22. October 2014–
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Here are news from Germany’s startup industry:
B2X raises $15 million and buys TSS for $45 million (according to TechCrunch)
B2X, a little like a “Zendesk for smartphones”, creates solutions for handset makers and carriers to let customers identify, report and fix problems with their devices. The startup based near Munich just raised $15 million in a Series B led by Earlybird VC and made its first acquisition. According to TechCrunch B2X paid about $45 million for TSS, a company based in India that manages worldwide customer care services for clients such as Apple. Read more on TechCrunch and Tech.eu.
TAPE.TV wants to transform from a content to a tech company
Tape.tv has changed its platform model before. Having started in 2008, the Berlin-based startup grew to 80 people, bought Amen, moved locations. By now, the founding team from Amen has left the company (as upfront discussed, says Tape.tv’s CEO Conrad Fritzsch). Also, the team size reduced to 20. Fritzsch wants to company to become smaller, wants the product to focus stronger on the user’s need and concentrate rather on technology than on content. Read more on Gründerszene (German)
Bertelsmann media buys e-learning startup Relias Learning
Back in September, Bertelsmann invested in Mountain View based online education startup Udacity. Now, Bertelsmann acquires Relias Learning for “in the mid-hundreds of millions” of dollars from Vista Equity Partners, a private-equity firm in San Francisco. Bertelsmann stated this deal would be its largest acquisition in the U.S. since its purchase of book publisher Random House in 1998. Read more on Business Insider
Delivery Hero buys Subdelivery, an online delivery service based in Brazil
Berlin-based food delivery service Delivery Hero was just valued at over $1 billion and went shopping before. Companies acquired include Pizza.de, ClickDelivery, PedidosYa and 9Cookies. Find all the details on this deal on TechCrunch.
Image: Screenshot of Tape.tv