Stefano Bernardi works on Platform at Betable.
He previously worked at dPixel, a seed stage venture capital firm, giving the opportunity to entrepreneurs to build kick ass web businesses.
He does some occasional angel investing and advises startups on product and strategy.
His most recent project is SaveMyInbox, a service to automatically save your Gmail attachments to Dropbox.
He was the founder and editor of theStartup.eu, a weblog that covers the european startup scene, focused on technology companies, web applications, social media, growth entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Stefano is also a contributor to TechCrunch Europe, covering the italian startup scene.
He was the Italian Ambassador for The Sandbox Network and collaborates with Mind The Bridge foundation.
Stefano graduated from his computer and software engineering degree at Roma Tre University (Rome, Italy) in December 2009, during which he founded Hosteeo LLC, a company providing design solutions to startups, hosting services and server management, and Roma3.net, the biggest online student community for any italian university.
He regularly speaks at events around Europe regarding entrepreneurship, startups, networking and venture capital. He was featured in many publications including Wired Italy and “Il Mondo”. Most recently, he won Startup Weekend Venice with GoWar.
Fubles.com, the Italian social sport community just raised €300,000 from well-known Italian investors.
The round was led by Pino Partecipazioni, an investor in Yoox, Tiscali and Venere. Other investors include Marco Magnocavallo, who recently sold Blogo, Gianandrea Cherubini, a partner at Vantage Investment Management and Carmine Giangiulio of Unicredit. → Read More
Hotelyo, a “Vente Privée” for exclusive and luxurious hotels, has raised close to €1 million in an angel round. That’s pretty impressive for Italy’s standards.
The company already has a turnover of around €500,000 and to-date provides offers for 14 heavily discounted luxury hotels every seven days with more expected to come on board in the next few months. Hotelyo has around 300,000 members… → Read More
H-Farm will provide financing for three months worth of development, in which teams will work in their new Startup Village, and claims it will take a minority share in each company, but doesn’t add specific details. We’re guessing around 15-20%. → Read More
Some 150 people attended the inaugural party of EnLabs (Entrepreneurship Laboratories) yesterday evening. The new 40-desk incubator based in Rome, is open to all entrepreneurs with early stage and start-up aspirations.
Spreaker, an Italian music startup that offers an application for creating and sharing live audio content on the Internet, has raised €300k in an angel round. The funding comes from 11 Italian angel investors, and was closed through IAG (Italian Angels for Growth), an independent association born in 2007 with 60 business angels.
With Spreaker, users become Radio DJs and host personal radio… → Read More
Mopapp, a Software-as-a-Service that allows application developers to retrieve, analyze and chart the downloads, upgrades, sales, revenues and profit of their mobile applications, just launched its private beta. And we have invites.
The most interesting aspect of the product is that it’s cross-platform and cross-store, and it automatically integrates with most major stores (Apple iTunes App… → Read More
MusiXmatch, a “lyrics in the cloud” company, has announced €400k of new seed funding.
The Italian company is tackling the online music lyrics space, and whilst there are already tons of websites offering free lyrics, very few, if any, actually have the rights to do so. Additionally, Max Ciociola, MusiXmatch’s founder and CEO noticed that the word “lyrics” is one of the most searched for terms… → Read More
GigsWiz, a Helsinki-based analytics service for the live music industry, has grabbed €150,000 in a seed round of funding.
The service basically helps music bands interact with their fans with a widget on their site. During the beta phase bands can collect requests from fans – “where do you want us to play live?” – through the GigsWiz tool on their websites. They can then view the data plotted… → Read More
These are the latest VC deals happening around Europe that we’ve unearthed. Germany is still going strong, but France and Spain are keeping up pretty well. High-Tech Gründerfonds has led an investment in software developer Propertybase GmbH alongside Bayern Kapital and Neuhaus Partners. Properybase is developing a real estate CRM. Financials have not been disclosed. Gimv and a number of… → Read More
Aepona, the Belfast-based developer of a software engine that powers the “Network as a Service” (NaaS) business model for mobile operators, has just raised a $10M round, led by new investor BlackBerry Partners Fund, a Toronto-based global fund focused on applications, services and supporting infrastructure for mobile platforms. → Read More
Here’s a list of some of the recent venture capital deals that have been inked in Europe lately which you may have overlooked.
Austrian venture capital house GCP gamma capital partners has sold online trading platform FatFoogoo to NASDAQ-listed e-commerce group Digital River. The exit values FatFoogoo at $10m and GCP has further agreed an earnout provision. → Read More
[Italy] Rome-based iWikiPhone, a social network for iPhone users where they can discover, share and discuss the best apps, has closed a €250k round of funding. The money comes from a number of private investors and also from Egolab, a Rome based company specializing in online media. Egolab has provided 100k of funding by way of services and a cash investment in return for 20% equity in the… → Read More
[France] Wozaik, a Paris-based startup which is developing a dynamic bookmarking system, is giving away 200 invites for an exclusive preview of their platform to Techcrunch Europe readers. You can grab one here on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Despite still being in private alpha (a beta should launch soon), Wozaik has garnered some early attention in the French startup scene after becoming… → Read More
[Italy] Facebook has opened a commercial office in Italy to capitalise on the social network’s growth there. The news was picked up by major italian publications, and it may have a significant impact on the ecosystem here in Milan, even if it’s only a sales and business development office. Of course Milan, as a the commercial centre for Italy, is a no-brainer to start an ad-sales… → Read More
[UK] London-based Kohive, a startup in the collaboration space, has announced the launch of its premium services. This will be of interest to its users – however it’s not clear if it’s being used that much. Most of the people tweeting about it are trying to win an iPod touch in their promotion. Usually startups launch premium services when they have lots of users of their free… → Read More
Italy, like a few other European countries, is way behind in the construction and creation of a “tech startup scene”. That being said, as of last Saturday there was almost no scene in Italy. Not because we lack the actual people, but because we do lack the sense of community and cluster of a place like, for instance London or Berlin. There are different explanations for this. → Read More
The FIEG, an association of Italian editors, recently tried to sue Google’s News service. They claim: “Google is preventing editors from choosing freely which articles should be posted on the website”. The editors are also claiming that websites which don’t want to be published on Google News would also be automatically excluded from Google’s standard search results. → Read More
High-Tech Gründerfonds and DuMont Venture has joined existing investors Draper Investment Company and the Business Angel Peter Schüpbach in a new round of financing for Plista. The deal is rumored to be in the low seven figures. Today Plista also rolled out OnSite Recommendations, its B2B operations providing businesses with the ability to target their content, products and advertisement… → Read More
Online TV startup Konbini just raised €3M in its second round of founding from NextStage, one of the most active French venture capital firms (NextStage manages a €220m fund). The startup, which already raised €700k in the occasion of its launch in october 2008, aims at a younger internet generation which likes producing and broadcasting videos. The final objective of the company is to… → Read More
Fact: cash is very hard to get for Italian startups. This has been the major problem of the Italian innovation ecosystem since the dawn of time, there simply isn’t money. Investors prefer to rely on non-risky businesses such as constructions, pharmaceutical and clothing. Web startups are facing a real hard time, but there might be hope. We already reported Google’s Italy country… → Read More
It’s not generally well known, but there is a large Italian-expat community in Silicon Valley. A lot of first-time entrepreneurs decided to move there for all the obvious reasons and the lack of opportunity in Italy. But, luckily, there is a section of that diaspora that has not forgotten those they left behind. Some of them are trying to help Italian startups move to the Valley and thus… → Read More
Italian internet giant Dada.net has acquired 51% of the assets of online gaming startup Fueps in a deal worth €1.36 Millions. Fueps launched in 2008 and grossed over €600k while total ebitda was €750,000 in the red. Seems more of a rescue than an acquisition to me. Dada decided to take over the 51% stake of the company that belonged to RCS Digital. The other 49% is owned by Digital Bros… → Read More
Chiara Cicenia and Dejan Strbac, two MSc students of Politecnico di Milano in Italy wanted to give some advice to big companies about their products, marketing strategies and operations, but couldn’t find an easy way to do it. So they created Aleveo, designed along the principles of the good old-fashioned suggestion box. Similar in principle to Uservoice, Get Satisfaction and other consumer… → Read More