This week we’re talking about the reaction of the US to the UK’s new tax for the tech giants, lessons learned from this year’s BlizzCon, why influencer marketing is largely bullshit, and much more.
Berlin-based startup Fraugster that applies AI and machine learning algorithms to fraud detection in the e-commerce space, has raised $14 million in a funding round led by CommerzVentures, the venture capital subsidiary of Commerzbank, and early Fraugster investors Earlybird, Speedinvest, Seedcamp and Rancilio Cube, with participation from HSB Ventures, the venture capital arm of the […]
British legaltech startup Lexoo has raised $4.4 million in a funding round led by Earlybird, with participation from Forward Partners, general counsel at Zoopla Property Group Ned Staple, and others. Lexoo is trying to seize the trend of many senior lawyers moving out of large law corporations to work independently or join a boutique firm. […]
German-founded blockchain banking service Bitwala has raised €4 million in funding from the venture capital firms Earlybird and Coparion. Bitwala is a crypto-friendly banking startup that offers its clients bitcoin debit cards, operates a bitcoin wallet service, and facilitates money transfers with SEPA and SWIFT by exchanging cryptocurrencies to more than 20 fiat currencies in […]
Berlin-based e-health startup MediDate has acquired its rival, the Medical One clinic group, in a deal funded by the VC firm Earlybird, MediDate’s largest investor. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed. Started as a digital intermediary in the sector of plastic and aesthetic surgery, the post-acquisition MediDate itself becomes a provider of […]
Draper Esprit, a London-based publicly listed VC firm, has entered into a strategic partnership with Germany’s early-stage VC Earlybird. Draper also invested €18 million in Earlybird’s recent €175 million “Digital West” fund and committed to invest a further €17 million per year until 2022. The goal of the unusual partnership is to “share deal flow […]
Berlin-headquartered VC firm Earlybird has closed its €175 million “Digital West” fund that will focus on deep tech startups in German-speaking countries, Nordics, UK, Benelux, France and Southern Europe. The latest fund brings the total capital under management of the firm to €1 billion. “We see a steadily growing number of promising deep tech startups […]