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  • Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

    Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

    Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM and then from the early stages of Zoopla through to IPO. Another example is William Reeve, also from Screen Select and the… Read More

  • Mailcloud Raises $2.8m For Real-Time Email And Messaging For Teams

    Mailcloud Raises $2.8m For Real-Time Email And Messaging For Teams

    Mailcloud, where users connect their email account and organise their entire history of emails, files and content into folders sorted by person, has raised seed funding, bringing its total funding to $2.8 million. The funding is from Octopus Investments, with Bessemer Venture partners completing its first seed round in Europe. The round also includes Xavier Niel’s Kima Ventures… Read More

  • Arago Secures $55M From PE Firm KKR To Automate Enterprise IT

    KKR, a private equity firm, is investing about $55 million in Arago AG, a company that develops artificial-intelligence software that companies can use to cut costs. The Germany based company is headed up by tech legend Chris Boos and Dr. Bernhard Walther. The main competitor to Arago is IPSoft. Boos says the market opportunity is $1.2 trillion. Read More

  • To Stay In The Game, European VCs Wake Up To Offering Services And Software

    To Stay In The Game, European VCs Wake Up To Offering Services And Software

    As the European tech startup market becomes yet more crowded with investors and accelerators, those investors are realising they are – gasp! – going to have to start working harder to differentiate themselves from their peers in the venture community. For some, that means offering more seed stage investment, for instance. But money, famously, can’t buy you all the love, so… Read More

  • Our Finals Judges For The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Startup Battlefield Competition

    Our Finals Judges For The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Startup Battlefield Competition

    A central part of any Disrupt event is the Startup Battlefield competition, and at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe there will be no exception to this. At this event, new companies introduce themselves to the world that day, with most launching to the public right there and then. Some companies that have launched from the Startup Battlefield include Yammer, Dropbox, Mint.com, Tripit and CloudFlare… Read More

  • Europe’s Tech Ecosystem Gets The TechCrunch Disrupt Treatment

    Europe’s Tech Ecosystem Gets The TechCrunch Disrupt Treatment

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is coming! Next week in fact! Saturday and Sunday will feature the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon (free tickets for hackers and hacker-watchers), followed by two days of full-blown conference, with interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and investors. Get the last tickets here. The conference will also see us discuss the European tech startup… Read More

  • New Wearables Incubator Claims To Be A First In Europe

    New Wearables Incubator Claims To Be A First In Europe

    Wearable World, best known as the San Francisco-based conference and media site, is to launch what it claims is the first ever purely wearable technology accelerator and incubator programme in Europe. The Labs will be headed yup by Marcus Sandberg, a co-founder of Proleads (and a former member of the Swedish Special Forces). Sandberg will lead a team of 5 at the incubator, which launches on 22… Read More

  • Skylable Secures Investment From Sunstone For Open Source Storage

    Skylable Secures Investment From Sunstone For Open Source Storage

    In the rarified world of ‘private data clouds’ a handful of companies dominate. On the open source side, Red Hat acquired Ceph for $175m and Gluster for $136m. Then there was EMC, which acquired ScaleIO for $200m. Now a UK company thinks it has come up with a new kind of open source storage technology designed to build private data clouds. Skylable Sx claims it has had 110,000+… Read More

  • Wahanda Raises Another $26M And Acquires Germany’s Salonmeister

    Wahanda Raises Another $26M And Acquires Germany’s Salonmeister

    Hair and beauty marketplace, Wahanda, has been keeping quiet of late, which, in the world of startups, usually means something’s afoot. Thus, we learn today that it’s announcing the acquisition of Salonmeister, its German equivalent. In addition, it’s also raised a further $26 million in growth-funding from RGIP, Fidelity Growth Partners and Lepe Partners this year. So a… Read More

  • Berlin-Based App Discovery Engine Xyo Acquired By NASDAQ-Listed Mandalay

    Berlin-Based App Discovery Engine Xyo Acquired By NASDAQ-Listed Mandalay

    Creativity cannot be bought or sold. It’s like an atomic particle. It emerges in one place, is held for a while in one entity, but is then moved from one form to another. So it is that one of the most creative startups to emerge from Berlin in recent years has today been acquired. Mandalay Digital Group, a NASDAQ listed provider of mobile technology, has acquired Xyo, a mobile app… Read More

  • Last Chance To Exhibit At Disrupt, And Maybe Make It To The Main Battlefield

    Last Chance To Exhibit At Disrupt, And Maybe Make It To The Main Battlefield

    The clock is ticking on the last available slots to exhibit your startup in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in two weeks time (October 20-21). Startup Alley is jam-packed with early stage companies showing off their talent and technology to attendees at Disrupt — which includes many investors. Different companies exhibit on both days of the conference and companies exhibit… Read More

  • FinTech Leads From The Front At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In Two Weeks

    FinTech Leads From The Front At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In Two Weeks

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is on 18-21st October, in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of full-blown conference, with interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Get tickets while they are still at the Early bird price. With so much of the financial world leaving the cosseted environments of the enterprise… Read More

  • Early Skype Investor Morten Lund, Who Lost It All But Came Back, Speaks At Disrupt

    Early Skype Investor Morten Lund, Who Lost It All But Came Back, Speaks At Disrupt

    This year TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will be on 18-21st October, in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature the legendary TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Grab a ticket and ran before they sell out and are still in Early Bird mode. We have some major speakers coming, from Saul Klein of Index Ventures… Read More

  • Neelie Kroes To Give A Final Interview At Disrupt Europe In London

    Neelie Kroes To Give A Final Interview At Disrupt Europe In London

    Neelie Kroes will give one of her last ever on-stage interviews at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London before leaving her role as Vice-President of the European Commission. TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free hackathon, which you can apply for here. When Kroes… Read More

  • Mr. Moshi Goes To TechCrunch — Michael Acton Smith To Speak At Disrupt

    Mr. Moshi Goes To TechCrunch — Michael Acton Smith To Speak At Disrupt

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free hackathon, which you can apply for here. On Monday and Tuesday we’ll have a range of the most high profile entrepreneurs and investors from Europe. And that includes the very high profile founder of Mind Candy… Read More

  • Rocket And Zalando IPOs Fail To Excite Markets, But It’s Early Days

    Rocket And Zalando IPOs Fail To Excite Markets, But It’s Early Days

    If there is one thing Europe has been lacking in in the last five years or so it’s tech IPOs. London has bravely kicked things off in the last year with IPOs from companies like Just Eat. But the German markets, long ambivalent to the tech sector, are starting to re-awaken. Yesterday online apparel retailer Zalando, and Zappos competitor, debuted in Frankfurt. Today, Rocket Internet… Read More

  • How The Mighty Eagle Is Fallen — Rovio Announces Layoffs

    How The Mighty Eagle Is Fallen — Rovio Announces Layoffs

    Rovio Entertainment, the Finland-based maker of Angry Birds, among other games, is laying off 130 people, or 16% of its current workforce. The move comes because — you probably guessed this — it’s biggest game has gone off the boil and the newer games it’s producing are not taking up the slack, thus growth has been slower than they thought. In a blog post today CEO… Read More

  • Musikki Secures Seed Cash To Aim At Being The IMDB Of Music

    Musikki Secures Seed Cash To Aim At Being The IMDB Of Music

    A new music-tech startup, Musikki, which calls itself the ‘IMDB of music’ has secured €330,000 in funding from Smart Equity, a business angel investment vehicle in London. On the consumer side, London-based Musikki competes with Allmusic, Discovr, Echonest and Rovi on the data and B2B side. Musikki is based on a proprietary algorithm that matches music data, content and… Read More

  • Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince And Michelle Zatlyn To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe

    Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince And Michelle Zatlyn To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free Hackathon, which you can apply for here. But on Monday and Tuesday we’ll have both the Battlefield and many great speakers. Among them will be Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare (You can follow him on… Read More

  • Guess What We’ll Be Discussing at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In October?

    Guess What We’ll Be Discussing at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In October?

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Among the many topics we’ll be covering will be a discussion about the state of play for tech investors and entrepreneurs in Europe and the development of the ecosystem. Joining us will be a great panel of players in the market. Carlos Espinal co-manages the… Read More

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