Among the European companies receiving funding last week were ClipClock, a novel video-clip sharing service for social networks; automatic cloud filing service Smarchive; a market for surplus tickets, Last Second Tickets and mobile ad analytics firm Trademob.
ClipClock’s video-clip sharing platform has one basic trick, but it is quite clever and it has attracted a $2.5 million investment from Russian VC firm Runa Capital. Often people will say: “Hey, here’s this great video on YouTube. It’s a bit boring at first, but just watch it from 2:35 to 3:22.” In a simple process which just takes a few seconds to complete, ClipClock lets the user select the best bits of a video to share.
The Russian startup acts as a video hub for the main social networks Facebook , Twitter and Google GOOG -0.61%+. Some commentators have picked up on the obvious Pinterest influence on the way the clips are displayed on the ClipClock site, but the tiled style for pictures is one that has become common across the web from Flipboard to Google image search.
In terms of product development, ClipClock said a big update to its iOS app is on the way, while it’s also starting development on Android and Windows Phone 8 apps. Marketing is another key focus for it with the new funding round — aka building a community of video sharers. “We have just started with that,” ClipClock Founder & CEO, Alex Krainov, tells TechCrunch. “We just introduced the new approach of socially created video stream based on videos from users’ Facebook news feeds and now we will start working on the content optimization, rankings.”
To date, ClipClock has attracted a $50,000 investment from Microsoft ’s Seed Fund (which explains its early focus on building a WP8 app; it also hosts on Microsoft’s Azure platform) and $200,000 from Business Angels, along with Runa’s $2.5 million investment — bringing its total investment to $2.75 million.
Smarchive is a cloud-based service intended to automate filing using semantic software to sort documents into their correct folders. If it lives up to its billing, when it comes out of closed beta testing, it has the potential to be quite disruptive, although it will be up against some very big hitters such as Evernote, Dropbox and Box.
EU Startups reports on the Munich-based company which has just received a seven-figure investment from Deutsche Telekom's DTE.XE +0.51% investment arm T-Venture, CHECK24 and business angels including Birgit Ströbel, co-founder of Germany’s biggest online real estate platforms, Immobilienscout24.
smarchive describes itself as the smart ring binder for the Digital Age. Thanks to various import methods like photographing paper documents with smartphones, automatic integration from the service providers’ customer portals, or by syncing with Cloud storage services, you can find your documents in the archive in a matter of seconds. Afterwards the documents will be categorized and a reminder function ensures that no more due dates are forgotten. Personal records are always available by app or browser. Security is top priority at smarchive: the data is encrypted multiple times and hosted on German servers.
Last Second Tickets is aiming to capture a niche in the event industry. Instead of acting as an agency offering tickets with a booking fee or charging a premium for tickets to shows where demand exceeds supply, Last Second Ticket specializes in offering discounted bookings for under-sold events.
The London-based company has just received $1.6 million in second-round funding from discount voucher and group buying network Markco Media. The money will be used to expand the team, automate processes and market the service, reports The Next Web.
Last Second Tickets was founded three years ago to provide a way of shifting left-over tickets. According to the firm, around 50 million tickets remain unsold each year for live events in the UK.
Customers can buy tickets at a discount from the site directly or as part of Last Second Ticket’s corporate service.
As well as discounts for a wide selection of events, the site runs a loyalty scheme for corporate clients. So far it provides brands like Mercedes BenzTesco and Philips with customer or employee loyalty programs and white-label offerings. More recently the company won a two-year contract to provide FunFinder, the customer retention service for Orange.
Trademob is one of the success stories of the boom in mobile advertising. In this fragmented market, the Berlin-based company has partnerships with 100 mobile ad networks, bringing together data from all of them so businesses can track their campaigns. Its Series B funding round has attracted $15 million, including $12.5 million from growth equity investor Kennet Partners along with participation from Tengelmann Ventures and High-Tech Gründerfonds.
[Trademob's] clients include eBay Classifieds, Universal Music, as well as a long list of European applications.
Trademob launched in November of last year and since then has seen monthly growth in revenue and the client base. Its platform reaches more than 500 million smartphone users and this round of funding will be put towards growing its global presence.