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Today in Germany: ElitePartner, DLD Written by HEUREKA editorial on 18. January 2016

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ElitePartner fires 15 staff members

After being founded in 2004, Hamburg-based dating platform ElitePartner was sold to the UK-based Oakley Capital for €22 million in 2015. The company also owns the Hamburg-based competitor Parship. Now, however, it became official that ElitePartner is restructuring the company and therefor has to let 15 from it 90 staff members go.
[Gründerszene] (German)

News from DLD

DLD, Burda’s digital conference, is currently taking place in Munich. This morning, WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum announced dropping the messenger’s annual $0.99 subscription fee. Instead, the company will focus on commercial services. That includes e.g. costumer support from businesses with their clients.
[TechCrunch]
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