In this week’s top stories: a number of high profile investors are participating in sex portals; the sausage seller Reinhold Zimmermann buys into FP Commerce; DailyDeal secures investment from US firm Insight Venture Partners; and the people search engine 123people wins a landmark case.


Sex sells for German investors

Well-known German business angels and entrepreneurs have jumped on the NSA (’no strings attached‘) dating bandwagon, servicing „Men and women who are not interested in a long-term commitment“. Arndt Roller, the former CEO of the flagship platform for regular dating, Parship, has now launched ‚casual dating portal‘ Prime-Date. Many other familiar faces are getting in on the action, including the Gimigames founder Christian Weiß, who has invested in swingers‘ portal Sexpartnerclub.

Sausage dealer buys into FP Commerce

In what appears on the face of it a clash of business cultures, a company director from  the sausage manaufacturer Zimbo has emerged as a key investor in the latest funding round for FP Commerce, the Samwers brothers‘ e-commerce brand.  The new shareholder, Reinhold Zimmermann, has only limited experience in the Internet business. The precise level of his involvement is unknown but will not be insignificant, according to sources close to the deal.

US venture capitalist comes in for DailyDeal

The Groupon clone DailyDeal has again won fresh capital investment, this time from the New York-based VC Insight Venture Partners. DailyDeal recently acquired rival Ruduti and continues to expand. To date,  total investment in the ‚deal of the day‘ site has reached seven figures following a seed round and two additional funding rounds.

123people wins lawsuit

123people win lawsuitPeople search engines in Germany have acquired a stronger legal footing after a court in Hamburg dismissed a suit against 123people.de. The claimant had objected to a photo of herself appearing in the search results of the site . However, this was found to have been shared elsewhere online with her approval. The court found no fault with 123people, primarily because it had not saved the image on its own server.