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Mascoteros raised €1m. Citibox sees tailwinds. HolaLuz financials. Geoblink signs BBVA agreement.

May 11, 2020 • Issue #216

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Two new reports about startup funding and investing activity in Spain were published last week. El Referente published its 2019-2020 review and Bankinter published data and insights for the Q1 2020 period
  • Cronica Global talked to various Barcelona-based startups that have raised funds during the current pandemic, featuring companies such as Factorial, Polaroo, Goin and Meyo
  • Barcelona-based ecommerce company Mascoteros raised €1m from Antai Venture Builder and Atresmedia
  • Madrid-based Cuidkers raised €300,000
  • Iker Casillas invested in Madrid-based health tech startup Idoven

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • The Valley Venture Capital is a new €15m Spanish VC firm that aims to invest between €200,000 and €400,000 in startups
  • Latin American logistics startups SimpliRoute raised €3m, led by Madrid-based firm The Venture City
  • Ramon Blanco (Indexa Capital, Bewater Funds) wrote about the effects of including antidilution clauses in shareholders agreements
  • Jordi Altimira interviewed members of various Spanish VC firms (Nauta, Inveready, Encomenda and Lanai Partners) to talk about the current status of the market
  • Guillem Sague (Nauta Capital) wrote 'Common sense in Venture Capital'
  • Andy Areitio (The Venture City) wrote 'A mental recipe for founders in times of uncertainty'

Startup news 💡

  • Citibox's business is being benefitted by the current situation. According to an article in Expansion, the Madrid-based developer of new delivery solutions has seen a significant increase in installed mailboxes during the pandemic, from 18,200 to 22,300
  • HolaLuz disclosed its financials for Q4 2019. The energy company increased its revenues by +28% to €58.9m and tripled its EBITDA loss, to €1.5m. The company had almost 240,000 at the end of the period
  • Geoblink signed a partnership with BBVA to have exclusive access to the bank's aggregated transactional data from nation-wide point of sale systems. Geoblink has also been publishing a weekly update on the impact of covid-19 on the retail sector
  • Jorge Bueno of Shoppermotion explained in an article how their software helps retailers ensure in-store social distance in times of COVID-19
  • Here's an interesting tweet comparing the financial results and balance sheet of both Glovo and Rappi, which compete head-to-head in various Latam last mile delivery markets
  • Devengo announced that it has decided to remove all fees associated with its flexible income solution, thus providing its services for free during 2021

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Big company news 🏦

  • Telefonica merged its UK business, O2, with Virgin (owned by Liberty Global). This is one of the larger deals completed by Telefonica's CEO, Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, since taking over as CEO. The company continues to look at other potential deals in Latam to reduce debt levels and increase share price
  • Airbnb announced a round of layoffs that will affect 25% of its employees. According to El Diario, this will also impact the more than 1,000 people that work at Airbnb's call centre in Spain
  • Didac Lee of FC Barcelona wrote an interesting piece about how Barça is approaching digital content and the launch of the club's own content division with Barça Studios
  • Xiaomi surpassed both Huawei and Samsung in Q1 2020 to become the most popular phone manufacturer by sales in Spain

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Carina Szpilka (K Fund, Adigital) wrote 'A new digital normal'
  • Expansion interviewed Bernardo Hernandez (Verse, idealista co-founder) about his vision on the current market situation and how long the recovery could take
  • Samuel Gil (JME) wrote about the secrets to success. Kudos to Samuel for having written 38 articles to date. It takes a lot of effort to publish such in-depth articles on a weekly basis
  • David Bonilla (Manfred) wrote about biases towards young coders in the tech industry: 'No country for old coders'

Podcasts 🎧