Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: Coupies CEO Frank Schleimer has been talking up the mobile voucher startup’s Asian expansion plans; the Facebook clone StudiVZ says it is turning into Germany’s top gaming platform; Sixt is to sell off its investment portal MyStocks; and Netzathleten has expanded with two new content verticals, food and entertainment.

Coupies eyes up Asia

coupies china frank SchleimerThe mobile discount voucher provider Coupies has now launched in Hong Kong and is sizing up the enormous and relatively untapped Asian markets. CEO Frank Schleimer told internetworld.de that Hong Kong, with its highly competitive consumer markets, was the perfect launchpad in Asia for its partner mobileFOXX, which plans to roll-out in Macau, the Philippines and Singapore next. Schleimer said Coupies was also planning to export the business model to Switzerland and India.

VZ the „largest gaming platform“ in Germany

Since late last year, the three VZ networks – studiVZ, meinVZ and schülerVZ – have been available as mobile applications as well as web. Clemens Riedl, who took over as CEO of the group in February, has said that around 5.4 million members have already signed up to the apps, representing about 30 percent of users. In an interview with Netzwertig, Riedl also claimed 1.8 million unique users are playing games on the social networking sites, making them collectively „Germany’s largest gaming platform“. Those figures would put VZ ahead of dedicated gaming platforms jetztspielen.de, gameduell.de and bigpoint.de.

Sixt looks for buyers for MyStocks

Mystocks, the share tips community launched two years ago by Sixt e-ventures, has been put up for sale. A spokesman was quoted on internetworld.de saying car rentals company was offloading MyStocks to concentrate on it core business. Sixt’s bosses – father Erich Sixt and sons Alexander and Constantine – were a bit over-optimistic in setting out to become Germany’s „number one investment adviser“. The site has struggled to make an impact and a few months ago Sixt had to write off accumulated debts of € 1.2 million against the venture.

Netzathleten launches new verticals

The vertical content provider Netzathleten is branching out with two new verticals on separate domains. The sports and fitness portal has launched Worldsoffood.de, combining international cuisine and gourmet food recipes with dietary information, and entertainweb.de, which offers news and reviews of consumer electronics, movies, TV and games.