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The Good, The Bad, The News: This Week in Germany Written by Felicitas Hackmann on 5. February 2016

Jason Goldberg leaves Hem, which gets acquired

After having started the e-commerce startup Fab, Jason Goldberg launched a second one: Hem. Five years later, he leaves the company. Rumors have it that the Swiss design furniture company Vitra bought Hem.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Rocket Internet sells businesses in four countries

About a year ago, Berlin-based incubator Rocket Internet started its global holding for food delivery called Global Online Takeaway Group. Rocket’s startups are active in about 70 countries. However, now it sold its business in four countries: Spain, Italy, Brasil, and Mexico.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Modomoto goes shopping

Berlin-based style consultant startup Modomoto acquires its Amsterdam-based competitor The Cloakroom. Modomoto is known as one of Outfittery’s strongest competitors in Germany. Details of the deal remain undisclosed.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Lamudi raises $31.4 million

Rocket Internet’s Lamudi announces a $31.4 million investment from Holtzbrinck and Tengelmann. The startup aims to be profitable by the end of this year.

Ohlala raises $1.7 million an launches in New York

Berlin-based “paid dates” app Ohlala announces a Seed round worth $1.7 from business angels such as Moviepilot founder Ben Kubota and Max Finger. Also, Ohlala will launch in New York soon. When that happens the product will be adjusted to the NY market.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Zalando founders invest

Berlin-based watch startup Watchmaster announces its third investment – and the startup is not even a year old. Existing investors like Piton Capital and Cherry Ventures invested $8 million overall. Zalando founder Robert Gentz and David Schneider also joined this round.
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Riskmethods announces $6 million

Munich-based Riskmethods announces a Series A round worth $6 million. Besides existing investors such as Bayern Kapital, Senovo and Point Nine Capital, EQT Ventures also joined as a new supporter. The startup identifies and rates delivery chains worldwide.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Spotcap raises €31.5 million

Berlin-based and Rocket Internet-backed Spotcap is an online credit lending platform for small businesses. Today, it announces a €31.5 million investment. After previously having raised €18 million, this is the startup’s third round and led by Finstar Financial Group from Russia, in participation with existing investor Holtzbrinck Ventures.

SuitePad raises €3 million

Berlin-based SuitePad unites travel guides, TV and a digital concierge. Today, it announces a €3 million investment which will be used for growth. The round is led by Target Partners. Existing investors HW Capital, Kizoo and IBB also joined.
[Gründerszene] (German)

Jodel raises investment

Berlin-based messenger Jodel announces a new investment by Redalpine. Atlantic Internet, Felix Jahn (Home24), Gerald Schönbucher (Hitmeister), Felix Haas (amiando), Valessa Tech Holdings and the Samwer fund Global Founders Capital have already invested in Jodel. Details of this deal remain undisclosed.
[Gründerszene] (German)
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