HomeGermany-StartupsBerlin-based Gidsy receives $1.2 million from actor Ashton Kutcher and others

Berlin-based Gidsy receives $1.2 million from actor Ashton Kutcher and others

Gidsy, a platform where people can discover, offer and book unique experiences, just announced a seed round investment (Update – February 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website and we therefore deactivated the link). The round was led by Sunstone Capital and joined by Index Ventures, Werner Vogels, Peter Read and Ashton Kutcher. The fresh capital will be used to fuel the worldwide expansion of the young Berlin-based company.

Edial Dekker, CEO of Gidsy, stated: “Since our launch, two months ago, we have seen the platform grow to something very special. We had a few assumptions, but the feedback and activities organized on Gidsy have surpassed all our expectations. Today is a big day for us, we’re super excited to have some of the best investors in the world backing us.”

“Gidsy is great proof of the power of community marketplaces. We’re thrilled to support Edial, Floris, Phil and team together with our team of fellow investors as the first investment in our new early stage fund for North and Central Europe” said Nikolaj Nyholm, Partner at Sunstone Capital.

The new investors join Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss from Soundcloud, Matt Stinchcomb from Etsy, Felix Petersen from Amen and ‘investor of the year’ Christophe Maire, who provided the company’s early financing.

Gidsy joins the ranks of culturally impactful companies in the portfolio of Index Ventures, Ashton Kutcher and Sunstone Capital – including Etsy, Airbnb, Prezi, Dropbox, Layar and Grubwithus. Gidsy has launched in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and will launch in San Francisco and London over the next two weeks.

By the way, Edial Dekker’s (CEO of Gidsy) Twitter account just got hacked. On the 15 January we received this message from him:


The link pointed to tivvitter.com, where we were asked to type in our Twitter handle and password. A quick search on Who.is told us that the phishing site was hosted in China. It didn’t take long until Edial noticed the abuse of his account. He then tweeted:edial-twitter-hackBy the way: If you’d like to stay up-to-date regarding startup news and interesting opportunities, make sure to subscribe to our free weekly EU-Startups Newsletter.

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).


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