Today in Berlin: Layoffs at Pizza.de, Blockbuster books at Inkitt, ABURY starts crowdfunding campaign,…

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Thursday. Here’s what happened today:


We are the SoundCloud of Stories


Inkitt wants to predict the next Blockbuster book

“We’re the SoundCloud for stories,” co-founder and CEO Ali Albazaz says when we sat down to talk about this startup Inkitt. If you wonder who in the world would use that, look behind the story of 50 Shades of Grey, and you’ll be surprised. Read the full story here 

 


Delivery Hero lays off Pizza.de employees


After acquiring Pizza.de DeliveryHero closes HQ

“We want to continue growing, so we are actually looking for new employees rather than thinking we have too many,” said Delivery Hero CEO Niklas Östberg when the company acquired pizza.de back in August. Seems things have changed: Pizza.de’s HQ in Braunschweig will be shut down by August 2015.

Analysis have shown that it makes more sense to combine the teams in Berlin, the company states.  Until now, 128 staff members worked in Braunschweig, 47 will be laid off right away. For new positions, staff from Braunschweig will be in favor.

The brands will continue to run separately and the lay off will have no consequences for restaurants or customers.

 


Project A as part of a €10 m Series B round


€10 million for Catawiki

Catawiki states to be Europe’s fastest-growing online auction house. Today, it announces a €10 million Series B investment. It is led by the global venture firm Accel Partners. Berlin-based investor and company builder Project A Ventures, Booking.com’s former CMO Arthur Kosten and Dutch media and Internet entrepreneur Willem Sijthoff, an existing investor, also joined for this round.

Find more on this topic on TechCrunch

 

 


Rocketwood


“Rocket for us means speed”

Once upon a time…..

Shortly before its IPO, Rocket Internet published this over seven minute long video explaining its business and success. Focussing on how “the platform” connects the world, leaving out how it is inspired by pretty much every other successful startup out there. Get some popcorn, here you go:


ABURY starts crowdfunding campaign


Fashion doing Good

Berlin-based ABURY combines traditional, old world crafts with avantgarde design to create a new luxury style that fosters intercultural exchange and preserves world crafts. Today, it started its crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.

 

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