Vote now in The Europas Conference And Awards for European startups

awards1 In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, which I founded, has come up with a new kind of tech conference. Think of it as a relaxed, summer prelude to the heat of a Disrupt, followed by an all-out celebration of startups. Admittedly, its how we like to do things in Europe… The Europas includes a public vote to determine the industries favorites. Thus, voting in… Read More

EU mandates open access for all publicly funded research by 2020

eu comp council (2) European Union officials announced today that, starting in 2020, any research that owes its existence in some way to public funding must be freely accessible and reusable. Recommendations were also made to encourage investment and ease the passage of startup founders between various European states. The decision arose from a meeting of EU ministers at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels; in… Read More

Jolla launches a community device program for its Sailfish mobile OS

Jolla C Just when you thought Finnish mobile OS maker Jolla had given up on making its own hardware, given its recent financing troubles which led to it having to shutter a planned tablet, it gets back in the game — albeit with a limited run of 1,000 smartphones intended for developers and enthusiasts of its platform to test the latest and beta releases of Sailfish OS. Read More

Menu Next Door grabs $2 million for its home cooking platform

Menu Next Door Menu Next Door just raised $2 million (€1.75 million) from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. The startup is all about home cooking, literally. On Menu Next Door, you can either cook for people around you or buy a menu from someone around you. I’ve heard this pitch a dozen times. “What if we could build the Airbnb of food?” Every single time, these… Read More

500 Startups and Seedcamp back hairdresser booking app Rock Pamper Scissors

Rock Pamper Scissors London-based hairdresser booking app Rock Pamper Scissors has picked up £1.2 million in backing from U.S.-based 500 Startups and European pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, alongside various angel investors. The latter includes Tom Singh (the founder of New Look, and Just Eat’s former CMO Mat Braddy who is also a co-founder of Rock Pamper Scissors. Read More

The Europas — It’s time for different type of tech conference

awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More