Not a lot is known about Amen, a stealth-mode startup out of Berlin.
What we do know is that it’s pretty hot and the talk of Berlin. A slect few have been been given access to its Beta and are coming up with statements like “strangely addictive”, at least according to the startups itself.
Whatever it is, sources tell us it’s caught the eye of investors in the shape of celebrity tech investor Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, who just happens to be Madonna’s manager. This is quite some quota of fame right there, so clearly Amen is onto something that could be pretty mainstream.
And the amount?
We understand the lead investor is Index Ventures. The amount raised from these people consists of a seed round of $2 million. Not bad for a startup that hasn’t even launched yet.
Amen’s buzz is in large part down to its team, consisting of Felix Petersen founder of Plazes (the Foursquare of its era, sold ot Nokia in 2008), Florian Weber, Twitter’s first engineer (who we interviewed recently), Caitlin Winner (MIT, Nokia) and Ricki Vester Gregersen (ex-Input Squared). And they are still hiring.
I asked Petersen for comment, but he declined, other than to say “Look Mike, Voltaire once said: “No Snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible”
Make of that what you will.