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  • Greece-Based Startup Pollfish Scores $2.5M For Mobile Survey Platform

    Greece-Based Startup Pollfish Scores $2.5M For Mobile Survey Platform

    Athens, Greece-based mobile survey platform Pollfish has closed a Series A funding round of $2.5 million. The round was led by Odyssey Venture Partners, PJ Catalyst, Woodside Group and several unnamed angel investors. It brings total funding to $2.8 million since the company was founded in n 2013. Pollfish says the new capital will be used for continued U.S. expansion. Read More

  • Sources: Peter Thiel Is Investing In Kreditech’s $100M Series C Round

    Sources: Peter Thiel Is Investing In Kreditech’s $100M Series C Round

    While Greece and its creditors continue to play a game of chicken, a startup out of Germany putting a big data spin on the business of loaning money is raising a large round of funding. TechCrunch has learned that Kreditech, an online finance startup that loans money to consumers who have little or no credit rating, is raising around $110 million in a Series C round of funding. One… Read More

  • Spain’s Geeksphone Exits Smartphones

    Spain’s Geeksphone Exits Smartphones

    Muere la revolución. Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone has confirmed it’s stepping out of the mobile making game almost six years after founding a startup business to build handsets for an enthusiast community of geeks looking for something a little different to mainstream smartphones. Read More

  • General Partner Peter Read Leaves Google Ventures In Europe

    General Partner Peter Read Leaves Google Ventures In Europe

    TechCrunch has learned that one member of Google Ventures’ European team has left the VC firm. As of last week, Peter Read is no longer a General Partner. Read More

  • Caspar Bowden, Pro-Privacy Campaigner, Dies Of Cancer

    Caspar Bowden, Pro-Privacy Campaigner, Dies Of Cancer

    I remember clearly the first time I saw Caspar Bowden. It was spring 2011, and he had just shot a bolt of electricity through a dusty seminar on online privacy with a passionate invective on sham anonymization of datasets that went into idiocy-explainer levels of detail about how current U.K. data protection law was being a complete ass. Read More

  • Munich-Based AI Startup Neokami Raises $1.1M

    Munich-Based AI Startup Neokami Raises $1.1M

    Last year’s $500 million acquisition of DeepMind by Google undoubtedly put Artificial Intelligence (AI) squarely in the minds of investors and media alike. So much so that there’s a tendency to re-badge any tech comprising of algorithms and machine learning as AI. However, regardless of where that line starts and stops, Munich-based Neokami claims it’s the real deal. Read More

  • Interview: GoCardless CEO Talks Pivots, Payments And Personnel

    Interview: GoCardless CEO Talks Pivots, Payments And Personnel

    This afternoon I got on a call with GoCardless CEO and co-founder Hiroki Takeuchi to hear the startup’s pitch and catch up on its latest $1 billion milestone. We also talked candidly about what it’s like when two of your co-founders leave, and the moment GoCardless pivoted to become the success and fintech darling it is today. Read More

  • Genymobile Grabs $7.7 Million To Become The Red Hat Of Android

    Genymobile Grabs $7.7 Million To Become The Red Hat Of Android

    Genymobile started in France with an ambitious mission — becoming the unifying Android platform for the enterprise. The company just raised $7.7 million (€7 million) from Alven Capital, with Bpifrance also participating. It is currently working on three different products that makes using Android much easier when you are an Android developer, an IT manager or even an OEM. Genymobile… Read More

  • Italy’s Quattrocento Joins The Race To Become The Warby Parker Of Europe

    Italy’s Quattrocento Joins The Race To Become The Warby Parker Of Europe

    Warby Parker has garnered a lot of interest for a glasses company, not least from the tech press. It allowed customers to order and try on several pairs of glasses that retailed for under $100 before buying, then offered the glasses at a discount by cutting out third parties and sending directly to consumers. As a result of this model, it’s raised $215.5 million to-date and is now worth… Read More

  • 1001Pharmacies Grabs $8.9 Million To Bring Your Pharmacy To The Web

    1001Pharmacies Grabs $8.9 Million To Bring Your Pharmacy To The Web

    French startup 1001Pharmacies just raised $8.9 million (€8 million) from Newfund, CM-CIC Capital Privé, and business angels, such as Xaviel Niel, Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet and Olivier Mathiot. As the name suggests, 1001Pharmacies is an online pharmacy. The company first let you order your prescription goods from their website. In order to avoid legal issues, 1001Pharmacies partnered with… Read More

  • How The Tech Pendulum Swings

    How The Tech Pendulum Swings

    Microsoft announced another bunch of job cuts today, primarily in the phone-making division which it acquired from Nokia in a 2013 deal which completed last year. Shrinking headcount in this division was something Redmond started doing a year ago, soon after gaining full control. Read More

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