InterNations, the worldwide network for people who live and work abroad, reports strong growth. In early January 2016 the Munich-based company has recorded its two millionth member. In 2013 the company had the first 1 million members and has successfully continued on the expansion path. The network now organizes activities in 390 cities around the world. In 2015, over 1,25 million members attended almost 40.000 events and local activities. Read the related article in the Epoch Times here.Tweet
To improve health and find relaxation, an increasing number of people in Europe practice the originally Indian Yoga techniques. With Asanayoga, the founders Robin Pratap and Pascal Klein provide the community with a specialized shop, an online studio with exercises, selected travel offerings and a dedicated magazine. They focus on selected high-quality products which are manufactured sustainably and traded responsibly. We are happy to welcome Asanayoga as new company in our portfolio.Tweet
With the sale of the stakes Fashionette, ASTUTIA has just realized another successful exit. The company’s new majority stakeholder is GENUI. In 2009 ASTUTIA invested together with NRW.Bank and other private investors in the Duesseldorf-based online retailer for luxury handbags and accessories. Today, with over 5.000 products by over 100 luxury and premium brands, Fashionette has one of the most comprehensive product ranges and a strong position in the market. Including the core market in the D/A/CH region, the company is now operating in 13 European countries.Tweet
BettenRiese is the new entry in ASTUTIA’s portfolio. The Berlin-based start-up offers mattresses, bedclothes and accessories from many renowned brands. The virtual online consultant helps customers find the right product within a few simple steps. Part of BettenRiese’s service is the so called “feel-good-warranty” comprising 100 days of test sleeping with full return option, along with attractive prices and free shipping. We are looking forward to the partnership with the founders Alexander Stelmaszyk und Stefan Zundel and their team.Tweet
Logistics is a critical factor in E-Commerce – especially for small and medium-sized companies. Coureon as a specialised platform connects online businesses and logistics providers and matches supply and demand. Through the transparent and specialised service of Coureon, E-Commerce companies can save money and valuable time when looking for the right partner, while the forwarding companies can better work to their capacity. And better logistics improve the customers’ shopping experience. We are looking forward to working with Coureon’s founder Nicolas Löber and his team.Tweet
Making the job search faster and easier is the aim of Hamburg-based Everyjob. With an intelligent, proprietary technology founder Malte Widenka and his team search job boards, local job ads, corporate job offerings and temporary employment opportunities and provide the user with individually selected, comprehensive search results. The innovative meta job search offers and optimized overview and allows to quickly finding the right job. We are happy to announce Everyjob as new part of our portfolio.Tweet
The growing number of devices per customer is a challenge for digital advertisement. Roq.ad enables advertisers to create retargeting campaigns across all consumer devices and tailor specific advertising information. Rog.ad’s intelligent user recognition technology can send personalized messages to the right people, across all of their devices. We are happy to welcome the company to our portfolio.Tweet
On Friday, April 4th, founders of our portfolio companies, investors and long-time friends met for the third ASTUTIA Day. In the space of Wayra, Telefonica’s global start-up accelerator, Benedict Rodenstock and Bernd Schrüfer welcomed the guests and provided an overview of the latest financing rounds, exits and new investments. Key notes held Arnd Benninghoff, CEO of MTGx in Stockholm, Julian Riedlbauer, Partner at GP Bullhound and Dr. Gerrit Seidel, CEO of Sofort AG and VP at Klarna. They shared insights on thinking in the Silicon Valley, presented successful growth equity strategies and demonstrated the current challenges in the areas of FinTech and digital payment. On behalf of the portfolio companies presented among others Fredrik Harkort, CEO of Social Media Interactive (10 Weeks Body Change and Klitschko Body Performance) and Johannes Heinen, CEO of our Hamburg-based investment Stylelounge. The dinner with selected Bavarian specialties was followed by a party in the Heart club. Thank you to all participants for joining the event – we are looking forward to next year!