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Aerospace startup PLD closes €17m Series A. N26 to hire up to 100 people in Barcelona. Cabify sues Podemos.

July 7, 2019 • Issue #119

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Valencia-based PLD Space closed a €17 million Series A round to launch reusable rockets by 2019. Investors in the round include Aciturri, JME Venture Capital, among others
  • Tropic becomes most successful Spanish startup on Kickstarter, raises €2.1M

M&A activity 🎊

  •’s founders to make a few more million euros as WeddingWire gets acquired by PE firm Permira for $350 million
  • Headway reinforces its mobile marketing capabilities with acquisition of Barcelona-based mobile-first programmatic platform Smadex
  • Legaline acquires Reclamacionex to branch into airline passenger claims offerings

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • K Fund and Ian Noel to part ways. Ian talked about the decision in a blog post and interview with El Referente
  • Conector to launch its first startup accelerator program in Central America, in collaboration with Grupo Cerca

Startup news 💡

  • German neobank N26 will open its second European office in Barcelona and plans to hire over 100 people
  • A couple of weeks ago it was discovered that LaLiga’s official app used smartphone’s mic to detect where users are watching games, in order to fight against piracy at bars and cafes. This week it was announced that the company that provides such tech to LaLiga is Madrid-based startup Fluzo
  • Cabify puts on hold its plans to request more than 60,000 VTC licenses as the Spanish government puts in place a cap in the number of licenses that will come to market
  • Idealista has no plans to launch a transactional product, even as companies such as Spotahome continue to elevate their game
  • Energy startup Holaluz expects to reach 20,000 clients by the end of 2018 in Portugal, while also planning to expand to Portugal, Italy and France
  • Content platform iVoox launched a subscription service for podcast producers and users
  • Typeform launches integration with HubSpot
  • UK fintech startup Revolut loses its Spanish managing director, Pablo Viguera
  • La Informacion looked at the weak situation of Groupalia. Several of the company’s fired employees in 2017 have won its case and must be again readmitted by the company
  • NEM Foundation co-founder Erik Van Himbergen joins Spanish edtech startup Tutellus as advisor

Big company news 🏦

  • Metrovacesa signed a partnership with consulting firm Finnovating to explore blockchain use cases in the real estate sector

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Forbes - Beyond Borders: How Spanish proptech company Spotahome attracted a $40 million Silicon Valley investment
  • Idealista co-founder Fernando Encinar was interviewed in Marketing4ecommerce to talk about the current state of the Spanish real estate market and other tech-related topics
  • Daniel Seijo (Diariomotor, Mename): ’How does Meneame make money?’
  • Nacho Gil (Ontruck): ’Mobility is the new banking

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • Francisco Polo, former director of, to be in charge of Spain’s ‘Estado de Agenda Digital’. El Confidencial profiled Polo in this article
  • Cabify to sue Spanish political party Podemos in court, as a consequence of tweets and comments from various of its directors against the startup. Most complaints from Podemos are related to Cabify’s fiscal treatment
  • Deliveroo defends itself against accusations that its riders should be treated as employees instead of freelancers. The company’s Spanish director, Diana Morato, published an op-ed in El Español to defend its case
  • A study released by the Spanish Startup Association says that EU copyright regulation will put in jeopardy the business of “hundreds” of Spanish startups

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • Itnig interviewed Sacha Michaud of Glovo
  • MasQueStartups interviewed Jesus Monleon (Offerum, Seedrocket, eMagister)
  • En.Digital published an overview of OpenExpo Europe 2018