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 every now and then with a few links to interesting articles from other publications:
The Samwer brothers (of Rocket Internet) have just pulled together “double digit funding” for their Square clone. PayLeven is a straight-up copy of Square, a matchbox-sized dongle that fits into the top of an iPhone or iPad, allowing payments via the magnetic stripe on cards. Continue reading on GigaOm (Update – February 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website and we therefore deactivated the link).
The European Commission’s 2nd annual Digital Agenda Assembly is currently underway in Brussels, and Spanish startup CogniCor has been announced as the winning startup in the EU-wide ‘Tech All Stars’ competition. CogniCor is adding a dose of artificial intelligence to customer service conflict resolution. Read more about it on TNW.
The Milan-based startup Beintoo, which has a loyalty rewards and monetization platform for mobile games, apps, and sites, has secured $5 million in Series A funding led by Italian VC firm Innogest Capital. Beintoo has managed to get itself 10 million direct users spanning 100 million devices in less than a year. Visit TechCrunch to find out more.
Celine Schmahl, the CEO and co-founder of Qipoqo lived, studied and sowed the seeds of her startup in Barcelona before moving back to Berlin (Update – February 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website and we therefore deactivated the link). Check out her article on VentureVillage to find out what she thinks of the two cities’ startup scenes (Update – February 2023: The article seems to be not visible anymore, and we therefore deactivated the original link).
The Berlin-based service broker Twago is back from the brink of bankruptcy with the closure of a financing round of about €2.25 million, backed by new investors Euro Serve Media (the publishers of Germany’s Yellow Pages) and media-for-equity fund German Media Pool. Read more about it on VentureVillage (Update – February 2023: The article seems to be not visible anymore, and we therefore deactivated the original link).
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