Europe

  • GigaOm’s Structure Europe Conference Will Dive Deep Into The Cloud

    GigaOm’s Structure Europe Conference Will Dive Deep Into The Cloud

    We don’t often try to get the word out about conferences put on by other blogs here at TechCrunch, but we’re about to. Because reasons. Namely: 1) We, as TechCrunch, will probably never ever ever, ever ever host a European cloud-computing conference and someone sure as heck needs to. 2) The folks at Gigaom are our friends, particularly founder, thought leader and king of the kind… Read More

  • 99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs, the polarizing crowdsourced design marketplace, announced its first acquisition tonight, as the Accel-backed startup scooped up its European rival, 12designer, for an undisclosed amount. In the near-term, 12designer will continue to operate as a standalone site. Since raising $35 million from Accel, 99designs has been focused on international growth, said Patrick Llewellyn, the… Read More

  • EU Gives Google A Last Chance To Avoid Antitrust Charges

    EU Gives Google A Last Chance To Avoid Antitrust Charges

    In late 2010, the European Commission launched an investigation into allegations that Google was abusing its dominant position in the search engine market. Today, Joaquín Almunia, the vice president of the European Commission responsible for competition policy, sent a letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt with an update about its finding. The Commission, writes Almunia, identified four… Read More

  • Fab Expands Across 13 European Countries, Is Actively Looking For Acquisitions

    Fab Expands Across 13 European Countries, Is Actively Looking For Acquisitions

    Not even a month after news of Fab.de’s growth in Germany and Austria (revenue reaching 1.5M Euro per month), the company is today announcing its expansion across Europe. Starting now, Fab is available across 13 more European countries as an English or German-language website. In addition to the U.S., and the two markets served by Fab.de, that brings Fab to 16 countries… Read More

  • Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russia was once known for its undying adoration for all things French back in the day, and a century and a half later you could argue that some of that spark is still hanging around. New Generation Investment, the Russian VC firm part-owned by Leonid Reiman, former Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, has announced that it would like to start investing into the startup scene… Read More

  • European VC Connect Ventures Launches With $22M Fund. Secret Sales Gets The First Helping: $487K

    European VC Connect Ventures Launches With $22M Fund. Secret Sales Gets The First Helping: $487K

    Make way for another VC firm in Europe: Today sees the launch of Connect Ventures, a new London based fund that will focus on seed and Series A stages in European tech companies. It’s kicking off with a €16 million ($22 million) fund, which will be dispersed in investments of between €250,000 and €1.25 million ($330k-$1.7m). Led by co-founders Pietro Bezza and Bill Earner… Read More

  • Kindle Touch To Debut In Europe On April 27, Still No Kindle Fire In Sight

    Kindle Touch To Debut In Europe On April 27, Still No Kindle Fire In Sight

    For all the benefits that come with living in Europe — sharing a unified currency, easy access to medical care — getting timely access to Amazon’s popular line of Kindle e-readers isn’t one of them. Amazon begun rolling out their WiFi-only Kindles in a few new markets this past December and followed up by shipping their Kindle Touch to new markets as well. At long… Read More

  • 5 Startups to Watch from Seedcamp’s 2012 US Demo Day [TCTV]

    5 Startups to Watch from Seedcamp’s 2012 US Demo Day [TCTV]

    Seedcamp, the European seed funding network and startup accelerator, came through San Francisco this week as part of its annual multi-city trip to the US. All 18 companies were solid — you can find the full list here — but I pulled aside five of the most compelling startups for one-on-one interviews to get a bit more insight on what they do. Read More

  • EU Will Refer ACTA To Highest European Court

    EU Will Refer ACTA To Highest European Court

    The European Union says it will refer the controversial ACTA anti-piracy trade agreement to the institution’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, to check whether it complies with the EU’s fundamental rights. EU trade chief Karel De Gucht is leading the process. He said: “We are planning to ask Europe’s highest court to assess ACTA’s compatibility with… Read More

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