Europe

  • European Rights Body Again Rejects Mass Surveillance

    European Rights Body Again Rejects Mass Surveillance

    Europe’s top rights body, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has crystalized its censure of mass surveillance as a threat to fundamental human rights and to democracy itself by adopting a draft resolution in which it reiterates deep concerns over the practice of intelligence agencies systematically harvesting untargeted communications data, without adequate… Read More

  • European Tech Verticals To Track

    European Tech Verticals To Track

    While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of early-stage technology deals over the… Read More

  • Nominations For The Europas Awards Are Now Open, TechCrunch Partnering

    Nominations For The Europas Awards Are Now Open, TechCrunch Partnering

    Nominations are now open for The Europas Awards 2015, the European Tech Startup Awards & Invitation-Only Conference. The Europas will be held on June 16, 2015, in London. TechCrunch is the official Media Partner and attendees of The Europas will automatically receive deep discounts on Disrupt Europe to be held later this year. Submit your own startup for the Europas here. (To submit… Read More

  • Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

    Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

    While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the number of people who use Google to look for and buy products. Today Google announced that it is turning on Product Ratings in the UK, France and Germany. Product ratings, first launched in the U.S. Read More

  • Media Tech And Venture Capital

    Media Tech And Venture Capital

    “You can’t get venture capital if you’re hiring people who make content.” Of all the people least likely to say those words, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of BuzzFeed, would have to be high on the list. But Peretti is no stranger to having people say exactly that to him. Looking for investment in his startup back in 2006, Peretti found that the mere mention of the… Read More

  • Chutzpah Lessons From The Israeli Startup Scene

    Chutzpah Lessons From The Israeli Startup Scene

    It’s no wonder that with over 4,000 startups in the Greater Tel Aviv area, Israel is ranked 1st in the world for innovative capacity in 2014 by the IMD Global Competitiveness Yearbook. Read More

  • The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

    The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

    Spark has grown from a gleam in the eye of CEO Zach Supalla to a fully baked prototyping platform. These tiny boards allow you to make programmable Wi-Fi-enabled systems with a few lines of code and a few electronic connections. But Supalla wants to give you more. The company has just announced the Spark Electron, a cellular-data enabled version of the Spark. It comes in 2G and 3G options with… 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

  • Grabble Closes $1.8M Angel Round For Its Tinder-like Fashion Shopping App

    Grabble Closes $1.8M Angel Round For Its Tinder-like Fashion Shopping App

    Various startups out there are trying to create either an Instagram or Tinder for fashion, ultimately leading the buyer towards a purchase. This is the Holy Grail and you will easily uncover a multitude of companies trying to achieve something along these lines, even though the approaches and business models vary. In Europe the main players are new-ish startups like ASAP 54 (a TechCrunch… Read More

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