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    KONVOI Helps with AI and Sensors to Prevent the Theft of Truck Cargo

    KONVOI Helps with AI and Sensors to Prevent the Theft of Truck Cargo

    Each year cargo is stolen from at least 26.000 trucks each year in Germany, worth 2.2 bn Euros.
    Heinz Luckardt, Co-Founder KONVOI

     

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    … there is organized crime stealing from parked trucks. … We want to be preventive, before the theft happens.
    Heinz Luckardt, Co-Founder KONVOI

     

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    This podcast is in media partnership with the Hamburg-based startup blog Hamburg Startups (https://www.hamburg-startups.net/). They keep you up to date on the local startup scene in Hamburg, they organize regular events (in normal non corona times) AND they do have a special section on food startups as well. Even if you are not able to speak German, a visit with an auto translate is worth it, since they also have an extensive directory of local startups on their website.

     

    Our solution will be a combination of hardware and software.
    Heinz Luckardt, Co-Founder KONVOI

     

    The Founder

    In this interview, we talk to Heinz Luckardt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/heinz-luckhardt-a77a351a0/), Co-Founder of Hamburg-based startup KONVOI. He is originally from Frankfurt, but his studies took him to Hamburg University, where he met his co-founder. But Heinz has already traveled the world, he studied in Milano (Italy), he has been a sales intern in India, as well as working with Fraunhofer Institute. At Fraunhofer, he was working on salt-based 3d printing.

     

    The vision is later to go deep into predictive analytics, like generating heatmaps for truck thefts.
    Heinz Luckardt, Co-Founder KONVOI

     

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    The Startup

    The startup was set up already in times of corona, in October 2020. Theft of truck cargo, literally from the back of a truck, is a big problem for the trucking companies, as well as all companies using this mean of transport. So KONVOI (https://www.konvoi.eu/) provides a combination of hardware and software to prevent these thefts. Right now, they are working on the first step of the solution, but the vision is to go deep in predictive analytics.

     

    We are looking for innovative trucking companies in Germany, to give us feedback.
    Heinz Luckardt, Co-Founder KONVOI

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    KONVOI is currently not actively looking for external investors. They are currently on a government grant, funding the company at least until end of 2021.

     

    We are not focusing on one technology. We are working with radar, as well as ultra-sonic sound at the moment.
    Heinz Luckardt, Co-Founder KONVOI

     

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    Further Readings / Additional Resources

    Milan, Italy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan

    Frauenhofer Institutes are organized in the Fraunhofer Society: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraunhofer_Society

     

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    This Month in German Startups – February 2021

    This Month in German Startups – February 2021

    Welcome to This Month in German Startups by Startuprad.io – in a transatlantic news recording with Chris in New York City and me Joe, from Frankfurt am Main. 

    Today we are wrapping up February 2021 for you. There is great news in the German startup scene, the much anticipated Auto1 IPO generated two new tech billionaires, Europe’s first Tech SPAC lists in Frankfurt, more Wirecard details, we talk about Trade Republic and Gamestop, as well as the billion exit of Berlin-based AdJust.

     

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    Top News

    We have two new tech billionaires

    • The IPO of Auto1 went spectacularly well and skyrocketed on the first day of trading on February 4th, surging 45%. We took a look at the data and realized that this was the first tech IPO in a long time that generated new tech billionaires in Germany. 
    • Bloomberg: SoftBank-Backed Auto1 Soars in Debut After $2.2 Billion IPO https://buff.ly/2YLTm5j
    • Reuters: UPDATE 2-AUTO1 shares go into top gear in Frankfurt debut https://buff.ly/3pLaOSm
    • Read more in our blogpost here: At recording this Auto1 IPO turns founders into billionaires https://buff.ly/3oY45EA  
    • Related: The story from the side of one of their first investors: How VC fund DN Capital invested in car marketplace Auto1 8 years ago and landed an $8 billion IPO winner https://buff.ly/3abVPMO 

     

    N26

     

    Trade Republic, Reddit and GameStop

     

    iCar

    • Porsche’s Cayenne Boss Dr. Manfred Harrer (48) is hired by Apple. He was rumored to be one of the best engineers in the company. 
    • Is the iCar around the corner? https://buff.ly/36x2SNM

     

    Game over for Mapify?

    • Founders of Berlin-based traveltech Mapify “the Instagram of travel“ give up „evaluating options.“ Their current investors include Lakestar and Atlantic Labs https://buff.ly/39BbzZp  (We will come back to Lakestar, keep them in mind).

     

    AdJust Exit for 1.2 bn US$ (990 m Euro)

    • AppLovin buys Berlin-based mobile marketing company AdJust and pays 1,2 bn US$ https://buff.ly/3pQCm9P according to Deutsche Startups, who published the price
    • Related: Apploving said to acquire Berlin-based Adjust in a 1 bn $ deal https://buff.ly/2NVhrV2 

     

    Wirecard 

    We keep you updated, just a small selection of news here.

    Keep in mind there is still an investigative committee ongoing.

    • Deutsche Bank fires supervisory board member Schütz over email correspondence with Wirecard CEO Braun https://buff.ly/3tGjs7Q
    • German finance oversight BaFin places one employee on leave due to internal investigations in trading in Wirecard shares before the scandal became public https://buff.ly/2YywIgG
    • Germany’s highest court ruled that EY auditors have no right to refuse to give evidence, now the parliamentary committee will invite the auditors and EYs CEO for Germany https://buff.ly/3s01zzi 

     

    The Digital Euro

    ECB keeps working on digital Euro. Italien central banker said the ECB is looking at the digital Euro for their instant payment system „Target Instant Payment Settlement TIPS“ as a first step https://buff.ly/3ji4xMJ 

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    Ecosystem 

    • Why we need to start looking at Europe as one tech ecosystem https://buff.ly/3cdZWJU  
    • It’s IPO time! Here are 30+ European tech companies most likely to go public this year great list by Tech_eu https://buff.ly/39lB3de 
    • including German startups Auto1, SUSE, Mister Spex, About You and N26
    • What U.S. Startups Get Wrong About Expanding into Europe https://buff.ly/3rIR5EA 
    • Iconiq Capital, the US investment firm backed by Silicon Valley elites like Mark Zuckerberg, is expanding to Europe https://buff.ly/3anUdj4 

     

    Hubs 

    Note: The order of news and cities is only due to the time when we discovered the news.

    Heidelberg

    • Aleph Alpha, Heidelberg-based AI startup raises 5.3 m Euros (6.4 m US$) from investors LEA Partners and #Berlin-based 468 Capital https://buff.ly/2YhD0kL 

     Frankfurt

     Münster

    • The founders of beverage delivery startup Flaschenpost just sold their company to German food giant Oetker, now they invest in an HRtech startup from Münster –  Echometer, which better enables agile work https://buff.ly/2YfmTUO 

     Tübingen

    • Germany #BioTech #startup Curevac, which listed on NASDAQ in summer 2020 – working on a corona vaccination – is planning to raise additional capital, which could amount to 600 m US$  https://buff.ly/3t1PkDS 

     Düsseldorf

    • Düsseldorf-based SME financing platform Compeon closes 15 m € Series C #VentureCapital funding with government-backed NRW Bank joining previous investors including Quatar Development Bank https://buff.ly/39tdJu7 

     Munich

    • Egym receives 28 m € #VentureCapital for the production of connected gym equipment. In spring 2020 they had to let go 100 of 450 employees https://buff.ly/2O3hmyP 

     Austria

    • Australian Unicorn Canva buys Vienna-based Kaleido AI. Kaleido offers a service where one can automatically cut the picture of a human out of the background https://buff.ly/3aIohVL 
    • Austrian crypto startup „Startup Hero“ issuer of the Herocoin gets acquired by  international gambling group Novomatic, also from Austria https://buff.ly/3d695nY 

     Switzerland

     Liechtenstein

    • Liechtenstein-based VC MIG gets 340 m € payout from their investment in Mainz-based BioNTech https://buff.ly/3jjsHq3 

    Companies 

    Fintech and Cryptocurrencies

    • Mastercard to open up network to select cryptocurrencies https://buff.ly/3d0AzLM, but not the ones you may think
    • Finleap was once a fintech company builder in #Berlin with 80 employees at peak. Now there are around 20 left to manage existing investments and there may be 20 more work on innovations for corporates in the future https://buff.ly/3u1BrWE
    • Here’s why the former Global Head of Google Payment, former COO of Venmo have backed the €20M Seed round of this fintech https://buff.ly/2M9YoWs 

     

    Funding News (a very tiny collection, of what we see) 

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    • Berlin-based #traveltech Getyourguide fills war chest with additional 80m € loan, after a convertible of more than 100 mn € last year, looking for targets https://buff.ly/3s8x5LP 
    • Autonomous driving startup Recogni, with locations in San Jose and Munich, gets two new investors Bosch and Continental are investing together, this is new for German OEMs https://buff.ly/3k62Q52

    New VC Funds

    • #Dublin and #London-based #VC firm Frontline has raised its third seed fund of €70m to invest in #B2B #startups across #Europe looking to take on the US. https://buff.ly/3tGEGmm
    • Eurazeo gets €340 million in additional commitments to its growth strategy – tech.eu https://buff.ly/2YOrqxO
    • TCV Captial raised 4 bn US$ #VentureCapital fund, aiming for German #startups https://buff.ly/36nPBHw The VC’s past investments include Netflix and Airbnb
    • SPACs will be here pretty soon! 
      • Lakestar plans to raise 200-300 m Euros for a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) to be listed on a German stock exchange https://buff.ly/2MI3w47 – Listing already happened by now ⇒ Frankfurt News
      • Rocket Internet plans to list a SPAC in New York, with a volume of more than 100 mn Euros https://buff.ly/3a2vT6b  
        • Technology SPAC Rocket Internet Growth Opportunities files for a $250 million IPO at #NYSE –  backed by #Berlin-based #RocketInternet https://buff.ly/2LGkeRp 

     

    More exits

    • Kinnevik, once an important and trusted Rocket Internet investor now wants to sell all Zalando shares worth 5,5 bn € (6.6 bn US$) https://buff.ly/2Zt6o89 
    • Shell buys Berlin-based electric car charging firm ubitricity https://buff.ly/3pZWd6A 
    • Not a direct exit, but preparing for some: 
    • German home appliance company Miele buys majority stake in #Berlin-based Kptncook, in which they have already been an investor. Kptncook offers recipes in their app https://buff.ly/3a57j4F 

    All Other News

    • MDAX listed tech company Teamviewer want to grow their revenue in the next two years to 1 bn Euros https://buff.ly/3jCfzws
    • Home24: Growth slows from +54% in Q3 to +50% in Q4 read more here: https://buff.ly/3tM6upb 
    • The 1st Unicorn by #German #investor Carsten Maschmeyer in the USA / Startup „Modern Health“ with 1.17 … https://buff.ly/3dbD6TH
    • Germany based HDI insurance (a subsidiary of Hannover Re) wants to invest more in startups – especially #cybersecurity https://buff.ly/2Nzjiyw 
    • Zalando interested in buying beauty platform Flaconi to add to their second foray in beauty https://buff.ly/3u5WPdi
    • Quandoo, the #Berlin-based platform for table reservations axes 20% of their workforce https://buff.ly/3pDnrjq 

     

    Stay ahead of the curve

    Xperience+ Wants To Change How You Watch Sports and Movies Forever

    Xperience+ Wants To Change How You Watch Sports and Movies Forever

    In 1917, an Italian guy put audio in a movie … more than 100 years later, we are still here.
    Fabrizio Gramuglio, CEO and Co-Founder Xperience+

     

    The Founder(s)

    Fabrizio is the Co-Founder and CEO of Xperience+ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gramuglio/). Fabricio is by training a geneticist, but he found the lab work not really appealing, so he set out on a new path. Fabricio is also a Ted Speaker (https://youtu.be/Qw30kQVyvnM).

    Pedro is the CMO and Co-Founder of Xperience+ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedrogmferreira/), who is also the founder of the local tech blog Frankfurt Valley (http://frankfurtvalley.app/), as well as the community manager of Startuprad.io (http://www.startuprad.io/about-us/).

    Both together manage the local chapter of the singularity university (https://su.org/).

     

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    Why don’t we let life the people around the world the experiences they want – in a very immersive way?
    Fabrizio Gramuglio, CEO and Co-Founder Xperience+

     

    The Startup 

    Xperience+ (https://xperience.plus/) is not itself a hardware provider. The company offers on its app a marketplace for companies to join the Internet of Senses and use the protocols of Xperience+ for this.

    Part of the offer will also be a Library of Senses, in which experiences can be stored and retrieved at will.

     

    We are working on letting fans experience their favorite game from the perspective of a player – with all five senses. It will be totally immersive.
    Pedro Ferreira, CMO and Co-Founder Xperience+

     

    The Xperience+ App

    The app is currently not available to the public. Currently, the app is in closed beta status. They are working on the library and the option to stream videos. We will let you know when the app is available.

     

    We are working on disrupting the “old” audio and video media and bring in all the five senses.
    Fabrizio Gramuglio, CEO and Co-Founder Xperience+

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    Xperience+ has already raised a seed investment of 500.000 €. They are open to additional external investors.

     

    If this works guys, you will put every diet out of business, since people can taste everything, without gaining the calories.
    Joe Menninger, CEO and Founder Startuprad.io on Xperience+

     

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    Tangany Offers a White-Label Custody Solution for Crypto Assets

    Tangany Offers a White-Label Custody Solution for Crypto Assets

    Our clients do not need to apply for a license to become a custodian, we already are and offer our service.

    Martin Kreitmair, CEO and Co-Founder Tangany

    Media Partnership

    This podcast is in media partnership with the FinTech Forum (http://www.fintechforum.de/). The FinTech Forum – launched 2013 in Frankfurt am Main – is the first and largest hub for FinTechs in Continental Europe, with a community of more than 12.000 companies. With more than 17 events, with more than 270 startups on stage, and more than 1.000 investors and financial institutions. FTF alumni have raised $310mn+ in funding and resulted in exits worth $300mn+ .

     

    Our level of paranoia level is right at the top. The security for crypto assets must be even on a higher level than for banks.

    Martin Kreitmair, CEO and Co-Founder Tangany

     

    The Founder

    We talk to the CEO and Co-Founder Martin Kreitmair (https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-kreitmair). He is not only with Tangany, but also a member of the Board of Germany’s blockchain association called Bundesblock (https://bundesblock.de/).  He has a master’s in computer science and has been working at a startup for more than seven years, where he was hired as the 7th employee and saw the company grow.

     

    First, we were two founders, …joined by former colleagues from an agency.

    Martin Kreitmair, CEO and Co-Founder Tangany

     

    Martin became interested early in Blockchain and Bitcoin but was no miner – which he partly regrets now 😊. He felt like it was the right time to start his company after many years as a startup employee.

     

    Security is key for crypto custody.

    Martin Kreitmair, CEO and Co-Founder Tangany

    The Startup

    Tangany (https://tangany.com/)  is the all-in-one cloud suite to easily offer crypto and digital asset custody to your clients and customers. They do not offer services for retail customers, but rather to fintechs and financial institutions for save keeping of digital and crypto assets (including, but not limited to cryptocurrencies). They are a regulated custodian.

    The product of Tangany is a white-label tool (via API) to enable their customers like startups, so they can offer crypto wallets to their (retail)-clients. The big advantage of Tangany for their clients is that they don’t need to get a license since the company is already regulated under German law to be a custodian.

     

    It took us a very very long time to design our architecture … to the highest thinkable level of security.

    Martin Kreitmair, CEO and Co-Founder Tangany

     

    Excited about a Digital Euro

    Tangany would be quite happy if a digital Euro, based on Blockchain is realized, this would be a huge opportunity for them. Since every citizen would need a digital wallet as Tangany could provide.

     

    I am very convinced that a digital Euro will come, one way or another.

    Martin Kreitmair, CEO and Co-Founder Tangany

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    Tangany raised a venture capital round in January 2020 and currently, they are in preparation for another round.

     

    Further Readings / Additional Resources

     

    Custodian https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/custodian.asp

     

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    This Month in German Startups – January 2021

    This Month in German Startups – January 2021

     

    Welcome to This Month in German Startups by Startuprad.io – in a transatlantic news recording with Chris in New York City. This is the first news episode of 2021, but you can have a look at our 2020 review. 

     

    Today we are wrapping up January 2021 for you. There is great news in the German startup scene, from two new unicorns to a much anticipated IPO of Auto1 (will be raising at least 1.5 bn Euros), Delivery Hero goes VC and there may be Amazon TV/Radio in Germany.

     

     Housekeeping – Time to brag 

    Just a bit of bragging today: Listen Up! Here’s Your Guide To European Tech And Startup Podcasts In English https://buff.ly/39S3qyR 

     

    Top News

    We have two new unicorns

    • Mambu – Germany’s newest Fintech Unicorn offers Banking Software as SaaS https://buff.ly/3oNEHC2 – Without them, no N26. They provide the software, which enables challenger banks like them.
    • Munich-based HR scaleup Personio lands €103.5 million Series D funding and a €1.4 billion valuation https://buff.ly/35QYn0p
      • Related: Start-Up Personio Joins Circle of Unicorns – Technical University of Munich – School of Management https://buff.ly/2YgKm7W 

     

    Delivery Hero raises 1.2 bn in fresh capital

    • Delivery Hero raises 1.2 bn Euros (1.47 bn US$) in new funding, selling „in hours“ 9.44 mn new shares for 132 Euros each https://buff.ly/394ZFFQ
      • Related:
      • Delivery Hero starts their own Corporate Venture Fund called DX Ventures with 50 m Euros https://buff.ly/2MPUt11 

     

    Auto1 IPO

    • Auto1 IPO will be raising a minimum of 1.5 bn Euros (2.2 bn US$) https://buff.ly/3plC62n
    • Older articles related to this IPO – you can see the fundraising went up 500 million 
      • More details of the planned IPO of Auto1 Group emerge. They want to list in 2021 Q1 in Frankfurt in Prime Standard. Out of 1 bn € to be raised 250 m will pay back convertibles, 750 m will be invested in further growth https://buff.ly/38Hq0uz 
      • Used-car platform AUTO1 to float in Frankfurt, looking to raise 1 bn Euros from selling new shares, with a valuation of 6-8 bn Euros https://buff.ly/3bxbWWx  

     

    Amazon TV or Radio Station in Germany?

    Amazon has filed paperwork in Germany to get a broadcast license. The filing dates to November 2020 https://buff.ly/3bW0Mur 

     

    Wirecard 

    We keep you updated, just a small selection of news here. 

    Keep in mind there is still an investigative committee ongoing.

    • Oliver Samwer from Rocket Internet gave a private loan to Markus Braun from Wirecard of 75 mn Euros (91 m US$), which he demanded back rather harshly, shortly before Wirecard filed for insolvency https://buff.ly/3bW2ITU
    • In Austria, an investigation against former Wirecard COO Marsalek is ongoing in potential bribery of an employee of Austrian constitution protection (like their NSA). He is supposed to have checked the solvency of porn site hosts for Mr. Marsalke https://buff.ly/39eVNDz 

     

    Ecosystem 

    • Slack users in Germany were greeted in the new year with a big outage covering most of the first working day of the new year 2021 https://buff.ly/3972zd0 January 4th
    • Tech workers want to relocate to Germany more than any other country in the world https://buff.ly/2Jims8n 
    • Germany starts with the test of a countrywide patient file, called „E-Patientenakte.“ The users can carry around all their medical files (x-rays, reports …) on their smartphone and grant their physician access https://buff.ly/3hHb3M4
    • Berlin remains the capital of German Venture Capital in 2020. EY tracked 314 financing rounds, out of a total of 743 they found. according to their data, VC funding declined in #Germany in 2020 by 15% to 5.3 bn Euros (6.45 bn US$) https://buff.ly/3oMxaDE
    • In the most recent fintech ranking #Frankfurt is losing position No 3 to Hamburg and now only scores at No 4 https://buff.ly/3o5IeKU 

     

    Hubs 

    Note: The order of news and cities is only due to the time when we discovered the news.

    Frankfurt

    • Frankfurt-based provider of high performance computing Northern Data raises 52.5 mn Euros (64 m US$) #VentureCapital  https://buff.ly/2KOccFc
    • Frankfurt-based insurtech Clark raises 85 mn US$ (69 mn Euros) #VentureCapital, with lead investor Tencent (owner of Wechat) https://buff.ly/3nCyzeq we have an interview with the CEO for you here: XXX
    • Frankfurt: Developing towards an epicenter of the German games industry – Frankfurt Valley https://buff.ly/39iZKao 

    Darmstadt

    • We interviewed the Darmstadt based robotics software startup Energy Robotics in June 2020, where they already talked about their intention to raise Venture Capital. Now they closed their 2 mn Euros VC round: Earlybird and several Business Angels like Paul Achleitner, Gerhard Roiss, Martin Klässner, and Andrej Henkler invest 2 m Euros Venture Capital in Energy Robotics https://buff.ly/3qhA43k
    • Merck KGaA snaps up German CDMO in boost to mRNA portfolio — including for Covid-19 https://buff.ly/2KauK2q 

     

    Heidelberg/Walldorf

     

    Munich

    • New unicorn Personio is from Munich
    • Munich-based Konux raises 80 m US$ #VentureCapital from Impact Investor Sanno Capital and Athos, The Family Office of Strüngmanns (Hexal), and existing investors (e.g. Alibaba). Konux builds intelligent sensors for Industry 4.0 https://buff.ly/3idMl6i
    • Munich fintech Fidor Bank (a German fintech pioneer) is split up and sold to two bidders, Ripplewood Advisors form New York and Steria Mummert from Paris https://buff.ly/2MFo6S
    • Pepsi backs #Munich-based scented air drinks startup „Air Up“ https://buff.ly/3i9vTDT   

     

    Hamburg

    • tecHHub is the new 35 m Euro Entrepreneurship Center in Hamburg to keep founders in the city. Until the project is completed the city is thinking about a makeshift container solution https://buff.ly/3hL7If3 

     

    Freiburg

    • Insight Partners and existing investors invest 100 m US$ #VentureCapital in Freiburg-based Jedox, the company offers enterprise performance management software for company planning and analysis https://buff.ly/2MPUt11

     

    Switzerland

    • Zurich-based Blue Horizon Ventures is a VC focused on sustainable food, now they close their first fund with 183 mn Euros (221 m US$) with more than 100 investors from 20 countries. https://buff.ly/3a7l69Z

     

    Companies 

    Food – Always a good topic to talk about

    • Dish Order: German grocery wholesaler Metro is partnering with Google to offer a competing offer to Lieferando. The clue for restaurants: There is no fee https://buff.ly/35TEEgv
    • German food giant Dr. Oetker had their own beverage delivery service Durstexpress. Then they bought Flaschenpost, doing the same reportedly for 1 bn €. Now they merge Durstexpress in Flaschenpost https://buff.ly/3qB3Jov?utm_source=linkedin

    Fintech / Finance

    New VC Funds

    • Ant Financial plans to start a fintech Venture Capital fund in Berlin  https://buff.ly/3qyAtic
    • 20 health insurer in Germany invest in Berlin-based VC Heal Capital’s 100 mn fund, to invest in health tech startups https://buff.ly/38XWmS3
    • Keep in mind the news of the Delivery Hero fund from before 

     

    Selection of investments

    • Digital road freight forwarder Sennder raises $160M Series, plans European expansion – TechCrunch https://buff.ly/35Eu9gR 
    • Peter Thiels‘ Valar fund joins other investors in a 21 mn Euros #VentureCapital round for credit card #fintech Moss from #Berlin. They were registered in summer 2019 and now valued at 100 mn Euro https://buff.ly/38F6rTQ 
    • Global Savings Group raises € 12 Million in their most recent financing round https://buff.ly/35aumID 

     

    All Other News

    • Not even half of the German employees would recommend Tesla as an employer reports German tech blog t3n. Applicants post in forums and websites about chaos and arrogance https://buff.ly/35bZqrc?utm_source=-custom-by-source-0- 
    • Which startups have footballers invested in? https://buff.ly/3hcuWdG  Including investments of Mario Götze (Frankfurt-based Qualifyze), Philipp Lahm, and Matts Hummels
    • Elliott Stake Complicates Rocket Internet’s Plan to Delist https://buff.ly/2MjL1mu
    • Berlin-based #grocery delivery service (you still buy from a supermarket) named Gorillas raises 44 m US$ #VentureCapital https://buff.ly/2IPM7F0 

     

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