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The free service is currently available on iOS, Android and OS X, though an in-browser version will arrive soon. It’s been under development for two years and has a very credible team behind it. However, its security mechanisms remain a mystery.
The German firm focuses on behind-the-firewall installations because its customers — the likes of the U.S. Navy — aren’t too keen on building their applications in the public cloud.
After courts in Hamburg and Berlin upheld bans on Uber’s services, the company announced the opening of its traditional-taxi-friendly UberTaxi service in those cities.
Rocket Internet’s upcoming IPO looks to be a barnstormer. As reported by Reuters on Wednesday, the flotation on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange…
The Berlin-based fertility tracking startup Clue has raised funding from new and old investors, taking total funding to €1 million ($1.32 million).…
Run by a German charitable organization called dotHIV, the new domain will see 0.1 U.S. cents donated to an HIV or AIDS charity each time someone clicks on a relevant address.
The company says it will challenge the ban, which came into force on Wednesday evening. In the meantime, Uber’s drivers are taking a heck of a chance by keeping the business running.
Wunderlist 3 is a faster, slicker, more collaboration-friendly iteration of the popular productivity app. But it’s also the first step in a strategic shift for Berlin’s 6Wunderkinder.
Spying on the German public? Not a problem. Spying on Chancellor Merkel? Kind of a problem. Turning a German intelligence employee and German army officer? It seems the German government has had enough.
The investment gives Randstad a way into the new world of online freelance recruitment, and Twago a way into Randstad’s considerable enterprise customer base.
The Austrian-German company, which is a finalist in this year’s Structure Launchpad contest, offers technology born out of the frustration of scaling a large social network.
Applause claims to have more testers for mobile apps than all its remaining rivals combined.
The service looks better on mobile than it does on the web, and it’s coming to iOS soon as well. It would be nice to see it broaden out from its narrow product focus, though.
Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces.
The Berlin startup is trying to offer small businesses low-cost analytics for keeping their online customers coming back.
Berlin’s tech startup scene isn’t all about e-commerce and apps – there are a few hardware startups in there too, and one,…
In the first big European funding news of the year, Berlin-based food-ordering service Delivery Hero said on Monday that it has raised…
A Berlin court has upheld a complaint by the Federation of German Consumer Associations, which argued that Google’s users can’t be certain what they’re signing up to when they agree to the firm’s terms and conditions.
Berlin’s 6Wunderkinder has reportedly raised a $30 million Series B round, with heavyweight Sequoia Capital joining existing investors such as Earlybird and…
The Stockholm outfit wants to save developers the hassle of juggling local development environments, framework installs, deployment services and hosting.
The death of Amen is no great surprise, but it does represent the end of a certain era — one of hype — for Berlin. So what’s left? A ton of serious businesses that bode well for the future.
Dr Alexander Dix is Berlin’s privacy chief. With Germany being pretty hardcore about data protection law, you might think he’s Silicon Valley’s worst enemy — but he has compromise in mind.
There are many corporate-backed accelerators, but they usually offer startups expertise and contacts in a relevant field. Coke’s effort sounds like a scattershot attempt to feel relevant through the magic power of the tech scene.
Bill Gates doesn’t invest in tech companies very often. But with ResearchGate, a firm that stands a real chance of improving the workflow of scientists around the world, you can see why he bit.
HowDo’s instructional storyboards offer an interesting platform, but have until now been limited to viewing within the community. Now they can be embedded on blogs and Pinterest, too.
Like FindTheBest, the highly ambitious Versus IO takes a data-centric approach to product comparisons. But it’s also using natural language algorithms and a generic data model, raising interesting possibilities for the future.
The money should help Berlin-based ResearchGate beef up its sales team, as it starts trying to monetize its 2.7 million-strong community of researchers. It remains unclear, though, who stumped up the cash.
Building on Amazon’s Peritor purchase last year, the company is to hire more than 70 engineers in Berlin and Dresden to work on various cloud management and machine learning technologies.
The team-oriented version of the Wunderlist task manager has finally arrived for the iPhone, iPad, OS X and the web. Android and Windows versions will follow in a week’s time.
Presenting a clear comparison of multiple local and long-distance transport options by price and duration is no mean feat. But Waymate has even greater ambitions, allowing trip booking from within its service.
Wunderlist Pro will be more geared towards project management, with features including the ability to assign to-dos to specific team members, and the introduction of unlimited subtasks to make it easier to split projects.
It can’t be cheap running the web’s de facto user-generated audio platform, so it’s promising to see SoundCloud simplify its paid-for tier structure and introduce new possibilities for deep-pocketed content partners.
Berlin’s highly successful games studio is moving into Android, starting off with a new version of the hit Diamond Dash. It seemed like a good time to get a snapshot developer perspective on coding for the big two mobile platforms.
The phone-maker wants you to know that most of the biggest Android and iOS apps can also be found on the Windows Phone platform, and it’s using data-wranglers Xyo to accomplish this.
The ‘YouTube of audio’ now reaches 180 million people, but it remains unclear how the service’s stellar growth is translating into premium subscription uptake.
Archify isn’t the first service to promise a personal search engine but, with smart touches such as Gmail integration and the recording of social streams, it has a decent chance of being the one that succeeds.
You can now see EyeEm images embedded in tweets. Frankly, it’s surprising and a bit impressive that the service got to a million downloads without the virality that feature brings.
I took two big trips in October — one fun one to Europe, and one Hurricane Sandy-induced road trip. Here are the digital tools I found most useful on the road — and the ones that were more of a hindrance.
Call it a minor pivot. The Berlin- and L.A.-based IMDb rival Moviepilot has decided that the real money lies in turning its masses of user data into cross-platform marketing campaigns for the likes of Universal and Disney.
The investment bank Torch Partners, which has played a part in the growth of companies such as Huddle, OnApp and Just Eat, says it is attracted to Berlin partly by the B2B scene that’s quietly bubbling away there.
The YouTube of sound is a clear success, but its big monetization play – beyond pro-account subscriptions – still remains a mystery.
Real-time bidding is now becoming a common feature on mobile ad platforms. But Germany’s Madvertise reckons its underlying targeting tech will give it the edge over rivals such as Mobclix and Smaato.
Sometimes one company’s failures can provide valuable lessons for other startups. That’s definitely the case with a major strategy shift from productivity upstart 6Wunderkinder, which we can reveal.
There are a few apps out there catering to those who want limits on their social networking experience, but this one focuses entirely on the collaborative photo album angle.
People love to hate clone artists like Berlin’s endlessly cash-hungry Rocket Internet, but is this really a clear-cut debate? And where should we draw the line?
Many companies are already targeting advertisers and publishers with their interactive imagery tech, but Roombeats hopes to differentiate itself through a clear focus on advertising and by internationalizing itself from the start.
Berlin is making great strides towards becoming a serious home for startups and entrepreneurs in Europe. But while it’s getting support from businesses and even government, the biggest fly in the ointment could be the delayed, embarrassing shambles that is Brandenburg airport.
In the great international online food delivery land-grab, Berlin-based Delivery Hero has just doubled its total amount of raised capital. According to co-CEO Fabian Siegel, that means profitability – and probably more acquisitions.
Indiegogo, which is considering letting users of its platform give equity for funding, reckons the change will mostly benefit small businesses who want to raise cash from potential local customers
After longstanding grumbling from the German capital’s tech community over its lack of recognition, the Berlin senate has launched a campaign to push the city as a startup center of note.
The redesigned Loopcam now plugs into Facebook’s Open Graph and allows the uploading of third-party-created animated GIFs. What’s more, the founder suggests the user base is now ‘widely’ past the six-digit mark.
Where’s the party at? That’s the question Vamos is trying to answer with an iOS app that aggregates and overlays Facebook event data on a map, for real-time and hyperlocal discovery
The ‘Airbnb for activities’ is now open to anyone who wants to offer tours and experiences anywhere in the world, and has also just rolled out more social functionality
Never ones to rest on their laurels, the Samwer brothers have launched their copy of hot payments service Stripe, while also partnering up with the cellular carrier Millicom for a fresh push into emerging markets
Tech start-up buzz is bringing Berlin to the attention of suits who broker company investments and sales. That means many more German outfits are likely to see money sloshing around, just like SoundCloud did.
The online food-ordering firm is emblematic of a new breed of aggressively expansionist German e-commerce startup. And, according to CEO Fabian Siegel, the race is on for pretty much anywhere that’s not the U.S.
Wahwah.fm was trying to bring personal radio into the social age, while doing it all legally. It failed – at least for now – and CEO Philipp Eibach has a very cautionary tale for startups planning to take on the music business.
The Berlin startup, which has been quietly developing its technology duirng a bootstrapped first couple of years, has gone into closed beta while revealing funding from VCs and SoundCloud and GameForge co-founders
An Indian operation copied the website of ExploreB2B so closely that the original code still showed, but backed down after little more than a challenging email.
German mobile analytics firm Adeven says that nearly two-thirds of software in iOS App Store are ‘zombies’ — thanks to a new tool that has counted 400,000 apps which get no downloads, are invisible to users and have no ranking.
The organization behind Firefox, which is in the early stages of a serious mobile push, says it wants to be ‘where new web trends are created’ — and that means the German capital, where it could link up with some of the city’s mobile app developers.
Germany’s Rocket Internet may have not made its big U.S. push yet, but one of its early plays — parenting subscription service Petitebox — has failed amid logistical problems. Will it make up for that by resurrecting the service under a new name?
There are plenty of sell-your-picture platforms out there already that give people the chance to become semi-professional photographers. But German startup Photocircle has a twist: it’s encouraging those taking pictures to support social projects in the photogenic places they visit.
The Berlin startup hopes that a ‘big six figure’ funding round can help it provide a European take on the ‘Airbnb for childcare’ model. But will its emphasis on trust and personal screening mean success — or simply create scaling problems?
The Samwer Brothers have stopped being furtive about the extent of their many clones, with a new site that lists their full portfolio as part of a wider rebrand. But what can we learn from this dramatic shift? Is Rocket Internet looking to America?
The money will go into two funds, one of which also aims to raise angel cash. But will it be enough to shore up a promising but funding-starved startup scene?
Papagei.tv wants to use movies and other video entertainment to help people learn new languages — and it’s doing well out of the gate, with at least €10m to extend its immersive language-training courses and a role as the official language trainer for Germany’s Olympic team.
Rumors suggest the Samwer brothers are prepping a clone of hot payments startup Stripe to add to their copies of Square and BillMeLater – though it remains to be seen whether this would be a quick-sale ploy or a long-term play.
Rocket Internet did it before with eBay and Groupon, and now it’s done it again – having founded a very similar service to Care.com, it has now sold that service to the the U.S.-based care-giving firm for equity.
A newly-launched startup called Foundd is taking the algorithmic approach, while its Berlin neighbour Tweek.tv is going for the social angle. But why has no winner emerged in this space already?
A new startup is hoping to breathe new life into the MeeGo project let loose by Nokia — just one of a rising number of companies breaking out as the Finnish mobile giant stumbles. That’s what happens when you let 40,000 people go inside two years.
It’s easy to embed a wide variety of music players on your website, but hard to get them singing from the same hymnsheet. Musicplayr’s trying to fix that with a newly-revamped player it calls ‘eye-candy for the ears’
Germany’s notorious clone merchants have sold their stake in furniture operation Fashion For Home, but that still leaves them with good alternatives in the space. Whether they can produce strong players in less traditional e-commerce markets is another question.
Productivity startup 6Wunderkinder made a big noise on the Berlin scene when it launched, but it’s been quiet for a few months. Now CEO Christian Reber explains why other German startups should follow suit and focus on their product — and why he’s worried about Windows 8.
The Swedish investor has become a new backer of Billpay, a Samwer brothers operation and PayPal rival that’s talking expansion – but what kind?
The reasons cited by games factory Wooga when it pulled out of developing mobile browser-based games for Facebook’s platform are not going to be fixed anytime soon – and that fact should be cause for concern in the social network’s quest to conquer mobile.
Payment startups hoping to conquer Europe will be watching their backs a little more closely today, with the news that the Samwer…
Gidsy CEO Edial Dekker says the experience marketplace is working on a relaunch that will make the service more social and take it to new places — but he warns that whatever happens, he doesn’t want to suffer from Europe’s ‘ego problem.’
New messaging platform Moped is essentially a lightweight yet richer alternative to one of Twitter’s secondary features. But even in the increasingly crowded messaging space it might be unique enough to fly on its own.
Why did one early investor in apparently thriving Berlin startup 6wunderkinder sell up? We’ve solved the mystery: it looks like the German public-private HTGF venture capital firm hit the limits of what it was allowed to do and decided to cash out.
Twitter’s deal with SoundCloud to embed audio in tweets isn’t just a deal that gives the Berlin music startup a ton of exposure: it’s a signal that while Twitter may carry a threat for media companies, it could be a serious alternative to Facebook.
Berlin startup Readmill’s iPad-based social reading app has got plenty of attention. Now it’s getting a significant update that will make it simpler and easier to use for everyone — including making it more useful for independent publishers to hook themselves in to.
The company behind German Facebook clone StudiVZ has changed its name to Poolworks and decided to focus on its social network for school-age kids, IDPool. It seems there’s simply no point competing with Mark Zuckerberg’s juggernaut any more.
Just months after Germany’s notorious Samwer brothers courted controversy by cloning design sales site Fab.com, they are about to close their copycat site, Bamarang, down — folding it into its more successful stablemate, WestWing.
You might think Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann, the man at the very top of T-Mobile, enjoyed life in a big corporation. On the contrary, he says: big companies are slow and need partners who can be nimble on their behalf… just as long as they’re not too disruptive.
One of the world’s leading credit agencies is courting controversy with an experimental program that will use data from Facebook and other social networks to inform its ratings decisions. And the biggest surprise? It’s happening in privacy-mad Germany.
German e-reading service txtr hopes to take on Amazon and Apple by becoming the biggest provider of third party reading apps — and a deal with four major American publishers and a New York office could be the latest steps in that journey.
After some serious beta testing, Facebook file transfer app Pipe is now ready for action. It allows users to send each other files to each other through the social network — and we have 5,000 invitations to get in early.
Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of sound-sharing platform SoundCloud tells GigaOM where the company is going — including a new mobile-friendly version and the potential for TV integration — and explains what it’s like being an impromptu ambassador for the Berlin startup scene.
Online food ordering service Delivery Hero claims to be number one in five countries, with 84 percent growth in the first quarter of this year alone. Its next target? Overhauling its main rival, European market leader Just-Eat.
What use are hundreds of shortcuts if you don’t know them? Berlin’s Veodin has come up with a free tool called KeyRocket, which trains users in the way of the shortcut with more relevance and less irritation than Microsoft’s hated old Office assistant.
Berlin’s attempt to become one of the world’s premier cities for startup culture is taking a serious blow, with a new airport months behind schedule and a ‘crazy’ compulsory pension contributions scheme that has nascent companies warning that it could prove too much.
The fact that Germany’s Rocket Internet is launching another clone should come as a surprise to no-one. But even with their copycat reputation, cutting and pasting code for their new Nigerian online store seems more than little bit lazy.
Konstantin Guericke, a co-founder of LinkedIn, has become a Silicon Valley-based venture partner for the Berlin firm Earlybird, giving its investments a direct link to Californian capital and business networks. Is this a turning point for German startups?
Up to €300,000 in seed funding and a pro mentor to boot? Sounds great – but it seems the equity demands for Deutsche Telekom’s new Berlin-based ‘incubator’ hub:raum are pretty fuzzy indeed.
The Berlin clone factory rakes in the cash, but from whom? We take an initial look at the the sources of Rocket’s fuel.
The Berlin-based IMDB rival Moviepilot, which is already working with film studios to give them better understanding of their projects’ fanbase, has secured funding to put a sales team in LA
It’s fun pitching cities like Berlin against the Valley, but it’s an artifical contest that makes little sense these days. Two investors believe it’s time to ditch the territorial debate and start building European startups that cross borders.
Squadmail’s idea of shared, mail-server-level folders is simple, but it may be the ideal way of moving on from inefficient tools like forwards and CCs
With the summer approaching, Europe is a busy place with lots of events to enjoy. Here’s our pick of three this week that you may find interesting or useful.
After similar launches in the UK and Ireland, mobile giant Telefónica is bringing its Wayra accelerator program to Germany later this year — with a six-month scheme for tech startups that comes with up to €50,000 in seed funding.
Most Berlin startups are looking to get acquired, but here’s one that’s doing the buying: Madvertise, which has just picked up Turkey’s…
Ever find LinkedIn too noisy to be useful? Siblings Jonathan and Susanna Gebauer say their ExploreB2B — launching in English for the first time — offers a service tailored to establishing category experts, solving problems and making new business leads.
German clone factory Rocket Internet, the incubator run by the controversy-courting Samwer brothers, has reportedly chosen its next target: white hot payment service Square.
The mobile communications management platform takes almost all the functionality of the phone and puts it, along with a scary amount of insights data, into a desktop or tablet’s HTML5 browser.
VC firm Earlybird has raised a $100m fund that will be largely focused on Berlin — and partner Ciarán O’Leary says the German capital could become as important as Silicon Valley by playing to its single-minded strengths.
Berlin-based developer Wooga, whose gem-clearing game has already made it one of the most successful Facebook app-makers, says the linked-up iOS version has seen 11 million downloads so far.
Changes brought in by much-hyped Berlin startup Amen were partially intended to stop the opinion service being used as a messaging platform — ironic, given that the CTO was a key early developer at Twitter.
Hot Berlin startup Amen has got plenty of hype for building a simple app that lets you say if things are good or bad. But fresh money and major new additions — including deep integration with Facebook and iTunes — could make it a whole lot more useful.
The company, which has just closed a seven-figure funding round and is aiming for expansion into the U.S., aggregates various e-tailers’ loyalty schemes into a Facebook app that also takes account of customers’ profile data
Germany may be Europe’s biggest economy, but Twitter has relatively low take-up there. So why does the company appear to be preparing to set up shop in Berlin?
A new Rocket company has just popped up in Indonesia, offering a suspiciously similar service and look to the world’s most prominent e-tailer
A year ago Airbnb clone Wimdu was getting ready to launch. Now CEO Arne Bleckwenn is presiding over hockey stick growth and international expansion, just as the peer-to-peer travel sector starts to heat up.
Tweek’s ‘next-generation TV guide’ unites different islands of online film and TV content with curation provided by Facebook’s social graph. Now it’s launching an iPad app for European users to try and convince more people to pick it up.
A new Facebook app called Pipe will let users transfer large files to their friends, through a peer-to-peer service that makes novel use of Adobe’s AIR technology
Recruitment is a painful process that often deals nasty surprises to companies and applicants alike. Somewhere, a new service in early beta, wants to stop that happening with its About.me-style take on the hiring process.
Berlin’s Tape.tv has teamed up with Spotify to help fill the void left by the old, music-oriented MTV. But underneath the hood, its approach could be another interesting example of how onerous music rights in Germany have sparked a different kind of music startup.
A prominent local VC has called for German venture capitalists to band together and create a seed platform, but others say the likes of Kickstarter and AngelList need to appear naturally and organically if they are to work
Florian Heinemann, long-time marketing chief for the infamous Samwer brothers, has joined other ex-Rocketeers at Project A Ventures — an incubator that has been explicitly set up as a move away from Rocket’s copycat model.
Germany’s IdeaCamp, a short mentoring program for budding entrepreneurs, is causing concern among Berlin’s startup community. Why? Because it asks attendees to give up a fifth of any business developed as a result of its three-day workshops.
Facebook has been slapped down again by the German authorities over privacy problems with its Friend Finder feature — but while reports suggest the social network has fixed the problem, the consumer group that launched the complaint says it is still not happy.
It’s become almost cliche to say that the Samwer brothers, Europe’s most successful — and notorious — internet entrepreneurs are publicity shy.…
We lift the lid on stealth startup Ezeep, which wants to reinvent printing for the mobile generation by using a cloud portal that gives businesses a simple and secure way to let guests carry out one of life’s mundane but necessary tasks
Germany’s Rocket Internet — an incubator notorious for its habit of copying other businesses — rarely opens its doors. But we got a rare peek inside one of its new projects, the kitchen service HelloFresh. So what is it like working for the Samwer brothers?
Hot Berlin startup Gidsy, which lets people find and book tours, lessons and other offline experiences, is opening the doors on a service in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Monoqi, the European competitor to design flash sales site Fab.com, launches this week. What makes it different? CEO Simon Fabich says it’s a “curated design platform” that sports a less commercial taste than its American rival.
Om has called 6wunderkinder “one of his favorite new companies”, and there’s good reason. The startup is one of the leading lights…
The tools that have revolutionized the way we live are only just starting to have an impact on scientific research. Now ResearchGate — the “Facebook of science” — is hoping to speed up the change, with a new round of investment from Founders Fund to make it work.
Berlin is famous for its thriving music scene — and now local startup wahwah.fm is taking on the idea of pirate radio with a social, mobile app that lets you broadcast to your friends.
SoundCloud, a web audio startup, has raised $50 million in new funding from investors led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. GGV Capital also participated. Previous investors in the company include Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures and Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.
Berlin is the most un-German of German cities. It is relatively new in its latest & post-unification incarnation. It is cheap and it has no major industry – for now. But that could soon change. My impression from a visit to what could become Europe’s biggest tech-hub.
I visited Berlin in December 2011 to better understand the German capital’s blossoming startup scene. In these two videos SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alex Ljung shared his impressions of Berlin and its sudden rise as a startup hub, along with his company’s plans.
Tweek.tv wants to become your social TV guide and recommend interesting movies, TV shows and web content based on the things your friends have liked on Facebook. The German startup is emerging from stealth mode today and also announcing a first round of funding.
Berlin’s transit authority didn’t like a documentary that shows dozens of its subway trains being repurposed as moving canvases by graffiti artists. The movie’s filmmakers responded to a cease-and-desist letter by publishing the entire movie online, freely available to anyone.
Berlin is fast becoming the destination of choice for entrepreneurs, thanks to the emergence of hot startups such as SoundCloud, Amen, EyeEm, Phonedeck, Txtr and Wunderlist. And thanks to this burgeoning startup scene, Amazon Web Services is looking to establish its operations in Berlin.