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Ecosia, the green search engine that uses its advertising revenues to plant trees in areas affected by deforestation, today planted the 100th million tree in its campaign to restore devastated forests and woodlands across the world.
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Berlin, Ecosia’s tree planting mission is entirely supported by the advertising revenue generated from searches conducted by its 15 million users globally – including around 1.5 million across the UK. As knowledge of the climate crisis has risen in recent years, Ecosia’s popularity has also climbed – usership of the search engine in the UK increased by over 140% in 2019.
Ecosia reached its 100 millionth tree today, just two years after the company hit the 30 million trees planted milestone. Collectively, the trees will remove up to 30 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere when fully grown, and Ecosia’s 100 million trees sequester 1771 tonnes of CO2 each day. The mission-driven company has restored approximately 35 thousand hectares of woodland and helped to protect biodiversity and natural beauty across all 6 inhabited continents.
However, the collapse of online advertising revenues due to the COVID-19 health crisis is hampering Ecosia’s ability to plant trees. Ecosia’s revenues in May were over € 1 million lower than in February, at the start of the crisis. Despite that, Ecosia has continued to grow its global user-base, with 25% more users in June 2020 compared to June 2019. The search engine even saw record search volumes in the last week of April, at the height of the lockdown, up by 73% year-on-year.
Christian Kroll, the CEO of Ecosia who we interviewed earlier this year, commented: “The climate crisis is the biggest existential threat that humanity has ever faced and we have very little time left to prevent a global catastrophe. Our efforts to protect biodiversity have never been more critical, and this milestone of 100 million trees is an important step in the right direction. Most importantly, our trees are not only good for the climate but have also helped tens of thousands of people to build a better future for themselves and their communities. I am really proud of what we have achieved so far, thanks to our passionate users. But we can’t stop here! I hope more people will now make the switch to Ecosia and help us plant billions more trees.”
Today Ecosia finances at least one tree every 0.8 seconds across over 7,000 planting sites around the world. The company has its own solar energy plants in Germany, helping to ensure that all of Ecosia’s activities are carbon negative. On July 7th this year, Ecosia will reach the ‘200% renewable’ energy level, where the firm produces twice as much solar energy as its search engine consumes.
For the second time in less than 24 hours, an enterprise company bought an early-stage startup. Yesterday afternoon DocuSign acquired Liveoak, and this morning Slack announced it was buying corporate directory startup Rimeto, which should help employees find people inside the organization who match a specific set of criteria from inside Slack.
The companies did not share the purchase price.
Rimeto helps companies build directories to find employees beyond using tools like Microsoft Active Directory, homegrown tools or your corporate email program. When we covered the company’s $ 10 million Series A last year, we described what it brings to directories this way:
Rimeto has developed a richer directory by sitting between various corporate systems like HR, CRM and other tools that contain additional details about the employee. It of course includes a name, title, email and phone like the basic corporate system, but it goes beyond that to find areas of expertise, projects the person is working on and other details that can help you find the right person when you’re searching the directory.
In the build versus buy equation that companies balance all the time, it looks like Slack weighed the pros and cons and decided to buy. You could see how a tool like this would be useful to Slack as people try to build teams of employees, especially in a world where so many are working from home.
While the current Slack people search tool lets you search by name, role or team, Rimeto should give users a much more robust way of searching for employees across the company. You can search for the right person to help you with a particular problem and get much more granular with your search requirements than the current tool allows.
Image Credit: Rimeto
At the time of its funding announcement, the company, which was founded in 2016 by three former Facebook employees, told TechCrunch it had bootstrapped for the first three years before taking the $ 10 million investment last year. It also reported it was cash-flow positive at the time, which is pretty unusual for an early-stage enterprise SaaS company.
In a company blog post announcing the deal, as is typical in these deals, the founders saw being part of a larger organization as a way to grow more quickly than they could have alone. “Joining Slack is a special opportunity to accelerate Rimeto’s mission and impact with greater reach, expanded resources, and the support of Slack’s impressive global team,” the founders wrote in the post.
The acquisition is part of a continuing trend around enterprise companies buying early-stage startups to fill in holes in their product road maps.
You ought to be comfortable enough which can quickly learn any new software your job requires. There will probably be some programs you to be able to use in order to do task that work with a be already familiar with otherwise. Could quite possibly even use familiar programs in unfamiliar ways.
Express to both your friends and family how important it is they understand merely because happen to be at home, does not mean that the importance of the job is any less. It is important that you place up a piece schedule that you have posted for your personal family to be aware of and this same schedule for your personal friends assure they know when an individual available and not available.
You will have on an easier schedule however, you have to be aware that indicates learn fresh new trade or business understanding that is essentially what tend to be doing when you take on a work household job, you have to perform work while you learn the trade. And considering good for your health to work from home, you probably have household responsibilities as well.
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If you happen to be kind of person who cannot stand staying at home, you will have to go for the regarding work that calls you away at your home or allows you to do your work from different locations.
When you work at home, you’re supposed to take care of things a lot children without problems anyone impact the job you do. Certainly the kids will influence your work sometimes; that’s true even when you work away from home. It is recommended to know how you’re in order to handle such issues.
For some, the biggest selling point of working from the house is risks of bydureon of flexible hours. Which may also end up as the biggest pitfall. Simply no office to visit into within the morning and nobody checking out your shoulder, you’ll be tempted not collection an alarm to wake up at a cost-effective hour.
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Alvin Brown provides a tutorial on how to use the GdAuctionsBiddingWS_v2 api to search and retrieve domain names listed on GoDaddy Aftermarket by keyword.
Today’s tutorial is a bit tricky. Why? Well, you’ll need to have access to GoDaddy’s old API: GdAuctionsBiddingWS_v2.
You’re likely not familiar with this API by name, yet if you’ve been around domain investing long enough, then you’ve likely experienced or heard of auction bots and auction bot sniping.
Yeah, I know, I know… This tutorial likely stirs the pot a bit for those who do not have access to the api. That’s not the intention of this tutorial. Nevertheless, for those that do have access and would like to make use of the API, well, this tutorial is for you.
For today’s tutorial, the GdAuctionsBiddingWS_v2 API offers nearly 20 different methods to interact with the GoDaddy Aftermarket, including but not limited to the following:
Today’s tutorial focuses on the following two API methods: GetAuctionListByAuctionType and GetAuctionListByAuctionType2.
In short, both methods allow for searching the aftermarket based on a keyword, auction type, and search type.
The difference between the two is that the GetAuctionListByAuctionType includes beginsWithKeyword and auctionType, whereas GetAuctionListByAuctionType2 includes keyWord, auctionType, and searchType in addition to pageNumber and rowsPerPage used by both methods.
For the sake of time and providing an example script that can be downloaded, I won’t dive into the line-by-line details, but I will provide a high-level overview of the example code.
First things first, you must have access to the GdAuctionsBiddingWS_v2 API. If you don’t, then there is no reason to continue this tutorial.This is the mission-critical step of all.
And for the record, GoDaddy is not allowing or issuing access to anyone else. However, if anyone does have the midas touch to in managing to gain access, then bottle and package up how you did it and sell it — an army of folks await!
As for the tutorial itself, the first thing to note about the example script, which implements the GetAuctionListByAuctionType2 method, is that the following variables and their respective string values must be defined:
pageNumber – value is set to the numeric value of 1.
rowPerPage – value can be set to one of the following: 15, 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 500.
keyword – value can be set to a desired keyword phrase contained in domain names, excluding spaces and special characters, minus hyphens.
auctionType – value be set to one of the following: auction or buy now.
searchType – value can be set to one of the following: most active, featured, expiring, ending soon, buy now, closeouts, bargainbin, and a-z listings.
The keyword ‘domain’ is used as the keyword variable value in this example, which returns a list of domains in auction containing the keyword ‘domain’.
One thing I was in the dark on are the actual values for auctionType and searchType variables. I cannot confirm those are the actual variables to be used, but guessed based on the values I discovered using Developer Tools to inspect the search elements on GoDaddy’s Aftermarket web page.
If anyone knows with certainty about these values, do feel free to chime in with comments in the comments section below.
Now that variables are defined with their respective values, the SOAP request and response can be made using the GetAuctionListByAuctionType2 method. While PHP provides a SOAP class nowadays to make the request, I’ve purposely chosen to use cURL and handcraft the SOAP header and body request (as shown below).
SOAP 1.2 Request
The above example SOAP is a 1.1 Request. If you’re using SOAP 1.2, then the following request can be used as a start point:
SOAP 1.2 Request
The aforementioned example requests, specifically the SOAP 1.1 body and header, are implemented in the example code.
One thing to note is that GoDaddy API credentials from the most recent API release is needed to authenticate the API request.
In the example code, be sure to replace the X’s in the line of ‘Authorization: sso-key XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX’ with the proper API credentials.
Once the API credentials are created, the API can be authenticated and request successfully made using the SOAP API WSDL url (see example code to obtain url).
Being well on our way to successfully making a SOAP request, the next thing to prepare for is the SOAP response and how to parse it — see the examples below:
SOAP 1.1 Response
SOAP 1.2 Response
The focal point of the SOAP response is the GetAuctionListByAuctionType2Result element, which contains a string of auction data (see example code below).
For each domain returned, the aforementioned Auction element is return for each matching domain and contains the following attributes:
ID – auction ID
Name – the matching domain name
Traffic – supposed the number of times a domain is viewed
BidCount – the number of bids
Price – the current price of domain in auction
ValuationPrice – the GoDaddy GoValue or Estimated value of domain
TimeLeft – time remaining in auction
RowID – the record id or occurrence id of the domain
Again, not diving deep into the details, but to correctly parse the SOAP response, you’ll need to use the following PHP built-in functions: str_ireplace, htmlspecialchars, simplexml_load_string, json_encode, and json_decode.
In short, each aforementioned function helps to clean and transform the SOAP response into XML and into a workable PHP array to access the Auction element attribute data contain specific domain data.
If you load the file to a web server and view it via a web browser, then you should see a list of domain names likely containing the ‘domain’ keyword or keyword you set, if any domains are available for the defined keyword.
And that’s the tutorial folks!
Of course, that’s not really the tutorial in its entirety. That’s just all we have time for today.
This tutorial could be extended in a number of ways. For example, one of the ways to extend this tutorial is adding the ability to parse and then store data in a database for analytics purposes — if you’re all about data-driven domain investing.
Now it’s worth mentioning that searching for domains can be easily completed using GoDaddy’s Saved Search functionality, including a daily email of your saved searches right to your inbox.
However, this type of search is only a snapshot for the time in which it is taken, whereas the API can be automated to run on the minute, hour, day, week, etc — year-round if you will.
Emails are forever locked in your inbox until you take action, unlike the exponential flexibility of scripting and automating against the API, which could operate with and without us — sleeping or awake, busy or bored.
If you have questions or comments about this tutorial, chime in below in the comments section.
Patent describes way to personalize domain search results.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,693,837 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for System for and method of ranking domain names based on user properties.
The patent describes a way to use personal information about the registrant to personalize domain search results. From the patent:
Some embodiments provide novel approaches for ranking (e.g., sorting) domain names on a personalized basis. Such personalization may be specific to an individual user, such as a potential registrant. The domain names may be ranked according to a prediction of how interested the particular user might be in registering such names. Note that, because the rankings are personalized, two potential domain name registrants may be given different presentations/orderings of the same set of domain names.
In more detail, some embodiments employ machine learning techniques based on properties of the user, such as gender, hobbies, country of residence, etc., as well as properties of domain names, e.g., length, language, top-level domain, etc., as well as contextual properties, e.g., the potential forum of the sale. The rankings may take into account prior domain name purchasing behavior of individuals that are determined to be similar to the user. Such embodiments provide for more relevant names being more prominently presented to the potential registrant, thus increasing overall registrations for, e.g., a registrar.
I believe some registrars already do certain elements of this when presenting search results.
Verisign applied for the patent in 2017. The patent names Swapneel Sheth, Director of Research Engineering, and Andrew West, Principal Research Scientist, as inventors.
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As we find ourselves spreading our content across a variety of cloud services, finding that one document you want that could be attached to an email, somewhere in a Slack conversation, or stored in Box, Dropbox, Google Docs or Office 365, makes that a huge challenge. It’s one that Cloudtenna has been trying to solve, and today the company announced a $ 2.5 million funding round along with the release of a new mobile search tool.
The funding comes from a variety of unnamed investors along with Blazar Ventures, and brings the total raised to $ 6.5 million, according to the company.
Cloudtenna co-founder Aaron Ganek says that by using AI and document metadata, his company can find content wherever it lives. “What we’re really focused on is helping companies bring order to file chaos. Files are scattered everywhere across the cloud, and we have developed AI-powered applications that help users find files, no matter where they’re stored,” he said.
The company introduced a desktop search application in 2018 and today it’s announcing a mobile search tool called Workspace to go with it. Ganek says they built this app from the ground up to take advantage of the mobile context.
“Today, we’re bringing the search technology to smartphones and tablets. And just to be clear, this is not just a mobile version of our desktop product, but a complete case study in how people collaborate on the go,” he said.
Image Credit: Cloudtenna
The AI component helps find files wherever they are based on your user history, who you tend to collaborate with and so forth. That helps the tool find the files that are most relevant to you, regardless of where they happen to be stored.
He says that raising money during a pandemic was certainly interesting, but the company has seen an uptick in usage due to the general increase in SaaS usage during this time, and investors saw that too, he said.
The company launched in 2016 and currently has 9 employees, but Ganek said there aren’t any plans to expand on that number at this time, or at least any number he was ready to discuss.
In the light of COVID-19 pandemic, over half a million businesses in Germany have opted for short-time work aka ‘Kurzarbeit’. Which means temporary reduction of the regular working time as it minimises the personnel costs despite other benefits such as maintaining workforce and preventing layoffs.
Previously, Germany’s economy ministry stated that there will be no jobs lost due to the pandemic. Contradictory, unemployment has risen drastically surpassing the global recession in 2008. German unemployment is estimated to rise beyond 3 million in 2020 as the pandemic strains the economy and removes more people from their work. An IAB research claims that the expected economic output of Germany is all set to shrink by 8.4% this year, making it the worst recession after World War II.
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The travel industry is the worst hit during the crisis resulting in many layoffs across professions. As a result, the Berlin-based travel tech startup Omio which has been in news for its innovative ways to cope up with the pandemic has also now cut down on hiring efforts. Boris Radke, the Director Corporate Affairs at Omio told Silicon Canals that, “Majority of Omio is still on Kurzarbeit. During that period we have cut down our hiring efforts to a maximum and only focus on a few strategic positions in the meantime. We hope to resume hiring as soon as global travel kicks back in!”.
Looking at the bright side, some of the leading tech startups in Germany are hiring better than never before. Neufund is one such tech startup. On this, Ula Lachowicz, General Manager & VP of Marketing at Neufund states, “The pandemic has inspired us to move forward faster, accelerate all the processes and speed up the platform’s development. Just recently, we’ve introduced a new onboarding experience, automated identity verification process, impact reporting feature and continue improving the overall experience for investors on Neufund. We have lots of projects on our roadmap and are looking for professionals, which would help us keep and step up the tempo.”
This shows that businesses might have slowed down in the recent months but companies are continuing to focus on their clients, their growth plans and survive the crisis. At some point in time, the crisis will end and mostly the companies want to stay prepared for all the challenges so that they can pick up with the pace.
So if you’re looking for a job in Germany or maybe your friend or family is, we have compiled a confirmed list of tech startups that are hiring right now. Hope this helps!
Founder/s: Marcin Rudolf, Zoe Adamovicz Founded year: 2016 Funding: €12 million
This blockchain startup from Germany, which is a fundraising platform making blockchain-enabled fundraising a reality for every founder, as mentioned earlier is hiring during the crisis.
Lachowicz adds, “We always have first interviews remotely, via video calls, so there is no difference compared to the beginning of the year. Our team works from home now, but our office is fully prepared (in terms of distance, cleaning, additional sanitizers) for safe offline meetings if needed.”
Neufund, an innovative blockchain startup is the first one in its industry in the world to close an IPO. Berlin-based company is involved in the digitisation of real-world equity into blockchain-based tokens that bring a slew of benefits such as programmable functions, automated compliance, increased liquidity, and full transparency.
Founder/s: Lawrence Leuschner, Julian Blessin, Matthias Laug Founded year: 2018 Funding: €118 million
The Berlin-based micro-mobility startup Tier Mobility is another hot startup from Germany, which is like a dream place of work for. The quite popular mobility startup specialises in e-scooter rentals and operates in 55 cities across 11 countries. Aspiring to expand its vehicle fleet, Tier secured an additional $ 40 million (nearly €35.6 million) to its Series B funding earlier this year.
The company’s spokesperson confirmed to Silicon Canals that they are also hiring right now. You can check out open positions at the micro-mobility startup by clicking here.
Founder/s: Valentin Stalf, Maximilian Tayenthal Founded year: 2013 Funding: €711 million
This digital banking startup is one of the most valuable fintechs in Europe and offers current accounts and facilitates customers with Maestro Card and Debit MasterCard. Georg Hauer, N26’s General Manager of DACH confirmed that the Berlin-based fintech is hiring and says, “As a dynamic and agile global business, N26 continues to see the need for talent in numerous business divisions, even in a world disrupted by COVID-19.
Many of these roles require specific functional expertise that is essential to help achieve our growth ambitions, especially at a time where digital banking is more relevant than ever. This is why we have chosen to continue to invest strategically in our team, especially where there continues to be a clear business need and market opportunity.”
Commenting on the hiring process he adds, “As a global business with a workforce of over 80 nationalities and digital technology in our DNA, remote recruiting has been an everyday part of our hiring process at N26, even before the pandemic. We have always used video interviews as an important part of recruitment, just as we use digital collaboration tools as part of our everyday work. While very little changes in our interview process, we did make small adjustments to our onboarding in order to help new hires continue to quickly build the connections with the team and the business that are crucial in a dynamic and agile workplace like ours.”
If you are interested in working for this stellar digital banking startup, then you can check open positions over here.
Founder/s: Lukasz Lazewski, Björn Kolbmüller, Paul Schwarzenholz Founded year: 2016 Funding: €5.5 million
Berlin-based startup Zenloop is one of the hottest and the fastest growing SaaS startups in Germany. Back in 2019, Zenloop secured €5.3 million funding led by Nauta Capital and Piton Capital. The company stated that this funding will be used for its global expansion and its growth within Europe. Also, it will also focus on doubling its team size with the same.
When checked, Silicon Canals got a confirmation from the Zenloop spokesperson that they are also currently hiring. You can apply for a vacant position at Zenloop by clicking here.
Founder/s: Markus Große Böckmann, Martin Plutz, Philipp Siebenkotten Founded year: 2016 Funding: €2.5 million
Based in Aachen, scaleup Oculavis offers an AR based approach to simplify customer service in the manufacturing industry.
In late 2019, Oculavis was awarded the winner of EIT Digital Challenge in the Digital Industry category among 279 scaleups and is also working on COVID-19 solution to fight the crisis. The award-winning startup aims to expand its footprint in the European market and grow in France and Italy where it might set up new offices. The company’s founder and managing director Martin Plutz confirmed to Silicon Canals that they are hiring and job vacancies are put up over here.
Founder/s: Christoph Kasper, Dustin Figge Founded year: 2014 Funding: €16.7 million
Cologne-based Homelike is a B2B booking platform for furnished apartments. Homelike let’s companies and executives offer their employees the privacy and comfort of their home while they embark on long business trips at around 40% lesser costs than traditional hotel accommodation.
When asked about whether the German company is hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic, co-founder Dustin Figge confirmed to us that they are hiring right now and are also looking for a Country Head DACH region. Those interested, can check out job openings at Homelike from here.
Founder/s: Cihan Aksakal, Frederik Fahning, Fritz Trott, Stephan von Perger Founded year: 2015 Funding: €50.3 million
Berlin-based digital staffing service Zenjob is involved in supplying student employees to large and medium-sized businesses in retail, logistics, and office work. The company introduces new customers digitally to the process and lets them order staff via its online booking platform. With Zenjob’s Job Candidate Matching service, students can find a job near them the very same day.
Back in March this year, Zenjob also secured nearly €27 million Series C funding from Forestay Capital along with a slew of existing investors. With this investment, the digital staffing platform intends to back its expansion into more cities in Germany. Fueling its expansion, a Zenjob spokesperson has confirmed to us that they are hiring both student jobs and experienced professionals. You can check out their website to know the current job openings.
Founder/s: Aleksandar Orlic, Igor Kuschnir, Jessica Holzbach, Lav Odorovic, Luka Ivicevic, Sir Gabriel Holbach Founded year: 2016 Funding: €35.7 million
Penta, a Berlin-based fintech platform for business banking is one of other leading startups in Germany. This fintech startup automates bank accounts and invoices and offers online cashless banking services to startups and SMEs. Based in Berlin, Penta has offices in Belgrade and Milan too.
Earlier this year, this startup bagged €18.5 million in the first closing of a new funding round backed by RTP Global, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures and other investors. Pento is in plans to use the latest investment to develop its platform and is eyeing to expand into other European markets. Luka Ivicevic, Penta’s co-founder informed us that they’re ‘aggressively hiring right now, as business has never been better.’ Check out their positions over here.
Founder/s: Sebastian Schaal, Timon Ruban Founded year: 2017 Funding: €2 million
Luminovo started out in 2017 as an AI engineering company that has developed state-of-the-art AI solutions for more than a dozen major corporations. Its core technology helps automate repetitive processes across industries based on images and text. Starting in late 2019, Luminovo is focused on developing innovative solutions to simplify and accelerate electronics design and manufacturing.
Silicon Canals got a confirmation from their spokesperson that they are also hiring right now. And, here is a link that you should check out for suitable job openings.
Founder/s: Hanno Renner Founded year: 2015 Funding: €119 million
Munich-based all-in-one HR software platform Personio has also informed Silicon Canals that they are hiring for all their offices located in Munich, London, Dublin, and Madrid. You can check out for openings from the company’s website.
Personio works with the mission to make HR processes transparent and efficient so that HR can focus on the most valuable assets – the people in the company. Earlier this year, Personio secured nearly €67.5 million funding led by Accel and other investors to expand into additional markets across Europe. They also confirmed that the funding will be used to double the number of employees from 350 to 700 by the end of this year.
Martina Ruiss, Head of HR at Personio says, “Although businesses in general have slowed down in the past few months, we continue to develop our software so that we can offer our clients a strong product and be a reliable partner. Therefore, we are especially focusing on hiring for our Product & Engineering team. Furthermore, we continue our European expansion (besides our four offices we also have country managers for Benelux and the Nordics to drive our business in these markets, too) and have just opened (though not physically yet due to Covid-19) a new office in Dublin for which we’re also looking for talents for driving our mission of becoming Europe’s leading HR software for SMB’s.”
“At the moment, we recruit remotely only. This means that all interviews as well as the onboarding takes place via video conferencing. We’ve already conducted remote interviews before Covid-19 but now it’s the first time that we actually hire and onboard people who we’ve never seen in person before”, Ruiss concludes.
Are you also a Germany-born startup and hiring during the pandemic and missing in the list? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will put your message across.