This Week in Germany: Soundcloud, Blacklane, ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

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This week was full of investments, a visit to King’s office and some not so sunny news. Here is the overview.

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Welcome To Berlin

Six new startups enter the ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator announced its 4th round with no startup that is directly connected to the media business. It still makes sense, states ProSiebenSat.1, referring to the target group it can reach for startups with its media channels. [More on VentureVillage]

Buzzfeed launched in Germany

Buzzfeed had its launch event this week. While the U.S. version offers political, world, sports and many other news categories, the German one –as of right now?– only offers WTF, fail, LOL, OMG, süß (cute) and genial (genius) entertainment content.

Investment

HTGF invests in fooboo.de holding

Part of the foodboo holding is e.g. the cooking website kochrezepte.de that is online since 1999, as Gründerszene reports. Neither the company nor HTGF mentioned the size of the investment, however, HTGF usually invests €500,000. Former investor Media Venture from Cologne joined the round. Read more on Gründerszene (German).

KKR to Invest in Artificial Intelligence Software Firm Arago

Private-equity Firm  KKR invests about $55 million for a minority stake in the German company called Arago. Read more on WSJ and on Gründerszene (Background, German)

Termine24 raises a seven digit investment

Termine24 (engl: appointments24) announced a new funding round with already invested investors. Read more on VentureVillage.

Inside King’s new office

VentureVillage landed an exclusive look at King’s new office in Berlin. Gabriel Hacker introduces us to the gaming company that was founded in 2003 but still maintains its startup flair. Check out the pictures on VentureVillage

eperi raised 500k 

Open source security platform eperi raised €500,000 from Swiss VC v-to-B with optional increase in the next year. The investment will be used for professional sales structures, particularly in channel sales with international partners.

Mornin’ Glory raises a seven digit round

The Berlin-based startup that offers a razor blades subscription and skin care products for men raised a Series A round which was led by Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg. Previous investors joined. The investment will be used to expand into other European markets. More on Gründerszene (German)

Online courses platform Iversity now reaches a total of €5 million in funding

Europe’s leading online platform Iversity raised another round and has now an overall funding of over €5 million. The new round will be used to continue developing the platform, get more universities on board and to spread the word. The undisclosed amount came from bmp media investors, BFB Frühphasenfonds and T-Venture (Telekom).

Japanese investor Recruit invests in Berlin-based Uber competitor Blacklane

As Handelsblatt reports in its print edition the Japanese investor Recruit invested in the Berlin-based Uber competitor Blacklane. According to the newspaper, Recruit looks for more investments in Germany. A request for comment by Gründerszene was denied.

Orderbird receives $10 million in funding 

Orderbird, a provider of POS services based in Berlin, has received $10 million in funding led by ConCardis. The company plans to use the latest funding round to expand outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More on TechCrunch

Ad Network Moboqo from Germany is Acquired by AppLovin 

Mobile ad startup from Palo Alto AppLovin has its sights on European expansion and begins by acquiring Moboqo. It is said to be a acquisition based on talent. More on TheNextWeb

Delivery Hero buys Subdelivery 

Delivery Hero has acquired Subdelivery, an online delivery service based in Brazil. The company is looking to strengthen its presence outside the U.S. especially in Latin America and Asia. In addition to Subdelivery, Delivery Hero has acquired Pizza.de, ClickDelivery, PedidosYa and 9Cookies this year. More on TechCrunch

ShopWings officially launches in Munich 

Rocket Internet’s latest startup ShopWings launches in Munich this week. The concept behind the new startup is the same day delivery of food by a private person to the customer. How it works, where it launched in Munich, and where the idea has been seen before , you’ll find in the article.

Latest on Uber: Startup Yields to Regulations and Cuts Prices 

Uber is not known for backing down, even when it is effectively banned. Therefore, its next move has been to cut prices from $2 per kilometer to charging only $0.44 per kilometer in Berlin. Uber is now complying with local regulations, as the transport is the same as ride-sharing – there is no profit made from providing the service. More on TheNextWeb 

Other News

SoundCloud reports $29 million loss in 2013

New financial figures from one of Berlin’s most well-known startups are out – and they are not exactly glowing. SoundCloud reports turnover of $14.1 million in 2013 and an operating loss of $29.2 million. More on TechCrunch

Leading property portal Lamudi celebrates one year anniversary

Rocket Internet’s Lamudi turned one this week. As the startup’s blog posts states, it grew by 116 percent between April and September this year. It also received $7 million in April is now the leading property portal in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Read more on Lamudi

Apple’s former Head of Education joins CareerFoundry

Berlin-based education startup CareerFoundry hired Former Head of Apple Education, Alan Greenberg. Greenberg and CareerFoundry want to answer the call for every child to learn how to code. “In the UK and worldwide there is an increasing demand for teachers to engage with digitally native students,” Greenberg explains, “At Career Foundry we’ve developed a ‘teach the teacher’ product to support education’s next language challenge: the language of code.”

How to get hired at a Berlin based startup

The war on tech talent in Berlin is on. Eleonore van Boven, hiring manager at SoundCloud agrees: “There’s a huge uptick, especially in Berlin. The tech scene is really booming, there’s a lot of recruitment going on”.  Read more about how to get a job in a Berlin based startup if you’re not from the area on TheLocal.

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