DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A

 DogBuddy, a pan-European online marketplace for dog sitting, has closed €5 million in Series A funding, money it plans for further expansion. Backing the London-headquartered startup in this round is existing investor Sweet Capital, the investment fund started by the founders of King.com, and a number of new unnamed private investors. It brings total raised by DogBuddy to €10 million. Read More

BP Ventures, BP’s investment arm, leads $20M in private jet charter marketplace Victor

 Victor, which bills itself as the “largest ‘on-demand’ marketplace for private jet charter,” has raised $20 million in new funding, bringing total raised to date to $44.45 million since launching in 2011. BP Ventures, BP’s investment arm, led the round, putting in $10 million, whilst the London headquartered startup says it plans to use the additional capital… Read More

GoCardless, a fintech that makes recurring payments easy for subscription businesses, raises $22.5M

 Well, GoCardless co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi knows how to work a non-denial denial. When I interviewed him a few weeks ago for an extensive profile piece we ran yesterday, he wouldn’t be drawn on if the hot London fintech was raising a new round. Today, the company is announcing $22.5 million in new funding. Read More

BandLab​ ​Technologies​ acquires Chew.tv, a video streaming service for DJs

 Chew.tv, a video streaming service for DJs to show off their mixing skills, has been acquired by BandLab Technologies, the Singapore-based ‘social’ music-making platform. Terms of the deal are undisclosed, though it was widely known that Chew.tv, which has been described as ‘Twitch for DJs,’ had been struggling financially over the last six months. Read More

Lilium raises $90M Series B for all-electric flying taxi

 Imagine some time in the not-so-distant future. After making your way to the nearest “community landing strip,” you’ll pull out your phone, and, with a single tap, hail the nearest ‘air taxi’ to take you to your chosen destination. The experience will have Uber-like convenience but the mode of transport couldn’t be any more different. Read More