Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: Market research from Aarkstore reveals that 15 million people bought ‚fashion and shoes‘ online in Germany in 2009; diapers.com clone Windeln has secured first round funding; and speakers including Sevenload founder Thomas Bachem have been confirmed for the WebTech Conference in October.

German fashion and shoe e-shops booming

German e-commerce reportNew research from Aarkstore reveals that 15 million people bought from the category „fashion and shoes“ in Germany in 2009. The total number of German Internet shoppers during the 12 months prior to November 2009 reached 33 million, accounting for 75% of total Internet users. Other key findings from the report, Germany B2C E-Commerce 2010, include that the bulk of online shoppers in Germany are still uncomfortable divulging credit card details online, preferring offline payment methods such as advance payments, invoices and cash on delivery.

Funding round for Windeln.de

Funding round windeln diapers.com cloneA comment on the Facebook page of not-yet-launched Windeln reveals that the baby goods startup has secured a first round of funding, although there is no disclosure about the amount of funding or the investors involved. With the strapline „everything for my baby“, Windeln announced its arrival on 1 July and is currently in development. It is a clone of diapers.com in the US, which has collected around $80m from VCs since its launch in 2004.

One for the diary: WebTech 2010

WebTech 2010 Mainz Speakers have been confirmed for the three-day Webtech Conference (German) to be held in Mainz on 11 – 13 October. They include web developer Wolfram Kriesing, who will be debating apps versus widgets and asking „Will the mobile web take over?“ and Sevenload founder Thomas Bachem, who will talk on the particular challenges for online game developers of developing games in an increasingly ‚real-time‘ web, when in fact the web was not essentially built for that.