Amazon Web Services opens Pop-up Loft in Berlin

Co-working space, workshops, lectures and more: AWS offers startups a free tech program from October 15th to November 13th! Amazon Web Services: technology on demand for customers of all sizes Agility, flexibility, low costs: It’s not without good reason that numerous startups decide to deploy cloud software.  For many years Amazon Web Services (AWS) has … Read more

The King of Shoes: The Story of Zalando Founder Robert Gentz

The story of the rise of the business economist from Düsseldorf Robert Gentz to becoming the boss of the e-commerce success Zalando starts on a beach in Guatemala. Gentz was vacationing there at the beginning of 2007 and read in a newspaper that StudiVZ was sold to Holtzbrinck Publishers for a giant €85 million. “I found it fascinating,” Gentz later recalled. He asked himself, “How can a website be so valuable? What is valuable about it?”

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Ready, Set, Expand: Blacklane Launches in the UK

100 cities in 100 days. That is how Berlin-based chauffeur portal Blacklane describes its rapid expansion spree that has led to its current presence in 130 cities across 45 countries. To reach these numbers, the startup announced today its expansion to eight more cities with its official launch in the UK.

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LOL, WIN, OMG: founder Jonah Peretti about Buzzfeed’s recipe for success

Is this what the future of journalism looks like? Cute animal pictures, funning listicles, with a few quick news stories in between – oh, and some serious coverage. That’s the exact recipe that took US media startup Buzzfeed to success. The site attracts 140 million visitors per month, founder Jonah Peretti said.

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Rocket Internet is getting ready to launch peer-to-peer lending platform “Lendico”

The Samwer brothers are planning a new startup in Germany according to our sister magazine Gründerszene – “Lendico”, a peer-to-peer platform for loans.

Lendico will be led by Christoph Samwer, Philipp Petrescu, Dominik Steinkühler and Clemens Paschke. According to Linkedin, Petrescu recently became Vice President Corporate Finance at Rocket Internet after stints working at JP Morgan and McKinsey. Steinkühler, according to Xing, previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group. Both Paschke and Christoph Samwer previously worked at McKinsey.

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Greylock Partners raises $1bn fund – with marketplaces and enterprise in mind

Greylock Partners, one of the oldest venture capital firms in the US, will be eyeing up marketplaces and the enterprise cloud with its new $1bn fund. It’s the firm’s 14th fund since 1965 and first since moving from Boston to Silicon Valley. The firm has managed several big internet hits over the last decade: including … Read more

Delivery Hero invests $5m in India’s TastyKhana

Berlin-headquartered online food ordering empire Delivery Hero is delivering a new $5m investment to its partner in India, TastyKhana. The news – with the size of the deal confirmed by TastyKhana founder and CEO Shachin Bharadwaj in a tweet today – follows an earlier seed investment in 2012. Since the seed deal, TastyKhana, founded in 2007 in Pune … Read more