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:
Paris-based startup Kontest has raised a seed round of €600K from 3T Capital and Priceminister Co-founder Olivier Mathiot. Founded in 2010, Kontest today offers multi-platform, multi-device contests, so that contest organizers can reach their audience no matter which device or social network they use. Visit Rudebaguette to find out more about Kontest and their seed round.
Glossybox, the Birchbox clone of Rocket Internet, is getting smaller. Just a few months after stopping its operations in Brasil and Italy, Glossybox, which offers a monthly subscription service for beauty samples, most recently sold it’s business in Spain and the Netherlands. For more info (in German) visit Gruenderszene.
Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, told the WSJ that their revenue has increased 38% over last year to € 234 million. Mojang has 40 employees, most of which are in their Sodermalm, Stockholm office. Over 14 million people in total have bought the €20 PC or Mac version of the game, which has accounted for 38% of last year’s revenue. ArcticStartup has even more numbers for you.
Payleven, which began life as Rocket Internet’s Square clone for Europe, will later this year bring out a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) card reader that accepts contactless payments using near-field communication (NFC) technology. For more details visit GigaOm.