accelerators April 20, 2014 posted by Elvis Adomnica

Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator – Start of the New Program

In April, 10 fresh, young companies will be moving into the offices of the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, the third round of startups to move in since the accelerator’s founding. They’ll be using the offices as their base to develop their products, build their companies, and work towards follow-up financing. “Based on the positive experiences of our first years, we will be holding three program rounds in 2014,” says Jörg Rheinboldt, CEO of Axel Springer Plug and Play. “With our close ties to Axel…

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accelerators April 19, 2014 posted by Adrian Ignatescu

Teleskin wins Next Step Challenge

Eight start-ups reached the final of the Next Step Challenge competition with their own unique business idea. The winner was the Serbian company Teleskin who was presented with the biggest entrepreneur prize in Europe of 250,000 euro by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Teleskin combines digital technology and medical knowledge in an innovative way. Their digital solution allows users to take photos of their moles and skin lesions which are sent to evaluation by a physician through the Teleskin app and digital platform. The user gets an answer within…

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Teleskin wins Next Step Challenge
acquisition April 1, 2014 posted by Adrian Ignatescu

Why Did Facebook Buy Oculus Rift?

By now, everybody heard of the famous acquisition of VR firm Oculus Rift by Facebook for $2 billion . This transaction is the latest one in a long “shopping spree” that Mark Zuckerberg started last year. The social network has bought no fewer than 13 companies in the last year alone.  Among them names like WhatsApp, Instagram and even a drone company named Titan Aerospoace, for $60 million. Facebook is taking “small” steps to secure an interesting future If we put the Oculus in the context of all the latest acquisitions by Facebook,…

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Why Did Facebook Buy Oculus Rift?
infographic startups general March 30, 2014 posted by Adrian Ignatescu

Most Popular Instant Messaging Apps In 2014 – Review & Infographic

The last weeks have been extremely interesting with news from the telecommunication industry announcing acquisitions and big investments in the instant messaging app sector. We would like make a small recap and mention the most important moves in the instant messaging market in 2014 up to date. The most hyped news was of course the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook for $16 billion in cash and stock last month. Almost at the same time, Reuters wrote about the purchase of Israeli startup by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten Inc for $900 million. Not long after these…

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Most Popular Instant Messaging Apps In 2014 – Review &  Infographic

Next Challenge Denmark 2014 announced – Europe’s biggest prize for startups

The Next Step Challenge entrepreneurship competition culminates on the 14th of April in a grand finale show in Denmark, where eight international growth companies compete for Europe’s biggest entrepreneur price of 250,000 euro. The award is presented to the winner by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. What is Next Step Challenge? Next Step Challenge is the most ambitious accelerator programme and entrepreneurship competition in Europe. The entrepreneur Competition supports ambitious and promising startups through a 5-month business course and culminates in the competition for the first prize of 250,000…

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social media March 26, 2014 posted by Adrian Ignatescu

7 Adventure Travel Companies Using Social Media Right

Adventure travel is a relatively new niche in the tourism industry and it’s not all that strictly defined. “Adventure” means different things to different people whether it’s rappelling down a sheer cliff face or simply traveling to a previously-unexplored country. A few brands are taking advantage of the endless opportunities provided by social media within the adventure travel industry and are continuously finding new ways to inspire and engage customers. Here’s a look at seven travel companies who have the social media thing down… VisitSweden Sweden’s widely known for its…

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travel startups Trending March 25, 2014 posted by Adrian Ignatescu

Why Is AirBnb Valued At $10 Billion, More Than Hyatt Hotels?

Airbnb, the already famous hospitality start up, is just about to raise $400 million to $500 million which will boost the company to a staggering value of  $10 billion. The news appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal which cites “people familiar with the process” who say private equity firm TPG is leading the round. This equity firm also owns shares in other “internet goodies” like the car-ride start up, Uber. The most recent valuation of the Silicon Valley company was at $2,5 million. Among the current investors in Airbnb we…

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Why Is AirBnb Valued At $10 Billion, More Than Hyatt Hotels?
app financing March 20, 2014 posted by Adrian Ignatescu

Messaging App Tango Could Be The New Whatsapp After This Big Round

Instant messaging app Tango has announced today it has received a $280 million funding led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The chinese e-commerce giant which sales more than Amazon and eBay together (wow!) will provide most of the finance of this round, meaning $215 million  in exchange for a secret “minority” stake and board seat. The rest of financing infusion was made by existing investors of capital and take the  startup to $367 million in total VC fundraising. It looks like a win-win deal for both of the parties. The company that created…

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Messaging App Tango Could Be The New Whatsapp After This Big Round