Andrii Degeler

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

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Berlin-based travel booking startup Tourlane raises $47 million

German travel startup Tourlane has landed $47 million in a funding round led by Sequoia and Spark Capital, with participation from DN Capital and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. As it usually happens, the startup plans to use the funding to expand internationally, hire more people, and further develop its product. Founded in 2016, Tourlane is a […]

Chatbot startup Hubtype from Barcelona raises €1 million

Barcelona-based conversational messaging startup Hubtype has landed a €1 million seed funding round from K Fund, with participation from existing angel investors. Founded in 2016, the startup has created a framework for chatbot development, which allows to “seamlessly integrate with messaging channels, including web chat, which makes scaling new messaging channels like WhatsApp possible,” it […]

Barcelona-based mental health startup Psious raises €8 million

Spain’s Psious, a VR startup that’s working on a platform for the treatment of mental health disorders, has raised €8 million in a funding round co-led by Sabadell Asabys, Caixa Capital Micro II, and Caixa Capital Tic II, with participation from Banc Sabadell and Carlos Gallardo. Psious plans to use the capital injections to complete […]

German phone sales assistant startup Ciara lands “millions” from UVC

Germany’s Ciara, a digital assistant for sales representatives, has raised “millions” in funding from Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners (UVC Partners), with participation from the founders of Interhyp Marcus Wolsdorf and Robert Haselsteiner, as well as entrepreneurs Christian Mangstl and Felix Haas. Ciara, which appears to have just come out of stealth, works as a real-time […]

Swedish-founded Arabic audiobook startup Kitab Sawti raises $6 million

Stockholm-headquartered startup Kitab Sawti that has created what it claims to be the world’s largest Arabic audiobook library has landed $6 million in funding from Bonnier Ventures, Paltel Group, and Kaaf Investments, with participation from Northzone and Abdulla Elyas. Founded in 2016 with the aim of supporting the integration of Syrian kids into Swedish society, […]

Manchester-based secure instant messaging startup Nivo lands £2 million

Nivo, an instant messaging and identity verification platform founded in Manchester, has raised a funding round of £2 million from GP Bullhound, the Angel CoFund, and a syndicate of angel investors. Launched in 2018 as a spin-out of Barclays Bank, the company positions itself as “the fastest, safest way for financial services companies to sign […]

The UK-based savings chatbot Plum secures $4.5 million

London-founded startup Plum that’s developed what it calls “the world’s first AI-powered personal money management chatbot” has raised $4.5 million in a funding round led by venture firm VentureFriends and the EBRD. The company plans to use the fresh capital to hire more engineers in its offices in London and Athens, as well as work […]