Tradeshift signs new Angels, tests platform and is courting VCs

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Tradeshift, which aims to become the “Skype for invoicing”, has pulled in two new significant angel investors: former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos and founding investor in LastFM Stefan Glaenzer. Tradeshift is working on what it positions as the world’s first free invoicing platform, news which we broke on its launch in February. We are also hearing from sources that a couple of European VCs are negotiating to go in on a $80-100 million valuation.

Right now Tradeshift has entered closed beta stage with its free invoicing platform and is aiming at an open beta in the next month or so.

It also says it’s been testing the platform with “several very large enterprise customers” which have access to 50,000 companies globally. These will be invited to join Tradeshift to connect to their larger business partners via the platform. Among these is TDC, the largest Telco in Denmark with suppliers all across Europe.

Christian Lanng, a former builder of deep e-commerce and security services for the Danish government is co-founder of TradeShift along with a very hard-core team which includes John Bosak who created XML, who is on the board. Interestingly, early Skype investor Morten Lund is listed as an advisor.

Mickos was CEO of MySQL from 2001 to 2009 and is now the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the company behind the Eucalyptus open-source infrastructure for doing cloud computing on clusters. Glaenzer is the founding investor and Executive Chairman of Last.fm and is well known in London and Europe generally as an active angel investor.

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