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Mirror on the wall, who is biggest of all?

Mirror on the wall, who is biggest of all?

At its annual Capital Markets Day on December 8, Germany’s Axel Springer presented the very helpful – even if not entirely correct – slide copied below. It ranks the 15 biggest classifieds companies in the world by classifieds revenue earned in euro (not U.S. dollar) in FY2015. And, it alleges Axel Springer was the biggest in the world in 2015 by this measure. But, Axel...

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Absolventa signs three important partners

Absolventa signs three important partners

Absolventa GmbH, operator of four jobs sites for students and young professionals in Germany, announced this week it has signed three new partnerships to boost the number and reach of its job listings, and strengthen its brands in Germany. New partners are the Industrie- und Handelskammer or IHK (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), the youth magazine SPIESSER, and the youth social site Virtualnights.com. Absolventa, based...

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Germany’s horizontal Kalaydo gets a fresh look

Germany’s horizontal Kalaydo gets a fresh look

Earlier this week, Kalaydo.de unveiled an updated website, which is cleaner and more visual than the previous version. The rebrush presents a better user experience by clearly showing Kalaydo’s four market segments (stuff classifieds, jobs, real estate and autos), and making the search function easier and more intuitive. This is Kalaydo’s second site revamp, since it was bought by Markt.Gruppe two years ago (the previous...

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Germany’s proptech firms draw lots of investment

Germany’s proptech firms draw lots of investment

Last year fintech was all the buzz in Germany; this year proptech (short for property and technology) turned into a major focus of investors, and target of investment. Proptech refers to new technologies that refine, improve or replace real estate services. More specifically, services around buying, renting, selling, building and managing property.   The German real estate industry was late to the digital disruption game....

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Click&Boat takes on Plug&Play’s Zizoo

Click&Boat takes on Plug&Play’s Zizoo

An Airbnb-like competitive landscape is arising in the peer-to-peer boat rental market, with start-ups launching, expanding and consolidating left and right. The latest update comes from Click&Boat, France’s largest platform, which announced on Friday it had received €1 million in funding ($1.1 million U.S.) from Olma Private Equity Fund.  This on top of the news, in late November, that it has expanded to Germany. Overall,...

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Musical chairs at top of Germany’s Quoka

Musical chairs at top of Germany’s Quoka

Quoka GmbH, the RussMedia subsidiary and operator of Quoka.de, Germany’s second biggest stuff site, has lived through a number of top-management changes in recent months, and we are not quite sure who is in charge today. The round of musical chairs started in July this year, when Quoka announced the appointment of Walter Andreas Pucko as co-CEO next to long-serving CEO Patrick Günter. At the...

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Germany’s Immonet loses long-serving CEO

Germany’s Immonet loses long-serving CEO

Immowelt Group, the parent company of real estate sites Immowelt.de and Immonet.de, announced yesterday that Immonet’s long-serving managing director Philip Schulze will step down on Nov. 15. He will also give up his role as COO of Immowelt Holding AG. Schulze will be replaced in both positions by Ulrich Gros, CFO of both Immowelt AG and Immowelt Holding AG, while holding on as CFO. So,...

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