19. September 2014–
Here’s what happened this week in Berlin:
Welcome to Berlin
Through the purchase of a .hiv domain name for one year, a company, organization or individual “fundraises” €150 for HIV/AIDS. A micro-donation of 0.1 cents from the fund is then awarded to HIV projects every time a visitor uses a site’s .hiv domain name. Read more
Original Unverpacked opened this week
More product, less waste. This supermarket sells its items without packaging. Read more
Number26 is about to launch soon
As so often it can be said, startups have a much stronger focus on design and usability than corporate institutions that try to bring their website to an app and don’t understand the importance of UX and extra functions. Number26 introduces a new account with a MasterCard, that works like a debit card, to offer real time financial overview. Read more
Now in Berlin
Netflix starts in Germany and five other European countries
With more German movies and series, but also with House Of Cards (at least series I & II) and Orange Is The New Black. The DVD shipping will however not launch. Read more
Court lifts the preliminary injunction placed on uberPOP
UberPOP can continue in Germany without fearing fines. However, as Gründerszene reports, the court mentioned that the ban itself is correct. Read more
Retail Analytics Startup 42reports receives Seven digit Euro investment
Seven digit Euro investment for Quobyte
Target Partners and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) have invested a seven-figure Euro amount in Quobyte Inc. in a Series A financing round. Quobyte is headquartered in Boston (USA) with R&D in Berlin. Quobyte develops and markets the Quobyte Unified Storage Plane (USP), a software-defined storage system that runs on commodity Linux servers. Quobyte USP enables customers to build cloud infrastructures with a quality equal to the big cloud providers such as Amazon and Google. This infusion of capital will support the startup’s international growth and the further development of the software. (via email)
Startup Institute raises money and teams up the Silicon Valley Bank
Startup Institute, the US Career Accelerator for startups announced a partnership with Silicon Valley Bank and a $3 Million investment.
A second course will take place in its Berlin location, starting on October 6th with partners such as DeliveryHero and Rapidape, as well as new partners such as Book A Tiger and Gymia. Courses will also be given by SoundCloud and TestFlight. (via email)
Flower subscription startup raises A round
As Gründerszene reports the Berlin-based startup that concentrates on flower subscription raised a seven digit Euro round and wants to raise another one (with the same amount) this year. CFO Christian Kieb now also joins as part of the management of the startup. Read more
Fox & Sheep acquires “Bubl”
iOS Upate from EyeEm
With a photo stripe to take multiple shots, larger pictures on the camera roll, and three levels of exposure, EyeEm introduces a quite stunning update for its iOS app. In addition to that, the Berlin-based startup also adjusted to the new iOS8 features.
Users can reply to comment, follow a friend who just joined the photo community platform, or summit pictures to new missions directly from the notification. Find out more on features and details on blog.eyeem.com
Cinepass launches iOS app
Berlin-based movie ticket booking platform launched its iOS app. With fall and winter ahead and less spontaneous picnics outside, maybe a way to entertain you and your friends. Read more
Allryder launches Update
New design and more features. Allryder is the inner city transportation app that offers not only bus and train connections, but also gives users an overview of bikes, car2go, drivenow, and taxis around. Besides the update with a live ticker of e.g. trains arriving at a subway station, allryder also launched its app for Windows phones.
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