Europe

  • A Closer Look At European Investing Crunch Network

    A Closer Look At European Investing

    We’re bullish on Europe, and that strikes some folks in the U.S. as a bit strange. It’s not that Europe is all we know — we’re an investor in early venture stage funds (an “LP”) in the US, Europe and Israel. Our portfolio skews towards the U.S.; and within the U.S., to the Bay Area. Over the last 18 months or so, we’ve been crossing and re-crossing… Read More

  • Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

    Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

    Giving out samples on the street is kind of silly. Taking a little cup of urine-colored sports drink or a nasty bag of chips offers little in the way of customer generation and it usually ends up in a messy sidewalk and tired sample givers. But what if you could give away urine-colored sports drinks over the Internet? Now you’re cooking with gas! Marie Chevrier at Sampler wants to make… Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • LOT Polish Airlines Now Accepting Bitcoin

    LOT Polish Airlines Now Accepting Bitcoin

    I’m not a big fan of the “X accepts bitcoin” type of post but this one is near and dear to my heart – and actually interesting. LOT Polish airlines, the official Polish air carrier, is now accepting bitcoin. What does that mean? It means that you’ll soon be able to pay BTC to go to KRK. Read More

  • Samsung And MasterCard Will Launch Samsung Pay Together In Europe

    Samsung And MasterCard Will Launch Samsung Pay Together In Europe

    Samsung and MasterCard, which have been working together to bring Samsung Pay to consumers and merchants around the world, announced today that they will extend their partnership to launch the mobile payment system in Europe. Read More

  • Servers.com Brings Its Bare-Metal Servers To The US

    Servers.com Brings Its Bare-Metal Servers To The US

    Servers.com, a hosting company with a focus on dedicated bare-metal servers that launched in Europe in 2005, today announced the opening of its first U.S. data center location. The new Dallas data center currently only offers dedicated servers, but it will soon also play host to Servers.com’s shared cloud hosting servers. Read More

  • Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One Crunch Network

    Want To Be The Next Amazon? Go Cross-Border From Day One

    The business of e-commerce is still mostly a national affair. U.S. consumers order from U.S. retailers like Amazon, Gap and Walmart; Chinese consumers buy from Chinese sites such as Tmall, Taobao and JD.com; and Indian consumers flock to Flipkart and SnapDeal. Read More

  • Babbel Raises $22M Series C Round For Its Language Learning Service

    Babbel Raises $22M Series C Round For Its Language Learning Service

    The Berlin- and New York-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has raised a $22 million funding round led by Scottish Equity Partners. Other participants in this round include previous investors Reed Elsevier Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, and VC Fonds Technology Berlin. The company, which was founded in 2007, says it plans to use this new round to drive further… Read More

  • The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital Crunch Network

    The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

    It’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future. Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in Europe. (If it feels unfair to weigh an entire country against individual cities… Read More

  • Interview: Tim Draper Doubles Down On Europe

    Interview: Tim Draper Doubles Down On Europe

    DFJ, the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has built out a global presence not just through direct investments but through a network of firms that are affiliated with the mothership yet raising and investing from their own funds. Now that network is going through some changes, and with it comes a new role for one of the firm’s founders. The DFJ Network has rebranded to… Read More

  • Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Digital scarcity is an oxymoron. Unless it isn’t. Thanks to a recently funded startup called Ascribe, artists and writers can now create unique copies of their work that can be bought and sold and cannot, in theory, be duplicated. The founders, Bruce Pon, Trent McConaghy, and Masha McConaghy have experience in banking, hardware, and curation. Masha, a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, curated at… Read More

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