Venturepreneur Dusan Stojanovic
True Global Ventures
along with Investitionsbank Berlin
invested €1.3m in Berlin-based start-up Stryking Entertainment.
The complete amount of €1.3m will be used to further develop and launch nspyre™. The new technical solution and service enables developers and publishers of free-to-play games to sell real products next to virtual goods within their in-game shops and to integrate consumer brands as part of the gameplay.
Stryking’s new technology and service nspyre™ with its first module, nspyre commerce, offers a shop-in-shop solution which provides the opportunity to sell real products in free-to-play games by implementing an API. The solution offers contextually fitting products to the users who enter the in-game shops and also provides delivery and logistics of the product as well as all other necessary after sale services. In the upcoming months, further functionalities will be added such as advanced targeting options as well as sponsoring, advertising and product placement opportunities for brands.
On the other hand True Global Ventures
invested $1.1m in Bountysource together with the company's founder
. The funds will be used in scaling developer
community and attracting more corporate sponsors.
Bountysource has created an industry first and something open-source projects desperately
need: a community-friendly way to get funding and support. The tech industry relies heavily
on open-source projects and tools, yet developers struggle to get money and attract
volunteers to help with the day-to-day work required to keep projects running. Bountysource
solves this problem by standardizing the funding cycle and creating a vibrant marketplace of
dialogue and collaboration between developers and backers. The model incentivizes users
to support their favorite open-source projects through monetary donations or completing
bounties connected to a project. The company is also working with corporate sponsors, like
Adobe, who have a vested interest in supporting open-source projects, which often serve as
integral parts of a company’s engineering infrastructure.About True Global Ventures
True Global Ventures is a unique, international, super angel fund formed by more than 30 of the world's leading technology entrepreneurs-turned-super angel-investors. Founded by Dusan Stojanovic
, its network consists of more than 350 high tech investments in Sweden, France, Germany, US and China realized prior to forming True Global Ventures. It leverages these personal networks and expertise of its founders to support and accelerate the next generation of superstar companies. It exclusively invests in serial entrepreneurs with global ambitions within the internet, mobile and software sectors in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, SF-Bay Area, New York, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Besides Bountysource and Stryking, True Global Ventures has invested into Sharespost (Silicon Valley), 4GSecure (Paris acquired by SCCP in Singapore), Polyspot (Paris), Musicxray (New York), Yatedo (Paris), DAD Asia (China). www.trueglobalventures.com
Do not miss Venture Village interview with Dusan
, talking about entrepreneurship, True Global Venutres - his super angel fund and Swedish startup successes.(Source: press release)
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Hanover, Germany, 3 September 2013 - Hanover-based start-up CouchCommerce has raised a seven-figure sum in its initial quest for funding. In addition to Hannover Beteiligungsfonds (HBF), which belongs to hannoverimpuls
, the Venturepreneurs Organisation
(including founders of Zanox, Autoscout24, blau.de) were also involved in the first round of financing.
CouchCommerce excels with its focus, unique to the market, on advanced web-app technology for online shops. As a result, without prior installation app quality for online shops is achieved directly in the browser for the first time and on all operating systems. Compatibility with all smartphones and tablets is also guaranteed. One of the company’s goals is to expand the CouchCommerce.com SaaS platform which has already steered 500 merchants towards mobile commerce and is growing rapidly. It also wants to use the financing to create an open source development standard for e-commerce web apps. The standard will be published on CouchCommerce.org
and based on AngularJS
, Google’s web-app technology.
“In addition to the current turnkey mobile commerce solution for small and medium-size online merchants, the vision of creating an open source development standard for customised shop web apps and the experience of the CouchCommerce founding team convinced us this was a good investment”, comments Dr. Peter Wolff, Director of EnjoyVenture, HBF’s management company. “In the future, CouchCommerce won’t just be an attractive option to operators of online shops, but will also let developers and agencies tap into new opportunities. As partners of CouchCommerce they will be able to develop tailor-made web apps for their customers, based on the open source development standard. CouchCommerce will then be able to support major brands and online merchants too”, adds Dr. Wolff.
Alexander Ringsdorff, founder and director of CouchCommerce GmbH explains the company’s vision: “This first round of financing allows us to take a key step towards an e-commerce platform for web-app technology. Only about two per cent of all online shops worldwide are adapted to embrace the PC’s successors such as smartphones, tablets or smart TVs. Consequently, the demand for technologies that support the new gesture technology is enormous. Because 20 to 30 per cent of surfers use these new devices – the majority of them at home on their couches. In this case, mouse and keyboard are outdated and no longer used to fill shopping baskets"
“By making this investment, we’ve managed to firmly anchor a high-potential start-up from our own network to Hanover as a business base”, explains Ralf Meyer, director of hannoverimpuls. “It’s a superb success story for Hanover as a technological bub and for the regional IT industry”. Over the past 18 months, founders Nadine Schmitt, Kai-Thomas Krause, Felix Hanos and Alexander Ringsdorff have put together an excellent team of 14 which has already won three founders’ prizes. In addition to Germany, since May 2013 CouchCommerce has also been available in England, France, Italy and Spain.About CouchCommerce
The SaaS platform, belonging to Hanover-based CouchCommerce GmbH, automatically and swiftly transforms online shops into web apps for tablets, smartphones and smart TVs. The web apps are displayed directly in the user’s browser instead of the online shop and are gesture controlled. For merchants this translates into higher sales figures due to compatibility with all relevant smartphones and tablets and the low costs involved with entering mobile commerce. CouchCommerce GmbH was founded in February 2012. Experienced entrepreneurs like the founders of Autoscout24, blau.de, Zanox, Qype and 9flats.com are some of the start-up’s business angels.www.couchcommerce.comAbout Invest-Impuls
hannoverimpuls GmbH is the business development organisation belonging to the City and Region of Hanover. Under the umbrella of Invest-Impuls it manages two regional investment funds: hannover innovation fonds (hif) for the seed-funding phase and Hannover Beteiligungsfonds (HBF) for the start-up phase. Furnished with capital amounting to 28 million euros, no other region in Germany offers young technological enterprises such generous financial support.
Invest-Impuls only provides equity in conjunction with other investment partners. hannoverimpuls is on hand to help search for suitable co-investors, whether these are private or institutional partners like the German government’s high-tech start-up fund (HTGF). EnjoyVenture Management GmbH offers professional funding management to start-up companies.www.Invest-Impuls.deAbout EnjoyVenture
EnjoyVenture is a funding management company, run by entrepreneurs, for seed-phase and start-up financing of innovative technology companies. As an industrial adviser and investor, EnjoyVenture believes active coaching, close liaison with network contacts and management support are core aspects of its role. Long-standing entrepreneurial, financing and industrial expertise and the associated networks set the EnjoyVenture partners apart. Since it was founded in January 2000, EnjoyVenture has helped 50 new companies and has in-depth experience in structuring spin-off financing from corporations and technical and scientific institutions. The seven members of the EnjoyVenture team currently manage four venture capital funds worth 50 million euros in total.www.EnjoyVenture.deAbout the Ventrepreneurs Organisation
The Venturepreneurs Organisation is an NPO (non-profit organisation) which was founded in 2007 by venture capital company ACTIVE VENTURE PARTNERS. The non-profit organisation’s goal is to link up international entrepreneurs who regularly make investments at the early stages to ensure that experience gained is constantly shared.www.venturepreneurs.org(source: Couchcommerce press release)
We just found out that Ludei
(an HTML5 game development platform based in San Francisco) secured $1.5 million in funding. According to the official press release, the funds will be used to expand the engineering team and bring its development platform to app developers outside of the gaming industry.
The round was backed by 2 Spanish VC funds as well as several angel investors.
“This funding further validates our approach to HTML5 development,” said Ludei founder and CEO Eneko Knorr
. “HTML5 has taken a lot of criticism in recent years, and it’s true that on its own, it performs poorly on mobile. But our team and the world-class developers using our platform are proving every day that with the right support, HTML5 is ready for primetime, and we’re positioned to take on the biggest players in the app industry.”
More than 6,000 developers, including three of the top 20 game publishers in the world,are using the Ludei Platform to power HTML5 applications with the speed, complexity and features normally reserved for native applications. More than 500 games have been developed using the Ludei Platform.
Ludei’s initial funding came from Eneko, Venturepreneur who sold his previous company to Telefonica before founding Ludei. This round brings Ludei’s total funding to $4.5M.
Ludei enables developers to quickly and easily create, accelerate and publish HTML5-based apps and games. To date, Ludei’s cloud-based HTML5 platform has powered more than 500 iOS and Android game titles. Ludei is based in San Francisco, CA.
For more information please click here
.(source: press release)
P. Andrez, D. Stojanovic, J. Hansmann.Photo AAIA/APA/Rastegar
, Venturepreneur and super-angel received the Business Angel of the Year award (handed by other Venturepreneur Johann Hansmann
- president of the Austrian Angel Investor Association
) during The Annual European Business Angel Network (EBAN) Congress 2013
which was celebrated in Vienna on 13th and 14th May. Both Venturepreneurs shared their thoughts on what they believed angel investing was all about. Dusan Stojanovic (25 investments, 3 recent exits), emphasised the exit as his main driving force. On the other hand, Johann Hansmann (21 investments since 2010) pointed out that to him being a succsesful business angel was more focused on “building up a cash flow-positive and sustainable company that is nice to work in”. "I invest in people, not the companies", he added.(Source: inventures.eu)
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CouchCommerce - a cloud based SaaS platform that received 6-figures seed funding from the Venturepreneurs at the begining of 2013, has just become available in France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Alexander Ringsdorff CEO of CouchCommerce expalins the recent expansion: "We initially launched CouchCommerce with a German and English site back in 2012. But due to the high demand from surrounding European countries we quickly decided to enable our platform for these additional regions and languages and now officially launched France, Italy, Spain and the UK".
CouchCommerce is a platform that converts online shops into web apps that are accessible like websites but behave like native apps. Natural gestures are supported, loading times shortened and the checkout optimized. With these improvements online shop merchants can immediately increase their sales via mobile traffic up to factor 10.
"Working with online shops across Europe we are seeing a traffic share of 30% and more via touch devices like Smartphones and Tablets. Merchants suffer from bad conversion rates because their shops were built for mouse and keyboards. With CouchCommerce they have a turnkey solution to handle this traffic and to increase sales within just 30 minutes after sign up!" completes Alexander.
The SaaS Platform currently supports Magento, Shopware and xt:commerce shop software. Within the next months Oxid e-sales, Presta Shop and Zencart will be added to this list. As a special launch promotion CouchCommerce is now offering a 30-day free trial on all plans
for merchants joining.ara modificar.(source: pressebox.de)
Venturepreneur and Chairman of Maporama Solutions
(a privately-held, French cloud-based provider of location intelligence and geospatial analytics solutions) informed us that Tibco Software
, the enterprise software company, has bought Maporama Solutions, to help expand its big data offerings with location information
Tibco (Nasdaq: TIBX
) says that it will be using Maporama’s technology to complement its Spotfire data analytics platform, providing more detailed results incorporating location into the mix.
On the other hand, Dusan Stojanovic
, also Venturepreneur and Founder of True Global Ventures
informed us about SharesPost’s
(one of its portfolio companies) joint venture with NASDAQ OMX
, currently known as the NASDAQ Private Market.
The venture combines NASDAQ OMX's market and operating expertise as well as resources with SharesPost's leading web-based platform. The NASDAQ Private Market (NPM) will provide improved access to liquidity for early investors, founders and employees while enabling the efficient buying and selling of private company shares.
Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
For more info click here
.(source: techcrunch.com, reuters.com)
We are thrilled to inform you that CouchCommerce raised a 6-figure seed funding following winning the first ever Venturepreneuers Organisation Pitch Contest in October 2012
The investment will be used to support additional shop systems and to prepare the roll out in the CEMEA region. CouchCommerce
successfully launched its SaaS post PC commerce platform automatically converting online shops in touch optimised web apps for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs in August last year. By the end of 2012 CouchCommerce already welcomed its 500th online shop demonstrating the high demand for mobile commerce solutions across small and medium online shops. Christopher Pommerening
, Founder of the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation explains why CouchCommerce was chosen as first ever investment of the Venturepreneurs: “The CouchCommmerce platform is a unique, highly scalable and fully automated turnkey solution for online shops across all verticals and potentially all around the world. We see a strong shift from traditional computers to new post pc devices like tablets and smartphones in commerce. This customer group already stands for about 20% of all web users and will continue to grow rapidly. In contrast to native app solutions requiring download, installation and customization for each ecosystem, CouchCommerce web apps are instantly available in the web browser of all relevant devices offering an easy and touch optimised shopping experience. Just like the consumer expect it to be.”
Thanks to the fully automated web-app deployment process online shops can launch with CouchCommerce within just 30 minutes,all by themselves and without the requirement of technical know-how. This helps the startup to quickly grow its number of merchants. Alexander Ringsdorff
, Co-Founder and CEO of CouchCommmerce explains why he is especially proud to have the Venturepreneurs as seed investors for his new venture: “We were thrilled when we got the message to have won the Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest. With more than 25 Venturepreneurs from 11 countries and an average of 8 investments per person the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation gives us access to all relevant markets and an unmatched network within the venture and entrepreneurial field. This is a great foundation for the international roll out of CouchCommerce in 2013. We could not be more excited about the opportunity ahead.”
According to Christopher: “The added value of the Venturepreneurs is the serial entrepreneurial experience that comes with the investment. For a startup, advice is as important as money when an idea is being implemented into a marketable product or service. This is where the role of the Venturepreneurs can really stand out in both experience and network of contacts.”
About CouchCommerce GmbH
Hannover, Germany based CouchCommerce is running a cloud based SaaS platform automatically and in just a few minutes converting online shops into web apps for post PC devices like tablets, smartphones and smart TVs. Web apps appear directly in the browser of the visitor without installation and can be used using natural gestures. The advantages for online shops are higher conversion rates, app feeling without installation, compatibility with all relevant smartphones and tablets, better ranking in mobile search results and low entry costs into the mobile commerce world.
CouchCommerce was founded in February 2012. More information is available here
After the great success of the “Trends Session”
held for the first time at the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation 10th Summit in Gavà, once again (this time in Mallorca) the Venturepreneurs shared with us their thoughts on what they believe the hottest trends in the (mainly) technology sector will be. We have listed for you the Top 10 (not only Tech) Trends identified as the most important for the upcoming year.
Today, it’s all about the crowds. From crowdsourcing, that allows companies to source on—demand employees, to crowdfunding - a new high-tech trend for companies looking to raise capital with groups of people making small investments that collectively can fund a startup. Crowd is powerful and very much related to online communities and social networks. The availability of cloud applications and platforms will make the “crowd-“trend one of the hottest tech trends in 2013. 2. Social advertising
We have already witnessed how this year’s Olympics Games in London became the first ever social media Olympics
. Various reports claim that internet users spend more time in social networks and less surfing the websites. The conclusion is obvious: social advertising will be one of the most important marketing tools worth looking into as it offers better targeting and ROI; it is also successful in bringing in new customers whilst increasing the size of the community.
The Venturepreneurs are convinced that food industry has a great potential and, believe it or not, it has more presence online than one would thought! Just recently we have started to see many online platforms that offer pre-prepared fresh ingredients and recipes allowing consumers create restaurant-quality meals at home. This “gourmet convenience” trend will not pass unnoticed in the near future! 4. Logistics
The e-commerce has changed physical distribution systems and the role of logistics has become critical in diverse aspects. Consumers want the products available everywhere and at any time. The future of (e-commerce) logistics will rely on precision, speed and flexibility. 5. Individualization
Individualization is currently considered one of the most important social-cultural trends. After social validation in the online community, now it’s time to go back to real life and stand out from the real crowd! Custom made products and services are growing in popularity among consumers who want to be unique. We are witnessing a transition from designer-individual to customer-individual products, a trend that leaves a lot of space for more than one industry. 6. Big data
We have already heard about big data trend last year, but it seems that this space has not been discovered profoundly. Companies have started to realize that big data transforms into true business value and it transforms the business itself. With indefinite amount of information that we deal with on a daily basis it becomes even more obvious that it is very important to analyze it fast. On the other hand, it’s critical to distinguish between using “a lot of data” and “divers data”, and last but not least, it wouldn’t be fair not to mention the role of a human factor! 7. E-health
2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for e-health trend. From wireless monitoring, where people can measure i.e. blood pressure simply by downloading apps on their smartphones to tele-health technology that provides two-way videoconferencing allowing doctors treat patients at a distance. In the last couple of years, the online health activity has grown so that this trend must be taken seriously; the Venturepreneurs believe that we will soon see a lot of revolutionary solutions in the e-health sector so we will absolutely keep an eye on it. 8. Robotics
The future of the robotics landscape is going through a very interesting time. We have seen robots as co-workers and co-inhabitants; we have witnessed a 3D recognizing revolution (smart TV, Kinect) with built-in cameras, cloud robots, smartphone-based robots, telepresence robots and it seems that the line between humans and machines becomes unclear. Nevertheless, there are a lot of discoveries and innovations that we are expecting to see in the upcoming years. 9. Home automation
Home automation trend has recently started to speed up. This sort of a digital version of “clap on/off” lights, allows you to control your home functions i.e. doors, alarm, TV, music, air conditioning, heating etc. from the screen of your smartphone (as long as they are connected to the high-speed Internet at home). It has become more popular and accessible for larger group of clients, mainly because of the amount of available apps that control the system and reasonable price of installation + maintenance. 10. Human capital management
A cloud instead of a local server, enterprise social networks instead of intranet, tele-/videoconferencing systems for smartphones/tablets…we are witnessing that companies can manage a global, mobile and varied workforce at a distance. The Venturepreneurs see the future of platforms which help to increase productivity, lower the costs, accelerate performance and help proactively manage the workforce from anywhere in the world.
The trends highlighted above have been discussed by the Venturepreneurs, a network of business angels who aim to be always on top of the game and capture the right time to invest, support, and help create new “hot” businesses. The time will show if these forecasts were correct!
We had a fantastic Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest 2012,
and all the three finalists did an excellent job pitching their projects to the Venturepreneurs at the last Summit in Mallorca!
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the project that will receive up to €300,000 of funding from the Venturepreneurs is CouchCommerce
, a platform that converts online shops into great web-apps for post pc devices like smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.
Our congratulations go to the founder of the company, Alexander Ringsdorff and his team!
We would also like to thank and congratulate Jordi de los Pinos(Smadex
) and Igancio Arroyo(Ludium Lab
), who participated in the final round of the contest! The quality of your presentations was remarkable and it was really hard to make the final decision.
We wish you all success with your companies and we look forward to hearing great news from you in the future!
Two weeks ago, we invited you all to enter the Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest 2012
. The response was overwhelming, we have received so many great projects, it was hard to choose, but eventually we narrowed it down to the final 3.
It’s finally time to name the three selected Stratups and Entrepreneurs for the Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest 2012 (in a random order): Smadex
- Jordi de los Pinos Ludium Lab
- Ignacio Arroyo CouchCommerce
- Alexander Ringsdorff
Thank you all for participation in our contest and Congratulations to the 3 finalists!
For the first time ever these 3 top startups will pitch their projects in front of the Venturepreneurs on the island of Mallorca on October 18th and will be competeing for up to €300.000 of Funding!
Best of luck to the top 3 startups!***
As Xavi Beumala (Marfeel) was unable to participate in the Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest 2012 in Mallorca, we invited Alexander Ringsdorff from CouchCommerce, being the next selected project on the list.