Today’s top stories: Sevenload founders have cashed in their remaining shares to focus on United Prototype; top management power at Brands4Friends has officially shifted; Alex Springer is courting French property portal Seloger.com; and wine buffs delight in the launch of Berlin startup MeinSommelier.
Evsan and Bachem sell Sevenload 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.
Brands4Friends founders cede executive control
The two founders of the designer shopping club Brands4Friends (www.brands4friends.de), Christian Heitmeyer and Constantin Bisanz, have been officially deposed according to records at the German equivalent of Companies House. Exciting Commerce cites (German) an entry of 31 August 2010, saying Heitmeyer and Bisanz now hold the second tier of executive power. The new chairman Sergio Dias has ultimate control of the business.
Springer invests in French real estate portal
Axel Springer AG has extended its portfolio of French investments with a €70 million acquisition of 12.4 percent of the shares of French property portal Seloger.com. This is a prelude to what Springer hopes is a complete takeover. Shareholders still have to agree to the sale, which would value the company at €566 million, a 13.3 percent premium to the current share price.
Wine buffs rejoice at MeinSommelier
The gap between the majority of wine buyers and wine connoisseurs is enormous, according to the founders of Berlin startup MeinSommelier. With the help of their service – which employs top sommeliers to put together monthly wine packages, before shipping them to the customer along with background information about each wine to expand the horizons of the buyer – they are hoping to turn more guzzlers into connoisseurs.