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:
Airbnb has acquired Crashpadder, a London-based company that runs an online marketplace where people can list their homes and apartments to be rented out for short stays – like a smaller version of Airbnb (Update – February 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website and we therefore deactivated the link). The financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed yet. Visitors to Crashpadder’s website are automatically directed to a landing page about the Airbnb deal. Read more on TechCrunch.
Startup Bootcamp, the European startup accelerator programme, is coming to Berlin. The network, which already has vibrant mentoring projects in Copenhagen, Dublin, Amsterdam and Madrid, offers a 3-month early assistance plan to help startups in the form of seed funding, co-working space and a mentorship plan. At the end of the programme, startups will get the chance to pitch their startup to angel investors and VCs. Visit Venturevillage to find out more.
Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise is set to get another big boost in America and Europe after its creator Rovio agreed a deal with a major US retail chain to sell merchandise, and to move forward with plans to open branded theme parks in the UK. More details about the new retail partnership will be announced when Rovio launches its next title “Angry Birds Space” on March 22. Read more about this on TheNextWeb.
The Swedish eye-tracking technology company, Tobii, has received SEK 143 million (€16 million) from Intel Capital. The investment implies that Intel is looking for new machine-human interfaces, which Tobii has been working on for 12 years. So far, Tobii has focused its technology in the world of advertising services, however it’s clear the that the company is also working on human-machine interfaces using their eye-tracking technology. Find out more about it on ArcticStartup (Update – February 2023: The article seems to be no longer working under this website and we therefore deactivated the link).
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