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Restaurant Discovery App Zomato Acquires Turkey’s Mekanist For Cash

techcrunch.com — Zomato, the Restaurant discovery service which competes with Yelp, has acquired Turkey's Mekanist. The price was not disclosed but it has been confirmed as an all-cash deal. The move will take Zomato from covering 27,500 restaurants in Istanbul and Ankara to more than over 50,000 restaurants in Turkey.

Health And Beauty Marketplace Wahanda Acquires App Agency To Hit Mobile

techcrunch.com — Wahanda, the Health and beauty marketplace - which has grown to be Europe's largest to date - has acquired Lithuanian-based Lemon Labs for an undisclosed amount, but understood to be in the seven figures. The move comes at an important time for Wahanda, which despite growing to a decent size on the web, has for too long ignored the mobile space.

Berlin’s Monoqi Buys Up The Old Assets Of Mydeco To Scale Up In The UK

techcrunch.com — After what feels like a rather long time, Berlin-based handpicked design/furnishings retailer Monoqi has finally acquired the assets of the former online furniture marketplace MyDeco, which latterly competed with the original Fab.com in the UK. For the last few months traffic to MyDeco has been redirected to furniture retailer Made.com (with which it shared backers including Brent Hoberman, founder and former Chairman).

Fantastic to run into the awesome @mjamme at #Davos #Davos15 #AfricaAt#Davos

Classified Startup Saltside Technologies Raises Another $40M Led By Hillhouse

techcrunch.com — Last year we covered the fact that emerging markets like Africa were exploding with classified ad sites as the population comes online and begins the process of getting into marketplaces. Saltside Technologies is deep into this game, and last year raised $25m in equity funding, backed by Investment AB Kinnevik, a listed Swedish investment house with a specialism in emerging markets.

UN Launches Powerful Oculus Virtual Reality Film Following Syrian Refugee Girl

techcrunch.com — A young girl, a Syrian refugee, suddenly appears before you, sitting on the floor of a cramped room. She describes her family, and takes you on a journey through the refugee camp in which she lives. You sit beside her in her makeshift school classroom and watch children tramp through the muddy streets in the encampment.

Awesome #Davos party by @richstromback, disrupting WEF

.@TheDukeOfYork introducing #PitchAtPalace at #Davos: Insignia Tech., Pure Marine Gen, Sam Labs - interesting comps!

Really enjoyed crossing swords with

Uber’s Kalanick Pitches Jobs And The Environment To Europe - If It Loosens Up

techcrunch.com — Speaking at the DLD conference in Munich today, Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick sang a rather different tune than of late. In recent times, the private car hire transportation has been fighting fires on a number of fronts, from controversies about its relationship with the media, to the safety of its riders, both in the US and in emerging markets.
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Jan 30, 2015

Sponsorship rates @TheEuropas & PathFounders, June 15-17 (invitation-only) go up Feb 1st. Contact: http://t.x co/j1KhIUbjzN #TheEuropas

Jan 30, 2015

I'm looking into Gcal apps/Chrome extensions that highlight the blank days in your calendar. Makes planning easier.

Jan 29, 2015

@TheHatchLondon its usually easier if they email me a decent pitch (in text, no attachments) then I can ask questions. thanks!

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