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moovel Group Acquires Hamburg-Based Provider of Location Messenger App Familonet, Familonet GmbH

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moovel Group, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, today announced the full takeover of Familonet GmbH, based in Hamburg. The familonet staff will be integrated to strengthen moovel’s development team at the company’s Hamburg site. Familonet’s app, which has gathered more than 2 million registered users, will continue to be offered in the future. moovel creates an operating system for urban mobility, allowing access to various mobility services - including booking and payment. With its free app for iOS and Android, it combines public transport options as well as car2go, mytaxi, rental bikes and trains of Deutsche Bahn. Most offers can be booked and paid for directly inside the app. By taking over the mobile business Familonet, moovel gains access to geofencing and live location know-how that the startup has established in its successful history. Familonet is best known for its award-winning app that uses intelligent geolocation features for families and groups of friends, roommates or co-workers to facilitate communication in everyday life. With the acquisition, the moovel group increases the size of its Hamburg location, integrating the full team of 13 currently working for Familonet. "Familonet’s expertise and skills ideally complement the moovel development team at our Hamburg site. To have the mobile geolocation technology and this team of developers with its location-expertise is a great gain for moovel”, Oliver Wahlen, Chief Technology Officer of moovel Group. moovel’s Hamburg base is growing to almost 40 employees. A total of more than 250 people are currently working for moovel in Germany and the United States. Familonet was established in October 2012 as a startup by Hauke Windmüller, David Nellessen and Michael Asshauer and gained backing from a group of investors. Cutback Ventures GmbH, HR Ventures GmbH, West Tech Ventures GmbH, Venista Ventures’ investment vehicle Media Investment GmbH, Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg GmbH, LINEAS System GmbH, Badisches Pressehaus GmbH & Co. KG, VRM GmbH & Co. KG, Haas New Media GmbH, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG and Golden Sword GmbH have all joined the ranks of Familonet investors. The group of investors congratulates the Familonet founders on their success and unanimously emphasizes the positive conclusion of this deal, which allows the startup to reach the next level in its promising development.

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Familonet wins Google’s "Best Apps 2016" award

HAMBURG,
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The Hamburg-based startup Familonet receives the renowned award “Best of 2016” of Google in the category “The Best German Apps” in the Google Play Store. After the start of monetization this summer, this marks another milestone for Venista’s venture. 

The coveted award is given by Google in eight categories. Google rates the apps according to criteria as degree of innovation, usability, design and trends. Familonet receives this award in the category “Best German Apps” along with apps of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and REWE. “Being awarded as one of the most innovative and user-friendly apps in the Google Play Store is a great honor for us. We are proud to make a major contribution to the startup scene in Hamburg with this”, says Hauke Windmüller, Co-founder and CEO of Familonet.

The app Familonet allows family members to share their location or send messages and photos to other family members at any time. The fee-based premium version also features the possibility to send alarm calls to family members. The smartphone app, developed since 2013 as a family tracking app, is available in  20 countries and 16 languages by now. Throughout the globe, 1,7 Mn. people use the smartphone solution from Hamburg.

The preservation of privacy is a top priority for Familonet. Each member can choose between three location modes. They allow him to share his location permanently, only check in and out of defined places or skip the location determination and stay in contact with other group members via chat.

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Q Fifty One to Acquire Edition Collective

DALLAS,
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Today, Q Fifty One, owner and operator of nationwide retail concepts Q Clothier and Rye 51, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Edition Collective, the company behind acclaimed e-commerce properties, Imprint (formerly Need) and Foremost, in a cash plus equity deal.

Matt Alexander, founder and CEO of Edition Collective, will join Q Fifty One as President and CEO of a newly-created digital group, Q Fifty One Digital, tasked with developing a new strategy for Rye 51 and Q Clothier on mobile and web platforms. Imprint and Foremost will be dissolved as standalone brands, but their signature design sensibilities, editorial approach, and focus upon curation will persist. The company’s customers and assets, including Imprint’s exceptional iOS app, will also become a part of Q Fifty One Digital.

“In 2003, as a second-generation haberdasher, I set about extending our family legacy by opening Q Clothier, a purveyor of custom clothing for the modern gentleman. In the years since, we broadened this effort by opening Rye 51 to offer a curated selection of casual menswear. In doing so, our brands have become synonymous with quality and integrity in cities across the country,” said Raja Ratan, founder and CEO of Q Fifty One. “Our business has grown to become an eight figure, profitable enterprise without the web. Now, with our acquisition, we’re ready to bolster that growth and extend our experiences into the digital world.”

“In Q Fifty One, we’ve found our ideal home. Given their focus upon refinement and quality in physical retail, we’re equipped to translate those experiences to the world of e-commerce,” added Matt Alexander, founder and CEO of Edition Collective and incoming President of Q Fifty One Digital. “When we sat down to discuss the prospect this summer, I could hardly believe what Raja and his team had accomplished in brick and mortar alone. Imagine what we could do together? From their amazing in-house product-line to a staff of dozens of experts, there’s an unprecedented opportunity in front of us.”

Raja Ratan and his growing team will continue expanding Q Fifty One’s footprint across the U.S., whilst Matt Alexander and his team will look to expand the reach of Rye 51 and Q Clothier to customers around the world. Rye 51 is slated for a full overhaul to launch imminently under Matt’s guidance. A revamped version of Q Clothier will arrive in 2017.

“Leveraging the Edition Collective approach to e-commerce, photography, and story-telling, we feel confident that our exceptional brick and mortar experiences will be done justice on the web,” remarked Raja Ratan. “The opportunities are endless.”

The terms of the acquisition were undisclosed by either party.

Edition Collective’s portfolio was comprised of Imprint (formerly known as NEED), a curated retailer and lifestyle publication for the modern man, and Foremost, a small-batch, American-made clothing brand for men and women.

Venista Ventures was part of a group of investors funding NEED together with Matt Alexander.

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Venista Ventures announces spin-off IT company Codinc

COLOGNE,
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Venista Ventures today announces the company incorporation of Codinc, a new subsidiary and incubation result of Venista. The new company will be based in Cologne and will employ the former IT-team of Venista as well as additional IT-specialists from all around the world. Besides providing crucial IT-solutions to Venista’s investment portfolio, Codinc will offer services for external clients in the sphere of the mobile industry. 

“In the past, we saw that our IT team provided great software solutions to all of our portfolio companies”, says Christian Teichert, founder and CEO of Venista. “With our growing engagement in mobile marketing and mobile ad-tech, we identified a huge potential in our Venista-exclusive services that could help all of the participants in this growing sector.” 

Building unique ad-tech products in order to maximize profits and performances for all mobile players, Codinc will focus on fields such as mobile messaging and primarily mobile marketing, where the team members have gathered in-depth experience over more than a decade. Furthermore, Codinc will still be a driving force in Venista’s own incubation services as it will provide IT consultation and solutions to new startups in the Venista group.

“As a team, we are excited about the new challenges which will come with the start of Codinc”, explains managing director and co-founder Artur Pogoda de la Vega, who’ll be responsible for the internal incubation projects of Codinc. “Over the years, we always had the chance to work on our own ideas during our working hours and are ready to show the world what we’ve got in store.” 

In addition to Artur, Alexander Malysh will also serve as a managing director and is the co-founder of Codinc. The former Senior Software Engineer of Venista will oversee all external business of Codinc. Besides of the Cologne-based team, Codinc has also already established a Ukrainian team in Kiev that provides crucial programming skills and coding. Organizational teams such as human resources, PR and marketing as well as graphics and administration will be provided by the main staff of Venista Ventures. 

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Ströer Digital acquires KissMyAds from Venista Ventures

COLOGNE,
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Effective today, long-time venture of Venista KissMyAds has been acquired by the German digital multi-channel media company Ströer Digital Group. “It is a very rewarding deal for Venista Ventures: A company and team that we have helped build is now joining one of the most prominent companies active in the German media and advertising industry today”, says Christian Teichert, CEO of Venista Ventures. Ströer is a Cologne-based company offering all kinds of above- as well as below-the-line advertising formats.

In 2011, Venista Ventures and digital marketing expert Florian Lehwald founded the mobile performance marketing network. Since then, KissMyAds has seen constant, organic growth. With a focus on performance-based revenue models, KissMyAds will complement Ströer’s digital segment which, according to Ströer, will be responsible for 40% of the overall revenue generated in 2016.

Simultaneously with the sale of KissMyAds, Oliver Wimmeroth steps down as CEO of Venista Ventures and will join KissMyAds as a fulltime co-CEO together with Lehwald, who thus also remains with the company. “We are really happy to enter this new framework and drive the success of our team’s mobile performance marketing activities under the new roof”, Oliver Wimmeroth commented. Former co-CEO of Venista Ventures Christian Teichert will now take on full responsibility for the operations of Venista Ventures. Although Wimmeroth will no longer participate in operational business, he will still hold half of the shares of Venista.

Furthermore, Venista has appointed Frank Maschmeier as the new COO of the company, taking over for Kai Schmude who left the company at the end of September.

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Familo concludes successful Series A funding round

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Hamburg, March 11, 2015. Hamburg, Germany-based startup Familo has successfully concluded a series A funding round securing a low seven-digit Euro investment to further develop its smartphone app for family communications and security. HR Ventures, Venista Ventures and WestTech Ventures, all investors from the seed round, continued their support of Familo. New among the investors are the media companies Badisches Pressehaus, Haas New Media and Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main. Also among the investors is Innovationsstarter Hamburg. The business angels Dr. Michael Goldapp and Dominik Gyllensvärd complete the field of backers.

Familo plans to use the funds invested to strengthen its market-leading role in existing markets, drive expansion into new markets and increase the number of active users markedly by intensifying its marketing. "This financing round is a milestone that helps us pursue our strategic goals", says Hauke Windmüller, who co-founded the startup together with David Nellessen and Michael Asshauer. Familo has the market lead in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Its current user base has been built primarily through organic growth. The new capital, in part, is to be allocated to marketing activities. This is also relevant when it comes to expanding Familo's presence in emerging countries such as Brazil and Turkey.

Familo keeps focusing on its own technologies, among them the hallmark location algorithm that lies at the heart of the young company. Thanks to a high level of user feedback and live testing Familo makes sure its solution ranges best among all competing solutions for family localization.

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Secret Escapes aquires Berlin-based JustBook

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Berlin, January 15, 2014 - Secret Escapes today confirms it now owns 100% of Berlin-based startup JustBook, the award-winning mobile and web platform for exclusive hotel deals.

Secret Escapes is the London-based flash sales for luxury travel site offering its members exclusive deals on hotels and holidays at up to 70% off. Co-founded by CEO Alex Saint, managing director Tom Valentine and chief commercial officer Troy Collins, the company has seen year-on-year revenue growth of over 300% and the membership base grow to over four million members in the UK alone.

As the company looks to replicate the great success of its UK business in new European markets, this acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, represents a serious commitment to winning the online and mobile luxury travel market in Germany in 2014.

Combining the flash sales for luxury travel model with JustBook's successful mobile-last minute travel deals (a similar model to that of US-based Hotel Tonight), Secret Escapes will be able to offer unmatched travel deals to all consumers as it continues to grow in and beyond Europe. The group of companies now boast five million members in Europe.

Additionally, by acquiring a top-class management team in Berlin, as well as JustBook's domestic sales team on the ground, Secret Escapes hopes to accelerate its growth in Germany, which has already seen the membership base grow to 200,000 since launching in spring 2013.

Secret Escapes CEO, Alex Saint, said: "This is a very exciting acquisition for us, and our first on the continent, and we\re very pleased to be able to integrate a highly innovative company with our own. We were already making great strides in replicating the success of our UK business in this market, but by joining forces with the JustBook team, we will be able to reap the benefits of solid mobile and app-savvy tech as well as a first-class management and sales team."

Stefan Menden, managing director of JustBook, said: "With JustBook we brought innovation to hotel bookings. When Secret Escapes approached us, we were extremely excited by the opportunity. We share a common understanding for the importance of an outstanding product, a perfect customer experience and mobile as a disruptive platform."

JustBook founders – Stefan Menden, Ognjen Zeric and Sebastian Fallert – and the complete team of 25 will run the Secret Escapes Germany business and build the mobile strategy for the wider Secret Escapes group.

Media contact (UK) SECRET ESCAPES Jennifer Tetteh jennifer.tetteh@diffusionpr.com 020 7291 0230

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Mobile Marketing company KissMyAds signs Marc Ahr as new CEO

COLOGNE,
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Cologne, July 15, 2014. The Cologne, Germany-based mobile performance marketing specialist KissMyAds today announced that Marc Ahr, 41 years old, is to lead the company as CEO with immediate effect. Ahr will be in charge of managing the overall strategy and operations of the specialist in success-based mobile advertising. The CEO position has been created especially for Ahr. Previously, company founder Florian Lehwald had been leading the operation.

Marc Ahr will now be responsible for the sustainable development of the company's rapid international growth that has been maintained since KissMyAds was founded in February, 2011. A graduate of business studies, Marc Ahr has gained remarkable experience in themobile industry. After his time as Director of Mobile Messaging at YOC AG, a company incorporated in Berlin, he recently acted as managing director at the startup clickworker GmbH.

"Marc Ahr is an expert in the mobile industry, a strong organizer and a great colleague, and this combination was a strong recommendation for signing him", said Florian Lehwald, founder of KissMyAds, "Marc brings to our executive management even more quality, which is important as KissMyAds continues to pursue a strategy of aggressive international growth." With the move, Florian Lehwald gains more freedom to focus on the technical development, the optimization of the system and new visions to make mobile marketing even more efficient.

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Need, men's lifestyle retailer and mgazine, closes seed funding round

DALLAS, TEXAS,
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DALLAS, Texas - May 27, 2014 - Need, a curated men's retailer and lifestyle magazine, today announced that the Company has successfully completed seed funding from veteran finance, fashion, and angel investors. The current round was led by prominent New York-based investor and apparel industry veteran Greg B. Abbott, Imran Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer of Aftershock London U.S., and Mobelux, Need's development partner. Funds will be dedicated to the expansion of the company's core team, re-investment in its proprietary technology platform, and the launch of localized retail and editorial offerings to cities in the U.S. and abroad. To date, Need has raised more than $500,000 in seed funding from veteran finance, venture capital, and angel investors.

"When we launched Need in November, we could not have predicted the level of support and traction we\d receive. With a shoestring budget, one employee, and no marketing spend, we sought to build something sustainable, beautifully presented, and focused on the needs of today's discerning man," said Matt Alexander, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Need. "Today, we are well-funded, have exceptional traction and consumer interest, and are ready to re-shape the way men shop all over the country."

The round also included significant participation from several Dallas-area angel investors, and German venture group Venista Ventures.

In its initial six months of operations, Need has attained cash flow positivity, selling-out of all items listed for sale in each of its six collections. Fueling its growth, Need has garnered tens of thousands of members, over one hundred brand partnerships - including Bridge & Burn, Field Notes, hook+ALBERT, Noble, Nudie Jeans Co., Realm & Empire, and Rye 51 - and positive sentiments from its unwillingness to send more than one email per month. Over the past six months, Need has successfully raised $500,000 toward their "seed round" funding which will disperse retroactively.

"In an age of sky-high valuations and enormous rounds of funding, Need has shown that with a strong concept, disciplined approach and solid strategic partnerships, it's irrefutably possible to build a sustainable, well-positioned business," said Greg Abbott. "I\m excited to be aboard and to support the company's growth via both direct investment and upcoming collaborative endeavors."

Greg Abbott's diverse area of experience brings great industry knowledge and respect to the team. As previous CEO of Ithaca Industries, Greg built the company into the nation's largest private label manufacturer, establishing partnerships with JCPenney, Nike, and Gap, to name only a few. In the time since, Greg has been the lead investor in Earthlink, and now serves as CEO of IDC.

Need has also formed a strategic partnership and joint venture with Greg Abbott to explore new consumer-focused verticals related to the fashion and media industries. Need's proprietary platform - built in partnership with Mobelux - will drive the new venture, generating unprecedented, localized data insights for the fashion industry, whilst also efficiently and beautifully opening the opportunity for new areas of commerce.

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Announcing Need, a curated retailer and lifestyle magazine for men

DALLAS, TEXAS,
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DALLAS, TEXAS, November 5, 2013 - Need, a curated monthly retailer and lifestyle magazine for men, announced its launch today. Each month, Need artfully crafts a limited and hand-picked selection of products - including clothing, literature, furniture, coffee, alcohol and artwork - befitting the modern, discerning gentleman. Collections are coupled with independent journalism, editorial photography, illustrations, and film, sourced exclusively from independent creators, thereby allowing Need to give back to the communities supporting the platform.

Need's inaugural collection features items from Jiberish, Filson, Nudie Jeans Co., Red Wing Heritage, hook + ALBERT and Fjällräven. November's issue was photographed and directed by JerSean Golatt and Tyler Sharp; Kyle Steed will produce December's issue.

Need closed its initial seed funding round in early-2013 comprised of local angel investors and prominent German investment group, Venista Ventures. Since then, Need has completed development of its proprietary platform with acclaimed development group Mobelux and garnered partnerships with over 70 top brands.

"In creating Need, we sought to reimagine and streamline the shopping experience for today's modern, discerning – and time-strapped – gentleman," stated Need founder and CEO Matt Alexander. "We are exceedingly proud of the result and are grateful for the support of our board, early partners, and the investment community."

"Need prides itself on its technology, which innovates in the fields of e-commerce and publications. Built from scratch for Need by development partner, Mobelux - known for building the first iterations of Tumblr's apps and popular social platform, Elixr - the back-end enables Need to harness unprecedented data, trends, and usage scenarios to operate with greater agility, versatility, and efficiency than its competition."

"In the future, Need's unique business model will also bring exclusive, limited edition, and co-branded product runs, otherwise unavailable in person or online. In December 2013, for instance, Need will launch a line of custom men's shirts in association with Rye 51.

Need intends to quickly grow to become a localized resource for men in metropolitan markets around the world. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all storefront, Need will curate, sell, and publish to befit particular cities in the U.S. and Europe.

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Familo closes seed round and starts family communication app

COLOGNE / HAMBURG,
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Cologne/Hamburg, 19th of September, 2013 – As announced today, Hamburg, Germany-based startup Familo now offers families the option to enhance security and interact more comfortably based on mobile technology. Today, Familo launched the first version of its smartphone app that allows for a mobile solution to share location, status, short updates, and pictures with family members and be up to date if help is needed. "We offer an app for the world's strongest social network – the family", says Hauke Windmüller, member of the three-person founding team behind the new company.

Timed to coincide with the launch of its app for iOS and Android, Familo announced the successful closing of its seed financing round. The group of investors consists of Venista Ventures in the lead role as well as WestTech Ventures, from Berlin, HR Alpha Ventures, from Frankfurt, and a Japanese private investor. Additionally, the City of Hamburg supports the startup as part of the new program InnoRampUp. Familo raised funding of a mid-level six-digit Euro volume. The funds will be assigned to product development and marketing.

Kai Schmude, Chief Operating Officer of Venista Ventures, said: "The founding team of Familo meticulously analyzed the specifics and challenges of communication among family members, and have identified a clear market potential that they are set to exploit in a convincing manner. The app combines a very precise localization technology with a family-friendly, innovative means of communication."

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Curated men's lifestyle service Need closes seed funding round

COLOGNE / DALLAS,
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Cologne/Dallas, 17th of June, 2013 – Dallas, Texas-based Need LLC, a curated men's lifestyle service and publication, today announced the completion of its seed funding round.

Matt Alexander, Founder and CEO of Need, has secured an undisclosed amount of venture funding from German early-stage mobile investors Venista Ventures as well as business angels Ted Hoffman, Mark Giambrone, and Andrew Brimecome. The investment will be used for the development and launch of Need, with the public release planned for the second half of 2013. Kai Schmude, COO of Venista Ventures, commented the investment: "Lead and backed by an impressive team of Internet business experts, Need is addressing a highly promising niche of the fast-growing curated shopping market."

According to Matt Alexander, Need's seed round was well-oversubscribed. The startup has gathered support from seasoned Internet managers. Among the members of the board are Carl Sparks, current CEO of Travelocity and former President of Gilt Groupe, and angel investor Andrew Brimecome. Trey Bowles, co-founder of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center and chair for Startup America: Texas, and Kevin Vela, founder of Vela Keller PC, also serve on Need's advisory board.

Need is presented as a hybrid between a retailer and a highly-selective men's magazine and will be available to shop via mobile or web. Need is planned for public release first via the web, with an iOS version and personalized subscription option intended for release in late-2013.

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Vintage design marketplace stylemarks announces funding

BERLIN,
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Berlin, 18th of February 2013 – The mobile marketplace for vintage fashion and design products, stylemarks, closes its first mid-level 6-digit financial round and wins Venista Ventures together with Familiy's Venture Capital as investors. Further on hub:raum, the incubator of Deutsche Telekom, invests in the team around Oliver Bronner, Mark Linneweber, Stefan Decker and Andrey Bezyazychniy and offers them a long-range home after the eight-weeks accelerator program. "We\re really happy to have Venista Ventures, Family's Venture Capital team around Max Thyssen and hub:raum on board. They will not only support us monetarily, but also strategically", explains Oliver Bronner, CEO of stylemarks.

The new version of the Klash iPhone App comes along with a better interface and animated GIFs for cooler proofs and a better overall Klash experience. It is now easier than ever to create fun and daring content. The original version of the app went online last fall and received very good reviews from its user base, scoring 4.9 out of 5 stars so far on average on the Apple AppStore.

Additionally, the advisory board around Alexander Jahn, former Vice President Digital Media Bertelsmann, and Nikolas Woischnik, initiator of Tech Open Air Berlin, supports the team with know-how and their industry experience. Together with Woischnik, Oliver Bronner founded the local live-shopping platform Reduti in 2009 – and sold it one year later successfully to Daily Deal. "The idea of opening up the market for vintage design using mobile technology and creating a mobile platform for the design community greatly impressed us. And simply seeing how passionately the team members behind stylemarks are pursuing their idea made our choice an easy one", enthuse Peter Borchers and Min-Kin Mak, the two heads of hub:raum.

The program enables the ideal setting for stylemarks to implement the product vision and prepare the iOS-app launch in march. stylemarks is a mobile marketplace where design products can be discovered, bought and sold easily and conveniently. stylemarks focuses on reinventing the buying experience by putting it into a new social context and connecting design lovers not just digitally but also emotionally. stylemarks is a marketplace but furthermore also a contact point for a community wishing to exchange information and seek inspiration – on the platform itself and via its social channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Klash announces initial investment round and major update

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Berlin, 6th February 2013 – The Berlin-based startup Klash today announced the release of a major update of its iOS application as well as its first round of funding in company history. Klash, the platform that lets people challenge and dare their friends for fun, honor and actual rewards, announced this news as it drives distribution of its product in 2013.

The new version of the Klash iPhone App comes along with a better interface and animated GIFs for cooler proofs and a better overall Klash experience. It is now easier than ever to create fun and daring content. The original version of the app went online last fall and received very good reviews from its user base, scoring 4.9 out of 5 stars so far on average on the Apple AppStore.

"We strongly believe that we are not born for boring and that the world deserves to have more fun. Our application is a perfect tool to solve this problem", said Alessandro Petrucciani, one of the Klash founders. The truly international team of five (Austria, Argentina, Germany, Italy and Turkey) have also successfully finalized talks with two investors from Germany. The lead role in this first funding round, the total amount of which remained undisclosed, goes to Cologne-based mobile investor Venista Ventures, whose COO Kai Schmude said: "In Klash we found a passionate and driven team with a great idea. We're happy to get the chance to support them on their way to success." Schmude further explained why Venista Ventures became a shareholder: "Klash is a new project full of potential that merits engagement because they are putting a lot of focus on interacting with their users specifically through mobile channels." The second company to invest in Klash in this first funding round is Eierfabrik, also a Cologne-based investor.

"We will keep on improving our product but also focus on growing our user base to guarantee the best user experience. This is our ultimate goal", explains Alex Napetschnig, who also belongs to the founding team of Klash. Their unusual but very effective guerilla advertising stunts, ranging from little "homemade" car-table-slide-action-videos to weekly Klash campaigns challenging the audience to pull down their pants, are contributing to a very strong brand that strictly follows the "not born for boring" identity.

So unless you are born for "boring", what keeps you from becoming a Klash pioneer?

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JustBook takes off as the first hotel network that gets you miles!

BERLIN,
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Miles & More offers customers a frequent flyer program with many partners from different industries the opportunity to earn miles and redeem exciting rewards. JustBook is the first hotel platform that allows Miles & More members to gain miles with each hotel stay and exchange miles for hotel vouchers. By using the JustBook App, members can earn up to 1,000 miles on their first hotel stay and 500 miles for each additional night. Through the partnership with Miles & More, customers can increase their mileage with each overnight stay. Previously, Miles & More customers could attain miles by staying at specific hotels but now JustBook opens the door to many other hotels that also give them miles. Now you can travel across Europe with the only hotel network that will get you miles while you sleep! More than 1,000 hotels in 45 cities all available to you with a tap on a smart phone!

Mr. Frank Astheimer, Director of Travel Partnerships for Miles & More is excited about this partnership. "Finally, customers can use a hotel network to earn miles and book on their mobile while on the go. Our customers are mostly business travelers, so this is an excellent way to gain additional mileage."

You can reserve your hotel easily and flexibly with a smart phone or tablet. Miles & More members earn 500 miles automatically for the first hotel booking and a bonus of 2 miles and even 4 miles per euro spent during our promotion. You only need the Miles & More service card number which will be stored in the JustBook App and the miles will be credited automatically upon reservation. The hotel is reserved with your credit card via the JustBook app and you pay at the hotel by debit, credit card, or cash. Simply register with the JustBook App, connect your service card number and earn miles! The JustBook App is free to download in the iTunes App store, Android and BlackBerry.

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Startupbootcamp holds a record number of attendees at the investor demo day in Berlin

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On Tuesday, November 27th, the Startupbootcamp Berlin Investor Demo Day took place in Umspannwerk, Berlin – Kreuzberg followed by networking between Investors and the Teams at Webworker Berlin. The room was filled to capacity with more than 500 guests, including high profile investors from Index Ventures, Hack FWD, Connect Ventures, and Point Nine. The event began as Alex Farcet, founder of SBC Berlin, took the stage for a brief introduction. Soon after, the show was underway, with each team presenting phenomenal pitches after brief introductions from their mentors.

After all the teams presented, investors were invited to join the teams in the office for live demo's and deeper discussions about their business. All guests then joined the teams for the after party, where Alex announced the winners of the Buzz Awards, Weavly, Capsule.fm and Credport, as voted for by the public. The prize is a trip to the amazing South by South West conference in Austin, Texas.

The City of Berlin has partnered with TOA to send these 3 startup CEOs to the South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas next year. The startups will be part of a delegation sent by the Berlin Senate to represent Berlin at the festival as part of the "log in berlin" campaign. We're excited that Lindenpartners, Eventbrite and Startupbootcamp will each contribute €2,000 to cover half the cost of the trip. The senate of Berlin will match the cost of trip.

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JustBook closes a second round of funding

COLOGNE,
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JustBook, the app for spontaneous hotel bookings at discounted prices has continued to win support from well-known investors. The circle of investors reads like a who's who of the German internet scene. Led by Paua Ventures and RI Digital Ventures, others who are on board include Jan Becker, Founder of be2, Martin Sinner, Founder of idealo.de, as well as the mobile business incubator, Venista Ventures and Venture Stars.

Stefan Menden, Founder and CEO of JustBook, is excited about the high level of attention presented in this Round. "It's a good sign that our concept attracts so many successful investors and founders of the Startup scene. In addition to the capital, the potential of the know-how and experience that these experts bring is not to be underestimated".

Previously, JustBook had already convinced, among others, Felix Haas, the amiando founders, Fabian and Ferry Heilemann of Daily Deal, Nils Henning from Bigpoint and Matthias Hunecke of Brille24. Jochen Gutbrod, Founder of RI Digital Ventures and former CFO of the Holtzbrinck Group, explains his involvement as follows: "JustBook is a driver of innovation in the industry. The manner and style in which hotel rooms were previously found were by all means characterized by conventional methods. With JustBook, I can search and book a room within half a minute. It's that easy. This is the future of mobile Internet".

Martin Sinner also adds that "the expansion is only logical and we want to shape this growth. JustBook is one of the most successful apps on the German market and we will continuously offer more hotels in other European countries in order to build on this success".

Venista Ventures brings to the table, in addition to financial support, the commitment of its network in order to support JustBook on its growth path. Kai Schmude, COO of Venista Ventures, highlights how "JustBook is extremely well positioned to achieve spectacular results in the dynamically growing market of last-minute bookings. Their highly motivated and experienced team, the wide network of partners and investors, as well as the impressive performance in the last few months have solidified JustBook's prospect of a successful future