Worth reading: Oliver Samwer, Flattr, Mindshapes, tape.tv

There are so many interesting stories out there and since EU-Startups.com is a hobby project, we unfortunately don’t have the time to cover all of them. We can’t even manage to read through all the emails we get regarding this blog – let alone answering them. With our section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

oliver-samwerIn a country with a low rate of entrepreneurship – Germans tend to be so risk averse that most still don’t use credit cards – Oliver Samwer is an anomaly: a swashbuckling Internet mogul with an estimated net worth of $1 billion. Check out the most recent portrait of him on Inc.com.

flattr-logoThe founders of the Swedish micro-payment service Flattr say they are victims of monopolistic behavior, after an app which used their system was blocked by Apple. The young company went public on Monday with the news that a third-party podcasting app, Instacast, had been rejected by Apple for its integration with Flattr. Read more on GigaOm.

mindshapes-logoThe London-based app development startup Mindshapes, which is behind a series of educational games and applications, has secured $4 million in funding from VC firm Index Ventures, Richmond Park Partners and existing investors. The young company was founded in 2010. Find out more Mindshapes (+ the recent funding) and visit TheNextWeb.

tapetv-logoThe Berlin-based startup Tape.tv just raised €5 million from Atlantic Partners and angel investors. To mark the occasion, VentureVillage asked co-founder and CEO Conrad Fritzsch to share his top gems of startup wisdom and to pick a music vid to go with each. Read more…

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