Today in Germany: Net Neutrality, Mesosphere, Axel Springer, EuropeanPioneers, Berlin


$36 million investment for Mesosphere, Merkel speaks out again net neutrality, European startup spots overview, Axel Springer>lifts stake in digital classifieds joint venture, new accelerator round in Berlin.

 $36 Million for First Data Center OS

Mesosphere announced today its $36 million Series B round. The round was led by new investor Khosla Ventures with additional funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Fuel Capital, SV Angel and other unnamed investors. The latest funding brings the total investment to-date to $50 million. Also, the company just launched its first OS. TechCrunch has the details.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

Last week on Thursday Merkel spoke out against net neutrality, stating that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently than other data. The Local has the entire story.

The good, the bad, the ugly for startups in Berlin looked at European startup cities and also looked into the good, the bad and the ugly in Berlin. Find the overview on

EuropeanPioneers started in Berlin 

12 startups covering E-learning (elopitcokonnectID, Livecoding), Gaming (Zylia,MusselabsGameGeneticsTobyRich) Smart City Services (AvuxiSmartdrive3Desk Peoplegraph) and Connected TV (AppscendWe love Cinema) started the 8 month long accelerator program EuropeanPioneers in Berlin today. The startups receive between €50,000 – €250,000 in financial support without equity exchange.
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Axel Springer lifts stake in digital classifieds joint venture for €446 million

The German publishing house Axel Springer is spending €446 million in cash to lift its stake in a digital classified advertising joint venture from 70 to 85 % as part of its efforts to shift from print to digital media. Reuters has the details. 



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