31. January 2017–
SmartRecruiters acquires Jobspotting
The Berlin-based job platform Jobspotting was acquired by the San Francisco-based company SmartRecruiters. Launched in 2013, Jobspotting will remain active in the 10 countries where it currently operates. All employees, including the CEO, will stay onboard. Jobspotting focused predominantly on technology and data, where as SmartRecruiters focused on recruiting tools. Both services will now be merged. Other details about the deal remain undisclosed.
[Gründerszene] (German), [TechCrunch]
Rocket Internet invests in online drugstore
Rocket Internet Global Founders Capital fund invested in the Berlin-based startup Discandoo, which hopes to become Europe's largest online drugstore by selling everyday products for 10 to 20 per cent less than in offline stores. The company plans to buy the various products from around Europe – depending where the product is sold the cheapest. However, shoppers will have to wait 5 to 6 days for their delivery. Kima Ventures, Discovery Ventures, Starstrike Ventures, Calvalry Ventures, several business angels and the founders of Ladenzeile, Robert Maier and Johannes Schaback, also invested.
Rumour of the day: Ohlala shut down in the US
The Berlin-based paid dating service Ohlala, which expanded its service to New York in 2016, has gone offline. The New York location is also no longer listed under the "available cities" section. While the service is apparently still available in Germany, the startup's social media channels have been quiet since last summer. Ohlala's CEO and founder, Pia Poppenreiter, declined to comment.