Benelux tech companies Combell and TransIP merge; deal values combined entity at more than $1 billion

Belgium-born Combell has merged with The Netherlands-based TransIP Group to create an entirely new holding dubbed The deal creates a new European tech unicorn, with the combined entity reaching a valuation that exceeds $1 billion. Together, Combell and TransIP will offer a range of digital tools such as hosting, email and applications to over […] 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. Podcast #31: Babbel's milestone, Mondo & Payleven, more new funds, interview with Shakil Khan and standardised term sheets Podcast #117: EU’s latest investigation into Apple; interview with Isidro Laso; big tech tax in Israel; Apple’s acquisitions; the story of CureVac; and more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler talk about the new tax for big tech companies that Israel wants to introduce, the EU’s new investigation into Apple’s practices, the quality of M&A data in Europe, six-wheeled cars, health tech startups, and much more. We’ve also got a pre-recorded interview with Isidro Laso, former head of Startup Europe.

Sweden’s Acast acquires Pippa, its US-based competitor

Swedish-founded podcast hosting, monetisation, and distribution platform Acast has just made its first acquisition by purchasing the US-based Pippa. The exact terms of the deal aren’t disclosed, but Stuff has reported that the two platforms are now working on an “integration strategy.” Pippa’s four employees will join Acast. The combined platform will be the home […]

France’s Drivy gets acquired by Getaround for $300 million

The US-based car-sharing company Getaround has acquired Drivy, one of Europe’s largest car-sharing platforms for $300 million. Getaround claims that the acquisition makes it “the world’s leading car-sharing marketplace” with a total of 5 million users and a presence in 300 cities in Europe and the US. Founded in 2010 in Paris, Drivy is currently […]