Andrii Degeler

Journalist and podcast host based in the Netherlands. Covering all things technology since 2007 for Tech.eu, Engadget, TNW, Ars Technica UK, the Kyiv Post, and more.

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Amsterdam-based sales chatbot startup Maxwell raises €400,000

Dutch chatbot startup Maxwell has secured €400,000 in funding from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and River Venture Partners. Maxwell has developed a messenger marketing platform for Shopify-based online stores that includes several steps, from cart reminder and checkout to review and activation of the customer. It works on Facebook Messenger, and the startup plans […]

Multimodal transportation app Jelbi goes live in Berlin

Jelbi, a multimodal transportation app powered by Lithuanian startup Trafi, goes live in Berlin today, almost four months after the initial announcement. The pilot version of the app, which is there to become a one-stop shop for all things transportation in Berlin, includes integrations with BVG (public transport), DB (German railways), Nextbike (bike sharing), Emmy […]

Berlin-based urban farming platform Infarm lands $100 million from Atomico

German-founded Urban farming startup Infarm has secured a $100 million funding round described as a mix of equity and debt financing led by Atomico, with participation from existing investors Balderton Capital, Astanor Ventures, Cherry Ventures, and TriplePoint Capital. Infarm has developed a quickly-deployable modular urban vertical farming platform. The company currently operates in Germany, Switzerland, […]

UK-based data privacy startup Privitar raises $40 million

London-based data privacy software startup Privitar has secured a funding round of $40 million led by Accel, with participation from existing investors Partech, Salesforce Ventures, 24Haymarket, and IQ Capital. Seth Pierrepont, partner at Accel, will join Privitar’s board of directors. Founded in 2014, Privitar provides data protection software for large organisations, including the NHS, HSBC, […]

Russian video-on-demand service ivi raises $40 million

ivi, one of Russia’s largest over the top (OTT) video-on-demand platforms, has secured $40 million in funding from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Mubadala Investment Company (UAE), Baring Vostok, Flashpoint VC, RTP Global, and Winter Capital. The company claims to be holding 42 percent of Russia’s licensed professional OTT video-on-demand market, or twice as […]

Oslo-founded urban planning simulation startup Spacemaker raises $25 million

Spacemaker, a Norwegian-founded startup that applies AI to architecture and urban planning, has landed $25 million in a funding round led by Atomico and Northzone, with participation from Danish property developer NREP, Nordic property developer OBOS, UK real estate technology fund Round Hill Ventures, and earlier investors including Norwegian construction technology investor Construct Venture. Spacemaker […]