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The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

    A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

    TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for remittance services, has raised now raised a large round of funding led by one of the social network’s earliest backers. Andreessen Horowitz is heading up a $58 million round of investment in TransferWise, a Series C round with participation also from previous backers… Read More

  • More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

    More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

    Whenever a new social network or online community springs up, it seems pretty inevitable that brands will eventually try to build a presence there. Naturally, this can cause lots of handwringing and eye-rolling — that’s why emphatically ad-free social networks like Ello attract a lot of interest, but also seem rather quixotic. So I was glad to get an update on what EyeEm is doing… Read More

  • Classified Startup Saltside Technologies Raises Another $40M Led By Hillhouse

    Last year we covered how emerging markets like Africa were exploding with classified ad sites as the population comes online and begins the process of getting into marketplaces. Saltside Technologies is deep into this game, and last year raised $25 million in equity funding, backed by Investment AB Kinnevik, a listed Swedish investment house specializing in emerging markets. Read More

  • Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

    Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

    You may be fancy and everybody already knows this, but does your portfolio reflect that? Kredo, a new portfolio app, will help you and those around you find out just how fancy you are. Created by Lukas Dryja and Tyler Rooney, Kredo was built after the pair realized their artist friends had no online portfolios. A good, custom website cost money so they decided to bootstrap a cheap solution. It… Read More

  • UN Launches Powerful Samsung Gear VR Film Following Syrian Refugee Girl

    UN Launches Powerful Samsung Gear VR Film Following Syrian Refugee Girl

    A young girl, a Syrian refugee, suddenly appears before you, sitting on the floor of a cramped room. She describes her family, and takes you on a journey through the refugee camp in which she lives. You sit beside her in her makeshift school classroom and watch children tramp through the muddy streets in the encampment. You feel as if you can smell the bread being baked in front of you at… Read More

  • France’s Orange Launches Digital Ventures, A $23M Fund For Early Stage Investments

    France’s Orange Launches Digital Ventures, A $23M Fund For Early Stage Investments

    Orange, the big French carrier with 240 million customers formerly known as France Telecom, is today unveiling its latest bid to get closer to little startups, and appear a little cooler in the process. Or, as some might think of it, Orange wants to be the new black. It has unveiled a new fund called Digital Ventures, with the aim of finding, strategically funding and then working with… Read More

  • Apple Extends Its Crimea Block To Products And Services

    Apple Extends Its Crimea Block To Products And Services

    This past weekend, Crimea made tech news when it emerged that Apple and Valve had sent out notices to developers in the region informing them their accounts would be cut off, in line with U.S. sanctions against the region. Now Apple has extended that further, ordering retailers to halt all shipments and sales of products like the iPhone and Mac computers and services in the region… Read More

  • Displio Is A Tiny E-Ink Display That Runs Programmable Widgets

    Displio Is A Tiny E-Ink Display That Runs Programmable Widgets

    I seem to be developing a penchant for these things. The Displio is the latest in a line of Internet-connected ‘displays’ designed to sit on a desk, or perhaps on a shop counter, and exhibit various online information, such as Facebook ‘Likes’, weather, number of unread email, and so on. However, although similar to the LaMetric, a fully-programmable but simple… Read More

  • Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business

    Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business

    Kreditech, the consumer finance startup that focuses on lending money to “unbanked” consumers with little or no credit rating, is today announcing a hefty line of funding that it will use to expand its business. It is getting a $200 million credit line from Victory Park Capital, one of the largest in the history of online lending services. Kreditech is not disclosing its… Read More

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