18. May 2016–
Zalando acquires shopping app Amaze
After first being a partner, Zalando is now the owner of the shopping app Amaze, which lets you pick your outfit with the well known swipe-left-or-right Tinder technique. The team of 15 people will stay with the new owner. Half of the staff, however, will move to Zalando's tech team based in Dortmund. Details of the deal remain undisclosed.
Dedrone raises €10 million
After moving the company from Kassel to San Francisco, Dedrone Inc. just raised a $10 million round. The company's flagship DroneTracker system detects drones or unwanted intruders. Smaller venues would need one or two of them installed on the ground somewhere around property, e.g. a stadium would need up to ten. The round was led by Menlo Ventures. Existing investor Target Partner also joined the round.
[TechCrunch], [Gründerszene] (German)
Rocket Internet invests in Goodlord
Venture capitalist LocalGlobe joins Rocket's Global Founders Capital fund in its 2 million British Pounds round for London-based Goodlord. Different to Vendomo, which was shut down earlier this month, Goodlord is not a service itself, but offers technology to connect landlords and renters. Renters pay their holding deposits, complete their references and sign the agreement online. The company was founded in 2014 and launched in 2015. Now it has 20 employees. The investment will be used to grow the team, the user-base and launch new features.
Jochen Schweizer invests in Regiondo
Regiondo, a platform to book leisure events from cooking classes to tourist tours, raises a seven-digit amount from Jochen Schweizer, whose business is actually very similar. Besides the platform, Regiondo also offers a white label solution for those who want to sell tickets for their activity on the website themselves. They are connected to distribution partners, like to Jochen Schweitzer's group. Schweizer's investment was therefore a more strategic one, he explained. Existing investors Algo Handels GmbH and New Frontier Capital joined the round.