The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • Germany's OTTO joins other retailers with a store inside Stardoll's teen world

    Teen fashion social world Stardoll has partnered up with OTTO, a Germany language retailer, to launch a store on the site featuring a new teen range and shopping experience. Aiming at markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the store follows a test where users made a million visits to a pop up store. OTTO owns two of the UK’s leading mail order companies, Freemans and Grattan, but… Read More

  • Former Nokia exec nows calls for an axe to fall across management

    We’ve speculated that the sudden rush of executive departures from Nokia might be an indication of an ‘Ides of March’ moment at the mobile giant. Now, the former head of Symbian user experience design and Forum Nokia has called for the resignation of 13 key executives and claims Nokia is now following his own plan of re-making the company. Even if he’s an outlier… Read More

  • Nokia World: "Nokia is back", claims handset maker with three new devices but MeeGo is M.I.A.

    With the company in-between CEOs, it was left to Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Markets, to deliver the opening keynote at today’s Nokia World in London. And strangely but perhaps appropriately, he was later joined by Anssi Vanjoki, EVP Mobile Solutions and effectively Nokia’s no. 2, who just yesterday handed in his notice. Admirably, Savander did his best to rally… Read More

  • PinkelStar closes funding to develop analytics for social networks on mobile apps

    PinkelStar, a service aimed at mobile application developers that allows them to integrate social networks like Facebook and Twitter natively into their iPhone or Android app, has closed a funding round of $500,000 to expand its team and offering. PinkelStar will integrate more networks like Buzz, Netlog, Orkut and Foursquare to its service, and it will expand its social analytics tools. Read More

  • Kelly departs Mydeco for Rackspace's European push

    Interesting move in the Cloud computing/hosting world. Hosted supplier Rackspace has hired David Kelly, cofounder/CEO of mydeco, the online furniture and interior decoration firm he started with Brent Hobermann, the founder. Mydeco was a a Rackspace customer. Kelly is a former Amazon and eBay European operations director and will help Rackspace expand into the EMA region… Read More

  • Nokia World – Why we may actually be at the wrong event

    Slowly, but surely the real issues are starting to come out at Nokia World. And it’s really all about the software at the end of the day. Which makes one wonder – are we at the right event? First. Nokia’s new flagship touchscreen mobile the N8, which is clearly an excellent device in terms of hardware, still won’t even ship with the Ovi Store pre-installed as a matter… Read More

  • Now Nokia's Chairman says he's leaving, but in 2012

    Are the knives out at Nokia or are executives voluntarily jumping off the cliff? Either way, Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila is the latest to tell the board that he will serve until the company’s 2012 annual general meeting. The news comes less than a week after CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo announced he would step down on Sept. 21 in favor of former Microsoftie Stephen Elop. Annssi Vanjoki, head… Read More

  • Seedcamp Week 2010: Europe fires up the warp drive for the Enterprise

    Seedcamp, the roving pan-European startup programme which seems to have the momentum of a juggernaut these days, kicked off its big week this week in London at University College London with a record number of teams, 23 this year picked from 900 applicants, and over 100 mentors taking to teams from 16 regions throughout EMEA. And already there are general themes emerging from the teams… Read More

  • Video: Gaboom aims to assault the second hand games market

    Jessica Ratcliffe was a young girl of 15 when she came up with an idea for a web site where gamers could swap games in a way that made the transaction fair and kept costs low. Five years later, after being set back a couple of times, she’s had the tenacity to get the idea off the ground even while at university. It’s clear Europe needs entrepreneurs like Ratcliffe. GaBoom… Read More

  • Guest post:'s iPad promotion – what went wrong?

    This is a guest post by Zeshan Ghory (@zeshanghory), a CRM consultant and co-founder of social gifting platform Last week, flash sales site (one of the many vente-privee clones to have sprung up in recent years) had been advertising an upcoming 50% discount Apple iPad sale. The usual business model here relies on getting unsold wholesale stock from retailers and… Read More

  • Anssi Vanjoki – Wisdom from the man who would be Nokia's King

    A, perhaps salient, short story by Rudyard Kipling, details the rise of a humble army Sargeant in the Anglo Indian wars to the point where he commands a kingdom, albiet briefly. It appears Anssi Vanjoki, head of Nokia’s smartphones between July and, er, yesterday, may, just possibly, have considered himself the rightful heir to the Nokia throne, prior to the installment of Mr. Elop. So… Read More

  • Wavebreak raises €350k for its HD royalty free film footage and animation service

    Wavebreak, which produces broadcast quality HD royalty free film footage and animation, has raised €350k of funding led by the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund managed by Kernel Capital. Specifically, the fund put in €250k with the remainder coming through Enterprise Ireland. Founded in 2006, Cork-based Wavebreak, a former InterTradeIreland Seedcorn national finalist, boasts… Read More

  • What should Nokia announce at Nokia World tomorrow?

    With one day to go before Nokia World, the Finnish handset maker’s annual shindig, the perception to the outside media is of a corporate family in crisis. First up, despite being scheduled to give a keynote speech, we learn that current Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been ousted, to be replaced by Stephen Elop, formerly of Microsoft Corp., although Elop won’t come… Read More

  • Slicethepie, the crowdfunding platform for artists, partners with UMG's Fontana

    Slicethepie, the web-based artist financing engine that lets musicians and bands raise money to make a professional record, has partnered with Fontana Distribution, the “indie” arm of Universal Music Group Distribution. The arrangement will see Fontana act as a sort of A&R middle-person by recommending the best Slicethepie artists to their network of over 80 labels across the U.S. Read More

  • Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's smartphone champion, resigns one day before Nokia World

    Imagine if Jonathan Ive, the designer of the Mac and the iPhone, walked out of Apple one day before its world developer’s conference? Well that’s the kind of impact of the resignation today of Anssi Vanjoki, who has announced his departure one day before Nokia World, the company’s major annual event. Vanjoki was widely seen as being the potential ‘Steve Jobs” of… Read More

  • Blyk secures 17 million Euro financing round

    Blyk, the mobile messaging media startup that works with mobile operators to link 16-24 year olds with brands, has closed a large 17 Million Euro financing round lead by Nexit Ventures and a consortium of others investors. The investment will be used to accelerate Blyk’s strategic partnering with mobile operators and expand. It already partners with Orange and Vodafone. In 2009 Blyk… Read More

  • Guest Post: How to win Seedcamp Week, by a startup that did

    Emi Gal is an entrepreneur, blogger and internet consultant. He started his first “business” at the age of 10, creating business cards for the teachers in his school. Currently he’s the CEO of Brainient, a video technology company focused on helping video publishers make more money with their video content. This is a guest post.

    Next week, 23 lucky startups will attend… Read More

  • Nokia's new CEO has a mobile mountain to climb

    Nokia is replacing Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who proved unable to address the phone-maker’s loss of the smartphone crown in the last few years, with Stephen Elop, formerly of Microsoft Corp. Nokia has two main issues to address: a steep loss in earnings and a market share in leading edge mobiles that is being assaulted by iPhone/Android/RIM. Its share price is consequently… Read More

  • Mobile ads marketplace Adfonic pulls in more personnel and cash

    Adfonic, the European-based global mobile advertising marketplace, following a cash injection last year and an undisclosed second round funding from a private investor, has taken on new senior hires in the UK and US and moved to new London offices in Mayfair. Adfonic enables advertisers to bid for display advertising space on mobile sites and applications and publishers to monetise mobile… Read More

  • Apprentice star launches The Daily Chic, an offers aggregator

    Former UK apprentice TV star Michelle Dewberry has been dabbling around the edges of the tech scene the last couple of years but until now she’s concentrated on a media play, Chiconomise, centred around hand-picking nice deals for women on a budget (a recession friendly idea, no?). But we’ve finely won our Michelle over to the Good Side of The Force, now that she’s launched… Read More