Archive | January, 2012

myTaxi raises €10 million

23 Jan


  myTaxi raises €10 million from car2go and Hinrichs myTaxi, a German Taxiapp similar to uber in the states, has just received a big financing round: car2go, a subsidiary of Daimler, and Xing founder Lars Hinrichs invested alongside previous investors T-Venture (Telekom) and KfW. Car2go now owns 15% of mytaxi. myTaxi claims to be Europe’s [...]

Samwer Blitzkrieg email as a song

20 Jan

  A song about the Blitzkrieg email storms into charts Before I cover this amusing little song I have to say that I tremendously respect what Oliver Samwer and his brothers have done for the German startup scene and how they build their companies (see my thoughts on the copycat discussion ). However, one often [...]

Chic Chick Club already in trouble: CEO quits

20 Jan

  Chic Chick Club looses CEO Just a couple of months after their launch (we covered it here) the CEO Nikolaus Meyden unexpectedly quit – although no official reason was given the scene is chattering that the number of customers and general interest in CCC is much smaller than expected – supposedly 10.000 registered users [...]

Dealsite mania in Germany

20 Jan

  5 new Dealsites launch in Germany After reading on Techcrunch that 798 Dealsite have folded in the last 6 months of 2011 I was surprised to learn that 5 new dealsites have launched in Germany – which already has a very well established dealsite ecosystem. All new Dealsites are niche players and claim to [...]

RTL buys

18 Jan

  German television Group RTL buys Coupon Portal Today Handelsblatt reported that RTL bought the coupon website . Marcus Seidl founded the company in 2009 in Berlin and will stay on board. After buying the webcommunity Netzathleten in August 2011 RTL interactive is trying to get a foothold in the internet in order to [...]

Ex-Rocket CEO founds new Incubator in Berlin

17 Jan

  Ex-Rocket CEO founds new Incubator in Berlin As we reported on December 18th, key employees (amongst them the CEO) left Rocket Internet Incubator among roumors that they were not happy how they were treated by the Samwer brothers. Now we learned that the former Rocket CEO Christian Weiß founded a new incubator in Berlin: [...]

Weekly Update – 2012/01/16: gidsy, 9flats,, Parship, Zapitano

16 Jan

  This is your weekly update about the German startup scene – January 9th – 15th 2012 Ashton Kutcher (among others) invests in gidsy Gidsy, a marketplace for local experiences which calls itself the Lonely Planet 2.o, raised another $ 1.4m seed Investment from Kutcher – along with Index Ventures, Sunstone Capital, Werner Vogels (of [...]

Telekom invests “several millions” in

11 Jan

  everybody wants to rent out your flat it seems – the battle for the private room rental enters the next phase. After airbnb just announced a USD 112m round and the German clone wimdu raise USD 90m, also receive a significant 7 digit cash inflow from the old investors eVenture and RedPoint who [...]

KfW and PDV Inter-Media Venture invest in

11 Jan, a portal focused on senior citizens, has just received a “7 digit” financing from KfW and PDV Inter-Media Venture. Only 2 months after their last financing round they raised cash again – among other things to pay for the aquisition of Domizilsuche GmbH,  who runs the plattform domizilsuche, a search engine for senior [...]

Weekly Update – 2012/01/09: Start Up Camp, Hitmeister, Biggest Financing Rounds 2011

9 Jan

  This is your weekly update about the German startup scene January 2-8th, 2012:   Event: Startup Camp Berlin, March 16th + 17th 2012 interested in German startups? then join. I’ll be there. More here.   Financing round at Hitmeister Hitmeister raises “7 digit” financing round. More here.   Biggest financing rounds in 2011 #1: [...]