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European tech journalist; founder & editor of (@tech_eu), previously @TheNextWeb & @TechCrunch - in love with my family, tech, travel and Belgian beer.

Uber to suspend UberPOP service in France — On-demand driver and taxi booking app maker Uber will stop offering its UberPOP service in France this evening, Uber France's general manager Thibaud Simphal informed Le Monde this morning. It's not really a surprise (but it is a shame): investigators recently indicted Uber's two top executives in Paris - including Simphal - on a series ...

Helpling acquires UK-based for €32 million — Rocket Internet-backed Helpling has dropped 32 million euros on the acquisition of its fiercest competitor in the on-demand marketplace for local cleaners space, buying UK-based in a deal that involves only stock changing hands, has learned.

Banking on Germany: After EyeEm and Number26, PayPal founder Peter Thiel heavily backs Kreditech — Peter Thiel, the co-founder of well-known companies such as PayPal and Palantir, and Facebook's first ever outside investor, has backed yet another German tech company. The iconic investor has put up 'double-digit millions' for a stake in fintech startup Kreditech, according to a report from business magazine WirtschaftsWoche (via Gründerszene).

Two private equity firms team up to buy France's Linxens — Two private equity investment firms, CVC Capital Partners and Astorg, today announced that they have entered into exclusive discussions regarding the acquisition of Linxens. No word on price, though. Headquartered in Guyancourt, France, Linxens designs and manufactures smart card connectors. That means its products are central to a wide range of consumer, financial and public ...

Sweden's MTG buys 74% share in ESL for €78 million — Swedish digital entertainment giant Modern Times Group (MTG) has agreed to acquire 74% of Los Angeles-based Turtle Entertainment, the world's largest e-sports company well known for its ESL Gaming Network brand, for a total consideration of €74 million. ESL says it will continue to function as an independent company, with its management team and founders ...

Global Fashion Group raises €150 million at €3.1B valuation — Global Fashion Group, the joint-venture of Rocket Internet and Swedish investment firm Kinnevik that was formed almost a year ago, has raised €150 million in an internal financing round. Rocket said it will invest its pro rata share of the round amounting to €37 million and guaranteed an additional part amounting to a maximum commitment ...

Goodbye DFJ Esprit, hello Draper Esprit — DFJ Esprit, the London-based early-stage investment firm that was founded nearly a decade ago, has announced that it will henceforth go by the name Draper Esprit. The firm also announced that iconic Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper will work closely with Draper Esprit to ramp up activities on this side of the Atlantic as it ...

Europe to end roaming charges in June 2017, adopt open Internet rules — Good news (for most). After a marathon negotiation between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council in its final days, a deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was provisionally reached in the early hours of 30 June.

Onefinestay raises $40 million for its upscale spin on Airbnb — Onefinestay, a 6-year-old London company that is often billed as an upscale version of Airbnb, has raised $40 million in growth financing, bringing its total of capital raised to more than $80 million. Investors include Intel Capital, Quadrant Capital Advisors and - notably - hospitality brand Hyatt Hotels, as well as a number of angel ...

How Amsterdam's Rockstart supports startups, the 'rock bands of the industry' (video + photos) — My first question to Oscar Kneppers, the charismatic serial Dutch entrepreneur, was to explain what Rockstart is. "The greatest startup machine, that's what we're building," was his response.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @amwolfsohn: On @tech_eu: It’s not just the weather: Southern Europe’s #startup ecosystem is heating up #spain… via @jraitamaa

Jul 04, 2015

@elies I'm coming to Barcelona from Tuesday to Thursday, still there then?

Jul 04, 2015

RT @paulgailey: "It’s not just the weather: Southern Europe’s startup ecosystem is heating up...como el agua de la fuente… on @tech_eu

Jul 04, 2015

RT @ojuncu: @YvesHanoulle @FredoFredonis @tech_eu Greek entrepreneurs rally together to help Greece’s startups through the crisis…

Jul 03, 2015

RT @contrariansmind: On @tech_eu: Sweden’s MTG buys a 74% share in ESL, the ‘world’s largest e-sports company’, for €78 million…

Jul 03, 2015

RT @Guffi: On @tech_eu: Could QuizUp be the new Tinder? The French seem to think so, as it surges to #1 in France’s App store

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