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This Week in Berlin: Funding, IPOs, Welcomes. The all in one! Written by Felicitas Hackmann on 10. October 2014


Here’s what happened this week in Berlin:


Productive Mobile Plans To “Build a New, Big, Mobile Technology Company”

width="105"Large corporations have built their own intranet and internal software solutions. For these, it’s often expensive and difficult to adjust it to new devices – such as tablets or mobile phones. With that conflict in mind, Productive Mobile is working on a solution to make this step easier and cheaper. The technology behind it makes desktop-and-mouse-based interfaces that are optimized for mobile solutions.
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Clue Releases App for Android

Berlin-based startup Clue launched its period tracker app for Android this week. Co-founder Ida Tin says, “Since the release of our iOS app last year, we focused on making Clue the best tool for female reproductive health. We are thrilled to bring the app that thousands of users have come to trust to Android.”

Funding Rounds/Exits/IPOs/That kind of News

Axel Springer Invests $20 Million Into Online Magazine OZY

width="105"Axel Springer announced that it has invested $20 million into the Silicon Valley based online magazine OZY. The publication that covers stories on news and culture was founded last year by Carlos Watson, a former MSNBC anchor. OZY’s aim is to bring readers “news and information in a completely different way.” Read more


$7 Million A Round for C&A and Primark challenger Lesara

width="105"German online retailer Lesara announced a $7 million Series A lead by Mangrove Capital from Luxemburg. US-based Funderguild, Fabrice Grinda and previous investors including Partech Ventures, KupiVP founder Oskar Hartmann, Marafoni founder Sina Afra and others joined the round. Read more

Members-only Video Community app vive raises $1.5 Million – and we tested it

vive, a members-only, mobile video-chat community, announced a $1.5 million seed funding round from a number of well known European angels investors. Instead of self promotion, people should connect to gain happiness, the company states. Read more

€4 Million investment for off- and online register solution inventorum

width="105"Another payment with iPad solution? Yes, but different: inventorum connects small and medium sized store’s online and offline shops and its inventory. HTGF, Vogel Ventures and Dr. Max Iann announced this week that they invested in the startup’s €4 million Series A round. Read more

RNTS Media acquires Fyber for $190M to create a global mobile-advertising technology company

RNTS Media has acquired Berlin-based Fyber for $190 million in a bid to create a global mobile advertising technology company. The transaction is unusual in that Fyber is the bigger company and its management team will help run the combined company as it negotiates its way in the $18 billion mobile ad revenue market. via VentureBeat

Xyo sells its app-finding tech to Mandalay Digital Group for integration with Digital Turbine

The Berlin startup Xyo, which has deals with partners such as T-Mobile, has sold its app search engine and contextual advertising tech to the U.S.-based Mandalay Digital Group, the proprietor of one of Xyo’s biggest rivals, Digital Turbine. Via Gigaom


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