12. June 2012–
News is best fresh. Here’s a selection of top stories handpicked by us from tech hubs around the world and served up daily next to our own original content. Enjoy!
First Spotify app gets funded: Soundrop raises $3 million
Oslo-based Soundrop became the first Spotify app to attract major funding today with a $3 million Series A round from original Spotify investor Northzone. So what is it? Join genre- and band-based listening rooms a la Turntable.fm, but without the gimmicky animations and with the power of Spotify’s catalog. Soundrop has been doing well on Spotify’s app platform, with users playing 60 million songs in its more than 7,000 rooms in May alone. Read more on GigaOM.
Lieferando nets €16m from Australia’s Macquarie Group
Australian private equity group Macquarie is providing German food delivery service Lieferando with €16 million of fresh funding in exchange for a 27 per cent stake – making the Aussie group Lieferando’s largest shareholding investor. Read more on Gründerszene (article in German).
Lieferando’s rivals in home base Germany (and beyond) include the Delivery Hero group, which also raised new funding this year and recently came head-to-head with Lieferando with hotly contested allegations of cyber attacks.
Thompson Reuters invests in DN Capital’s Apsmart
Business intelligence experts Thompson Reuters are moving further into the mobile space, with the acquisition of Apsmart – a London-based mobile platform and product development firm. DN Capital (backers of Berlin’s Mister Spex and early stage startup fund Seedcamp, among others) co-founded Apsmart in 2009. Read more here.
For related reading, try Seedcamp Berlin 2012 – automotives, social shopping and crazy ultrasonic music makers.
Poland’s tech scene in the spotlight at Bitspiration
The future of tech is rising in the east, certainly as far as the organisers of Bitspiration are concerned. Taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, the conference in Krakow will showcase the burgeoning Polish startup scene – including speakers from Google, legendary “Cap’n Crunch” phone hacker John Draper (pictured), YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, and Berliners Christoph Raethke (Berlin Startup Academy) and Markus Schultz (Changers.com). Read more on Silicon Allee.
Want more on Poland? Check out Venture Village’s list of the six bloggers shaping Poland’s tech blogosphere.