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Ezeep secures funding from Skype investor Mangrove Capital to tackle painful printing Written by Nina Fowler on 27. November 2012

printer says no

printer says no

Berlin-based printing startup ezeep has secured early-stage funding from Mangrove Capital to help it tackle perhaps the most painful problem still facing the modern office.

The company’s free app, available for web, Android and iOS, promises to easily connect phones, tablets and computers to printers anywhere, as long as the workplace has gone through ezeep’s initial setup process. Once connected, access to the printer can then be shared with new employees, clients or customers via email.

“Printing is something a lot of people use every day and I think everyone has found themselves getting annoyed over missing printer drivers, confusing print management software, or simply getting their printer to work. We believe the whole printing experience must be changed and this is what we are doing with ezeep,” ezeep CEO Sascha Kellert said in a press release in May.

The company opened up the service for its first customers a few weeks ago, including co-working spaces Betahaus, St Oberholz and Ahoy in Berlin, Deutsche Telekom’s new incubator hub:raum, and major European wi-fi provider The Cloud.


Ezeep, founded in 2010 and launched by Kellert, Frederic Haitz and Marian Zange in July 2011, announced a €500,000 ($658,000) seed investment by High-Tech Gründerfonds and Danish angel investor Thomas Madsen-Mygdal earlier this year.

Update: Documents filed with Germany’s company register show that, following the latest round of funding in October, Mangrove now holds 16.2 per cent of ezeep. High-Tech Gründerfonds and Madsen-Mygdal also increased their shares in the company.

Image credit: Flickr user Iain Farrell


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