Gründerszene Today: eCareer pulls the shutters, Frank Biedka takes shares in Zalando, T-Pay service to withdraw
Today’s top stories: Jobs site eCareer to cease operations; Zalando’s new CEO Frank Biedka injects capital in the eshop; Deutsche Telekom’s online payment service T-Pay to be withdrawn.
eCareer pulls the shutters
Samwer incubator Rocket Internet pulled out of eCareer and top executives found jobs elsewhere, as reported in May. Now, the recruitment portal for white collar professionals is to shutter. Members received an e-mail informing them the site will go offline on 31 July for „operational reasons“. Launched in 2009, the jobs board struggled to get a foothold in a space dominated by Experteer.
Frank Biedka takes shares in Zalando
Zalando has found a new shareholder in Frank Biedka, its recently appointed CEO. The Zappos clone, part of the Rocket Internet portfolio, recently updated shareholder information at the Handelsregister (equivalent of Companies House in the UK) showing a slight increase in capial investment. Among the new partners is Mwide Net UG, a mini-GmbH whose sole director is Frank Biedka.
T-Pay service to withdraw
Deutsche Telekom’s internet payment service T-Pay is to be wound up and replaced by Neteller, which the telco acquired in March. T-Pay’s debit card, credit card and telephone billing system Call and Pay are slated to be withdrawn in the fourth quarter of 2010. That will just leave the pre-paid MicroMoney service, an equavialent to the popular Giropay system for online payments in which a PIN and TAN number are required for transactions.