired London-based Summly for about $30m

Summly-logoThe London-based mobile news aggregator Summly has just been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though AllThingsD reported today that Yahoo paid roughly $30 million.

Summly sorts news by topics in quick bites for smartphones and was founded by 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio two years ago. According to D’Aloisio, Yahoo is going to use the technology that powers Summly to reinvent the delivery of information such as news, weather, stocks and finance for Continue reading

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Truecaller counts half a billion searches each month

Truecaller-logoTruecaller, a Stockholm-based startup which created one of the world’s first collaborative global phone directories, just announced that its users are searching for half a billion names and numbers each month.

The young company, which was founded in 2009, makes it easy for people to get in touch with other people and businesses around the world. Truecaller is built by its community who help keep the dynamic database evolving all the time by sharing Continue reading

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Transit mobile ticketing: Masabi secures $2.8m

masabi-logoMasabi, the leader in transit mobile ticketing and agile fare collection, announced today that it has secured $2.8 million in funding from Detroit-based Fontinalis Partners, London-based MMC Ventures and existing investor m8 Capital – to accelerate U.S. transit agency deployments. The London-based company, which was founded in 2001, also announced the opening of its New York office.

Masabi’s JustRide product is a cloud-based, transit proven, rapidly deployable, end-to-end mobile ticketing and fare collection system with mobile apps Continue reading

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Videdressing.com raises $6 million in Series A funding

VideDressing-logoVidedressing.com, a Paris-based social marketplace dedicated to fashion, announced today that it raised $6 million in Series A funding from DN Capital, Earlybird, Piton Capital and Generis Capital.

This round of financing will allow Videdressing to further accelerate its growth and increase its market share in France, reinforce its organization and Continue reading

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I’ll be in Barcelona from April 12th-17th

Barcelona-SkylineAtenció: I’m going to visit Barcelona next month (on April 12th-17th)!

During my previous stay there, I met with the founders of MedTep and Smithfield Case. If you’re a regular reader of EU-Startups.com, a founder, investor or just a nice guy: Let’s meet for a coffee or beer. Just contact me me via Continue reading

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mention.net raised $800K to reinvent Google Alerts

mention-logoA little less than a year after its official launch, mention today announced the closing of a seed round worth $ 800K (600K€) from Alven Capital and Point Nine Capital.

mention, which was founded in April 2012, makes it possible not to miss anything said about a name, a product or a company on the web and social web. Available on every device, mention allows you to create an alert on your name, brand, Continue reading

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Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures are teaming up

iris-capnamicIris Capital, a leading pan-European VC (backed by its main corporate investors Orange and Publicis), and Capnamic Ventures, a rising player on the German VC scene, which recently spun off from the DuMont Schauberg media group, have entered into a partnership agreement for early-stage investments in Germany.

The Iris Capital early-stage vehicle (‘OP Ventures Early Stage`) is dedicated to European investments. It will co-invest alongside the newly launched multi-corporate Capnamic Ventures Fund in fast growing startups of the German digital economy. The cooperation may also extend to later stage Continue reading

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Job search engine Adzuna launches in Germany

adzuna-logoAdzuna, a London-based startup which describes itself as the “next generation job search engine”, launches publicly in Germany today with the aim to “transform the way Germans search for jobs”. With over 1.5 million monthly visitors, the young company has gained significant traction in the UK with its social job hunting tools, real time labour market data and powerful search. Adzuna now aims to take its technology and free, open data to the German market.

With over 200,000 live job vacancies in Germany that represent €4.1 billion of ‘Total Earning Opportunity’, Adzuna.de collates the latest job ads in Continue reading

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