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Saul Klein: London’s Start-Up Accelerator

Saul Klein: London’s Start-Up Accelerator

Saul Klein, a scheduled speaker at the March 1st Web Summit in London, helped kick start Britain’s Internet sector 20 years ago, launching a digital version of the Telegraph newspaper when only some 30,000 people in Britain were online. Fast forward 20 years, the Internet represents 8% of the UK’s GDP and Klein, now a

VCs Are Flocking to Russia

Russia is experiencing a gold rush of sorts, as venture funds from the U.S and Europe attempt to cash in on the largest and fastest-growing Internet market in Europe. Esther Dyson recognized early that innovation was occurring outside Silicon Valley. So, she began nurturing young start-ups in emerging markets, investing in Russia as far back

Russia’s E-Commerce Boom

Russia, Europe’s biggest and fastest-growing Internet market, is red hot. With a skyrocketing number of Internet and mobile users, but a still underdeveloped commercial environment, the opportunity to build phenomenally successful domestic e-commerce businesses is huge. A 2012 e-commerce report by EWDN.com is projecting that the Russian e-commerce market will be worth between $40 billion

A Tale of Two IPOS: Betfair Is Seen As A BellWether For The European Tech Industry

When Betfair Group, the world’s largest online gambling platform, went public in October the stakes were unusually high.The London-based company’s £1.5 billion British initial public offering was not only scrutinized by investors and analysts as a measurement of the company’s prospects. Coming on the heels of the disappointing launch of online supermarket Ocado investors couldn’t

Electronic Arts Accelerates Move Into Social Gaming With Playfish Acquisition

In an anticipated deal Electronic Arts announced November 9 that it will buy Playfish, a London-based company that produces games for friends to play together over social and mobile platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Google, iPhone and Android. Playfish, a two-year-old company backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, is disrupting the traditional video

British Cleantech Start-Up Raises 9.1 Million Euros

AlertMe, a Cambridge, England -based company that helps consumers understand their electricity consumption and reduce it through a device and software, has raised 8 million pounds (€9.1 million) in venture capital in a B round. The June 10 announcement comes just one week before AlertMe, which was co-founded by two serial entrepeneurs, is scheduled to