The Brexit hangover has left UK startups drained — Are the brains next?

tech4eu As the UK referendum result dropped in that fateful Friday morning, the tech startup world didn’t immediately grind to a halt. Websites kept loading. Apps kept opening. But what left UK technology entrepreneurs aghast was not just that Britain had chosen to leave the European Union after 40 years, but that all those years of trying compete with the giants of Silicon Valley would now… Read More

Germany’s Brillen raises $49M from TCV to take its eyewear marketplace international

2392325187_153e371099_b Brillen.de, a bootstrapped, family-run company in Germany that has built an online business selling its own eyewear by tapping into a network of independent and local opticians, has raised €45 million ($49 million) in its first-ever VC funding. The money comes from a single, notable, investor, Technology Crossover Ventures (which has backed the likes of Facebook, Spotify, LinkedIn,… Read More

Germany’s Brillen raises $49M from TCV to take its eyewear marketplace international

2392325187_153e371099_b Brillen.de, a bootstrapped, family-run company in Germany that has built an online business selling its own eyewear by tapping into a network of independent and local opticians, has raised €45 million ($49 million) in its first-ever VC funding. The money comes from a single, notable, investor, Technology Crossover Ventures (which has backed the likes of Facebook, Spotify, LinkedIn,… Read More

Stripe brings its Connect marketplace platform to Europe, Stripe clone Paymill finds a buyer

moneys As the number of apps and sites for buying and selling goods and services continues to grow, we’re seeing a shakeout among the companies that help make those wheels of commerce turn, with the biggest of the lot continuing to scale up and those that have failed to grow getting swallowed up. Stripe, the startup based out of the U.S. that lets online businesses and apps quickly… Read More

Natural Cycles gets $6M to convince more women to ditch the pill

Dr Elina Berglund and Dr Raoul Scherwitzl, Natural Cycles Can an app stop you from getting pregnant? In conjunction with daily input from a basal body thermometer, it can indeed. European startup Natural Cycles, which also bills itself as a fertility tracking service, is today announcing a $6 million Series A funding round, led by Bonnier Media Growth, the venture arm of the Swedish media business. Read More

Family-photo-sharing platform Togethera shutters after low growth numbers

androidscreenshot London-based Togethera, a startup that allowed families to share photo albums privately, is to shutter after failing to raise beyond its initial £250,000 seed round from 2014. The startup managed to garner 65,000 users for its web/mobile platform for private photos. But it would appear the audience is continuing to use other platforms, such as Apple albums or Facebook, and it struggled to… Read More