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Central and Eastern European Startup News
- Achoo, a “social accepted bragging” platform for freelancers launched in Estonia. Read on The Next Web
- Biglion, a leading Russian daily deal site, bought Belarusian Bongo.by. Read on East-West Digital News
- i-Free, a St. Petersburg VC, pulled its funding of the controversial Girls Around Me app. Read on Arctic Startup
- GetJar gets a new (American) CEO. Read on GigaOM Europe (Yes, that’s right, GigaOm launched a European operation. Exciting!)
- The European Union is getting deeper into the startup scene, announcing a startup competition called Tech Allstars. Read on The Next Web
- Dave McClure tweeted his plans for Geeks on a Plane Eastern Europe. Get your pitch decks ready!
- A study claimed that Estonia faces an acute shortage of IT professionals. Read and discuss on Eastist
Poland News (by Szymon Szymczyk, our Poland contributor)
- Two Polish startups qualified for the TNW BizSpark Startup Rally at the TNW2012 conference. They are:
- AppMotion – ”Think of it as Nintendo Wii, but with your iPad as a console and screen, and iPhone as a controller.”
- Zapstreak – “Zapstreak will put AirPlay into Android media apps (video, audio, photo). No hardware required.”
- (And Belladati from the Czech Republic is the third one from CEE. It provides analytics tools to retailers.)
- iTraff Technology, the company behind the SaveUP image recognition application, has collected 1,9 mln zł (0,45 mln euro) in its second round of financing. New investors are Innovation Nest fund, Rafał Han, Stephane Senkowski, and SpeedUp Venture Capital Group, which also invested in the first, seed round. SaveUP had started as a mobile application but then it found out that there were companies interested in just its image recognition technology. So SaveUP made a pivot and now it’s a B2B product. They plan to sell a worldwide licence and access to its API.
- Two business angels, Mariusz Gralewski and Michał Skrzyński, have invested 300k zł (72k euro) in positionly.com, a tool for monitoring the position of a website in search engines, which just recently came out of beta. Positionly.com has 1500 registered accounts (paid and free) and plans to attack Silicon Valley – they’ve already got customers there.
- At last some numbers that look impressive even after dividing by 4 (Polish złoty/euro exchange rate). PizzaPortal.pl and three other websites (from Sweden, Austria and Finland) that are run by OnlinePizza Norden, a company based in Łódź, were acquired by the German group Delivery Hero for 120 mln zł (28,7 mln euro). Today Pizzaportal.pl supports over 1150 restaurants in Poland.
- This news may surprise many people, but… beginning on April 12th, Polish developers can at last officially sell applications in Google Play. It’s a pity they had to wait so long…
- BusyFlow showed awesome creative spirit at the LAUNCH conference. Read on Life in Paris
- A video interview with the CEO of Erply. Watch on Youtube
- And a video from the same guys, Profit Show, interviewing the founder of the Startup Wiseguys incubator. Watch on Youtube
- InFakt.pl helps entrepreneurs with accounting. Read on GoalEurope
- Meet a new Ukrainian accelerator – Eastlabs. Read on GoalEurope
- And here is a list of new Star Fellows (supported by seed money from Yuri Milner). Read on GoalEurope
- A thought-provoking piece on hypothesis-driven development. Read on Hacker Chick
- “Key US startups look to European expansion”. Read on Betakit
- Oliver Samwer’s thesis on startups dug up by the Kernel. Read on The Kernel
- Speaking of the Samwers, GigaOm catalogued Rocket Internet’s endeavors around the world. Read on GigaOm
- Remember SOPA? Imagine a Russian version. Read on GigaOm.