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The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Runa Capital Achieves An Exit As BackupAgent Is Acquired By Acronis

    BackupAgent a Netherlands-based provider of cloud backup to SMEs and telcos, has been acquired by Acronis, the data protection company, another Runa investment. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last year BackupAgent secured $2 million in an investment round led by Runa Capital. Acronis will merge existing BackupAgent technology with Acronis AnyData Engine. BackupAgent datacenters… Read More

  • Brain Training Startup Memorado Raises $1.3M

    Brain Training Startup Memorado Raises $1.3M

    I’ve recently become hooked on so-called brain training games, which claim to be able to help you improve your cognitive ability, while also cleverly tapping into the casual mobile gaming phenomena. There’s nothing quite like wasting away time playing games on your iPhone all in the name of better health. Read More

  • Zappos-Style Fashion Portal Zalando To File For $657M IPO In Frankfurt In 2014

    Zappos-Style Fashion Portal Zalando To File For $657M IPO In Frankfurt In 2014

    Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based global e-commerce incubator, is widely believed to be preparing to go public, but in the meantime, Zalando, a Zappos-style European fashion portal with 13.5 million active customers that Rocket nudged out of the nest around a year ago, is now spelling out its own IPO intentions. The German company will list in Frankfurt sometime this year, and it will… Read More

  • UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation

    UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation

    Ahead of the next General Election, over 150 UK tech startups and investors have backed a new “Startup Manifesto” (in PDF or Slideshare) aimed at lobbying the main UK political parties to shape policy towards a tech-driven society. The non-partisan 24-point Startup Manifesto, published by the non-profit Coalition for a Digital Economy (known as Coadec) asks policymakers to… Read More

  • The Next Tech Startup Ecosystem To Emerge — Iran

    The Next Tech Startup Ecosystem To Emerge — Iran

    Amid the slightly chaotic world we live in these days, technology and the Internet marches on, like a great cloud moving across the Earth, unstoppable. This Cloud has no politics about where it goes. Sometimes it’s has issues here and there. But it just keeps rolling. And the latest country the Internet startup economy is emerging is: Iran. Now Techly.co, a new TechCrunch-esque blog… Read More

  • Euro Facebook Users Can Use Tag Suggest, For Photos Of U.S. Friends Who Have It Enabled

    Euro Facebook Users Can Use Tag Suggest, For Photos Of U.S. Friends Who Have It Enabled

    In 2012, Facebook came under fire from privacy advocates and eventually turned off all facial recognition services in the EU, which automatically recognised and suggested the names of friends from photos that you uploaded to the social network. But did you know that Facebook appears to have restored an aspect of the service in Europe? Facebook is now suggesting photo tags to users… Read More

  • DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    London-based DN Capital, which has invested in Shazam and Videdressing among others, has today announced it’s raised $200 million (€144 million) for its third venture capital fund, GVC III, a three-times increase on its previous fund. Investors include family offices, large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds, including the European Investment Fund. The fund will, as… Read More

  • Uber Slapped With Nationwide Injunction In Germany — But Vows To Continue To Operate

    Uber Slapped With Nationwide Injunction In Germany — But Vows To Continue To Operate

    Last month on-demand ride-hailing service Uber faced a ban in Berlin on passenger safety grounds. That ban was suspended days later while the court in question rules on the legality of the move. But Uber is now facing another injunction in the country — this time a district court in Frankfurt has issued a temporary ban against its service which applies nationwide. Read More

  • Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of

    Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of

    I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s… Read More

  • Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

    Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

    In light of the recent brouhaha over the actions of a particular European investor who had a habit of attaching himself to accelerators as a ‘mentor’, it seems an appropriate time to do a quick rundown on the kinds of things entrepreneurs need to look for in genuine potential mentor to them and their companies. Because, in case you have been hiding under a rock, there a lot of… Read More