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This article was published on June 2, 2008


    Social software service Wakoopa gets second financial injection

    Social software service Wakoopa gets second financial injection


    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    The guys from our sponsor Wakoopa had a great weekend. Beers, champagne and euphoric tweets dominated the last couple of days for CEO Robert Gaal, CTO Wouter Broekhof, and senior developer Menno van der Sman. How come?

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    Wouter, Robert, Gert-Jan Bennen (DCIF), Coen from HenQ, Menno & Barend van den Brande (BBV)

    Well, these three fellas traveled to Rotterdam last Friday to sign an incredible stack of papers with Big Bang Ventures and HENQ Invest who gave Wakoopa a second financial boost. The Wakoopians will use this money for attracting a Ruby developer, interface designer, desktop developer and some international partners for further expansion.

    It has been a year now since Wouter and Robert started their social software service which can be best described as the Last.fm for software. They’ve attracted 30.000 somewhat geeky early adopters and tracked 250 million hours of their software usage. That valuable data says a lot about the future of software, so it isn’t that surprising that Belgium Big Bang Ventures and Dutch Henq Invest have funded Wakoopa.