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Travel Startup Musement Secures €5M In Series A Funding

techcrunch.com — Musement, a booking service for travel activities, has announced it's raised €5 million in Series A funding from P101, 360 Capital Partners, Micheli Associati and Italian Angels for Growth. While there are many startups that claim to "curate travel experiences" Musement does this by concentrating on locations which might be harder to book in a seamless manner.

Cairo Witnesses A New Kind Of Spring: The Egyptian Startup Spring

techcrunch.com — The Arab Spring of 2011 ignited not just Egypt's society and political landscape. It also lit touch-paper on the bonfire that has become its new tech startup ecosystem. Consider this: Prior to 2011, it's clear no-one in Egypt had ever heard of AngelList. In that year, only 3 companies ended up creating a profile under Angel.co/egypt.

LeadDesk , A SaaS Call Center Startup, Raises €5.5M In Series A Funding

techcrunch.com — LeadDesk, the Finland-based cloud call center software company, has announced its first funding led by Dawn Capital with participation from public fund, Finnish Industry Investment. This investment round is designed to drive LeadDesk's growth in European markets with particular focus on UK/Ireland, Spain, and the Benelux region.

Hiring SaaS Platform Workable Raises Another $5M

techcrunch.com — Workable has secured $5m of additional funding from its existing investors including Greylock Israel (which has since become 83North) and Greece-based seed investors Openfund. Workable enables smaller companies to post to multiple jobs boards, review candidates and schedule interviews. Originally from Greece but now based in Boston, Workable claims to be attracting 300 new companies every month.

Courting Mike Butcher

babblingvc.typepad.com — I wrote a tongue-in-cheek tweet this morning after seeing someone post slides Mike Butcher was presenting at an event. pjozefak Want to get on @TechCrunch? @mikebutcher explains how. http://t.co/wKjOiLPv7n OR pro tip: be smart & say "I'll sponsor your next event!"

A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

techcrunch.com — Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator (around retail) and a fintec accelerator sponsored by Barclays Bank.

The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

techcrunch.com — As Jon Bradford, head of TechStars London, hosts their annual Demo Day in a well-worn old cinema in East London, TechCrunch has learned that this will be his last in the role. Independent sources have confirmed that Bradford is leaving the TechStars network to pursue new opportunities, though his next move remains a mystery.

Grabble Closes $1.8M Angel Round For Its Tinder-like Fashion Shopping App

techcrunch.com — Various startups out there are trying to create either an Instagram or Tinder for fashion, ultimately leading the buyer towards a purchase. This is the Holy Grail and you will easily uncover a multitude of companies trying to achieve something along these lines, even though the approaches and business models vary.

Entrepreneur First Hatches Latest Startups, Partners With Media Power-Players

techcrunch.com — There are plenty of accelerators these days. And it's commonly known that value created out of Y Combinator is enormous compared to the next nearest competitor in the space, often considered to be Tech Stars. So if you aren't YC, what do you do?

Social Shopping App Shopa Secures $11M Series A To Scale Internationally

techcrunch.com — So-called 'social shopping marketplaces' have slowly emerged as smartphone and tablet adoption has risen. The heady combination of social networks and shopping never seemed to work that well on the web, but on mobile they have proven to have more of the potential that was always promised but rarely delivered, simply because of the better user interface.
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Mar 06, 2015

RT @Nick_Franklin: @mikebutcher purchased! see you there...haven't been since it was at centre point

Mar 06, 2015

@TechSex It's not a niche event but we'll have sessions on future technologies.

Mar 06, 2015

This morning, few lucky people are waking up to find their early-bird invitation to #TheEuropas - You can apply here theeuropas.com/2014/12/17/ann…

Mar 05, 2015

@yanror @AppMeerkat I'll have to think of the best way to use it... I used to use Bambuser.

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