Podcast #57: Songkick and Samlino's funding rounds, the CEE region is on the rise again, eFounders and WIRED 100 Podcast #120: German publishers against the big bad tech, mergers and partnerships in Europe, interview with Samsung NEXT’s Christina Bechhold Russ, and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discussed the new alliance of German publishers to fight Facebook and Google, the rise of mergers and partnerships across the continent, the importance of VC branding, enthusiasm for tech, and much more. We’ve also prepared an interview with Samsung NEXT’s Christina Bechhold Russ.

Axel Springer acquires another 14 percent in Purplebricks for €49 million

German publishing giant Axel Springer has increased its stake in the UK-based digital real estate platform Purplebricks to 26.6 percent by acquiring €49 million worth of stock “from various founding shareholders” at £1 per share. At the time of writing, Purplebricks was trading at £1.082 per share. Launched in 2014, Purplebricks bills itself as a […]

Germany’s Careship raises €6 million for its elderly care services marketplace

Careship has raised €6 million in a funding round led by Creandum with participation from new and existing investors Ananda Ventures, Spark Capital, Atlantic Labs, and Axel Springer’s accelerator programme Plug and Play. The Berlin-based startup, founded by siblings Antonia and Nikolaus Albert, provides an online marketplace for elderly care services that’s powered by a […]

Axel Springer backs Magic Leap to bring AR to its content

German publisher Axel Springer, Europe’s largest publisher, has backed Magic Leap, the US augmented reality company that’s raised nearly $2 billion from Google and Alibaba. The investment was made through the publisher’s investment arm, Axel Springer Digital Ventures. No figures were disclosed. Magic Leap’s chief product, Magic Leap One, a headset that delivers 3D images […]