Category Archives: Europe

Language learning startup Lingokids scores $4M funding and partners with Oxford University Press

 Madrid, Spain-based (and U.S. incorporated) edtech startup Lingokids is on a mission to get young kids learning a second language. The company, previously known as Monkimun, offers language lessons in the form of interactive games for children aged 2-6 and delivered via an online subscription and parental portal. It currently provides English and simplified Chinese, with Spanish to be… Read More

Arduino developers get extra support as Codeanywhere acquires Codebender

 Codeanywhere, a cross platform cloud IDE for creating web apps and sites has acquired Codebender, another cloud IDE that enables users to develop for Arduino devices. This is Codeanywhere’s first acquisition and financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Codebender and its additional services edu.cobebender.cc and blocks.cobebender.cc will continue to operate and be supported… Read More

FinalPrice raises $4M for subscription-based travel booking platform

 Look out HotelTonight. Oh, and Booking.com, Expedia, Skyscanner, Hopper and a few others. Coming out of LA there is a new kid on the block. FinalPrice, a new subscription-based travel app, has today both launched and announced its $4 million fund-raising from Almaz Capital, Sistema VC and private investors. For an annual $99 charge, the offer here is that users get access to “the best… Read More

Nextdoor, now in 160,000 neighborhoods globally, expands to Germany

 Nextdoor, the social network that connects you with people in your neighborhood, is taking another step up in its global growth, after launching in the Netherlands and the UK last year. Today, the company is opening for business in Germany, the largest internet market in Europe. The move comes as the company says it is now used in 160,000 neighborhoods across the US, UK and Netherlands, with… Read More

European MEPs want to ban states from backdooring encryption

 The European parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has put forward a proposal that would amend the EU’s charter of fundamental rights to extend privacy rights to the digital realm and prevent governments of EU Member States from backdooring end-to-end encrypted services. Read More

Microsoft launches a new AI startup program at Station F in Paris

 Microsoft is rethinking its strategy when it comes to startup acceleration in Paris. The company is going to focus on artificial intelligence. This will lead to a new program for AI startups at Station F. Microsoft has had a startup accelerator in the Sentier neighborhood for a few years now. When Station F opens at the end of June, the company is going to focus exclusively on artificial… Read More