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New funding round from Ophelia Brown’s Blossom Capital draws $185m for Europe’s startups

The UK’s Blossom Capital has announced its second funding round, totaling $185 million, for early-stage funding of Europe’s tech startups, according to EU-startups.com.  Co-founded by Ophelia Brown, formerly of Index Ventures and LocalGlobe VC, Blosson Capital is aiming to become the...

German startup Grover secures €250 million for its tech subscription service

The Berlin-based startup Grover has drawn €250 million in funding, to expand its tech subscription service in Germany and into the rest of Europe, according to Tech.eu.  Founded in 2015, Grover offers a subscription service allowing users access to over 2,000...

Google acquires Pointy, an Irish startup with tools to help local retailers list products online

Google has announced plans to acquire the Dublin-based startup Pointy, which offers digital solutions to help local, brick-and-mortar retailers list their products online to compete with Amazon, according to Venture Beat. The two companies did not disclose the sale price, but...

UK startup Jolt raises another €12.7m for its streamlined alternative to business school

The UK education startup Jolt has raised an additional €12.7 million for its accessible, flexible approach to business classes, according to EU-startups.com. The new funding round, led by Balderton Capital, brings Jolt’s total funding raised to €20.9 million. The company was...

Most requests for cookie consent don’t comply with EU rules, new research suggests

Most consent requests for digital cookies to track users’ web activity do not comply with Europe’s data collection regulations, according to new research, detailed in a report from TechCrunch.   The findings echo another study published in August, which also suggested that...

innovation

German startup Grover secures €250 million for its tech subscription service

The Berlin-based startup Grover has drawn €250 million in funding, to expand its tech subscription service in Germany and into the rest of Europe, according to Tech.eu.  Founded in 2015, Grover offers a subscription service allowing users access to over 2,000...

Google acquires Pointy, an Irish startup with tools to help local retailers list products online

Google has announced plans to acquire the Dublin-based startup Pointy, which offers digital solutions to help local, brick-and-mortar retailers list their products online to compete with Amazon, according to Venture Beat. The two companies did not disclose the sale price, but...

finance

New funding round from Ophelia Brown’s Blossom Capital draws $185m for Europe’s startups

The UK’s Blossom Capital has announced its second funding round, totaling $185 million, for early-stage funding of Europe’s tech startups, according to EU-startups.com.  Co-founded by Ophelia Brown, formerly of Index Ventures and LocalGlobe VC, Blosson Capital is aiming to become the...

Despite threats of US retaliation, the UK will tax tech giants, with support from Europe’s digital policy chief

The UK will move forward with its plan to tax multinational digital firms, despite retaliatory threats from US officials, chancellor Sajid Javid said at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this week, according to The Guardian. “We plan to go ahead...

intellectual-property

Google will remove news previews from search results in France, to avoid paying publishers

Google has opted to no longer display excerpts of news articles from European publishers in its search results in France, in order to avoid paying the publishers, as required by new EU copyright rules, according to Politico.  Article 15 of the...

#FRENCHTECHFRIDAY: Why France’s startups can no longer “Pitch”

A strange battle is taking place in France right now. A cake maker is threatening startups of legal action for using the word “pitch”. This could seem like a comical slip-up if it weren’t, in fact, tragic for France’s image...