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TravelPerk raised $44m. Samsung acquired Spanish startup Zhilabs. WeblogsSL acquired by French company.

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Barcelona-based TravelPerk grabs $44 million to take its pain-free SaaS for business travel global. New investors in the new round include Sweden’s Kinnevik, Russian billionaire and DST Global founder Yuri Milner
  • Sports SaaS platform Playtomic raised €3.5 million from GP Bullhound and other investors
  • Dog Vivant raised €300,000 from Metxa Inversiones, Conteneo and Seed Capital Bizkaia
  • Adtech startup Orbital Ads raised funding from Ethos AI
  • According to Kippel01, proptech startup Housers could be looking for up to €6 million in new funding

Startup exits 🎊

  • Samsung acquired Spanish network analytics startup Zhilabs to help its transition to 5G. The startup had raised funding from Bullnet Capital, which owned more than 45% of the company, and posted revenues of €4 million a year ago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
  • French media conglomerate Webedia acquired Spanish media startup Weblogs SL. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but according to El Español it could amount to €10 million
  • La Informacion looked at previous Spanish exits involving large global tech companies, such as VirusTotal, BuyVIP, Indisys or AlienVault

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • La Informacion published an analysis of the startup investment activity by BBVA’s venture arm. The Spanish giant also announced this week a partnership with UK company and investor Anthemis to launch a fintech accelerator in London
  • Expansion looked at Atresmedia’s performance as a media for equity investor, with recent exits such as Glovo, Promofarma or Wallapop
  • El Referente published an in-depth list of active Spanish corporate accelerator programs
  • Spanish equity crowdfunding platform Startupxplore to launch an online course to teach individuals how to invest in startups
  • Galicia’s first startup accelerator in aeronautical sector to launch in November

Startup news 💡

  • Barcelona-based Scytl expands to the private market with online voting solution Invote. The technology used by governments is now available to membership organizations
  • Jorge Núñez of Converfit published an interesting tweetform about their latest round of funding. It can be a tedious process and take longer than expected
  • Expansion published a short profile of Basque security company Countercraft and its CEO David Barroso
  • wrote about Revolut’s approach to finding employees in Spain: to acquire 200 clients before getting paid
  • La Vanguardia profiled fashion brand Laagam. The company expects to reach €600,000 in revenues this year. It has raised funding from Cabiedes & Partners, Toubkal Partners and other investors
  • Localistico and TripAdvisor join forces to help restaurant owners and hospitality brands increase foot traffic and online visibility
  • Cabify hired Isaac Martín-Barbero, former president of Spanish state company Ineco. He’ll report directly to the CEO and the market and HR departments will fall under him
  • RedPoints announced the hiring of Baxter Denney, former VP of marketing for EMEA at New Relic

Big company news 🏦

  • Spanish supermarket chain Dia is in big trouble. What could that mean for the company’s partnership with Amazon Prime Now?
  • Inditex to start selling Oysho products in Russia through Lamoda, a fashion platform owned by Rocket Internet

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • The Spanish government continues forward with its plans to implement a 3% tax that would affect tech companies with revenues higher than €750 million

Interesting reads 🤓

  • El Pais interviewed Miguel Vicente, founder of Antai Venture Builder
  • Ignacio Larrú (K Fund) wrote an article about how to measure user engagement and growth
  • Samuel Gil (JME): ’The perfect pitch in 10 steps
  • Mauricio Prieto (eDreams): ’Activation and retention

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • How Typeform leveraged customer success to scale to over 3 million users: an interview with customer success manager David Apple
  • Itnig interviewed Laura Urquizu, CEO of RedPoints