The top stories from the past week: Birgit Wahrenburg-Jähnke joined the customised map maker StepMap; major European investors XAnge and DN Capital joined the shareholders at Mister Spex; the social network for researchers ResearchGate close a major funding round with several prominent German angels on board; the founders of video platform Sevenload sold their remaining shares; and the mobile game Gbanga is to offer in-game mobile coupons via a tie-in with Coupies.
Stepmap recruits new media head
The 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.
Mister Spex gets €7m investment
The online optician Mister Spex has completed a financing round for a cool €7 million. The new investors come from international shores: DN Capital (Shazam, Endeca), which led the round, and private equity group XAnge will help push the expansion of Mister Spex abroad. Read the full story here: Mister Spex gets €7 million growth financing.
ResearchGate attracts German business angels
ResearchGate, the social network for scientists and researchers, has completed a Series A round with a number of prominent German business angels on the list of investors. Palto Alto investor Benchmark Capital (Twitter, Ebay) led the round. German angels included Joachim Lap (co-founder of Scout24 Group), Martin Sinner (co-founder of Trusted), Ulrich Essmann (co-founder of Sedo) and Christian Vollmann (founder of MyVideo, iLove and eDarling).
Sevenload founders cash in shares
Serial entrepreneurs Ibrahim Evsan and Thomas Bachem have sold their shares in the video platform Sevenload. They founded the company in 2006 then stepped aside in September 2009 to concentrate on their new venture, United Prototype, which recently launched its first social game FlipLife. Sevenload board member Axel Schmiegelow bought up the available shares. In other news, the former CTO of Studivz, Jodok Batlogg, has joined Sevenload as technical director.
Coupies in deal with Gbanga
The location-based game Gbanga is to integrate coupons into its mobile game in a deal with the Cologne mobile coupon specialist Coupies. Players of Gbanga, created by Swiss developers Millform AG, are already accustomed to looking at real places such as cafes within the mobile phone game. Now they will also be offered location-based coupons, offering discounts and incentives from partner companies.