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Kantox raised £4.6M. Typeform's booming business (+$10M ARR). The story of Acumbamail.

June 25, 2019 • Issue #76

Startup funding news 💸

  • Fintech Kantox raises £4.6 million from investors as it targets profitability
  • Italian VC firm Innogest invested €2.5 million in CornerJob
  • Study Abroad Apartments raised €500,000

Startup exits 🎊

  • Airbnb acquired Barcelona-based Trip4real about a year ago. However, the price of the acquisition was disclosed last week: €5 million

Investor & accelerator news

  • Encomenda, the €20 million venture fund managed by Oriol Juncosa, Carlos Blanco and Miguel Sanz is ready to start making investments. The firm aims to close between 40 and 50 deals in the next 3 to 4 years
  • Oarsis and Telefonica Open Future teamed up to power VR and AR projects

Startup news

  • El Español published an interesting profile of Typeform, the Barcelona-based SaaS startup, which includes relevant business figures such as +$10M in ARR and 30K paying clients
  • The story of Chicfy, the mobile marketplace that has conquered the Spanish market
  • Nuclio Venture Builder launched Brocoli Seguros, a mobile broker for insurance policies
  • What has happened in the Spanish fintech sector in the first half of 2017? Kippel01 has a good summary
  • Familyescool is a new Spanish startup that aims to build a BlaBlaCar for school transportation
  • Meet the Barcelona-based startup which aims to change the way we sign documents – interview with Signaturit founder Juan Zamora
  • TicBeat profiled eSports startup GamersWalk
  • El Pais profiled Uvinum, the Spanish wine marketplace that currently has more than 150,000 clients. The newspaper also profiled Woom, a Madrid-based app that helps women get pregnant
  • El Mundo profiled dog sitting platform Gudog

Big company news

  • The start of Telefonica Innovacion Alpha, the new subsidiary that hosts the company’s most innovative projects, focused for now on the health sector
  • Zara launches same-day delivery service in Madrid for e-commerce purchases
  • El Español interviewed Fuencisla Cremades, Google’s country manager in Spain
  • Amazon to open a new logistics centre in Toledo, where it plans to employ up to 900 people
  • Spanish company Fractus has sued ZTE in the US for patent infringement
  • Aleix Valls, former director of Mobile World Capital, has joined Colonial to manage its innovation department

Tech and policy 💂🏼

  • If you haven’t been following the LexNet scandal in Spain, you should. It’s an important matter that affects many people. El Confidencial published a list of the companies that are involved in the fiasco. David Bonilla also wrote about the topic
  • Jaime Rodriguez (BlaBlaCar’s country manager in Spain) published an op-ed comparing the way France and Spain are currently approaching the tech sector

Interesting reads 🤓

  • 4 years of Acumbamail: how to grow a Spanish tech startup without outside investment
  • What is it like to work at some of Spain’s larger tech consulting firms?
  • Kippel01 has a good article about the worker conditions of gig economy participants in Spain, especially those that work for Deliveroo, Glovo or Uber
  • The Spanish 23 year old physicist that has built a big audience on YouTube thanks to its explanatory and scientific videos
  • From Pyro Studios to Tequila Works: the ups and downs of the Spanish videogame industry
  • How Barcelona’s health becomes digital

Podcasts of the week 🎧

  • K Fund interviewed Iñigo Juantegui, co-founder of OnTruck and former CEO of La Nevera Roja