The Good, The Bad, The News: This Week in Germany


Home24 raises €20 million

Berlin-based online furniture retailer Home24 which is backed by Rocket Internet announces a new funding round. An overall of €20 million came from existing and new investors.
[euronews], [Gründerszene] (German)

Opinary raises €1 million

Berlin-based Opinary wants to increase the exchange of opinions between online media. Today, the startup announced a funding round. Overall €1 million came from Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital, as well as Motu Ventures, and the founders of Home24, Trivago and eDarling.
[Gründerszene] (German)

GameDuell lays off 50 staff members

Berlin-based gaming company GameDuell lays off 50 staff members. The reason for it is that they shut down their in-house developer studio which was opened just two years ago.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Lisk raises 14,000 BTC (Bitcoin)

Aachen-based custom blockchain platform Lisk raised over 14,000 BTC (about $5.7 million), which makes it the second most successful crypto-currency crowdfund to date. Lisk offers an alternative to other decentralized application platforms. After this success, founder Max Kordek (in Aachen) wants to get to know his co-founder Oliver Beddows, who is located in Walsall, Britain, he told Gründerszene.
[Gründerszene] (German), coindesk

Sensorberg raises seven-digit figure

Sensorberg, based in Berlin, claims to be Europe’s largest beacon software provider. Today, it announces a new seven-digit investment which will be used to expand internationally. The fresh cash comes from Garvest, XAnge and WestTech Ventures and existing shareholders headed by Berlin Technologie Holding (BTH).
[Sensorberg blog]

SoundCloud introduces SoundCloudGo in the US

Berlin-based music sharing platform has recently (finally) signed legal contracts with many large music publishers. Now, in the US, it introduces SoundCloud Go, which is similar to Spotify. For $9.99 listeners get access to even more music but are also able to play music offline. Also, the paying users will listen to their music ad-free. As of right now, the service is available for the iOS app only.
[SoundCloud Blog], [The Verge]

Amazon to start two hour delivery in Berlin in May

Rumors have it that Amazon will start two hour delivery in Berlin in May. As the German newspaper Welt reports customers with an Amazon Prime account will be able to have their orders delivered within Berlin. Amazon declined to comment, however, it seems a warehouse at Kurfürstendamm will hold 10,000 articles from the online retailer’s assortment.
[Welt] (German), [Reuters]

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