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A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

Accelerators are a booming business. The phenomenon is generally seen as a blessing for the growing number of start-ups. Who is behind these initiatives, what do accelerators do ex...

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Rdio rolls out free music in Europe to challenge Deezer and Spotify

Rdio just announced that it will offer 6 months of free music streaming in another 14 countries, most of them in Europe. The announcement comes after Rdio already rolled out a 1 year free trial in the US. The countries Rdio added today are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Users in those countries can no... Read more

6wunderkinder: "No, we're NOT having trouble finding Series B funding"

An article in SF Gate published this weekend reports that 6wunderkinder, darling of the Berlin startup scene and maker of Wunderlist, is having trouble raising Series B funding. Benedikt Lehnert, CMO of 6Wunderkinder is also quoted as saying that European investors are “far more conservative” than their Silicon Valley counterparts. Here’s the quote from the article: 6Wunderkinder has been focused primari... Read more

Suits you, sir! Outfittery raises millions of € to "liberate men from shopping"

Berlin based e-commerce startup Outfittery.de announced a “mid-seven euro figure” funding round from Mangrove Capital Partners, RI Digital Ventures and the Investitionsbank Berlin. Early investors Holtzbrinck Ventures and High-Tech Gründerfonds also participated in the round, VentureVillage reports. Outfittery was founded in early 2012 as an online private shopping experience for men, to 'liberate men from sh... Read more

The Economist on Gidsy: "Simple, but challenging" [updated with @edial input]

The Economist Schumpeter blog wrote about Gidsy, the Berlin based startup founded by Edial Dekker and his brother Floris which recently celebrated its first anniversary (see photo). (UPDATE: Edial Dekker was kind enough to react to the article on Twitter, I'm including his tweets here) Gidsy and Dekker have become something of stars on the startup circuit, with about $ 1,2 million in funding from Ashton Kutcher, A... Read more

Tradeshift announces a "multi-million" dollar partnership with Intuit

Christian Lanng, CEO and co-founder of Tradeshift, announced today that the company struck a multi-million dollar partnership with Intuit. Intuit will take a strategic stake in Tradeshift, and will encourage its 5 million QuickBooks customers to use Tradeshift to communicate with their clients and settle bills with it. Tradeshift is a free business platform for e-invoicing and cooperation: a social network for ent... Read more