The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Xtract closes 7.5m Euro B round

    Xtract, a web an mobile analytics company I have been tracking for a while, has closed its series B round of funding with EUR 7,5 Million ($11.74M) from leading early-stage technology investors Creandum, ETF III advised by Eqvitec Partners and InnovationsKapital. Xtract specialises in something it calls “social advertising intelligence” . In Englsih, that means it enables mobile… Read More

  • Orange World wraps up socnets

    It’s time once more for that predictable roll-up of social networks onto mobile operator platforms. Orange’s new Orange World service aggregates the popular functions of many of Europe’s social networking sites onto one mobile web page so you can view and make any updates with one click. The news follows the completion of partnership agreements with MySpace, Facebook and… Read More

  • Livestation goes social – allows viewers to add channels

    Microsoft-backed Livestation, the online broadcast platform which offers live 24×7 news channels in high-quality, is adding features which will allow viewers to add their own channels from any TV, radio or webcam streams. They are also making it social. Livestation viewers will be able to browse through all of the channels other viewers have stored. You watch the broadcasts inside the… Read More

  • Mippin's VC joins as CEO

    Mippin, the free mobile media service that monetizes RSS feeds for publishers on mobiles by making the consumer experience easier, has brought in Judy Gibbons as CEO. Now, this is interesting. Gibbons will still retain her role as a venture partner at technology investment firm Accel Partners. The move is great for Mippin. Gibbons has 25 years of technology experience at Microsoft, Apple… Read More

  • O2 swamped by iPhone pre-registrations – site goes down

    It appears that O2 had no idea the iPhone 3G would be this popular in the UK, because someone there didn’t add any extra bandwidth or redundancy servers to their store. So when the hordes descended this morning, prompted by a text message to existing O2 subscribers and people who’d pre-registered on the O2 site, guess what happened? This: I contacted O2 to ask them to explain… Read More

  • Google starts Street View mapping in UK. And here's the evidence

    Somewhere in Google’s picture archive of UK streets there is now a picture of a man holding up a camera, photographing the moment when Google’s unmarked Street View car captured his London street in a full 360 degrees. How do I know? Because he sent me the above. But even as Google starts its photo-mapping of the UK’s streets, the BBC is reporting that Google’s… Read More

  • Seedcamp opens up this year's startup competition

    Travelling around Europe on my TechCrunch Euro Tour one of the topics of conversation I hear almost constantly is the desire for more seed funding for startups. Right now there is no such thing as Ycombinator-style incubator for startups which is pan-European. However, the closest thing we have to that concept – a startup competition where the prize is a cash injection to get the… Read More

  • Nimbuzz raises $15 million in second round

    Word has reached me that Netherlands-based Nimbuzz, the mobile VoIP and IM startup that extends into social networks, has raised $15 million in a second round led by Naspers/MIH, with Nimbuzz’s other major existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participating. It’s already had $10 million from Mangrove (the original Skype investor). Apparently deals with 10 major… Read More

  • Tripwolf launches in UK

    Tripwolf today launched out of public beta and a UK site. Backed by incubator i5invest and MairDumont, Central Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides and tourist information (sort of the Frommer’s or Fodor’s of Central Europe). Last week the site launched publicly in German (Germany, Austria and
    Switzerland). Tripwolf – which allows you to build and print your… Read More

  • TrustedPlaces and BView team up

    TrustedPlaces, the local reviews social network, is partnering with BView, the business listings directory. The idea appears to be to let each site play to its strengths but effectively join forces. TrustedPlaces gets an ad sales team from BVew and the latter gets promotion in a more consumer-focused sector than it normally plays in. The joint offer is a combination of free and premium access… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! Here it comes…

    It’s just over a week until TechCrunch Pitch! in London next Thursday and the excitement is building. People have been clamouring for tickets, VCs and investors are down to come and we have had a truckload of entries from startups who want to pitch. The startups selected by TechCrunch editorial (no-one will be paying to pitch, they come free) will be announced on the day (let’s keep… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Hello, Athens

    As part of the TechCrunch Euro Tour, TechCrunch and Athens’ OpenCoffee group have come together to create a TechCrunch meetup in Athens. Thanks to our generous sponsors, below. Watch out for the write-up later… Meanwhile, here are the pictures so far after I met with OpenCoffee organiser George Tziralis of AskMarkets and John Zarkadas of Wishdone. We’ve had some local coverage… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – it's time for the Istanbul Meetup

    As I have said previously, I’m on a tour around Europe, looking for Europe’s best and brightest startups, and I’m happy to say, it’s going very well. I already have a stack of content to write up in between plane journeys and queuing for passport control, and to that end, today I’m in Turkey. TechCrunch and Turkish Web 2.0 blog Webrazzi teamed up to do a meetup… Read More

  • Dublin TechCrunch Meetup!

    I flew into Dublin today for our first TechCrunch meetup in Ireland (yay!), and as previously blogged, TechCrunch is hooking up with networking event TechLudd to create a real-world mashup we like to call CrunchLudd (see what we did there?) This morning I rocked up to Dublin’s The Digital Media Hub to meet with a bunch of interesting startups here. I took a few pictures and shot some… Read More

  • Live Blog: The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    I’ll be live blogging the debate, and posting picture here. Stay tuned Currently handing out name tags on the door. A long-held ambition…. [Update: Post event, Steve Bowbrick wrote it up here as well] The start…. I did a quick intro to why this debate happened I won’t bore you here, you’ve heard it, suffice it to say that Steve Bowbrick, chair, came up with… Read More

  • Faceparty tells critics to F*** Off, suspends entire site

    Owners of the somewhat idiosyncratic FaceParty, one of the UK’s oldest social networks, appear to have had an altercation – with almost their entire user-base. On Tuesday night the normal home page was replaced with a diatribe against users who had complained about a fancy dress competition the site was holding. The site was cut off for several hours, blocking all users from… Read More

  • BBC Mashed winners

    Alas, I couldn’t make Mashed, the BBC hacker event over the weekend (largely due to wanting to see my wife and children in the breaks between my TechCrunch Euro Tour of European startups). However, the Guardian has done a great round-up of the projects presented during the competition. Alas, not many URLs are yet available to point to as yet. But the projects that won prizes and which… Read More

  • The TechCrunch BBC debate – Are you coming?

    If you are coming to the “The TechCrunch BBC Debate: A Common Platform” this Wednesday night (June 25) then please take note of these important details. Attendees should report to Broadcasting House reception for a prompt start by 7.00pm sharp.
    BBC Broadcasting House is in Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Because this is a highly sensitive security area then only people who… Read More

  • TechCrunch Dublin Meetup this Thursday night

    Ireland gets a startup shot in the arm this Thursday, June 26, when three (count’em 3) startup events happen in Dublin on the same day: OpenCoffee Dublin, Silicon Ireland and the TechCrunch / TechLudd meetup, which we have humourously named “CrunchLudd”. So head over to OpenCoffee Dublin first for a morning coffee, then go to the day-long event at the City North Hotel to… Read More

  • Nokia kicks off the scramble for location

    Nokia’s acquisition of Plazes today, the Germany location startup, will do one or both of two things. It will mean other mobile startups with location as a feature will be looked at in a more favourable light. The main startup in the UK in this arena – currently – is Rummble, but there are an increasing number of others, such as WeGlu, Moblog and Buddyping. It may also mean… Read More