Stefano Bernardi

Stefano Bernardi

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.

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Latest from Stefano Bernardi

  • Fubles raises €300k to help you organise soccer games

    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 raises €1m angel round for its Vente Privée for luxury hotel deals

    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… Read More

  • H-Farm opens up applications for its new Seed Program

    H-Farm, the Italian VC-slash-incubator-slash-holding company based in the countryside near Venice, just announced the opening of their new Seed Program. 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… Read More

  • EnLabs launches as a Silicon Valley-inspired tech incubator in Rome

    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. The initiative was founded by Luigi Capello, a serial entrepreneur turned business angel who, through investment opportunities, was able to experience and try firsthand the… Read More

  • Spreaker raises €300k to socialize Internet radio

    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… Read More

  • MopApp launches cross-store mobile analytics – we have 100 invites

    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… Read More

  • MusiXmatch aims to make online lyrics legal with new €400k round

    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… Read More

  • GigsWiz grabs €150,000 to help bands choose where to play

    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… Read More

  • European VC deals of the week

    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… Read More

  • Aepona raises additional $10M from BlackBerry Partners Fund

    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

  • Recent VC deals in Continental Europe

    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

  • iWikiPhone closes €250k round to take over the iPhone App Store

    [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… Read More

  • Wozaik close to launch, 200 invites for TechCrunch Europe readers

    [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

  • Facebook opens its first ad-sales office in Italy

    [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… Read More

  • Kohive launches premium services – is anyone using the free ones?

    [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… Read More

  • A fresh Italian tech scene emerges over wine and pizza

    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

  • Google News investigated by Italian antitrust authorities

    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… Read More

  • Plista gets more funding and launches its B2B operations

    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… Read More

  • Social-gaming startup Scoreloop closes a €2M round

    Scoreloop has just announced it closed its second financing round, with a $2.8 million / €2 million cash injection from new investors Earlybird and existing investor Target Partners, which was the seed funder for the Munich-based company. The funds will be used to fuel the growth of the company and to establish (or solidify) its position, especially in the realm of the iPhone. Since… Read More

  • Konbini raises €3m, aims at the UK

    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… Read More