Marie Boran

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  • Moai Capital Group, a new Italian seed fund with European tastes

    [Italy] A Moai statue couldn’t be more appropriate as a logo for an Italian venture capital firm. Like those big heads emerging on Easter Island’s otherwise flat landscape, Italy definitely needs new heads and brains (and money too) to appear in a fairly static VC market. Milan-based Moai Capital Group is indeed a curious monolith on a remote island: It was founded by a… Read More

  • Banzai Group's Liquida acquires Italian memetracker BlogBabel

    Liquida, an Italian user generated content based blog aggregator owned by RGB srl, a Banzai Group company, has acquired one of the most popular memetrackers and blog directories in Italy, BlogBabel, for an undisclosed sum. BlogBabel was put up for sale on August 30th by its founder and CEO, Ludovico Magnocavallo, who set up an auction on Ebay starting at €4999,00 (approx. $7300 USD), that… Read More

  • Italy's H-Farm is an incubator with ideas – and it's coming to London

    Italian startup incubator H-Farm Ventures is running a competition with $200,000 prize money to fund the the 10 most original and potentially successful ideas for web shows, interactive formats and what they call “trans-media narration”. Cirkus is a competition that ends on September 5th, 2009, and is open to anyone who can come up with a fresh and engaging web based program. Read More

  • Yahoo! Mobile launches in Italy – kicking off a new game?

    Two things you can say about Italians: that they’ve been eating their heart out for not pushing a Series A team to the Champions League’s final in Rome, and that they go mad about mobile phones. Italy has 88.58 million subscribers in total – that’s an eye-watering 152.4% penetration rate, one of the highest in Europe. And 3G traffic has been rising considerably with all… Read More