Our startup "neighbors" qype, also Hamburg based, announced another round of financing yesterday. The Munich division of VC "Wellington Partners" invested eight million Euro in a stake of QYPE.com. Something you may have seen as Yelp in the US;)
Read more on their english blog..
If anyone asked Mr. Idle himself, he would not invest a cent in this venture. Mr. Idle doesn´t really like copycats.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wow, what a great deal! Our friends from CrossLoop.com in California raised six million Dollar in their second round of financing. Peer 2 Peer seems to work. Especially in PC support. Their concept definitely makes sense to help each other across the web instead of paying expensive PC specialists "off-line".
Of course, if anyone asked Mr. Idle, he also digged out some bucks to invest;)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Congratulations to the TechCrunch50 winner Yammer.com! Of course Mr. Idle would dig out some bucks to invest in yammer.com if anyone asked him. This is a real great venture with a pretty smart business model. As president of CouchTycoon and frequent twitter user Mr. Idle sees the big advantages of a "corporate twitter".
Again, congrats to West Hollywood!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Giving away products can be a logistical pain. For instance, when we give away a T-shirt or laptop, we have to go through hundreds of comments, contact the person, and do a lot of manual processing. A new Y Combinator startup called ContestMachine that just launched makes giving stuff away as easy as putting a widget on your blog.
You create a contest widget by entering all the details of the giveaway: prizes, deadlines, rules. Winners can be randomly chosen by ContestMachine or judged by the blogger. It automates the process of creating giveaways, and opens up contests to any blogger or small business who has a Website. The service is free to try out for up to two contests a month, and then charges $9 a month or $90 a year for more contests.
Of course Mr. Idle loves contestmachine and he would like to invest in this venture too!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Have you finally realized your lifelong dream of opening up a restaurant? Are you having trouble spreading the word on its existence? If you are, then you should take a closer look at Letseat.at. Through this site, you’ll be able to create a website for your restaurant, bar, or café. The process is much like creating a blog. All you need to do is choose a theme, add all relevant information about your restaurant, and share it with the rest of us. For instance, you might put up your restaurant’s menu, allowing possible patrons to know how much they will spend and what food they can expect from your diner. One very interesting feature is the fact that you can create printable coupons through the site. This will let you advertise your site online, and get more and more people to know about it by accessing your site for savings. If you still haven’t created a site for your restaurant, go do it now at Letseat.at.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could see where people are sending Twitter messages from? That’s exactly what you can do with Iphonetwitters.com. This site lets you see where people who are using their iPhone to send messages to Twitter are sending them from. This adds a whole new level of interaction to the somewhat boring concept of Twitter. For instance, if someone is having drinks with friends, they’ll be able to put it up on Twitter and you’ll be able to see where they are exactly. You can then join them and have fun. This mashup is brand new, but as more and more people buy iPhones and hear of this site, it’ll be interesting to see how many are using Apple’s phone to Twit. For now, it’s just a novelty service that will keep you entertained. You should try to find some of your friends to check if they’re Twitter posts are true or if they are lying about where they are.