• Private shopping club Brands4friends ratchets up €1m in sales in a single day

    Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has hit somewhat of a milestone this week, ratcheting up €1 million worth of sales in a single day. Just in time for its third birthday, apparently. Read More

  • Brands4Friends invests a further "multi-million" in private buying club Secretsales

    Following an initial investment in February, the UK private buying club Secretsales has raised a second round of funding from Germany’s Brands4friends. The actual amount is once again undisclosed but is in the “multi-million pound” region. Secretsales runs so-called “flash sales” of fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle and home wares, offering up to 70% off brands… Read More

  • After cashing in on Citydeal, Samwer brothers invest in online gaming world Panfu

    The Samwer brothers are at it again. Shortly after cashing in on Citydeal, Germany’s most prolific startup investors have put millions into Panfu. Their incubator Rocket Internet joined by Holtzbrinck Ventures has invested a seven digit Euro sum in the multi-language online gaming world for kids. It’s their third joint investment in Panfu, former rounds were done together… Read More

  • Germany's Brands4friends takes its buying club model to Japan

    [Germany/Japan] Following Austrian and UK expansion, Germany’s leading buying club Brands4friends has opened shop in Japan with the the launch of The new site, which is backed by Partech International and Holtzbrinck Ventures along with its German parent company,, aims to become a market leader locally by applying the same buying club model that is… Read More

  • Brands4friends appoints ex-VC for M&A action

    [Berlin] Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has appointed ex-VC Olivier Schuepbach as Director of International & Corporate Development where he’ll be spearheading the Berlin-based startup’s international expansion. Schuepbach, a native Swiss, joins from Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European venture capital firm where he was responsible… Read More

  • Brands4friends invests in Secretsales – private buying clubs remain hot!

    [UK/Germany] Private buying clubs have become such a hot item of late, it’s perhaps inevitable that we’re starting to see a move towards consolidation. Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has invested in the UK’s Secretsales. And while the actual figure is undisclosed, which isn’t a surprise considering how competitive this space is… Read More

  • Germany's leading buying club Brands4friends expands into Austria

    [Germany] Buying clubs remain a hot item. Last week we reported on acquisition talks between Amazon and France-based Vente-Privee, said to be valued at over 2 billion euros. And now we learn that Germany’s Brands4friends has expanded into Austria. The buying club already claims 2.5 million members in its home country and says that since launch 50,000 Austrians have joined the site. As… Read More