The company was founded in 1999 by Martin Saidler and claims to have built or funded more than 200 internet companies. Investments were made alongside notable companies including Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures.
Over the years, a large number of the companies funded by Centralway were sold to buyers including Axel Springer, CME (Time Warner Group), Beisheim Holding, The Daily Mail group, Jelmoli and Deutsche Telekom.
Having started out as a venture capital firm, Centralway became a company builder. With the launch of Centralway Numbrs, the CEO Martin Saidler said in 2014 that the company would focus on mobile banking
Investments and exits
Centralway financed a number of fintech start-ups. It invested in Standard Treasury,[not in citation given] a California-based company that develops banking systems. Alongside Google Ventures, it also invested in Buttercoin, a trading platform for Bitcoin.[not in citation given]