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Telefonica releases Open Future figures, Airbnb numbers in Spain and more

March 10, 2019 • Issue #49

Investor & accelerator news

  • Telefonica released official figures of Open Future’s performance in recent years, including Wayra, Amerigo and other entities
  • Galicia’s regional government to financially support six startup accelerators
  • La Vanguardia wrote a profile on Inveready

Startup news

  • OnTruck closed 2016 with more than 750 carriers and 1,500 services delivered
  • Cooctel is a new marketplace for the events industry
  • Interview with Francisco Perez of Hawkers, about the company’s recent round and its future
  • MarketGoo’s founder, Wences Garcia, published a recap of 2016
  • The story of Chicfy’s addictive TV ad
  • Trips on BlaBlaCar in Spain during Christmas increased by 36%
  • The former head of customer support at eDreams apparently punched one of her colleagues

Big company news

  • 55 Teslas have been sold in Spain to date. A bunch of them are part of Uber’s new service, UberONE
  • Carrefour to get rid of print tickets in Spanish supermarkets
  • IBM won a €2.3 million public tender to manage the IT services of Spain’s tax authority (Hacienda)
  • Facebook has been granted a money license so that users can make payments on the platform
  • Airbnb has twice as many listings in Barcelona than Madrid, and on average they are more expensive too. According to, this has had an impact on the prices of rentals across Spain

Interesting reads

  • Elies Campo, formerly of Whatsapp, was fairly critical of Facebook in an interview with El Confidencial
  • El Confidencial looked at the (non) evolution of wind energy in the region of Valencia in the past 15 years
  • E-commerce sales reached €5.9 billion in the second quarter of 2016, up 20.3% year-on-year
  • Merca2 looked into the current involvement of Spanish professional football teams with eSports
  • How Spain’s cybersecurity forces work