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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 Gutscheine.de

18 Jan

  German television Group RTL buys Coupon Portal Today Handelsblatt reported that RTL bought the coupon website gutscheine.de . 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: [...]

Telekom invests “several millions” in 9flats.com

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, 9flats.com also receive a significant 7 digit cash inflow from the old investors eVenture and RedPoint who [...]

KfW and PDV Inter-Media Venture invest in pflege.de

11 Jan

  Pflege.de, 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 [...]

Hitmeister raises “7 digit” financing round

4 Jan

  Hitmeister – a German marketplace similar to amazon – announced today that they raised a 7 digit EUR financing round. All investors were already previously engaged in Hitmeister, the lead investor seems to be Tiger Global. Other investors are BrainsToVentures, Infomediar and Semi Verwaltungs GmbH. Hitmeister plans to use the money to strengthen their [...]

upcload voted best German startup 2011

19 Dec

  upcload, a web based service that measure syour clothing size using a webcam and a CD (you hold the CD in front of your navel and using your webcam upcload will measure your clothing size), has been voted German Startup of the year 2011 from the well respected startup blog deutsche-startups.de upcload, elected by [...]

Pinspire – the identical twin (clone) of Pinterest

1 Dec

  Rocket Internet, the incubator of the famous German internet brothers Samwers, has launched another clone of a successfull US website: Pinspire is nearly identical to pinterest. After many other clones (see my post on the German clone wars), most famous of all the amazing story of CityDeal and Groupon, the German internet scene is [...]