The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Startup elevator pitch:

    [UK] Pitching in an elevator this week, we’ve got Adam Greenblatt, Managing Director of UK and Northern Europe at ‘Erm…How much do you earn mate?’ It’s a question we all hate to ask, but all want to know the answer to. JobFact thinks they’ve found the solution to the problem so that talking about salaries is no longer a taboo. They say… Read More

  • When it comes to e-commerce, there is no Europe

    European shoppers looking to purchase products from other EU countries on the Web are likely to fail three times out of five, according to a European Commission study on cross-border consumer e-commerce, published yesterday. Such failures occur when an online retailer does not accept international payments or is simply not prepared to ship its products abroad. To research the phenomenon… Read More

  • The Angel Empire Strikes Back – Why pay-to-pitch works

    This is a guest post by Chris Padfield, Investment Manager with London Business Angels and London Seed Capital. In it he reacts to our latest post from LondonVC, our VC columnist, who argues against startups attending pay-to-pitch events, which are often run by Angel networks. There has been a lot of discussion on the web over the last week regarding the business angel network business model… Read More

  • Vooch adds Android app to its location based voucher service

    [Austria] Vooch provides location based vouchers accessible from your phone while you are on the move.  It’s similar to VouChaCha in the UK and Yoose in Germany, however they seem to have gone one better as they’ve launched in beta and are catering to a few mobile platforms.   They have now added an Android app to their existing Windows mobile app and iPhone app. The site is… Read More

  • DailyMotion raises €17 million, with French government help

    The French-born version of YouTube, DailyMotion – which has now grown into a global site with 60 million users – has officially confirmed its latest fundraising of €17 million, which was early reported as €15 million earlier this month. The new information is that there was an undisclosed €7.5 million investor in the round which turns out to be a French state-backed… Read More

  • Mobile social network aka-aki raises 'several millions of euros' in funding

    [Germany] Berlin-based aka-aki, which offers a location-based social network for mobiles, has raised additional funding. The amount of this second round of financing was not disclosed, although the company did say it was ‘several millions of euros’. Investors were Creathor Venture and Innovacom. Aka-aki has been running its mobile social networking service for about two years now… Read More

  • Here's how to meet a VC (hint: not by paying to pitch)

    This is our second guest post (here was the first) written by a London-based VC. To allow them to speak plainly without jeopardising their fund or their career in the small village that is the London VC scene, I’m allowing them to post anonymously. FYI, LondonVC is a genuine VC and TechCrunch Europe has met them face to face. There’s been a lot of tremendous discussion recently… Read More

  • Money Dashboard secures £1m to create the UK's

    [UK] Money Dashboard – which is gunning to be the for the UK – has completed a new funding round, securing £1 million of investment via a consortium of investors. These are from the public and private sector and include Par Syndicate, Money Dashboard’s management team and a number of other individuals. Scottish Enterprise Co-Investment fund has matched Par… Read More

  • BookingBug signs distribution deal with Brownbook

    Online booking system startup BookingBug is partnering with Brownbook, the wiki-style business directory, to allow businesses to add live booking and enquiry information directly into their BrownBook profile page. BrownBook has seen significant growth and now lists 27 million business globally. Existing BookingBug users can build a BrownBook profile and their live availability, while… Read More

  • Smava is Germany's most successful social lending platform

    [Germany] Every financial crisis has its losers, but it also has its winners. In Germany, one of these winners is the social lending online platform Smava. The ‘peer-to-peer credit marketplace’ is backed by VC financing from Earlybird and Hamburg-based Neuhaus Partners and has seen impressive growth. Smava doubled its loan volume from €2.5m in the second quarter of 2009 to… Read More

  • Hacker arrested for blackmailing StudiVZ and other social networks

    [Germany] Berlin police have arrested a man who apparently tried to blackmail VZ-Netzwerke, the holding company for the successful Facebook clone StudiVZ and other German social networks. The man had used crawler software to harvest detailed user information (residence, date of birth, relationship status, hobbies, favourite music, favourite movie, …) not only only from the… Read More

  • Live from Munich – TechCrunch Europe seminar and meetup

    TechCrunch Europe is hosting TechCrunch Munich at the Sun Microsystem offices in Munich today from 2.30 pm Munich time (1.30pm London, 8.30am New York) onwards, followed by networking drinks. We’ll be hearing startup pitches and speakers in this key German city in the startup ecosystem, focusing on a number of current and relevant themes for the tech community here. The event is sold… Read More

  • MusicMetric launches real-time band promo tools – 250 free trials for readers

    [UK] MusicMetric has launched the beta release of their music industry trend-analysis software which is targeted at bands, promoters, record labels and agencies. The real-time trend-tracking package trawls the web using semantic analysis to make sure that all hits for a band’s name are contextually correct. This greatly reduces the number of false positives which you’d be likely to… Read More

  • TechCrunch Europe – Now covering 16 countries, and counting

    Today TechCrunch Europe has officially ported to its new domain name That doesn’t mean we have anything to do with the European Union by the way – it’s just the easiest and most memorable way to denote our continuing focus on tech companies on the European continent and its nearby regions. We’re also formally telling you that we now have a lot… Read More

  • Google loses Europe COO Ben Legg to European Directories

    European Directories has announced a big win this morning with the appointment of Ben Legg as Chief Operating Officer. Legg joins the Dutch/British company from Google, one of its main competitors, where the man served as COO Europe since January this year and as Director of Operations in the two years before that. European Directories, which provides local search and lead-generation products… Read More

  • Kohive launches premium services – is anyone using the free ones?

    [UK] London-based Kohive, a startup in the collaboration space, has announced the launch of its premium services. This will be of interest to its users – however it’s not clear if it’s being used that much. Most of the people tweeting about it are trying to win an iPod touch in their promotion. Usually startups launch premium services when they have lots of users of their… Read More

  • Why are there not more Spanish startups? OkuriSpaces aim to change that

    [Spain] You don’t often hear start-ups bursting forth from Spain and flourishing abroad.  Nowhere near compared to what you see appearing from other European countries such as Germany, UK and France, among others. Why not? Others have noticed this dearth of activity, and there are increasing numbers of initiatives geared specifically toward driving the Spanish start-up scene. After a lot… Read More

  • Spotify's deal with 3UK shows mobile networks are the next step

    [UK] 3UK has announced it’s launching a tariff with an inclusive Spotify premium subscription which will be bundled with their first Android handset, the HTC Hero. Hutchison Whampoa, which owns 3, is an investor in Spotify. There were rumours of the move but this is now official confirmation. The offer will come in at £35 a month over 24 months plus £99 for the Hero handset. That… Read More

  • Stealth-mode Shutl says it now has money

    [UK] They are still playing their cards close to their chest, but stealth-mode Shutl, the UK-based startup, is today sneaking out the news that it’s secured a £0.5m investment from a group of Angels led by Angel investor Simon Murdoch and Big Bang Ventures in Belgium. Murdoch is well known and respected in the UK tech scene after setting up online bookstore Bookpages in ‘96… Read More

  • Launch48 startups present their ideas after a frantic 48 hours

    [UK] The Launch48 event in London this weekend has seen six teams attempt to launch a startup in, you guessed it 48 hours. The event, which was basically created by some UK startup enthusiasts, is different to StartupWeekend in that separate teams come together to each work on their own project rather than one. After frantically coding for the last couple of days, the results were… Read More