There is possibly no single living soul on digital world who has not carried away by the brainstorms created during TechCrunch’s Disrupt conferences in San Francisco and New York. Last year, TC executives decided to hold a European version of them in Berlin and achieved a huge success. In 18-21 October this year, TC Disrupt Europe will move to an equally important hub that houses one of the largest ecosystems in Europe: London.
Increasingly connected to European hubs like Berlin, as well as to the U.S. and Asia, London has been the favorite headquarter location for 15,000 startups established between 2012 and 2013, according to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. It is still among the few cities who have been hit least by the global financial crisis. with 27% of all new jobs coming from the tech and digital sectors in 2012, says UK government body Tech City.Read More
Within a period of 10 years, the number of ‘things’ that are connected to the internet and to be talking to each other and the user is estimated to be around 30 billion units. Mobile World Congress 2014 was a platform where we got plenty of hints about this future. Intel, the largest producer of processors has been very busy with exploring the opportunities, not only with silicon Edison processor but also with regard to software, solutions and services.
Ms. Ayse Ildeniz, the VP of Intel in charge of new devices joined us during the show and explained Intel’s approach to a future full of connected devices and services.Read More
Swedish e-commerce platform Tictail has raised $8 million funding in Series A led by Thrive Capital. Company also announced the number of stores opened via the platform reached 35,000, representing a sharp rise from 23,000 in summer 2013. The money will, of course, be used in international expansion, to start with the opening of an office in New York.
Tictail provides a very easy-to-use platform for ‘indie’ retailers and brands to open their full-fledged but affordable-to-maintain online shops in seconds. Store owners on Tictail can customize their pages using tools and apps provided by the company.Read More
Sweden’s population, the largest in Scandinavia, is around 9.6 million by 2013 figures. And almost half of its 7-70 years old people are members of sports clubs, most being active members, that is, exercising the particular sports themselves, not only watching and supporting it. This kind of love applies to all Scandinavian countries, which, apparently, is the stimulus for UK-based flash sales website SportPursuit who eyes the region for growth after receiving £5 million (around $8.2 million) in Series B funding.
The investment is led by London-based DFJ Esprit with the participation of Silicon Valley Bank and four individual angel investors, according to TechCrunch. This increases the total funding raised so far to 6.4 million.Read More
Istanbul-based mobile gaming studio Gram Games secures additional funding for the growth of Railroad Gangs, its new free-to-play social strategy game for iOS. Round A funding of $600,000 is led by the company’s previous angel investor, Hummingbird Ventures. Additional funding came from serial business angels Fabrice Grinda, Jose Marin and Tunc Yalgin.
Founded in 2012, mobile game development studio Gram Games has a team of industry professionals focused on creating engaging games for mobile platforms, particularly targeting high-frequency players.Read More
If startup competitions are good for something, that would be saving the potential investors and supporters the pain and time sorting out the best among the zillions of projects. That’s how it worked for Inteclinic, a developer of bio-track devices for a better sleep, when it was crowned as the champion at LeWeb Paris Startup Competition last December. They went out for a $100,000 funding via Kickstarter, and ended up with more than $400,000 partly thanks to LeWeb victory.
It’s been half a year already since Waze was acquired by Google for a not-so-bad $1 billion. Having expected it to be turned into sort of a ‘feature’ within Google Maps to improve its ‘social’ riches, was quite normal. It proved not!
In one of the first-day panels at DLD14 conference, Noam Bardin, the ‘Chief Wazer’ of the Waze, clearly states that they are still independent as a company and very happy to be owned by Google. He says he had the chance to defend company’s independence with Google and their crowdsources real-time traffic and navigation services have been improving ‘a little’ after the acquisition.Read More
Accel Partners, the leading global venture capital firm mostly known with their early support to today’s bigshots like Spotify, Hailo, BlaBlaCar, promotes Philippe Botteri and Michiel Kotting to partner in a move to further expand in European and Israeli markets.
Company says in a press release that the promotions are further demonstration of investment opportunities in the said territories and the team is now the largest since Accel entered the European market in 2000.Read More