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Fintonic raises €25M. Mercadona gives more details about its ecommerce strategy.

June 25, 2019 • Issue #70

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Startup funding news 💸

  • Fintonic raised €25 million from ING, PSN and other investors
  • Startupxplore raised €400,000 from various investors. The round was led by Cabiedes & Partners
  • Fitness startup WeFitter raised $150,000 from 500 Startups
  • Mi Legado Digital raised €50,000
  • Total Energy Ventures (TEV), the venture capital arm of Total that invests in startups, acquired an interest in OnTruck

Startup exits 🎊

  • Angels Capital completed the acquisition of Grupo Sothis

Investor & accelerator news 🚀

  • Seaya Ventures participated in Mexican startup ComparaGuru’s $7 million round
  • Conector announced the four startups that will participate in its fintech accelerator program powered by Abanca
  • Carlos Blanco (Nuclio): “The venture builder syndrome”
  • Blunder and FruitsApp won the sixth edition of Bbooster Week
  • VozPopuli interviewed Bruno Fernandez, director of ENISA
  • Samaipata Ventures: ‘Saturation of nodes as a strategy for marketplaces

Startup news 💡

  • Hawkers hired former Apple employee Diego Sebastián to lead its offline and retail strategy
  • Jorge Izquierdo, of Aragon Project, was selected by Peter Thiel’s fellowship to receive a $100,000 grant to skip college and work on his startup. VozPopuli interviewed him
  • Scytl announced new changes in its organisational structure
  • La Vanguardia interviewed Agustin Gomez, CEO of Wallapop
  • Interview with Fernando Gomez, CEO of e-commerce analytics startup Boardfy
  • Privalia to push the gas pedal in Latam
  • Digital marketing startup Antevenio enters the US market with the acquisition of React2Media
  • Packlink’s B2B offering, Packlink Pro, turns one year old with more than 16,000 companies who have used its platform
  • For now, Meneame is safe from Spain’s ‘Canon AEDE’
  • Unlimiteck Company Builder launched insurtech startup Junntar
  • Zensei is a new startup that wants to send you notifications with relevant health-related alerts to start the day
  • Nextdoor is looking for a country manager in Spain
  • Barcelona-based Qustodio reached 1 million users
  • El Pais interviewed Cabify’s country manager in Spain
  • Madrid Product Hunt is back, featuring OnTruck and Mr Jeff

Big company news 🏢

  • Google has changed its strategy at Campus Madrid: the company has launched a ‘residency’ program that will give support to 7 startups to begin with
  • Twitter’s country manager in Spain, Lopez de Ayala, to lead the company’s operations in Latam. The company is looking for a new country manager in Spain
  • Mercadona gave more details about its ecommerce strategy. The company also announced that product-focused consulting firm Vernon is working with them
  • Amazon is looking to hire an AWS and startup evangelist in Spain
  • Airbnb moved its headquarters within Barcelona
  • The strategy of Spanish media properties to reduce their dependency on Google and Facebook in the advertising market
  • Atrapalo posted sales of €330 million in 2016

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • Real estate crowdfunding platform Housers has received the final green light from Spain’s CNMV
  • More protests in Barcelona against Airbnb: the latest case to make the news is this one

Interesting reads 🤓

  • According to a study, only 38.7% of Spaniards shop online
  • What the numbers say about the startup scene in Barcelona
  • The VTC uberlords: the companies that aim to dominate the licenses that power Uber and Cabify in Spain
  • El Español published an interesting profile on Filmaffinity, the biggest movie and tv shows database in the Spanish market
  • Schibsted vs Wallapop: the classifieds world is watching
  • Learning to develop Jobandtalent’s design system for Android
  • Nacho Gil: “Is your startup a juicer?”
  • The hackers of the Ibex 35: the people who protect data at Spain’s largest companies
  • David Bonilla: ‘The price of success

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • StartUpLeon interviewed Jordi Ber, CEO of Habitissimo
  • MasQueStartups interviewed Ana Jimenez, CEO of Leads Origins