This Week in Germany


ProSiebenSat.1 shuts down

German media publishing house ProSiebenSat.1 acquired the German social network in 2011. While other networks like Facebook took off, never really did. According to the company, numbers dropped from 2010, where it had 3.6 million registered users, to today, where it has 600,000 monthly visitors.
[lead-digital] (German)

Sponsoo raises €300,000

Hamburg-based Sponsoo announced a funding round last week. The startup for sport sponsoring raised from also Hamburg-based business angel Thomas Weidner, the finance experts Dirk Frohnert and Björn Bauermeister as well as Vienna-based business man Florian Körner.
[Hamburg-startups] (German)

Auctionata CEO steps down

Online auction house Auctionata has a new CEO: Co-founder Alexander Zacke steps down and becomes Chief Marketplace Officer. New business head will be former Bertelsmann executive board member Thomas Hesse.
[Reuters], [Gründerszene] (German)

Senic raises Seed Round

Berlin-based smart home startup Senic raises a Seed Round. It comes from the VC firm Target Partners. Senic was first founded in the Y Combinator program and works in the field of natural user interfaces to make it easier for human to interact with their smart home.
[pehub] (Press Release)

parcelLab raises six-digit figure

Munich-based parcelLab raises a six-digit figure round, led by Bayer Kapital. The startup overlooks the parcel delivery of online shops. When seeing a delay of the delivery, the startup automatically sends and apology message to the client to minimize frustration.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Rocket Internet merges camping places

Berlin-based company builder Rocket Internet merges its camping places platform CampDay (started in April 2016) with a Dutch competitor called (started in 2014). Starting now, both will platforms will be called Campsy. Next step: Scaling.
[Deutsche Startups] (German)

Wooga lays off staff

Berlin-based gaming company Wooga started in 2009 and currently employs 300 people. However, 40 of them will soon leave. According to Wooga, reason for the layoffs is that recent projects couldn’t fulfil the company’s expectations. Just recently Hamburg-based gaming company Goodgames announced laying off hundreds of people.
[Gründerszene] (German)

MobyTick gets acquired

Hamburg-based movie tickets app MobyTick gets acquired by one of its largest competitors. Cinema Mobile’s CineApp bought it in order to not only sell tickets of large cinemas, but also of rather small, independent movie theatres. MobyTick’s price tag has stays undisclosed.

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