Startup hub builder Factory plans gargantuan new campus in Lisbon

 This year Lisbon is roaring along with noted startups like Uniplaces, Aptoide, Farfetch, Seedrs and Unbabel putting the Portuguese capital on the map. Vast annual startup conference Web Summit arrived last year with 53,000 people, and entrepreneurs and investors have been increasingly eyeing-up the city as a viable alternative to equally cheap Berlin, especially since the government allowed… Read More

SF-based Grabr grabs $2.6M to scale its traveller-driven shopping community

 Grabr, an SF-based platform with a convenient way for people to buy international goods, has secured a $2.6M funding round led by SignalFire. FF Angel (Founders Fund’s early stage investment vehicle), Global Founders Capital and multiple angel investors including Diana Moldavsky and Charles Songhurst also participated. Grabr plans to use the cash to scale up its operations and… Read More

The dream of Polish tech entrepreneurship is almost over

 Poland has worked diligently over the past decade to become an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Once home to businesses focused primarily on app design and outsourcing, social, societal, and economic pressures forced the country’s brightest to start building for themselves. And they did. I’ve covered Polish startups for almost a decade, first on TechCrunch and then on a new blog I… Read More

Amid a tough field, Vyking.io wins the TechCrunch London Pitch-Off

 Well the TechCrunch London Meetup + Pitch-Off in London is over for another year, and this one was arguably the best vintage ever in terms of quality of startups and the sheer enthusiasm from the attendees! Hundreds of startups entered the competition, creating a very competitive field. We packed out the Old Truman Brewery in East London with over 500 people, to hear the pitches of the… Read More

Google’s right to be forgotten appeal heading to Europe’s top court

 Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region’s top court to settle an ongoing dispute between Google and the French data protection agency, CNIL. Read More

Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading early stage venture capital firms, has raised $170M for its latest “Mangrove V Fund” to invest across Europe and Israel. The fund matches its previous funds, and, says the firm, was completed inside two months with 90 per cent coming from returning investors. Mangrove has been one of Europe’s most… Read More

UK’s digital-only Starling Bank adds Apple Pay support

 Digital-only UK “challenger” bank, Starling Bank, has added support for Apple Pay — meaning its customers can now add their Starling debit card to their Apple Wallet and make contactless payments drawing from funds in their Starling account via their Apple devices. Read More

Health insurance startup Alan adds life insurance

 French startup Alan launched a brand new full-stack health insurance last year. This week, the company is launching corporate-owned life insurance so that it can become a one-stop shop for all your corporate insurance needs. When Alan launched its health insurance product, it was the first new one in France in decades. The life insurance market has remained stagnant for years as well. This… Read More