The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • The 20 European startups that will need to woo us at Plugg 2010

    Plugg, the annual conference organised by my TechCrunch colleague Robin Wauters, is due for next week on Thursday (11 March) in Brussels, Belgium. I’ll be there along with other European tech industry pundits, bloggers, venture capitalists and many entrepreneurs, to listen to a slew of presentations by executives from Nokia, Opera Software, Index Ventures, Duval Guillaume, eBuddy and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt, May 24-26 in New York

    New York, the city that never sleeps, may finally meet its match. TechCrunch is coming, and we’re bringing three days of non-stop conference and startup-competition energy, May 24-26. We call it TechCrunch Disrupt because we want to debate what’s really changing in media and technology right now, what’s causing disruption and what we need to do about it to survive and thrive… Read More

  • Facebook accessibility issues in Turkey: technical glitch or censorship?

    According to our tips inbox and complaints on Twitter and local blogs, popular social network Facebook has been unavailable to at least a subset of users in Turkey for a number of hours now, although it appears to be coming back up for some users in the last half hour or so. Facebook being down for several hours in Turkey is a big deal, because the country is said to be the third largest… Read More

  • Language learning community secures first round

    [Spain/Austria] Last week closed their first funding round from an undisclosed Austrian serial angel investor. The total sum is also not clear, but appears to be below €500,000. is a two year old, online community based language learning startup, launched out of Spain, founded by non-Spaniards, Bernhard Niesner (Austria) and Adrian Hilti (Switzerland). Last December… Read More

  • Shout'em adds location to its white label mobile social networks

    Shout’em today adds a major new feature to its service which could well super-charge it into a whole different place: location. The white label service lets you build a Twitter-like social network, but it now leverages Foursquare’s API and Twitter’s GeoAPI. The mobile-optimised social networks can be private, location-based and used by any niche group. So far Shout’em… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture Holding invests in Lantiq

    [Germany] T-Venture Holding, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, has made a strategic investment in Neubiberg, Germany-headquarted Lantiq, a provider of next-generation access and home networking technologies. The terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Along with the investment in Lantiq, Deutsche Telekom will provide future strategic advice to the company. Lantiq is… Read More

  • Little World Gifts partners with WWF, location-based virtual goods up next

    [UK] Little World Gifts, the Liverpool-based mobile virtual goods startup, has signed WWF as its first major brand partner. That’s WWF-UK, the world-renowned conservation charity, not the wrestling federation with the same initials. More interesting, however, is where Little World Gifts is headed next: Location-based gifting. In a future update, users of the company’s iPhone… Read More

  • AOL offloads to Digital Window

    In something of a surprise move AOL has sold, the affiliate marketing network it bought in early 2008, to UK network Digital Window. AOL acquired for a rumoured $150 million but although sale terms have again not been disclosed this time round it’s fair to say it will be for substantially less that that. was operating as a wholly-owned business unit of… Read More

  • Google, Nokia sniffing around local business review site Qype

    Hamburg, Germany based Qype, a Yelp-like site that’s focused on European markets, has recently had long acquisition looks from both Google and Nokia, we’ve heard from multiple sources. A deal with Nokia in particular was looking extremely likely until recently. The site was first launched in 2005 and today attracts 9 million monthly worldwide visitors, according to Comscore, just… Read More

  • TradeShift launches to disrupt an entire financial system – And Morten Lund is advising it

    One of the most potentially disruptive startups of the last ten years is emerging into the light this week. And I honestly don’t say that lightly. Christian Lanng, a former builder of deep e-commerce and security services for the Danish government is co-founder of TradeShift along with a very hard-core team which includes John Bosak who created XML, who is on the board. But what is… Read More

  • LBi and Bigmouthmedia to merge in supposed $150 million deal

    LBi International, the global marketing and technology agency, is to merge with SEO and Internet marketing specialist bigmouthmedia, creating “Europe’s largest digital agency”. The deal is deal worth around £100m (roughly $150 million), reports Econsultancy, with the two companies combining “to offer clients digital marketing, consulting and technology services… Read More

  • Brands4friends appoints ex-VC for M&A action

    [Berlin] Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has appointed ex-VC Olivier Schuepbach as Director of International & Corporate Development where he’ll be spearheading the Berlin-based startup’s international expansion. Schuepbach, a native Swiss, joins from Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European venture capital firm where he was responsible… Read More

  • Spotify competitor We7 screws up iPhone app launch

    [UK] It’s probably tricky to time these things to perfection, since Apple pulls the strings. The UK Spotify competitor, We7, has had its iPhone app approved and is now available to download from the iTunes App Store. The problem is that the associated premium music subscription service, needed to run the app, doesn’t seemed to have launched yet. Or at least that’s how it looks. Read More

  • Smarkets launches its social assault on the betting world

    Smarkets, a startup which launched into private beta soon after presenting at our annual GeeknRolla event last year, has today launched publically. Smarkets is a ‘social betting exchange’ which is launching initially with football/soccer bets covering UK football, the Champions League and the World Cup, but has plans to offer bets on the UK general election shortly. The idea is… Read More

  • Nightmare! Muzu TV launches music video jukebox just as YouTube gets in on the action

    [Ireland] It’s the type of scenario that keeps even the most seasoned entrepreneurs up at night. Your startup toils away for months on a new product or feature and – boom – a giant like Google comes along and walks all over it. That appears to be the case for Dublin-based music video site, Muzu TV (see previous TCEU coverage), which today launched its new music video… Read More

  • – yet another Groupon clone launches in the UK

    [UK] A new website launches in the UK today that uses “the power of group-buying to save consumers up to 90% off the best things to do, see, eat and buy.” Sounds familiar? Yep, it’s yet another Groupon clone. Only this time, is already making claims to be the biggest group buying site in the country. That’s because it’s launching simultaneously in 8… Read More

  • Can someone tell this Italian Judge what Google Video is?

    Sometimes I despair of Europe, even though I’m proud of what can be achieved here. But really, guys, can we get it together? At the same time the European Union is investigating a pretty flimsy anti-trust complaint against Google, it’s conspiciously ignoring a case in Italy where three Google executives have been found guilty on a ridiculous charge. Here is the bizarre… Read More

  • Qik gets UK distribution via Vodafone deal

    Mobile streaming video startup Qik has landed a significant distribution deal in the UK. Vodafone UK customers will now be able to record and share videos from their mobile phone via Qik by texting ‘Qik’ to 97886 (free) to receive a link to the relevant app for their handset (standard data charges apply). Vodafone is the number two mobile network in the UK, behind O2 and ahead… Read More

  • Shoe retail site Spartoo acquires

    Is Spartoo beginning to look more and more like Zappos? The France-based company has just announced that they have acquired for €1 million – in order to further develop its online shoe retail business into the domain of handbags and feminine accessories. With over 4 million monthly unique visitors, Spartoo has become one of the European leaders in online shoe retail. The… Read More

  • Brightcove and Ooyala duke it out for Europe's video market

    Recently a war has broken out in Europe about who will power online video for media owners. The two main players tussling it out are both from the US: Ooyala and Brightcove. Last month Ooyala, a provider of video platform applications and services, and the UK’s Telegraph Media Group signed an agreement for Ooyala to power online video on the publisher’s websites and co-develop… Read More