The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Niche travel social network WAYN hits profitability, mobile apps on the way

    It’s been a while since we caught up with WAYN, one of the earliest social networks (so early they once charged for access). WAYN is a niche social network which focuses on the younger, aspirational traveling classes. Amazingly, despite the recession, they are still gap-yearing around the world using WAYN to meet fellow travelers, and there are now 15.5 million registered users… Read More

  • Littlehint tries to find your true love through DNA and matchmakers

    Littlehint is a new startup which aims to take your Facebook friends and bring in the ones who actually want to potentially go on a date, along with the ones who might help you find one. It sucks in your network via Facebook Connect and asks you to fill out your profile. The difference however is that in the future they plan to offer the ability to submit your DNA as well. Think 23andme… Read More

  • Want more women in tech? Girls, just do it. And everyone, quit the patronizing

    This is a guest post by Eileen Burbidge (@eileentso) , an early-stage tech angel/investor and advisor. This is part one of a three part series she is writing on her blog. Currently establishing White Bear Yard in London for technology innovation and startups, she is also an advisor to Ambient Sound Investments. Burbidge has held senior leadership roles in business, product, and market… Read More

  • NSFW: #Ebony and #Ivory – The Brave New World of Online Self-Segregation

    Waking up in my San Francisco hotel room yesterday, I immediately knew something was wrong. It was a mess. In fact, the whole hotel was a mess. Carpets un-vacuumed, brassware unpolished, rooms unserviced, newspapers undelivered. It was a story writ large across the whole city – leaves piled up knee-deep on the sidewalk, restaurant tables uncleared and water glasses un-refilled. It… Read More

  • Keenko reveals Facebook and Twitter users on the same web page as you

    Readers would be forgiven for not remembering the Odigo IDproject. This was an instant messaging service based in Israel, founded in 1998 by Avner Ronen. It was purchased by Comverse Technology in 2002, and then shut down in 2004. However, like a handful of startups that came after it, it allowed you to interact with your instant messenger friends who were surfing the same web page at the… Read More

  • Come to TechCrunch Edinburgh, 12 May 2010

    TechCrunch Europe will be co-locating with Engage, Invest, Exploit ’10 in Edinburgh on 12th May 2010. Our venue hosts will be holding EIE in the morning and in the afternoon TechCrunch Europe will be running an interactive seminar followed by a joint networking party for both events in the evening. Full details of the day are below. You can grab your tickets here. Delegates will be able… Read More

  • Opera buys Australian email service provider FastMail.FM

    The Norwegian software company has yet to make any announcements of its own, but Opera has acquired email service provider FastMail.FM, according to a message posted on the latter’s company blog. The terms of the agreements are not disclosed, but the Australia-based company in a notice said it will continue to run its email service, which has been in operation for over 10 years. Read More

  • Moai Capital Group, a new Italian seed fund with European tastes

    [Italy] A Moai statue couldn’t be more appropriate as a logo for an Italian venture capital firm. Like those big heads emerging on Easter Island’s otherwise flat landscape, Italy definitely needs new heads and brains (and money too) to appear in a fairly static VC market. Milan-based Moai Capital Group is indeed a curious monolith on a remote island: It was founded by a… Read More

  • Vodafone AppStar European finalists – get voting!

    We’re not always convinced by the developer initiatives of mobile operators but we can’t argue with a good old fashioned mobile app competition when there’s cold hard cash up for grabs. Enter Vodafone’s AppStar, which today announced the regional winners in its Europe-wide competition, each of whom have already bagged €25,000. They’ll now go head-to-head against… Read More

  • Mobile payment startup Fortumo targets the long tail of virtual goods

    [Estonia] Fortumo, the mobile payments provider, has launched FortuMoPay, a new service designed for selling credits in “online games, web applications and social networks.” It differs from competitors such as Zong (which recently signed a partnership with Facebook) and boku, says the company, in the way it targets small and medium-sized businesses (or even individuals) by making… Read More

  • Updated: Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz hints at Foursquare approach: "It depends how much money they want"

    I just got out of a Yahoo! press conference in London where I got an opportunity to talk briefly with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz. The topic on everyone’s lips was Yahoo’s rumored talks with Foursquare, so I asked her what she thought of TechCrunch’s advice to the location-based startup: don’t sell out to Yahoo!. Bartz’s response: “It depends how much money… Read More

  • Gimv invests €4.7m in workspace management company RES Software

    [Netherlands] RES Software, which offers workspace management software and services, has secured a €4.7 million investment from the publicly traded European private equity and VC firm Gimv. Having recently appointed a new CEO and seen ‘significant customer wins’ in the Netherlands, UK and France, RES Software says it will use the new finance to further its international… Read More

  • Yahoo! UK bags English Premier League Football highlights

    [UK] Brits are football mad and so are advertisers. It’s no surprise then that the online rights of the English Premier League are highly contested. This morning, Yahoo UK announced that it has secured the exclusive UK online highlights for the next three seasons (2010-13), taking over from Virgin Media who is the current rights holder. The deal means that from August this year… Read More

  • Sponsume lets projects get off the ground with Groupon-style group funding model

    [UK] Sponsume is a new online platform to help individuals and organisations promote and crowd source the funding of their projects. The site soft-launched this week and is the brainchild of Grégory Vincent, an ex-financial analyst and fund manager for M&G Investments, the investment branch of Prudential Plc. The London-based startup is currently bootstrapped with funding from… Read More

  • Greece gets a third angel investment fund courtesy of Virtual Trip Group

    [Greece] Athens-based Virtual Trip Group has announced plans to start an angel investment fund through its subsidiary Virtual Trip Holdings SA. It will be focused on ‘innovative startups’ from Greece and abroad, and will be the third angel investment fund in the country following OpenFund and Driin Ventures. What we know so far is that they’ll target investments of… Read More

  • Germany's next10 conference – we have tickets to give away

    [Germany] There’s only two weeks left until one of Germany’s leading gatherings for the digital economy, next conference, takes place in Berlin. Two thousand participants and more than 100 speakers from all over Europe and the USA are expected on May 11 & 12, 2010. And best of all, TechCrunch Europe has two tickets to give away. Under the slogan “Game Changers”… Read More

  • GetJar signs deal with RCOM to create India’s largest free mobile app store

    [Lithuania] GetJar, the largest independent mobile app store, has announced a ‘strategic partnership’ with Reliance Communications (RCOM), India’s second largest mobile operator. Under the arrangement, the two companies will create India’s largest free mobile apps store, in which RCOM’s 100 million subscribers will get access to GetJar’s 65,000 free… Read More

  • Major update from Spotify introduces new social features

    Music streaming startup Spotify is going social. Today it unveils new features under the unpronouncable title of ‘Spotify Music Pro@ile’. Essentially it’s creating a true social network inside the Spotify service, but at the same time integrating Facebook Connect features. It is wil also now synchonise your existing music collection with your Spotify account. The update… Read More

  • WorkSnug opens up – lets mobile workers add new workspaces

    [UK] WorkSnug, the location-based service for mobile workers, has updated its iPhone app (iTunes link) to let users add new locations and even measure their noise levels. The augmented reality-based app connects mobile workers to potential working spaces – coffee shops, libraries, formal co-working spaces and Wi-Fi hotspots etc. – and provides ratings on Internet connectivity… Read More

  • Videoplaza signs first Spanish deal for its video adserver

    Swedish video ad server startup Videoplaza has signed a deal with Barcelona-based Grupo Godó. The first sites launching in the deal are La Vanguardia, Barcelona’s highest-circulation daily newspaper based, and El Mundo Deportivo, one of the largest sports publications in Spain. The launch follows recent news of the company signing key advisors, and also receiving €3.5M in funding. Read More