The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • CaseCamp at Crayonville Island

    CaseCamp at Crayonville Island

    Neville Hobson is blogging that the first CaseCamp ‘unconference’ in the virtual world of Second Life will be hosted by crayon, on December 14, in the amphitheatre on crayonville Island. If you’ve not heard of Casecamp before, the concept is simple – it’s a conference where presenters share case studies of their work, with the goal of creating a commons for… Read More

  • Benchmark Capital Europe raises €430 million

    Benchmark Capital Europe raises €430 million

    Benchmark Capital Europe has raised €430 million for its new European venture capital fund. This is Benchmark’s third European fund, having raised €390 million in May 2000 and €290 million in July 2004.
    “We ran out of money,” said Barry Maloney (far right), a London-based general partner with Benchmark. He was referring to the fact that the VC firm had … Read More

  • BT pays £67m for its Christmas turkey.

    BT has made a cash offer for the UK ISP Plusnet and so the broadband consolidation begins. The deal, based on a cash offer of 210p per share, will add 200,000 broadband subscribers to BT’s own broadband customer base. Unsurprisingly the offer has been unanimously recommended by the PlusNet directors and values the company at £67m or £335 per customer which is approximately the… Read More

  • The price is right search engine.

    The price is right search engine.

    Burning a Hole is a new search engine with a twist from Tom Smith, “it’s for people who don’t know exactly what they want when they are looking for a present or possibly something for themselves.” Traditional search engines and price comparison sites like Kelkoo and Price Runner are great but only if you know what you want to buy and want to find. You simply enter some… Read More

  • BuddyPing: The new wave of MoSoSo

    BuddyPing: The new wave of MoSoSo

    “I started BuddyPing as a hobby, and it kinda just took over my life.” So says Justin Davies who launched an open beta version of BuddyPing as a “bet” nine months ago. Normally the head of the small London-based mobile consultancy Ninety Ten is more used to advising other startups and companies on their mobile strategy. BuddyPing was going to be different. This was… Read More

  • Vodafone to buy 3?

    Vodafone to buy 3?

    John Hauxwell says “reports are circulating in London today that Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa has put its UK mobile phone business 3 UK up for sale. Goldman Sachs has been appointed adviser and an official announcement is expected to be made on Thursday.”  Alan Patrick has also picked up on this story. Equally The Times is reporting that Arun Sarin, the… Read More

  • Radio Killed The Video Star?

    Radio Killed The Video Star?

    OK, radio isn’t really killing video :) A few days ago, I was introduced to RadioSherpa, a very interesting intersection between broadcast radio and the web. The service is the product of two MIT Media Lab graduates, Sasha Javid and Deva Seetharam; incidentally, Deva is one of the architects of the open source cellphone movement. RadioSherpa presents users with a real-time carousel… Read More

  • First ever London Open Source Jam at Google

    Ben Laurie, of Apache-SSL fame has posted about the the First London Open Source Jam, to be held at Google’s London Victoria HQ this Thursday, 16th Nov. Quoting: “Some people may choose to present a 5 minute lightning talk on what they’re doing. Then little groups will form and people will work together on code! We’ll encourage contributing good things back to open… Read More

  • Minibar London: Another 2.0 event

    Minibar London: Another 2.0 event

    Minibar, another new event (see also London 2.0) aimed at the BarCamp/developer crowd, has turned up giving people “a chance to snaffle some free beer while discussing p2p, Creative Commons, web applications, social networking and general Web 2.0 mayhem.” If this sounds off-putting, then consider this: So far they have 60+ people registered from the following companies: ebay… Read More

  • MySpace in talks with UK mobile networks

    UK mobile operator 02 has confirmed it is in talks with MySpace (among others) over a tie-up to allow their subscribers to access MySpace pages and their own profile via mobile. Although MySpace has been doing this for a while with the MVNO Helio in the US, it is reportedly looking to land a bigger fish in the form of Cingular, the number one mobile network in the US – so talking to… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland launch party video

    Apologies for the delay, but here (YouTube version) and here (MyDeo version for Windows) is the video we shot at the recent TechCrunch UK & Ireland launch party. Just this once we pushed the envelope and brought in the fabulous Silver Apple Media to shoot some high quality footage at the event, of which this is just a taster. This is not intended to be an in-depth piece, more an overview. Read More

  • CreateMyNet takes on business networking

    CreateMyNet takes on business networking

    CreateMyNet is a social networking site aimed at small businesses, professional associations, trade associations and individuals. It’s currently in Alpha testing and the public Beta is – according to a press statement in October – due out this week. With the permission of its owners, TechCrunch UK secured a look at the Alpha version, and it is still very much in the early stages. Read More

  • The Future of Web Apps – registration open Monday

    The Future of Web Apps – registration open Monday

    The Future of Web Apps (UK), run by Carson Workshops, will open for registration this Monday. To avoid disappointment I would book early there are already around 100 people on eager to register. This years confirmed speakers (so far) include: Mike Arrington – TechCrucnch Danny Rimer – Index Ventures Rasmus Lerdorf – Creator of PHP Werner Vogels – CTO… Read More

  • More secret Skype emoticons

    More secret Skype emoticons

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  • If you want to partner with Microsoft … look here.

    If you want to partner with Microsoft … look here.

    I met up with some of the Microsoft UK based “Emerging Business Team” (EBT) this week. One of the topics of discussion was around how Microsoft could work closer with the UK web entrepreneur community? I mentioned that the recent visit of Steve Ballmer and the Microsoft  Digital Day had by-passed most of us currently starting new web companies and had wondered who this day… Read More

  • BBC Backstage Christmas Blog – Sign up open now

    BBC Backstage Christmas Blog – Sign up open now

    There is a BBC Backstage Christmas Party being organised by Ian Forrester (the serial geek event organiser) at the Cuban Bar on Saturday 9th December in London. The event is free due the support of yet to be announced sponsors. Although I can confirm that TechCrunch is one of them ;-) I think Ian has come up with a great idea and I can’t wait for the evening. Below is how Ian describes… Read More

  • UPDATE: UK Firefox 2 Launch & Birthday Party!!

    UPDATE: UK Firefox 2 Launch & Birthday Party!!

    The Firefox party in London has now been rescheduled for “Friday December 1st, 2006, 6pm until 10pm – Free Drinks & Snacks – then cash bar from 10pm until late. The new venue is: The Lane Bar, 12-20 Osborn St (continues into Brick Lane), London,E1 6TE and the nearest Tube is: Aldgate East If you are interested to come along please register here and/or here  places… Read More

  • Skype 3.0 (beta) starts the communication platform wars.

    Skype 3.0 (beta) starts the communication platform wars.

    [UPDATE: Want to see more secret skype emoticons? See here]. This week saw the launch of Skype 3.0 (beta) and on the surface there is very little new to get excited about other than a new plug-in manager. The real changes in this new version seem to have taken place under the hood where Skype has been working on Skype4Java and Skype4COM, new wrapper libraries that use the Skype… Read More

  • Money Mondays: a chance to showcase your startup

    Attention entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and early stage investors!
    TechCrunch UK & Ireland is announcing a new initiative to showcase technology startups looking for funding: “Money Mondays” (OK, we know the name isn’t great but we weren’t keen on “Wonga Wednesdays”). Each Monday for a month, starting on Monday 20th November, we’ll showcase… Read More

  • GooTube TV coming soon …

    GooTube TV coming soon …

    Craig Cockburn from SiliconGlen has just alerted me to a new Google job listing posted on LinkedIn for a “Technical Lead/Manager, Television Technology – London”. “Google is looking for highly intelligent, enthusiastic Technical Leads/Managers (TLMs) to build Google’s Television Technology team in London to help us make the world’s information… Read More