West Coast super angel Dave McClure did his first investment into the German market. Via 500 Startups he supported VERSUS IO, a comparison engine founded by Ramin G. Far. So far HTGF and JMES Investment have backed the startup with initial financing rounds.
Versus IO is a comparison engine based on a natural language algorithm. It culls information from around the web to present a straightforward side-by-side perspective. Users enter two things they want to compare, such as electronic products, cities, or services, and the system will present a list of pros and cons.
The German startup launched six months ago as a product comparison engine. It introduced the city comparison engine in October and now includes 240 cities, factoring in over 100 criteria such as education, crime rates, economy, climate, and infrastructure. Now, the site can make 10 million comparisons, is available in 18 languages, and receives 2.5 million visitors a month.
The team works out of The Factory, a startup incubator in Berlin.
VERSUS IO was advised by André Eggert