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Dutch bred startups as Coosto, Tracebuzz but also international powerhouses (Meltwater, Radian6) battle for market leadership as ORM matures rapidly. Consolidation was imminent, and hence this week, news broke that Main Capital backed social media monitoring and webcare tool OBI4Wan acquired close competitor Buzzcapture for an undisclosed figure.
For shopaholics, traveling abroad equals (a lot of) tax-free shopping. A Dutch app, launched yesterday during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is their dream come true. Vatfree.com enables travelers and expats to smoothly claim back their VAT by uploading stamped receipts, cutting out the need to visit service desks at airports.
Meeting new business contacts is not always easy. LinkedIn seems to be the preferred tool nowadays, but not everyone appreciates invites at random. A Dutch startup from Amersfoort launched an app dubbed HandShake, that allows you to network anywhere professionally with complete strangers.