Top stories from the week: Investment Bank Berlin provided Absolventa with cash injection; GS predicted five German web companies to disappear by 2015; Google is busy mapping photographing German streets for Street View; and web radio provider Aupeo is to provide streaming in-car audio for Mini.
IBB provides growth funding for Absolventa
Berlin-based startup Absolventa, a jobs board for students, graduates and young professionals, is to receive a fresh injection of capital. The Investment Bank Berlin (IBB), a federal investment vehicle, will provide equity capital under its ProFit programme. Absolventa said the growth funding will be used for “technological development of the modular structure of the Absolventa platform and the launch of a white-label solution.”
Five German web companies that will disappear by 2015?
Every web founder knows the fickle nature of doing business online: there are no dead certs and few startups ever make it big. Even those that do sometimes have a short shelflife. This week GS took a critical look in its crystal ball to ask: which big German web companies will disappear by 2015. Read our foreceast and tell us if you disagree: will Swoopo, Xing, StudiVZ, Brands4Friends and Jamba still be around five years from now?
Google Street View launches in Germany
Google Street View for Maps will be launched in Germany by the end of the year, with 20 German cities set to receive the Street View treatment, from Berlin to Wuppertal. From next week the internet giant will provide information at www.google.de/streetview about the launch, including a privacy request form allowing tenants and landlords to ask to be omitted from the Street View results.
Amiando changes “almost everything” for relaunch
Event ticketing and management platform Amiando is officially relaunching today, with a simplified interface and a slew of new features. Among these is the world’s first e-mail tool to allow monitoring of event marketing campaigns in real time, with integrated ROI tracking down to the level of individual ticket purchases. Co-founder and CEO Felix Haas said by e-mail: “We have changed almost everything. Our goal was to combine our feature set (German engineering) with simple operation (Silicon Valley style).”
Aupeo cuts deal with car maker Mini
In an automobile industry first, the Internet radio platform Aupeo has signed a deal with Mini to give its cars built-in streaming music, as reported by VentureBeat. The Berlin-based startup has created four customised music channels for Mini, which will offer the service as an optional extra for €250. Owners will need an iPhone and Mini-created app to connect to the web radio platform.