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March 16, 2020 • Issue #208

“Marta, mimadriña. La entraña con chimichurri de Wetaca de hoy estaba riquísima. Increíble.”

El mensaje de arriba no es una invención, sino que es tal cual lo que le escribí a mi pareja hace unos días después de probar una de las comidas que habíamos pedido esa semana con Wetaca.

En casa somos bastante exigentes con lo que comemos, tanto los ingredientes con los que nosotros cocinamos como lo que comemos fuera, y precisamente esa es una de las razones por las que nos gusta tanto Wetaca.

Fuimos clientes de Wetaca hace más de un año y en los últimos dos meses hemos recuperado la tradición de pedir un par de platos a la semana para complementar las comidas que nosotros mismos preparamos.

Porque está muy rico, las raciones son abundantes, es más sano que otras alternativas y, además, el hecho de conocer personalmente a Andrés, Efrén, Carmen y otros miembros del equipo de Wetaca hace más fácil recomendar el producto que han creado. ¡Pruébalo!

Coronavirus startup initiatives 💪🏻

  • ABA English to give out free 1 million subscriptions to its language learning service
  • CARTO to provide free visualization software for organizations fighting COVID-19
  • Lingokids to provide 1,000 free licenses to Spanish schools
  • ODILO will also give free access to its content library to affected educational centres and institutions
  • BusinessADN its making its business-oriented educational platform free
  • SAP will be making its product to help companies find and manage providers free
  • KietoParao, a startup that develops games for kids, is opening its platform for free
  • DailyBot, developers of tools to help teams work remotely, will be offering tips to help companies adapt to remote work
  • Beonprice to stop charging services fee to its hospitality customers and its making free its Beonprice Academy certification
  • Smartick to provide its math learning service for free for 14 days
  • Edtech platform will be offering various of its premium services for free
  • Nannyfy wants to entertain kids while their parents work with several e-learning initiatives
  • Zapiens, developers of an app to help control respiratory issues, is making its app and its content free
  • Meditation app Bambu launched new specific content to help families and kids deal with stress situations
  • Online user authentication system Smowltech will be helping educational institutions provide online classes and exams
  • Educational platform Openwebinars will be also making its online courses free until the confinement remains
  • Byld launched Ventures For Change

Startup funding news 💸

  • Lince Works, the Barcelona game studio that made the indie hit Aragami, raised $3.4 million in a funding led by Game Seer.
  • Barcelona-based energy startup BIOO raised €500,000 via Sociosinversores
  • Barcelona-based food marketplace Catevering raised €500,000
  • Madrid-based Enjoyers raised €100,000 from various angels
  • Startups looking for funding: Dynamic TV, eKuore

M&A activity 🎊

  • US security startup WatchGuard acquired Basque antivirus startup Panda. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but El Confidencial says that the price could be as high as €200 million. Various funds owned 75% of Panda since 2007
  • Consulting firm Solventis acquired 80% of Galician fintech startup Qbitia
  • Auth0 published more details about the acquisition of Spanish product Apility, developed by Diego Parrilla, an anti-abuse API product that will help Auth0 bolster their security strategy to protect against automated cyberattacks
  • Ericsson signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Genaker, a provider of Mission Critical Push-to-talk (MC-PTT) solutions, based in Barcelona, Spain

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Portuguese VC firm Indico closes €54 million fund to invest in early-stage Iberian startups. Indico has also set up an office in Madrid to invest in Spanish startups
  • UK insurance AI startup Synthesized raised $2.8M from IQ Capital and Madrid-based VC firm Mundi Ventures

Startup news 💡

  • Glovo is implementing new measures globally following coronavirus, including recommending “no contact” deliveries and removing the requirement for couriers to obtain a mobile signature from the customer
  • Ignacio Arriaga of Acumbamail published a post detailing their path to more than €100,000 in MRR and 3,600 paid clients
  • Jeff launched the fourth service to be offered to its clients, Relax Jeff (massages)
  • According to a report from Vivatech and GP Bullhound, four Spanish startups have a good chance of becoming unicorns: TravelPerk, RavenPack, Stratio and Wallapop. I'd personally take this kind of studies with a grain of salt
  • El Referente interviewed the co-founders of Lucera, a Valencia-based energy startup. The company claims to have more than 35,000 clients
  • Pablo Viguera, co-founder of Belvo, published more details about the development and new features of its fintech API product
  • Startup profiles: Yuccs, MusicList, Finutive

Wetaca no apaga los fogones.

A pesar de la situación en la que se encuentra España a causa del Coronavirus, y especialmente Madrid, donde se encuentra el obrador de Wetaca, la compañía informa a todos sus clientes de que seguirán cocinando y entregando pedidos como lo han hecho hasta ahora.

Para ello han puesto en marcha un protocolo estricto para minimizar contaminación y contagios entre sus empleados, se han asegurado el suministro de materias primas y también la posibilidad de reparto en toda la península.

Para que por lo menos la comida, sea una cosa menos de la que tengas que preocuparte. Haz tu pedido en Wetaca.

Big company news 🏦

  • Amazon to open its fourth robotized distribution centre in Spain, in Sevilla. Amazon also announced plans to open a solar energy plant in Aragon, to provide energy to its future data centre in the region
  • BBVA paid €85 million for US neobank Simple. BBVA increased the value of the acquired company for the first time in 2019, following several years of lowering Simple's valuation. Despite the increase, Simple is only valued at €56 million

Podcasts 🎧

  • SeedRocket interviewed Ariel Camus of Microverse about remote working
  • Wayra's startup podcast, Scale This Up, interviewed Leandro Sabignoso of Auravant
  • Itnig interviewed Oriol Vila, co-founder and CEO of Holaluz
  • interviewed Pedro Serrahima of O2