Mary Loritz

Freelance journalist and researcher covering tech and business topics for I've formerly worked for NGOs in the US as a reporter, editor, researcher, organizer, and entrepreneur.

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Austrian travel tech startup TourRadar scores $50 million for its multi-day tour booking platform

Vienna-based travel tech startup TourRadar, an online tour booking marketplace, has just scored $50 million in Series C funding. The round was led by TCV, with participation from existing investors Cherry Ventures, Endeit Capital, Hoxton Ventures and Speedinvest. TourRadar sells multi-day tour experiences through over 600 operators across Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia and New […]

Norwegian code development platform Neptune Software raises €7.5 million

Oslo-based Neptune Software has raised €7.5 million for its enterprise application platform through a partnership with Standout Capital. The funding will be used to accelerate the company’s international expansion beyond SAP applications. Neptune Software was founded in 2011, and offers a low-code development platform to rapidly create and manage enterprise applications in the SAP market. […]

Bulgarian AI-powered chat bot startup Connecto acquired by marketing startup Leanplum

San Francisco-based mobile marketing startup Leanplum has acquired the Bulgarian startup Connecto, which creates AI-based conversational interfaces. Leanplum will use the acquisition and Connecto’s technology to enable brands to engage their customers in real-time, and to fuel innovation in AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced algorithms across the its platform. Using Connecto’s conversational […]

Digital used car broker abracar raises €11.5 million Series A

German digital used car marketplace abracar has raised €11.5 million in Series A financing from Allianz X, the digital investment arm of the insurance company Allianz. Founded in 2016, abracar manages all aspects of selling used cars including writing listings, taking photos, pricing and negotiation, and finalizing the transaction with a used car warranty and […]