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Fever, Blueliv and Holded raise funding. Inditex hires Carto co-founder. More restrictions on Uber and Cabify.

July 7, 2019 • Issue #103

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Fever raised an additional $11 million from international investors
  • Security startup Blueliv raised €4 million from Vento, Kibo Ventures and Telefonica Ventures
  • Small business software startup Holded raised $1.6 million from Nauta Capital. Nauta’s Guillem Sague explained the investment in an article
  • Proptech startup Housfy raised €1 million from various investors
  • Biotech startup Biometric Vox raised €1 million
  • Enterntainment app Fiestify raised €400,000
  • Netbeast raised €183,000 on Crowdcube
  • Saalg Geomechanics raised an undisclosed amount from Cemex Ventures

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Ana Segurado is no longer the head of Telefonica’s Open Future division
  • Expansion published a short profile of Mastertech Capital, a Barcelona-based fund of funds that invests in Spanish, French and British VC firms
  • Corporate accelerator BStartup wants to focus on biotech and medtech companies. Its director, Yolanda Perez, was interviewed by Kippel01

Startup news 💡

  • Device manufacturer BQ had sales of €190 million last year and posted a profit of €8.5 million
  • Ecommerce company Deporvillage expects to reach €47 million in sales this year
  • Olapic, acquired by Monotype two years ago, had a tough 2017. Jesus Martinez has the details

Big (local) company news 🏢

  • Telefonica started Mobile World Congress yesterday with a bang: it finally provided more details about its secretive project Aura and also presented Movistar Home, a device very similar to Amazon’s newest Echo
  • Inditex announced that the hiring of Sergio Alvarez Leiva, co-founder and former CPO of Carto. Leiva will work in the division
  • Telefonica and Orange announced their respective earnings reports
  • How Acciona wants to work alongside young technology startups
  • Santander Spain has a new CIO
  • Grupo DIA has increased its online revenues by 40%, reaching €58 million. The company says that its partnership with Amazon is going better than expected

Big (foreign) company news 🏦

  • More car and bike sharing alternatives in Madrid: Bosch will launch its bike sharing service this summer

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • Spanish president Mariano Rajoy wants tech companies to pay taxes in Spain based on their activity and profits in the country
  • Madrid’s regional government and Barcelona’s city council to impose stricter requirements on Cabify and Uber in both cities
  • More trouble for Airbnb in Spain. This time in Baleares, as the regional government looks to fine the US company with up to €300,000

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Transparency at Stuart Engineering: how the last mile delivery startup (which has offices in Barcelona) uses transparency to drive employee retention and help recruiting
  • TheWATMag published an interesting profile of gaming publication AnaitGames
  • 10 Spanish female entrepreneurs you should keep an eye on in 2018

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • MasQueStartups interviewed tech journalist Analía Plaza