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  • Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

    Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

    What kind of startups get into Accelerators? Well, according to new research, it’s startups with around 2-3 founders, most male, often SaaS platforms and ones who are persistent, applying for at least two programs. And on average, less than 4% of applicants ever make it in. Those are the findings of new research from F6S, a web portal which allows startups to apply for multiple accelerator… Read More

  • Health Startup Healthberry Soft Launches Beta To Measure Patient Feedback

    UK-based health startup HealthBerry has soft launched its beta. Pitched as a “better way to engage with patients” the startup uses social media as a way for national health services to measure patient feedback and thus inform improvements to services. It’s trailing with the UK’s National Health Service. The platform engages with patients, monitors programmes, syndicates… Read More

  • Watch Out Moves And Human — Now RunKeeper Releases A Movement App

    Watch Out Moves And Human — Now RunKeeper Releases A Movement App

    By now may are familiar with the smartphone apps that track your movements via the accelerometer. There are multiple pedometers on all the apps stores for instance. But a more intriguing sector has emerged in the shape of apps like Human and Moves. Both not only track steps but give you feedback on reaching goals, in a very light-touch manner. The beauty of these apps is that they gradually… Read More

  • LongAccess Wants To Cold-Store Your Digital Life For 30 Years

    LongAccess Wants To Cold-Store Your Digital Life For 30 Years

    Tech people are probably used to the idea that we’ll have our memories and photos stored online. Sure, we have it in the backs of our mind that it’ll all be on some dusty hard drive somewhere we can access in the nursing home – at least we HOPE that’s the case. At the same time, very few people know how to store something in the cloud for a very long time – other than… Read More

  • Turnkey Mobile Apps Startup AppsBuilder Raises New Cash From United Ventures

    Turnkey Mobile Apps Startup AppsBuilder Raises New Cash From United Ventures

    AppsBuilder, which has developed a platform to “easily” (they say) develop mobile apps has taken in a $1.5 million round of funding from United Ventures. The investment brings the company’s funding total to $3.5 million. Previous investors included Annapurna Ventures, Zernike Meta Ventures and Angels. The cash will be used to consolidate growth and build business in the UK and… Read More

  • The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

    The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

    Slowly but surely a revolution has been taking place in financial technology, or fintech as we call it these days. These days fintech’s hottest sphere is not in Bloomberg terminals but in disruptive cloud startups, using the Internet as a route around the dedicated lines of the past. Globally, fintech investment has more than tripled over the past three years, according to a recent study by… Read More

  • Gramofon

    Varsavsky Bets On The Gramofon As A New Take On Social Music

    Today, crowd-sourced Wifi network operator Fon launched its new Gramofon device on Kickstarter. This offers a simple Fon-like Wi-Fi sharing functionality via a simple Facebook log-in, can be plugged into any music speakers and comes with a year’s subscription to Spotify. With such a mash-up of services, it’s quite a new concept on the market. The device could be a game-changer for Fon… Read More

  • Fon Launches Gramofon, A Router With Facebook And Spotify Built-In

    Fon Launches Gramofon, A Router With Facebook And Spotify Built-In

    Today, crowd-sourced Wifi network operator Fon launches its rumoured new product, the Gramofon. But unusually for a large tech company with healthy revenues, it’s launched the product with 30-day crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter at a discounted price, starting at $30. This device offers simple Fon-like Wi-Fi sharing functionality after you log in via Facebook, an audio out to speakers… Read More

  • How Entrepreneur First Wants to Be the YCombinator of Europe

    Entrepreneur First Thinks It Can Grab The Talent Long Before YC

    The world of tech startup accelerators has become an ocean of choices. “Batches”, “programmes”, “mentor networks” are thrown around from one organisation to the other. What sets them apart has become difficult to define. Perhaps it’s geography, such as proximity to investors in a big city? Or perhaps its a programme in a vertical, like fashion or fintech? Read More

  • Enterprise File-sharer Egnyte Opens London HQ To Meet Euro Security Demand

    Enterprise File-sharer Egnyte Opens London HQ To Meet Euro Security Demand

    Egnyte, the Valley firm specialising in an enterprise file-sharing platform, has expanded in Europe, opening a London HQ. This will compliment its existing Amsterdam data center and design office in Poland. It aims to hire 100 new staff in London over the next 5 years. The company says there is growing customer demand for enterprise-grade file sharing which also addresses data security concerns. Read More

  • Landbay Brings The P2P Finance Model To Buy-To-Let In The UK

    Landbay Brings The P2P Finance Model To Buy-To-Let In The UK

    P2P lenders have sprung up in recent years online. Zopa in the UK pioneered the model, and has raised significant funding. And the P2P finance model has even spread to insurance. Now the model is spreading again, in a rather specific vertical. In the UK, property is no longer mere property. It has morphed into a form of money. This has seen an explosion in the ‘buy to let’ boom where… Read More

  • TapTalk Is A New Video Messaging App That Adds Location

    TapTalk Is A New Video Messaging App That Adds Location

    My TechCrunch colleague Natasha Lomas recently argued – quite convincingly – that startups should stop trying to make proximity-based social networking “happen” — that most attempts had failed, and even ongoing ventures like Foursquare have had to tone down the idea. And yet these apps still keep appearing. And who can blame them — we might as well do something… Read More

  • Prezi Puts On 10M Users Inside 5 Months, Hits 40M

    Prezi Puts On 10M Users Inside 5 Months, Hits 40M

    The news today that Dropbox has now hit 275 million users (far higher than the 200 million users it had in November 2013) is further proof that SAAS startups are now fully disrupting the old world. Similarly, old presentation software (hello PowerPoint!) is experiencing something of a gradual encroachment of cloud platforms, as today Prezi announces its hit 40 million users. This is up from the 30… Read More

  • Language Learning Giant Busuu Signs Pearson Deal To Disrupt TEFL Market

    Language Learning Giant Busuu Signs Pearson Deal To Disrupt TEFL Market

    busuu — the world’s largest social network for language learning at 40 million users — has signed a distribution partnership with Pearson English, a newly formed business unit of the world’s largest education company, Pearson PLC. The deal will be exclusive for the next 4 months, after which Pearson will be free to sign similar deals with other partners, should it choose to… Read More

  • Casengo Raises $2M To Accelerate One-Inbox Approach To Customer Service

    Casengo Raises $2M To Accelerate One-Inbox Approach To Customer Service

    Casengo is a cloud platform for customer support aimed at online retailers and other small businesses to respond to customer questions faster. It does this by creating one inbox for customer chats, emails and social media posts. In theory, this speeds up response times, especially when customer teams are scrambling around trying to deal with the same single enquiry coming in via different channels… Read More

  • Veteran Euro Tech Exec Kate Burns Shifts To SHIFT To Help Its Expansion

    Veteran Euro Tech Exec Kate Burns Shifts To SHIFT To Help Its Expansion

    Last time we checked in with Kate Burns, the former Director of Google UK and AOL EU, she’d been hired by Drawbridge, a cross-device ad targeting startup backed by Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia. Now one of Europe’s most experienced ‘scaling up’ executives has literally shifted over to SHIFT to head its European expansion and focus on driving global adoption for its marketing… Read More

  • CareerFoundry Wants To Be The Next General Assembly For Tech Skills

    CareerFoundry Wants To Be The Next General Assembly For Tech Skills

    General Assembly was one of the first in the tech space to get that high quality brand name for technology education. But although the company – which won significant backing – has been building out online tools and resources, most of its business remains offline in the real world. Now a startup out of Berlin hopes to repeat GA’s success but using online-only tools, starting with… Read More

  • New Transportation And Energy Accelerator To Run In Berlin And SF

    Startupbootcamp, which has spread a network of accelerators across Europe is creating a new “cross-continental” program connecting Berlin and San Francisco based on “smart transportation” and energy. Global partners include Bosch, Castrol innoVentures, Cisco, Daimler, EnBW and HERE. The idea is to accelerate startups working in the areas of Smart Mobility and Vehicles… Read More

  • MirrorWeb Comes Up With A Simple Site Uptime Solution For SMEs

    MirrorWeb is a new startup offering a slightly different take on website uptime. While the main competitors such as DNS Hat simply add hardware and server loading to keep sites up if they go down, MirrorWeb does what it says on the tin: mirrors a site during maintenance or problems with a carbon copy. It’s now launched with multiple currencies, including dollar pricing. You log in, type in… Read More

  • Innovative Crowdsource Insurance Startup Friendsurance Raises New Cash

    Peer-to-peer insurance startup Friendsurance has announced two new investors: the Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing and his technology focused Horizons Ventures, plus VantageFund from Australia. The funding round was undisclosed but we understand the round is in the 'millions of Euros'. The company already has funding from private investors including e.ventures. Read More