TWO YEARS ON: Which startup is Europe’s next €100 million exit?

€100 million_exitTwo years ago, I wrote a piece for TechCrunch about which European startup was ‘cleared for the next €100+ million exit’ and picked out five European companies that I considered the most likely to do so.

A lot can happen in two years, but as can be seen from the summaries below, all five have ‘moved on’, pulled in more funding and taken their businesses to another level. These five predictions weren’t too far off the mark and I’m currently putting together another list of five companies that look as if they have huge potential. Any suggestions would be welcomed. Continue reading

Viadeo lands $32 million in funding… one of the biggest European tech investments of 2012

The ‘French LinkedIn’ business social network Viadeo has landed a Series D $32 million funding round split between the French Sovereign Fund, Allianz, Jefferies, Middle Eastern Funds and existing investors.

The new investment will apparently allow Viadeo to accelerate its growth in Europe and China with Tianji its local brand, as well as other key emerging markets. Continue reading