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21.11.2007 – 10:01

United Internet AG

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United Internet and Samwer brothers expand cooperation
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Montabaur, November 21, 2007. United
Internet AG and the Samwer brothers´ "European Founders Fund (EFF)", 
Germany´s leading early-phase investor for European internet and 
technology companies, are to extend their cooperation beyond the 
early-phase market. Against the backdrop of positive experience made 
with projects such as the joint investment in Hamburg-based browser 
game specialist "bigpoint", the two companies plan to also invest in 
future in young companies which have already passed the start-up 
phase and developed a valid business model - so-called late-stage 
The European Founders Fund, formed by German internet entrepreneurs 
Alexander, Marc and Oliver Samwer (founders of such companies as 
alando / eBay Germany and Jamba, and investors in Studivz, LinkedIn 
etc.), regards itself as the "founder behind the founders". "The 
companies we invest in profit directly from our experience in 
establishing companies. We can therefore lay the foundation as 
partners for fast and sustainable growth," explains Oliver Samwer. 
"We are very pleased about the expansion of our cooperation to 
include more mature companies. We can now bundle the competencies of 
both partners also in this field to the benefit of the company 
"The cooperation we began in June has already made tremendous 
progress. It therefore makes sense to widen our field of investment,"
says Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of United Internet AG. "In future, we aim 
to also invest in fast growing companies which have already 
successfully established themselves on the market. We are convinced 
that we can also contribute considerable added value in this area."
The expansion of the partnership with United Internet AG thus not 
only provides company founders but also established growth companies 
with additional opportunities to benefit from the expertise for 
optimal customer access and for professional marketing, enabling fast
and successful growth. With high-reach portals, such as WEB.DE (12.7 
million unique visitors/month),  GMX (8.9 million) and 1&1 (2.9 
million), as well as over 7.07 million fee-based customer contracts, 
United Internet is one of Europe´s leading internet companies. "Our 
networks, and especially our high-reach portals, offer the companies 
we invest in valuable experience for their own national and 
international expansion and thus provide the respective management 
teams with a further basis to significantly accelerate the growth of 
their companies," says Ralph Dommermuth. "What´s more, our online 
marketing brands, AdLINK Media, affilinet and Sedo, offer excellent 
opportunities for young companies in the field of online 
Those interested can present their concepts to the European Founders 
Fund at any time via e-mail ( or 
access further information via the website
About EFF The brothers Marc, Oliver and Alexander Samwer invest in 
selected technology companies via their company European Founders 
Fund GmbH. The Samwer brothers are the founders of eBay Germany 
(alando) and Jamba! (now part of News Corp.). The companies founded 
by the Samwer brothers today generate sales of over 1 billion euros. 
The brothers focus their investments on young and later stage 
technology companies from the field of internet and wireless 
technologies. The Samwer brothers have extensive experience in these 
sectors and a tight-knit network of partners with which they can 
support the companies they invest in. The Samwers aim to support 
exceptional business founders and promising business models 
Contact partner for the press:
Tilo Bonow | European Founders Fund GmbH
Tel. +49/30/40042888 | E-mail:
About United Internet With around 7.07 million customer contracts, 
United Internet AG is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP). In 
its "Product" segment, the Group´s value-added internet services and 
fast internet connections are directed at private users, small/home 
offices (SoHos) and small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs). These 
groups are served by the brands GMX, WEB.DE, 1&1, InterNetX and 
Fasthosts. In addition to its "Product" business, the Group is also 
engaged in "Online Marketing" (via the brands AdLINK Media, affilinet
and Sedo).
end of announcement                               euro adhoc 21.11.2007 10:00:26

Further inquiry note:

Contact partner for the press:
Marcus Schaps | United Internet AG
Tel. +49/2602/96-1076 | E-mail:

Branche: Telecommunications Services
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