Moscow Startups Build Their Own Eco-System In An Old Telegraph Station

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 6.54.08 AM Aside from Russia’s somewhat grandiose “Skolkovo” project to replicate a Silicon Valley-style startup campus just outside of Moscow, entrepreneurs who have preferred to stay outside any governmental overtures have resolutely stuck to the city, just as Startups in the Bay Area, post 2001, gravitated towards San Fransisco. The early pioneer in this was (Digital October), carved… Read More

Octopus Launches $140m Growth Fund For Later-Stage Euro Startups

Amphitretus London-based Octopus Ventures, which last year revealed it had a $91.3m early stage fund, is today launching an new, separate, $140m fund designed to providing growth capital to “successful fast-growing later-stage companies across Europe”. The Octopus Zenith Opportunities II LP (“Octopus Opportunities fund”), will also provide much-needed follow-on investments into… Read More

Medvedev To Hold A Google Hangout On Russia’s Tech Future

medvedev It’s been five years since Russia began its huge project to literally carve out its own version of Silicon Valley in a huge technology park, being built just outside of Moscow. The project, dubbed Skolkovo, will create a 400-hectare site for up to 30,000 workers and has a budget extending to $15 billion through to 2020. But right now much of it remains a building site and… Read More

Medvedev To Hold A Google Hangout On Russia’s Tech Future

medvedev It’s been five years since Russia began its huge project to literally carve out its own version of Silicon Valley in a huge technology park, being built just outside of Moscow. The project, dubbed Skolkovo, will create a 400-hectare site for up to 30,000 workers and has a budget extending to $15 billion through to 2020. But right now much of it remains a building site and… Read More

ShieldSquare Takes A New Approach To Malicious Bot Traffic

ShieldSquare7 While the world of viruses has given rise to a number of antivirus companies, not least of which was Macafee, who we had at Techcrunch Disrupt this week in SF, the world of bots has become a bigger and bigger headache for content owners. Bot traffic to sites is much larger than human traffic and it can create a serious problem for sites. Indeed, last year LinkedIn filed a lawsuit against… Read More

You’re European, In A Tech Startup, In SF On Sunday? Come For Drinks

12009633_10101438244079500_3370918096119076530_n You’re a European tech entrepreneur in San Francisco or nearby, or you’ve just landed in town for Techcrunch Disrupt and you want to connect to other Europeans in the city while you’re here. What do you do? Well, one solution is to wait for Disrupt week. Usually, once a year — in the same week as Disrupt — I like to get the European crowd together in San Francisco… Read More

Eurocorn? HelloFresh Raises Another $84.7M From Rocket Internet

hellofresh Fresh meals delivered to your home weekly on a subscription basis have become a big business in recent years. Today that trend is confirmed as Rocket Internet pumps $84.7 million or 75 million Euros into HelloFresh. Prior to this the startup had raised $193.5 million. The company — billed as “wholesome home cooked meals with no planning, no shopping and no waste”, and now… Read More

Attention! Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW

cratewins Attention Europe! Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt London. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition.Three times a year, the Battlefield takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt, where 20-something new companies will have the opportunity to present their product live on-stage. They then face questions from our expert judging panel.… Read More

Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have

Attack of the Clones 1 There’s a coming war between telecoms companies and the advertising industry, and it’s all to do with the increasing bloatware of online advertising. You don’t have to look far to find the evidence. Apple guru DaringFireball recently wrote: “It’s not just the download size, long initial page load time, and the ads that cover valuable screen real estate as… Read More