The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • £30,000 is the price for that tired old Web 1.0 site

    How much does an old Web 1.0 startup go for these days? Well, here’s an indication. Pub listings guide – running since the late 90s – was for £30,000, confirms Chris Hughes of new owner Neransk, a UK-based communities operator. The sale actually happened about a year ago but Neransk only just got back to me with the confirmation. Would it have been better… Read More

  • Germany's Hobnox ramps up the marketing

    German video entertainment startup Hobnox is going on a big marketing drive, offering $200,000 worth of prizes and giveaways for artists that take part in its Evolution2 contest where participants win support and development budgets worth $30,000 each. Running out of offices in Cologne and Berlin, the site launched in spring 2008, combining community, production and publishing functions with… Read More

  • Jaiku starts to re-emerge, opens unlimited invites

    Jaiku – the Finnish startup which at one point threatened Twitter to become the pre-eminent micro blogging tool before Google bought it – has now moved to a Google data center in preparation for its “transition” to the Google App Engine. Plus, it is now allowing its existing users to create unlimited invitations to the service. The news emerged after co-founder Jyri… Read More

  • Through the startup hothouse – and out the other side

    Ahead of Seedcamp and TechCrunch 50, Alan Patrick from Broadsight / Broadstuff gives an insight into one of the other UK funding programs in this guest post. The startup milk round is nearly upon us, what with Seedcamp and the TechCrunch 50 starting soon. However, it would seem that many in the Tech community don’t realise that there are other UK funding programs available as well. Read More

  • re-invents diaries for Generation Twitter

    When the history of the Internet is one day written, as it will be, URLs will probably figure high on the list of the jewels Web companies tried to amass, alongside the services themselves. Some of them have been notorious, like (wiki entry). But the best are always those that bring something new to the party, not just a memorable address and a dull, predictable application. Which is… Read More

  • ITV brands Friends Reunited re-launch a success – but where are the missing 12 million?

    Perhaps the era when old media companies bought new social networks is now over? Why? Because an old media company has now re-made a social network on its own – and it appears to be working. After a fashion. The company in question is ITV, and the network is Friends Reunited. ITV says today that Friends Reunited has hit what it describes as “record numbers”, or 6.6m unique… Read More

  • Collaboration web apps to beat the Credit Crunch

    With the promise of a credit crunch fast approaching, people are starting to tighten their belts. The tech industry can often be one of the first to experience budget cuts and project cancellations but with distributed teams able to work together it doesn’t have to be this way. None of the new collaborations applications cost a fortune and most are free to try/use. The following is a… Read More

  • ProofHQ makes artwork proofing collaborative

    So there have been many attempts to make it easier to collaborate over projects. You’ve got apps that will put yellow stickies onto web pages (like Fleck) and lots of collaboration apps from the likes of Basecamp, Huddle, Sosius and Ximdesk. There is Conceptshare, Octopz, Cozimo, and Thinkature but fe have concentrated on the single core use for many companies, which is just proofing… Read More

  • Are you a European startup going to TechCrunch 50?

    If you’re a European startup going to TechCrunch 50 (either as a demo company, individual, or even if you’re just thinking about being in San Francisco while the event is on) then please let me know or leave a comment below. There may well be scope for a “UK/Irish/Euro Meetup” if people are interested… Read More

  • Learning a language the Web 2.0 way

    TechCrunch UK recently ignited a debate around education startups in the UK, but it’s quite clear that the biggest Web 2.0 education market is language learning – and that market, obviously, scales internationally. Here, Nicola Robinsonova of pens a guest post about the myriad services out there and which ones cut the mustard. ‘Unless there is a law of… Read More

  • The top 15 ways to get on with TechCrunch Europe, and maybe other media

    So as this terrible wet August / Summer ends and online battle re-commences once more, I thought I may as well have a stab at giving you some ideas about how to interact with a blog like this. I’m going to use as inspiration Jason Calacanis’ post on SAI today and also one some points Michael Arrington made at Y Combinator’s Startup School a few months back. But I’ll… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK named best Web 2.0 and business blog

    TechCrunch UK has been named the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. The IT Blog Awards 08 sifted hundreds of entries and asked readers to vote on their favourite blogs. The judges said: In the Web 2.0 and business blogs category we were looking for our readers’ pick of blogs about social media and web 2.0… Read More

  • Hey, Hackers need friends too!

    Despite a plethora of events supporting “new media” types, and even such things as Geek Dinners, the UK eco-system around “hackers” (good programmers, in the true definition) – remains thin. Or so argues Ian Hogarth of Songkick in this guest post. I believe the most critical thing we can do to improve the ecosystem for start-ups in the UK is to create more… Read More

  • Dear Agencies, it’s time to join the start-up party

    One of the biggest problems in the UK, and I would say Ireland as well, is that digital or ‘new media’ agencies only ever decide to incorporate new Web apps or social networks into their thinking when they bubble up from Silicon Valley or elsewhere. Few ever think to jump in and create a few apps themselves. I have lost count of the number of agencies I encounter who blabber… Read More

  • Please Sir, where are the education start-ups?

    The following is a guest post by Alastair Briggs from In a search for peers to work with (and share frustrations) I keep an eye out for other education focused start-ups. Unfortunately in the UK there seems to be a problem: either I am rubbish at finding these companies, the start-ups are great at hiding or there are just not that many out there. The market for Education in the… Read More

  • Silicon Avon – startups doing it 'Bristol fashion'

    In the first of a series of guest posts about the startup scene in various parts of the UK (get in touch if you’re interested in writing one), John Bradford gives us the low-down on the scene in Bristol. It’s not all stovepipe hats and clay dogs in Bristol. These days its more location aware gaming, mobile media and building businesses. Two Bristol startups you may have heard about… Read More

  • Aiming your startup at the US – without leaving the UK

    Four guys in Edinburgh now run a site aimed entirely at the US. Even the UK section of the site appears under “International”. What have they learnt? The following is a guest post by Nigel Eccles, co-founder and CEO of Hubdub, the prediction trading game. Many start-ups in the UK face the challenge that their major market is the US. While Hubdub is based in Edinburgh, 75% of our… Read More

  • Trust me, I'm a start-up

    This is a guest post by David Cruickshank, co-founder of Business IT Online, the web-based suite of business software applications for small businesses. David blogs at Internet business. Many of the greatest challenges start-ups face involve trust. Earning it, growing it, rewarding it, avoiding the loss of it and recovering it when you fail. To succeed, we need to be trusted in key… Read More

  • As Twitter withdraws SMS, startups rush to fill the void

    Assuming the founders of Twitter are listening, then they will have been be hearing about the outcry from users outside the US (just read these comments) after they completely cut off all outbound SMS services in the UK and chose not to replace them with premium rate SMS services – services which, surprise, surprise – millions of people in Europe already happily pay for. But no matter. Read More

  • Twitter cuts UK SMS – there goes another business model

    Twitter has killed its outbound SMS services outside of the United States, Canada or India, and with it a potentially highly lucrative business model in Europe. In the UK you’ll still be able to send Twitter an SMS to update your status, but you won’t be receiving them. Apparently rising rising costs made it impractical, and we have been getting those SMSs for free. In a blog… Read More