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  • The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    The State Of Investments In Europe: A Review Of The Last 5 Years

    A lot has been written in the last few years on the evolution of the technology ecosystem in Europe. Our intent with this analysis was to use data to determine the challenges and opportunities surrounding the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. European companies raise smaller rounds at each stage versus their U.S. counterparts and make that funding last as much as eight months longer… Read More

  • London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October. A number of things are driving it. London has long acted as a “bridge” both to US tech companies… Read More

  • Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

    Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

    Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region’s recent right to be forgotten ruling, have been refused. Read More

  • Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy, the company behind the Moshi Monsters web game for kids, has in the past been considered one of the breakout successes of the UK startup and gaming world. But while it continues to extend its life as a licensing gangbuster — with every incarnation of possible merchandise — it is clearly going through the bumpy ride of shifting toward the mobile future. TechCrunch… Read More

  • Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in virtual smoke. The KLF would surely be proud. Read More

  • Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform

    Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform

    Some big news today for Red Hat, the open source company that provides a platform for application development and other platform as a service solutions: It is buying FeedHenry, an Ireland-based provider of a platform for mobile app developers, specifically for enterprises to build apps. In a statement on the acquisition, Red Hat says it will be paying €63.5 million ($82 million) in cash… Read More

  • Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    European ‘venture accelerator’ Seedcamp has announced it has made 11 new investments, out of the 21 drawn from around Europe that pitched at their annual event in London last week. It made 11 investments, 7 directly from Seedcamp Week applicants, and 4 from the new Seedcamp Fund. The companies are: ● Carbon Voyage, London, UK – “Creating technology that makes… Read More

  • France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    After four long months of speculations and political maneuvering, the French Government finally announced that France is getting its first Chief Data Officer. While the name of the CDO is still unknown, a source told me that current Etalab director Henri Verdier should get nominated later this week. Back in February, I interviewed Henri Verdier about Etalab’s work on Data.gouv.fr… Read More

  • Human-Powered Flight Search Engine Darjeelin Acquired By Voyage Privé

    Human-Powered Flight Search Engine Darjeelin Acquired By Voyage Privé

    Darjeelin, a French startup that launched in 2013 with what it calls a human-powered flight search engine, has been acquired by Voyage Privé Group-owned L’Officiel des Vacances, a site that offers travel deals from around the web. Terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, though my understanding is that Darjeelin’s CTO is moving on to pastures new, while CEO Charles Guilhamon… Read More

  • UK Recipe Kit Subscription Service Gousto Raises Further $8.3M

    UK Recipe Kit Subscription Service Gousto Raises Further $8.3M

    Gousto, the UK recipe kit subscription and grocery delivery service that competes with Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh, has announced the closing of £5 million ($8.3m) Series A round, led by Unilever Ventures, with existing investor MMC Ventures also participating. The investment adds to around £2 million previously raised by Gousto and shows how far its come since first being rather… Read More

  • Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon Has Turned On Carrier Billing For Apps, In Germany With Bango And O2

    Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps and make in-app purchases through Amazon’s appstore, they can charge that directly to their phone bills. Working with UK… Read More

  • SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    SwiftKey’s Predictive Keyboard App Is A Free Download On iOS

    Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including Android veteran SwiftKey, which is releasing its first system-wide keyboard software app on iOS as a free download. Read More

  • Uber No Longer Banned In Germany

    Uber No Longer Banned In Germany

    A nationwide injunction issued against on-demand ride-hailing service Uber in Germany has been lifted by a local court in Frankfurt during an appeal hearing. The ban was issued by the same court late last month, after a civil action brought by the German taxi industry. The taxi industry had argued that Uber lacked a transport permit to operate its UberPop service in Germany, which uses… Read More

  • Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More

  • Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

  • Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

  • Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly-released app was Impala — an app for iOS and… Read More

  • Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places is a privacy-centric startup that’s building a secure Dropbox-style platform for file sharing and messaging — but one that has end-to-end, client-side encryption built in. It’s currently launched in early alpha and is inviting people to sign up for a forthcoming beta at Joinplaces.com. Read More

  • European Personal Finance App Tink Raises $4 Million Series A

    European Personal Finance App Tink Raises $4 Million Series A

    Tink, a personal finance mobile app that is popular in Sweden, has closed a $4 million Series A round led by Sunstone Capital, with participation from financial entrepreneur Sven Hagströmer and existing investors. Read More

  • Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M Series A

    Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M Series A

    Festicket, the UK startup that offers a travel booking and discovery site for festival goers, has closed a $2.7 million Series A round. The new funding, which adds to a $680,000 seed round raised in March 2013, is being led by European VCs, Wellington Partners and PROfounders Capital. Previous investors, Windcrest Partners, Playfair Capital, and Jacques-Antoine Granjon (founder of… Read More