Today in Germany: traum-ferienwohnung, Lodgify, 42reports

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Exit after 15 years of bootstrapping

Nicolaj Armbrust and Sebastian Mastalka launched their platform for holiday apartments in 2001. Traum-Ferienwohnungen is now available in 74 countries with 60,000 holiday apartments, and 120 staff members. Now the founders have decided to sell 50,01 per cent to Leisure Group, which belongs to Axel Springer (the German media publisher), to bring the business to a new level. Both will stay and continue to lead the company.
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€1.4 million for Lodgify

Two German and two Italians met on a semester abroad in the UK. Long story short: They decided to start Lodgify, software for holiday apartments. Today, they announce their second investment within 12 month: €1.4 million. The round was led by a Spain-based Nauta Capital, existing investors Howzat Partners, Chris Hitchen and Roland Zeller joined. Lodgify lets customers build their own website but also manage platforms such as Airbnb and 9flats.
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42reports report exit

Berlin-based 42reports report on how customers move through shops by tracking their smartphones. Not only Frank Thelen, but also Tengelmann Vetnures and IBB invested in this idea. Now, Berlin-based Dilax Intercom, which also focuses on tracking but more in railway stations and airports, has acquired it. Details of the deal were not shared.
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