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Point Nine Capital Commits $60M to European and North American Startups

By | Jun 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

It might seem, on some days, that the US is the only part of the world with hearty tech ecosystems. But that’s only because we live here and are constantly surrounded by news from the home front. In reality there are active and thriving…


Uberchord: Personal Guitar Teacher in Your Pocket

By | Apr 13, 2015 at 8:00 am

Coming out of Berlin is an app that is trying to disrupt how people learn to play the guitar. The app, called Uberchord (yes…another company with Uber in the name, but this one is actually from Germany, so they get a pass), is known…

Enqos – Tower V2


Moviepilot Listened to Their Fans: It Paid Off Big Time

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

About seven years ago Tobi Bauckhage planted the seed of an idea in Berlin, Germany with his company Moviepilot. His mission was to fill the void in his home country where an IMDB page would sit: at the time the site hadn’t expanded internationally….


edgee: The Playground for Curious People

By | Mar 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Recently Markus Maier launched his platform edgee on Product Hunt instead of accepting his place in Harvard’s Business School. He truly believed that the world needed a new way to experience and interact with ideas, and in only a short time he’s amassed thousands of…


Carmudi Secures $25M in Funding to Continue Global Expansion

By | Feb 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

The idea was simple: to make the online search for cars simple and trustworthy. Berlin-based Carmudi set out to create a platform that brings buyers and sellers together with a few clicks of a mouse. Carmundi has announced that it has raised $25 million funding to strengthen its…


Berlin Welcomes Techstars METRO Accelerator

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Coming hot on the heels of Techstars‘ launch of Techstars Berlin, the crew today they announced that they’ll be opening a hospitality-focused accelerator based in Berlin. The city has a fast-growing ecosystem for entrepreneurs, and the Techstars METRO Accelerator will help play a role in…


Lamudi Expands to Markets in Africa, Middle East

By | Jan 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Lamudi, the international, online, real estate company serving emerging markets, has announced today a further expansion throughout Africa and the Middle East. The platform is now available in four additional countries: Qatar, Gabon, Angola, and the Republic of Congo. “Since we launched in late 2013,…


Food Delivery Startup Foodpanda Raises $60M to Expand in Emerging Markets

By | Aug 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

Rocket Internet’s food delivery service, foodpanda, announced today they have raised $60 million in funding from a group of investors, including existing investors Falcon Edge Capital as well as Berlin-based Rocket Internet AG. Foodpanda is affiliated with the brands hellofood and Delivery Club in emerging markets….


French Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Funding

By | Jul 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Why hire a black car service when you can just catch a ride with someone going towards your destination anyway? That’s the idea behind BlaBlaCar, a French carsharing company. They announced today that they raised $100 million round from Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and more to “transform…


Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

By | Mar 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria to deliver a keynote to a state-funded innovation agency to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of mentoring. One of the key points that came out of that discussion…


Can WriteReader Improve Literacy By Getting Children to Write Books?

By | Mar 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

“We’re trying to fix the way we teach our children to read and write,” says Babar Baig, cofounder of WriterReader. “Traditionally, you learn the ABCs. Once you learn that, you can put those into small words and then [form] sentences. This process typically takes one…

Business Launches, Promises a New Way to Search App Stores

By | Dec 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Today in Berlin a brand new, web-based discovery platform,, was launched to give consumers on Android or iOS transparent comparison shopping with regard to apps. The third-party search engine catalogues the over 1 million available apps and delivers hypersensitive results to consumers. “As…

Challenge Cup

Berlin is the Place to be for Startups, According to Challenge Cup Participants

By | Nov 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

“It’s vibrant, super-interesting, diverse, fun, sometimes over-rated, but in general, really great!” That’s how KIWI.KI co-founder Christian Bogatu describes the startup scene in Berlin, where 20 companies pitched their ideas and innovations at 1776’s Challenge Cup event. KIWI.KI pitched under the Smart Cities category…

Challenge Cup

Meet The Challenge Cup Berlin’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

By | Nov 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Last week was the Challenge Cup Berlin’s Regional competition, held at Betahaus.  Dozens of startups delivered their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round. In the spirit of…