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123people expands into new markets

123people recently expanded into new markets with local sites. French and Spanish and UK version was launched, traffic in these countries grows continuously: People Search Spain, People Search France, People Search UK

123people is based in Vienna/Austria/Europe.


European travel guide soon to be launched!

Another i5invest project is just before launch!

Check it out, it’s name is – hungry for travel.

It’s a social travel guide, use your facebook login to be one of the first to test it out:!

…a lot of new features and content is currently updated – stay tuned!

tripwolf - social travel guide

First multi-national European People Search Engine 123people is online in Europe!

Today launched!

Beta test accounts are available for non-European markets!

new i5invest business incubator blog

here it is, hot news about hot European startups:

i5invest business incubator blog

 i5invest business incubator blog

Truffle 100 for 2007: Europe’s Hottest Software Companies (alarm:clock article)

“The Truffle 100 for 2007 Listing of Europe’s 100 largest software firms is out and online. The good news is that 32 Euro software vendors have revenues greater than €100M (up from 30 one year ago).

The bad news is that all the Truffle 100 combined is generating less annual sales than Microsoft, and not quite double Oracle’s annual sales.

Getting back to the positive news is the fact that all of the Truffle 100 companies have sales of greater €20M. And that they make about €2.5B in profits a year (aggregated).” …more (alarm:clock article)

truffle statistic

“Autonomy Systems Ltd. has won the Fastest Growing Software Company in Europe award of the 2007 Truffle 100 Europe. The UK company is one of the numerous world-class champions in a strategic industry that creates jobs and value for European economies. The top 100 vendors invest massively in R&D, constantly develop new products, and successfully meet the challenges of international competition.” (source: Truffle Capital)

TOP 10:

1 SAP (Germany)
5 SOFTWARE AG (Germany)
9 VISMA ASA (Norway)

European Real Money Platform for Game Goods and Service: is around for a couple of month and recently (early September) opened for public beta.


The company is based in Vienna (Austria) and run by the two Austrians Martin Herdina and Daniel Petri, both former ucpmorgen/qPass/amdocs guys.
fatoogoo combines gaming, social networking and commerce, all in one platform – brings buyers and sellers of virtual gaming good together. The company offers a virtual market place for World of WarCraf, EVE Online, Lord of the Rings, Guild Wars, Second Life, Everquest II, Vanguard, Diablo II, Lineage II, Dark Age of Camelot, Hellgate London and Tabula Rasa. fatfoogoo competes with Rupture, IGE, PlayerAuctions, Sparter and StationExchange.


English and German are available languages, paypal payments are supported.

Investors include Christian Lutz (Azzurro Investments), Toto Wolff (march.sixteen), Michael Krammer and Gamma Capital Partners (GCP), technology VC operating out of Vienna. As part of an investment portfolio of more than EUR 70 Mio, FatFoogoo is the first investment out of the new Gamma III fund and Klaus Matzka, Partner at GCP, will join the FatFoogoo board as new member.

Will MMOs like that business model? How will they react?

keep posted…

European Digg Clones

A brief overview about a German, a Luxembourg and a Spanish Digg Clones as I’ve heard about some more European digg clone investment requests in the last couple of weeks – so here is just a abstract of a market review.


German (Munich) startup founded January 2006 with 2,2 mio unique users and 12.000 registered user; 52mio page impressions, features such as discussion boards, map integration, bookmarking and geotagging.. Funding was led by Baytech Venture Capital. Angel investor Metzger is founder of JobPilot, which was acquired by Adecco in 2003.

Compete ranking: # 143,819



Most successful digg clone in spain.

Compete ranking: # 28,782

Luxembourg: wikio


Wikio is a personalised page of news, including a news search engine that searches media sites, blogs and member publications on,,,,,

The company is based in Luxembourg. It’s funded by over 4 mio € by business angels and Lightspeed Venture Partners along with Gemini Israel Funds.

Compete ranking ( # 18,593

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