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May 10, 2021 • Issue #267

MONEI is an early-stage startup aiming to simplify digital payments. Its innovative technology lets e-commerce merchants accept and manage all major and alternative payment methods in a single platform. MONEI is shaping a new way for online sellers to digitize payments.

Its serverless architecture won Amazon’s AWS Startup Architecture of the Year Program (Iberia region) — and its global expansion is happening fast!

That’s why MONEI is looking for a full-time Senior Full Stack Software Engineer. As an early technical hire at the exciting Fintech, you'll design, implement, and deliver frontend and backend features. You’ll also ideate and execute its architecture — the opportunities to build and explore are endless!

You'll solve hard problems and have a deep impact on the end product. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment, with amazing engineers who believe in its mission. MONEI is looking for passionate engineers who love building, learning, and who can handle working independently while also communicating details with the team.

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Madrid-based well-being startup ifeel raised €5.5m in Series A funding, led by Nauta Capital
  • Madrid-based real estate crowdfunding startup Urbanitae raised €2.5m, led by K Fund
  • Barcelona-based biotech company Predictheon raised €840k
  • Juan Rubio, co-founder of Genially, said in an interview with Hipertextual that the company will soon close a $15m round of funding
  • JME invested in health startup Vital, as Samuel explains in this article about healthy habits

M&A activity 🎊

  • Mobile game publisher Zynga agreed to acquire mobile ad and monetization firm Chartboost for $250m in cash. The company had previously raised $21m in funding from Sequoia Capital and other investors. Although headquartered in California, Chartboost was co-founded by Spaniards Maria Alegre and Pepe Agell and recently opened an office in Barcelona, where it currently has more than 20 employees. This is fantastic news for Maria, Pepe and the Spanish ecosystem as a whole
  • Backed by PSG, Signaturit and Ivnosys to join forces to create a national leader in e-signature and digital transaction management software in Spain. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
  • Madrid-based travel technology firm Amadeus said that it’s in a strong enough financial position to consider acquisitions despite the crisis
  • Catalan telco Parlem, backed by Inveready, Ona Capital and others, to IPO on the BME Growth

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Expansion wrote a profile of Seaya Ventures to focus on the fact that the Spanish firm has been investing more and more in non-Spanish startups, with recent deals in France, Portugal and Germany. Last week, Seaya announced that it led a $13.5m round in German fintech startup re:ceeve
  • Samaipata participated in the $7.5m round of French fintech startup Fintecture
  • Bilbao-based All Iron Ventures published the first edition of its newsletter. The first issue includes interviews with Northzone's Jessica Schultz and Kirill Bigai, CEO of All Iron portfolio company Preply
  • El Español has the full list of the 70 startups that will join Lanzadera's most recent batch
  • Equity crowdfunding startup Crowdcube announced the launch of Cubex, a marketplace to buy and sell shares of privately owned European startups

Startup news 💡

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  • Moonfire is a new VC firm founded by Mattias Ljungman, the former co-founder of Atomico. Moonfire announced last week a $60m fund to invest in early stage startups. One of the companies the firm has backed is Oliva, a Barcelona-based online therapy startup created by Javier Suarez (co-founder of TravelPerk) and Sançar Sahin (former VP of Marketing at Typeform)
  • El Confindencial looked at current developments in the urban grocery delivery space, featuring London-based Dija and Barcelona-based startup Blok. Blok is co-founded by Vishal Verma and Hunab Moreno, who previously worked at Glovo and Deliveroo, respectively. Glovo is also active in various cities with their Q-Commerce vertical. If you're interested in the space, Nuevo Sector published a good overview last week
  • Glovo suffered a cyberattack a few days ago. According to Forbes, a hacker managed to break into the company's systems and was selling access to both customer and courier accounts, with the ability to change their passwords. Glovo said that no credit card data has been stolen
  • Yaba, the first aggregator of Amazon small ecommerce brands, was all over the Spanish press last week. Here's an article that Cinco Dias published on the company, who claims to have already purchased two ecommerce businesses. On Twitter, Samuel Gil also said that both JME and Bonsai have invested in the company
  • Open finance startup Belvo turned two years old and published a post to highlight some milestones that they've hit in the past few months, from a product, team and traction point of view
  • The Washington Post wrote an article about the current state of international travel and highlighted Madrid-based Smartvel, a B2B SaaS startup specialized in destination content solutions for the travel industry. Smartvel provides pandemic-related travel data to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. The company pulls its information from 1,000 official sources, including government agencies and the IATA
  • PMA Latam interviewed Rafael Rubio, co-founder and CEO of Qoala, a Spanish startup similar to Honey in the US that has built a Chrome extension to help consumers find discounts and retailers to increase conversion rats
  • InnovaSpain interviewed Dimas Gimeno and Pablo F. García-Andrade to talk about WOW and Kapita, two projects that want to find, launch and finance opportunities in the intersection of retail and online commerce via marketplaces
  • Spanish language understanding platform announced the introduction of the new version of the AI that powers the product, which reduces the time to generate initial projects by up to 5x. The company supercharges your Zendesk or Salesforce platform by automating time-consuming manual tasks like tagging, prioritization and routing

From the trenches 👷🏽‍♀️

  • The Surf Office interviewed Adam Highfill, product marketing manager of Spanish startup Quaderno. In the interview, Adam talks about Quaderno's working policies, highlighted by the fact that they only work 25 hours per week
  • Jordi Miro, CTO of The Hotels Network, published a post explaining how they use Tinybird to build real-time data products at scale
  • Javier Mas Adell, lead data scientist at Glovo, wrote a blog post to explain how the company uses bayesian modelling for cross-city learning

Startup financials & numbers 🔢

  • El Mundo published a profile of Blue Banana, the online fashion brand created by Nacho Rivera and Juan Fernández-Estrada. In the article they say that they expect to reach €8m in sales this year. In 2020, they grew sales by +174%
  • The Financial Times wrote an article about knitting companies and highlighted Madrid-based We Are Knitters. According to the article, WAK grew by 200% last year
  • According to Javier Sanz, co-founder of stock trading startup Ninety Nine (similar to Robinhood in the US), the app has seen weekly growth rates of 60% in the number of investors who join the platform

Big company news 🏦

  • Proyecto Ditra is a new project by MasMovil, Indra, Abertis and Opus to measure CO2 car emissions in real time, including a system to notify cars of their pollution levels. This is a project that Meinrad Spenger, CEO of MasMovil, mentioned in this interview that I did with him a few weeks ago
  • El Corte Ingles to launch Bitcor, an initiative that will allow consumers to buy and sell crypto in their shopping centres, as well as to use crypto to purchase items
  • Spanish competition regulator CNMC held meetings with Apple and Google in the past few weeks. Previously, it had also met with Amazon
  • Microsoft wants to negotiate with the Spanish tax office a payment of up to €17m

Interesting reads 🤓

  • Business Insider interviewed entrepreneur and investor Hugo Arevalo. The interview focuses on Hugo's investment in Tuenti and the new Tuenti 'mafias' that might appear in Spain, as well as the Spanish 'Ley de Startups' and the ThePowerMBA's evolution to date
  • Javier Cañada of Instituto Tramontana published a 9 minute video on design and ideology

Podcasts 🎧

  • Techcrunch interviewed Hana Mohan, co-founder of Barcelona-based startup MagicBell
  • told the story of when they were approached by a big consulting firm to acquire the company