Date
27 July 2017
Berlin-based startup 6 Wunderkinder created a productivity application that is now being used by more than 13 million people. Photo: Internet
Berlin-based startup 6 Wunderkinder created a productivity application that is now being used by more than 13 million people. Photo: Internet

Microsoft snaps up German app maker

Microsoft Corp. bought 6 Wunderkinder GmbH, a Berlin-based startup whose productivity application is used by more than 13 million people, Bloomberg News reported.

The software giant did not disclose the acquisition cost, but the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the deal, said the price was about US$100 million to US$200 million.

The startup’s Wunderlist to-do-list app works on mobile devices and computers.

“The addition of Wunderlist to the Microsoft product portfolio fits squarely with our ambition to reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” Microsoft said.

“In the months to come, we’ll share what’s in store as we build on and apply Wunderlist’s innovations to Microsoft’s apps and services.”

Christian Reber founded 6 Wunderkinder with five partners in 2010, and Wunderlist has quickly emerged as one of the most popular productivity apps.

The company’s investors include Sequoia Capital LLP, Bloomberg said.

Joining Microsoft “gives us access to a massive wealth of expertise, technology and people that a small company like us could only dream of amassing on its own,” Reber, 6 Wunderkinder’s chief executive, said in a statement on the company’s website.

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