Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: Verena Delius is the new boss at Panfu; Samwers‘ incubator Rocket Internet has sold its stake in Erdbeerlounge; the shoe e-tailer Zalando has upgraded from Magento to bespoke e-commerce software; and customised map maker StepMap has headhunted Birgit Wahrenburg-Jähnke.

Panfu appoints Verena Delius CEO

panfu verene deliusThe kids‘ social gaming platform Panfu has a new boss: Verena Delius has been appointed CEO of the young Internet startup and will work alongside founders Moritz Hohl and Kay Kühne to take the business to the next level. Delius was previously responsible for distribution at the e-learning platform Scoyo. With her on board, Panfu is now looking at furthering its international expansion.

Rocket Internet gets out of Erdbeerlounge

Samwer brothers erdbeerlounge Rocket InternetThe Samer brothers‘ incubator Rocket Internet has sold its shares in the online women’s magazine Erdbeerlounge, according to Deutsche Startups. The valuation of the shares was not known, but Rocket Internet offloaded all of its 21 percent shareholding. Most of the shares were bought by the OnVista founder, Michael W. Schwetje, who now holds about 49 percent of the business.

Zalando develops bespoke eCommerce shop solution

Zalando magentoThe online shoe retailer Zalando has abandoned the open source Magento eCommerce software. With average daily visitors to Zalando topping 250,000 according to Google Trends, the shoptrainer blog (German) suspects Zalando got fed up with recurring performance problems when running Magento on a high traffic e-shop. Magento has been replaced by a bespoke shop solution that looks to have been developed inhouse.

Birgit Wahrenburg-Jähnke joins Stepmap

Stepmap dpa-InfografikThe former editor in chief of German press agency dpa-Infografik has been headhunted by the design-your-own map service StepMap. Birgit Wahrenburg-Jähnke takes over responsibility for media relations and news at the Berlin startup, whose maps are already used by six newspaper titles including Hamburger Morgenpost in their online editions.