The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Ads on the CrunchBoard today

    There’s been a good response to our call for ads this week, which are free to startups fighting the current financial armageddon. If you want to send in a free ad for your startup – you need office space, a mentor, an Angel, a VC, a PHP developer, whatever, then here are the details on how. I’ll be running this free ad promotion all this week and sending out daily updates. If… Read More

  • Virtual Worlds Forum is forced to re-schedule after shooting at venue

    This is an urgent message for anyone who was attending or speaking at Virtual Worlds Forum in London this week. The whole thing is going to be re-scheduled due to an incident on Sunday at the venue in which a member of the public was shot. The venue was to be “The Bridge” in London SE1, which is is situated in a series of Victorian arches adjacent to London Bridge. The site dates… Read More

  • Automatic for the people – Free ads (jobs/want-ads/office space etc) all THIS week

    In recognition of the tough economic times we’re facing, and the fact that lots of startups are looking for people right now, I’m – perhaps naively? – going to have a go at kick-starting the market. But the “market” we are in is not just about jobs. It’s about office space. It’s about trying to find a mentor for your startup idea. It’s… Read More

  • As eBay preps layoffs, startup investment crashes – it's going to be a cold winter people

    It looks like Monday will be when we find out if how many staff go from eBay’s offices globally and the UK/European offices specifically. Last month reports started to emerge that eBay was poised to cut 1,500 jobs, or 10% of its workforce globally, according to an article in Barron’s weekly. It cited a report published by investment-research firm Wedge Partners. My sources tell me… Read More

  • Social media gurus and startup kids move to new homes

    The shifting sands of London’s networking events is shifting again, and re-shaping into something approaching stability. The Social Media Cafe, or The Tuttle Club as regulars like to call it, is moving from its birthplace in an upstairs room in The Coach and Horse pub in London’s Soho (see my bad photo of the last event today) to a fascinating new location: The Institute of… Read More

  • Rumour: Spotify raises €15m round for service

    Spotify, founded by the former Tradedoubler team, is understood to have raised €15.3m from Northzone Venture Partners at a monster €71.6m pre-money valuation. The service is still in private beta. Northzone themselves have declined to comment, but Creandum, another of Sweden’s top VCs, is also understood to have taken part in the funding round. Spotif have released no statement but… Read More

  • European startups prepared for the worst

    My colleagues over at have done some great number crunching and come up with a list of startups in CrunchBase that have raised at least $25 million over the past two years. The next two years are generally being referred to as another “nuclear winter” when startups will find it very hard to raise cash. They came up with a list of 160 startups, with Facebook topping… Read More

  • LateCrunch – the official Web 2.0 Expo Europe after-party in Berlin, by TechCrunch UK

    TechCrunch UK is throwing a networking party for European startups called “LateCrunch”, in conjunction with Web 2 Expo Berlin (21-23 October). The event will be on Thursday 23rd October, the last night of the Expo, and it’s going to be the official “after-party” for Web 2 Expo. It will start at 10pm and go until 5am. We want this to be a cool, fun event for people… Read More

  • DropSend sold – but how easy is it to flip a web app these days?

    I’m a little late to this, but it is worth noting that events guru Ryan Carson – co-founder of the Carsonified conference and training company which does the rocking FOWA – recently sold his web app DropSend, some two years after putting it on the block. The buyer is Webminds who, I understand, picked the app up for an undisclosed amount, though I gather it was in the low… Read More

  • Seesmic and Phreadz heads meet

    Word reaches me that Kosso from UK video messaging startup Phreadz met up with Seesmic’s ubiquitous CEO, Loic Le Meur this week in London, as the latter passed through on his way to Picnic in Amsterdam. The two platforms have a slight cross-over audience, but Seesmic, with $12 million in funding, is an altogether different beast to Phreadz, a one-man startup that isn’t even out… Read More

  • From the bizarre to the raucous – the two sides of London's tech scene

    Picture if you will a room full largely of men in dark blue suits, spread across 50 or more tables in a top London hotel, watching as “urban” dancers move amateurishly to the worst kind of arthouse music imaginable on a stage recently vacated by a Newsnight presenter. Actually, you don’t need to imagine, here’s an actual picture: Fast forward a day on, to a basement… Read More

  • LateCrunch: TechCrunchUK and Web2Expo create the mother of all parties for European startups

    One of the issues with the development of a tech startup scene in Europe is that we don’t have one single technology cluster in Europe like Silicon Valley. For us, our “Silicon Valley” is a state of mind, not a place. Each country on the continent of Europe has many city centres where startups are spread far and wide. But there is no reason why startups across Europe… Read More

  • New research says VCs love ad platforms – Europe accounts for nearly half of all investment

    More than $580m was invested into online advertising companies in the first half of 2008, according to new research to be released today, obtained exclusively by TechCrunch UK. Europe accounted for $258m of this, or 45% of the total. The research has been put together by venture capital house Advent Ventures and will be revealed in a speech today by partner Paul Fisher in a speech at 2pm at… Read More

  • Pitch your startup with TechCrunch at FOWA in London

    TechCrunch UK is going to run a “Techcrunch Pitch!” contest for startups at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in London, and you’re invited. All you need to do is submit an entry, and we will choose the best three to come up on the stage at FOWA and pitch to an “American Idol” style panel consisting of Mike Butcher (Techcrunch UK), Ryan Carson… Read More

  • Video of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone

    [Update: So I just confirmed with with T-Mobile: One thing that seems to be a dealbreaker that it has no in-built video recording capability, which seems to be an astounding omission. Had the "gPhone" added this, it would have looked pretty good against the iPhone. It can play video through a dedicated YouTube app but, it appears, not inside the browser. Update II: I just confirmed that… Read More

  • Google's G1 Android handset to be free in UK. Look out iPhone.

    TechCrunch has been “double-live blogging” (oh yes) the T-Mobile / Google Android handset press launch, and here’s a handy summary of what was said. If you’re pressed for time, here’s the skinny: It launches in the UK in early November and the rest of Europe 2009. The handset will be free on price plans from £40 a month (no news on pays as you go), which will make… Read More

  • Qype boosts team – competitors start to worry

    After just announcing new funding, Qype, the pan-European local reviews site, is not wasting any time. It has just poached LastMinutes’ Sophie MacLaren and Emily van Lierop to be UK Marketing Director and Marketing Manager respectvely. Sophie has also been at Ticketmaster, the New York City Opera, Brazen and Spin Media PR agencies. Emily joins directly from koodos, a UK fashion website. Read More

  • Flirtomatic picks up a million users, with most on mobile

    Flirtomatic is one of the oldest social networks in the UK you probably haven’t heard of. Why? Because it’s largely on the mobile, aimed at young people and it’s taken a less subtle approach than some sites: full on flirting. But that strategy appears to be paying off. It’s just announced a million registered users, mostly based in the UK and more than half of them… Read More

  • Xing launches UK push for its business network

    It’s interesting that Xing, the business social network which competes with LinkedIn has chosen now to launch a marketing campaign in the UK this week – probably something to do with the Adtech trade show on in London right now. There’ll be advertising on some 400 Xing billboards by major London Underground stations, ads in the Metro freesheet and online on at The Guardian… Read More

  • 21 UK digital firms hit NYC last week – no wonder there was trouble

    Earlier this year 20 UK startups went to Silicon Valley to network with the tech scene. The government-backed trip was called Webmission. Last week 21 UK companies were over in New York on the UK Trade & Investment’s “Digital Mission“, put together by UK online new media community/events outfit Chinwag. Here’s a guest post on the event by Benjamin Ellis. The… Read More