Neverthink is a video app for when you really want to lean back

tc1-1 Neverthink might just be the most ‘lean back’ online video experience yet. The site (and as of today, iOS app) takes content sourced from YouTube, Reddit and elsewhere and re-packages it into non-skippable channels. The result is a TV-like experience that, say its creators, is more “on-demand distraction” than on-demand video. Read More

SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

socialwall-ad Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal. Read More

Project A, a Berlin-based VC firm, closes €140M second fund to invest in European startups

1_project_a-management_team_720 More new VC money sloshing around Europe. This time it comes courtesy of Berlin-based Project A, which has previously invested in companies such as WorldRemit, Lost My Name, and ZenMate. The German VC firm is announcing the closure of its second fund, totalling €140 million, to be invested in early-stage European technology startups. In addition, Project A is closing in on a separate new… Read More

Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble, and turning down acquisition offer

Tom Blomfield Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of digital-only or ‘challenger’ bank Monzo. In our call, we talked about why Blomfield and his 80-plus team are building a new bank, whether or not we are in a fintech bubble, and what he thinks the impact will be of upcoming EU regulation intended to force incumbent banks to open up. Read More

Pleo, a startup that offers a card and app to manage company expenses, gets backing from Creandum

Pleo London and Copenhagen-based fintech startup Pleo, which offers a card and app to manage company expenses, has closed an additional $3.25 million in funding. The round was led by European VC firm Creandum, with participation from pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, and previous backer Founders. Read More