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  • TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland’s New Startup Generation

    TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland’s New Startup Generation

    Finland has a rich heritage in technology. Whatever crisis of confidence the masters of Nokia had, eventually leading to its gutting by Microsoft, that long heritage has served it well, giving rise to a several generations of engineers and, increasingly, entrepreneurs. Now a new generation is emerging in Finland, emboldened by local heroes and successes. This new generation started appearing a… Read More

  • Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

    Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

    You would think that combining a health and fitness app with social networking features had kinda been done for a while. Strava has a sort of network where I can follow my friends’ runs. And other apps have similar features. But it would seem there’s a qualitative difference to some fitness platforms some of us have missed that some investors are still interested in exploring. Read More

  • Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    It was only in January last year that UK startup Glow Digital Media, a social advertising platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, closed a $1.3 million seed funding round. Investors in the round include Germany’s Project A Ventures and the UK’s Avonmore Developments. It’s Glow Platform product gives advertises tools to create and… Read More

  • Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable

    Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable

    OpenTable is the main real-time reservation platform for restaurants, but it’s an old incumbent and there is plenty of opportunity out there. New startup Quandoo wants to address this area and today it’s close its Series $25m growth financing round lead by Piton Capital and affiliates. It will use this cash to extend its market Germany, Austria and Italy across Europe as well… Read More

  • Liberio Launches New eBook Publishing Platform Based On Google Drive

    Liberio Launches New eBook Publishing Platform Based On Google Drive

    Liberio is a new platform (launching today out of private beta) for simple eBook creation and publishing straight from Google Drive. Liberio could be used to create anything form a eBook, magazine, school project, you name it, and from publishing to distributing the finished product. Its competitors including Leanpub and Inkling are already established, but Liberio is hoping that its approach… Read More

  • Taptalk Taps Phone Contacts To Add Friends, And A New Game Emerges

    Taptalk Taps Phone Contacts To Add Friends, And A New Game Emerges

    One of the issues I’ve been grappling with with the Taptalk social photos and location app, is that although it’s super simple and addictive — way more so that Snapchat I’d say — adding friends until now has been a chore. You had to literally type people’s handles in to the app. But, good news fellow Taptalkers! A new update to the Beta version of the app… Read More

  • New Steady App From Stupeflix Shoots Video With Cinematic Stabilization

    New Steady App From Stupeflix Shoots Video With Cinematic Stabilization

    Last year Instagram made its first acquisition, buying Y Combinator company Luma which had come up with an app which could stabilize normally shaky video. It needed this stabilisation technology for obvious photographic reasons, leaving the way open for a new company to take its place. Steady is a new app from long-time online video startup Stupeflix, which has slowly but surely been building up… Read More

  • Come to TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup With Aaltoes, July 23

    Come to TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup With Aaltoes, July 23

    Well Helsinki, we’ve decided that you can’t have all Angry Birds fun to yourself. We’re continuing our European roadshow to promote TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London (October 20-21) by holding a Meetup in this fair city, home of the famous Rovio, among many other great startups. Please sign up for free here. Run in partnership with the awesome startups organisation … Read More

  • Music Messaging App La-La Lets Users Chat With Songs Snippets

    Music Messaging App La-La Lets Users Chat With Songs Snippets

    As Yo has proved, the public’s appetite for messaging seems not to have stopped with WhatsApp. Many others have appeared before an since. As Sarah Perez recently found out. Now another has appeared which plans to plug at our emotional side a little more, drawing the medium most tied to the heart: music. Instead of a Yo, or a word or an image, new music messaging app La-La lets its users… Read More

  • Clever Pencil Stylus For The Paper App Now Available In Europe

    Clever Pencil Stylus For The Paper App Now Available In Europe

    Last year FiftyThree, the company behind the popular iPad creativity app Paper, launched into the hardware space with a new stylus it called “Pencil.” The stylus is now available in Europe from Amazon UK, Germany and France. Pencil can be charged by USB in under 90 minutes. It’s used to work directly with the company’s Paper app and unlocks new features to draw on the app. Read More

  • Elliptic Secures $2M From Octopus For Its Insured Bitcoin Storage Service

    Elliptic Secures $2M From Octopus For Its Insured Bitcoin Storage Service

    In the first UK institutional investment into Bitcoin storage, Octopus Investments has invested $2m into Elliptic. It’s first product, Elliptic Vault, claims to be the world’s first ever insured Bitcoin storage service, which launched six months ago. Elliptic aims to offer suite of enterprise services that try to bridge the gap between traditional finance and digital assets. Read More

  • Givey Secures Cash For Free Charity Giving Model To Compete With JustGiving

    Givey Secures Cash For Free Charity Giving Model To Compete With JustGiving

    In the UK, one company dominates the charitable giving space: JustGiving. But many are concerned about the fees this organisation takes and its virtual monopoly on the market. In recent times a number of competitors have arisen with different models. One is Believe.in, which is building out a cloud platform where brands themselves can push charitable giving, and it doesn’t take fees from… Read More

  • BadSeed Scores €250K From United Ventures For New Mobile Games

    BadSeed Scores €250K From United Ventures For New Mobile Games

    BadSeed, a mobile games startup, has secured €250,000 early stage investment from United Ventures, the European VC. The funding will back the development of BadSeed’s second game “Sleep Attack” and another title. BadSeed was founded in Italy in 2012 by former engineers and staff from Ubisoft, Jacopo Musso, Roberto Mangiafico and Clara Parona. In late 2012 the team moved… Read More

  • Seedcamp’s 3rd Fund Hits First Close Of $28M To Scale Startups Globally

    Seedcamp’s 3rd Fund Hits First Close Of $28M To Scale Startups Globally

    Seedcamp, the former accelerator (I’ll explain why later) which helped kick start the European startup scene seven years ago, has announced it’s third fund with a first close of $28M – the eventual aim is for around the $30M mark. This is to scale its seed investing across Europe and build its US presence. When I say build its US presence, what they actually mean is that… Read More

  • Flat Club Launches ‘Priceline For P2P Rental’, Allows Guests To Post Requests

    Flat Club Launches ‘Priceline For P2P Rental’, Allows Guests To Post Requests

    Appartment rentals and sharing startup Flat Club has launched a radically new function which we think is pretty cool. It’s created a sort of ‘Priceline for peer to peer rentals’ called LiveDemand. Instead of hosts posting listings, guests post requests for accommodation and hosts then can pick and choose which guests to make offers to. Peer to peer marketplaces like… Read More

  • Autobutler Raises €5.8M To Vet Garages For European Car-Owners

    Autobutler Raises €5.8M To Vet Garages For European Car-Owners

    Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of startups appear that would like to bring the market power of the Internet to bear on a traditionally tough market: car repairs. We’re all too aware of the obvious issues to be solved: the lack of consistency and transparency, and the difficulty of vetting both the work of the garage and its customer service before you entrust your… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher Touts Taptalk To His 16M Twitter Followers

    Ashton Kutcher Touts Taptalk To His 16M Twitter Followers

    Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher has endorsed photo and video messaging app Taptalk to his 16 million-plus Twitter followers, telling them it “just secured homepage real estate on my phone.” It’s not clear whether he has become an investor in the Berlin-based startup, but Kutcher has been known to tweet about his investments in the past, and he’s taken a shine to… Read More

  • Winners Of The TechCrunch London Meetup: GiftGaming, Rook And Keekla

    Winners Of The TechCrunch London Meetup: GiftGaming, Rook And Keekla

    The TechCrunch London Summer Meetup rolled into town this week as part of our Summer Tour to promote TechCrunch Disrupt in London on October 20-21. We had a bunch of brand new startups apply. The pitch-off was judged by TechCrunch writers Ingrid Lunden and Natasha Lomas and myself, with Andy Chung of AngelList and James Governor of Shoreditch Works, our hosts. We were kindly supported by… Read More

  • Google Ventures’ In Europe And The Missing Fifth Man

    Google Ventures’ In Europe And The Missing Fifth Man

    Following our report that Google was creating a new European arm for Google Ventures, Google itself has now confirmed the move. A number (although not all) of the partners involved match up with the lists that we or tech columnist Milo Yiannopoulos had predicted, which is heavy on folks who have been doing the rounds of the London tech scene for a while. Read More

  • 13 European Student-Run Startups Get $100K Each From Founder.org

    Thirteen European startups to have been awarded $100,000 each by Founder.org, the investor in student entrepreneurs based out of universities. The winners included: Volumental from Sweden is a cloud-based 3D scanner, which originally started as part of a research project Kinect@Home at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s now working on personalised… Read More