Stefano Bernardi

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Stefano Bernardi is a founder and an investor, who also worked on a platform at Betable. He previously worked at dPixel, a seed stage venture capital firm giving the opportunity to entrepreneurs to build web businesses. He does some occasional angel investing and advises start-ups on product and strategy. His most recent project is SaveMyInbox, a service to automatically save users Gmail attachments to Dropbox.

Stefano Bernardi is the founder and editor of theStartup.eu, a weblog that covers the European start-up scene focused on technology companies, web applications, social media, growth entrepreneurship, and venture capital. He also contributes to the development of TechCrunch Europe by covering the Italian start-up scene. He was the Italian Ambassador for The Sandbox Network and collaborates with Mind The Bridge foundation. He regularly speaks at events around Europe regarding entrepreneurship, start-ups, networking, and venture capital. He also featured in many publications including Wired Italy and “”Il Mondo””.

In 2009, Stefano Bernardi received a bachelor’s degree in computer and software engineering from Roma Tre University, and during the same year he founded Hosteeo, a company providing design solutions to start-ups, hosting services along with server management, and Roma3.net, an online student community for any Italian university.

Stefano Bernardi was born in 1986, and he currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and son.

Stefano Bernardi

Fubles.com, the Italian social sport community just raised €300,000 from well-known Italian investors. The round was led by Pino Partecipazioni, an investor in Yoox, Tiscali and Venere. Other investors include…

Hotelyo, a “Vente Privée” for exclusive and luxurious hotels, has raised close to €1 million in an angel round. That’s pretty impressive for Italy’s standards. The company already has a…

H-Farm, the Italian VC-slash-incubator-slash-holding company based in the countryside near Venice, just announced the opening of their new Seed Program. H-Farm will provide financing for three months worth of development,…

Some 150 people attended the inaugural party of EnLabs (Entrepreneurship Laboratories) yesterday evening. The new 40-desk incubator based in Rome, is open to all entrepreneurs with early stage and start-up…

Spreaker, an Italian music startup that offers an application for creating and sharing live audio content on the Internet, has raised €300k in an angel round. The funding comes from…

Mopapp, a Software-as-a-Service that allows application developers to retrieve, analyze and chart the downloads, upgrades, sales, revenues and profit of their mobile applications, just launched its private beta. And we…

MusiXmatch, a “lyrics in the cloud” company, has announced €400k of new seed funding. The Italian company is tackling the online music lyrics space, and whilst there are already tons…

GigsWiz, a Helsinki-based analytics service for the live music industry, has grabbed €150,000 in a seed round of funding. The service basically helps music bands interact with their fans with…

European VC deals of the week

9:31 am PDT • May 25, 2010

These are the latest VC deals happening around Europe that we’ve unearthed. Germany is still going strong, but France and Spain are keeping up pretty well. High-Tech Gründerfonds has led…

Aepona, the Belfast-based developer of a software engine that powers the “Network as a Service” (NaaS) business model for mobile operators, has just raised a $10M round, led by new…

Here’s a list of some of the recent venture capital deals that have been inked in Europe lately which you may have overlooked. Austrian venture capital house GCP gamma capital…

[Italy] Rome-based iWikiPhone, a social network for iPhone users where they can discover, share and discuss the best apps, has closed a €250k round of funding. The money comes from…

[France] Wozaik, a Paris-based startup which is developing a dynamic bookmarking system, is giving away 200 invites for an exclusive preview of their platform to Techcrunch Europe readers. You can…

[Italy] Facebook has opened a commercial office in Italy to capitalise on the social network’s growth there. The news was picked up by major italian publications, and it may have…

[UK] London-based Kohive, a startup in the collaboration space, has announced the launch of its premium services. This will be of interest to its users – however it’s not clear…

Italy, like a few other European countries, is way behind in the construction and creation of a “tech startup scene”. That being said, as of last Saturday there was almost…

The FIEG, an association of Italian editors, recently tried to sue Google’s News service. They claim: “Google is preventing editors from choosing freely which articles should be posted on the website”.…

High-Tech Gründerfonds and DuMont Venture has joined existing investors Draper Investment Company and the Business Angel Peter Schüpbach in a new round of financing for Plista. The deal is rumored to be in…

Scoreloop has just announced it closed its second financing round, with a $2.8 million / €2 million cash injection from new investors Earlybird and existing investor Target Partners, which was…

Online TV startup Konbini just raised €3M in its second round of founding from NextStage, one of the most active French venture capital firms (NextStage manages a €220m fund). The startup,…

Online password management startup Passpack, announced it’s follow-on funding. The company raised €350,000 in June 2008 and now previous investor Zernike Meta Ventures is topping that with additional €74,000. This…

Fact: cash is very hard to get for Italian startups. This has been the major problem of the Italian innovation ecosystem since the dawn of time, there simply isn’t money.…

It’s not generally well known, but there is a large Italian-expat community in Silicon Valley. A lot of first-time entrepreneurs decided to move there for all the obvious reasons and…

Italian internet giant Dada.net has acquired 51% of the assets of online gaming startup Fueps in a deal worth €1.36 Millions. Fueps launched in 2008 and grossed over €600k while…

Chiara Cicenia and Dejan Strbac, two MSc students of Politecnico di Milano in Italy wanted to give some advice to big companies about their products, marketing strategies and operations, but…