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  • Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally Crunch Network

    Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to expand its reach in a substantial and sustainable way. For the better part of the last century, the Valley has been a bedrock for technological progress and era-defining industry. From… Read More

  • Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup Crunch Network

    Slightly Slighted, Apple’s Diehards Still Do The Launch Day Lineup

    While the atmosphere outside the store was generally similar to previous launches, a glaring difference was the fact that I wasn’t waiting outside of an Apple Store. I was sitting on the sidewalk outside of the upscale fashion boutique Maxfield, on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Read More

  • Rocket Internet Fashion Group GFG Raises $35M, Poaches Amazon Exec To Lead It

    Rocket Internet Fashion Group GFG Raises $35M, Poaches Amazon Exec To Lead It

    Rocket Internet — the Berlin-based startup incubator that went public in October 2014 — is today adding more muscle to the Global Fashion Group, a cluster of five of its emerging market fashion sites that consolidated into one bigger operation last September. The GFG has raised €32 million ($35 million) at a €2.8 billion ($3 billion) post-money valuation, and it now has its… Read More

  • A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator (around retail) and a fintec accelerator sponsored by Barclays Bank. Techstars London Demo Day today saw over 1,000 people signed up (the majority of whom actually turned up to a rented East… Read More

  • Hem Confirms Acquisition Of Assets From Italy’s Discipline As Fab.com Approaches Sale In U.S.

    Hem Confirms Acquisition Of Assets From Italy’s Discipline As Fab.com Approaches Sale In U.S.

    Hem, the Berlin-based home furnishings company created last year by Jason Goldberg as a pivot after his previous online marketplace Fab.com collapsed, has confirmed the acquisition of assets from Discipline.eu, an online design portal based in Italy. We first reported that the deal was in the works last week. The financial terms of the all-cash deal are not being disclosed, but Hem says that… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom Launches A $620M Fund For German Startups And PE Deals

    Deutsche Telekom Launches A $620M Fund For German Startups And PE Deals

    Deutsche Telekom is stepping up its game in the world of startup investing and tapping into the growing tech ecosystem coming out of its home country. Today the carrier, owner of T-Mobile, announced a new, €500 million ($620 million) fund called Deutsche Telekom Capital Parters, which it will use to invest in German startups, startups further afield, strategic private equity… Read More

  • Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

    Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

    Brandnew, a Berlin-based startup that helps brands create native ad campaigns for Instagram and Pinterest, announced that it has raised a total of $1.9 million in seed funding. This includes a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin, as well as $845,000 from investors including PubliGroupe, Berlin Ventures, and Lukas Kirche. Brandnew plans to use the funding for technology development… Read More

  • Uber Gives Middle Finger To Ban In Berlin

    Uber Gives Middle Finger To Ban In Berlin

    Berlin’s State Department of Civil and Regulatory Affairs has served up a prohibitive order to Uber this morning saying the San Francisco-based ridesharing service hadn’t done enough to protect the safety of its passengers. The department has threatened Uber with a 25,000 euro (£20,000) fine should it ignore the order. Uber drivers are still in operation in the city, despite the ban. Read More

  • Houzz Goes International, Opens Offices In London, Berlin And Sydney

    Houzz Goes International, Opens Offices In London, Berlin And Sydney

    Houzz, the fast-growing website and mobile app for all things home remodeling and design, today announced that it has opened offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. This marks the company’s first official international expansion, but as its co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko told me earlier this week, 35 percent of Houzz’s traffic already comes from outside of the U.S. Read More