At Itnig, we know it’s hard to keep up with all the news and updates flying around. What’s new? Well, there have been some changes in Spain. We have some news considering what’s happening in the Spanish Ecosystem. Are you aware of the latest time and attendance law?
It has come to action on the 12th of May 2019 giving the obligation to businesses to track the attendance and time spent at work of every single employee; to find out more considering this law, you can take a look here.
We published an article on the blog of itnig, where we discuss why this law will kill the innovation in Spain and Europe; you can take a look right here! Also, Factorial developed a free feature that companies can directly download to be compliant with the law.
Ok, so now that we are updated on legal news, we should maybe check out our podcasts of the month. You will not be disappointed as we are welcoming 5 guests this month for 5 explosive podcasts.
Startup Inside Stories Podcast
#86 : Roger Casals, from Plazah
Roger started his first company in 1999, Powerdata, after self-teaching to program in C. He dedicated himself to solving company’s management problems and started different businesses that were sold later on. One day, when explaining his Product to a customer, he found himself with another issue leading him to develop Password Bank (a software centralising all passwords compatible with any platform).
Password Bank obtained 1M€ of private investment with Inveready among others. This amount was multiplied several times with Spanish public financing rounds. He moved to the USA because that’s where he found his “5 ps”: Potential customers, investors, partners, competitors, suppliers. At the beginning it was costing him a lot, until he realised that as a small foreign startup, he did not meet any of the characteristics to sell to any big American Company.
After much frustrations and complications he ended up selling it to Symantec, for 25 times his Revenue, and became it’s executive. Roger explains the problems of international taxation, tells us about the functioning of companies in Delaware, price competitiveness in technology between USA and Spain and his experience with government loans. His latest project is Plazah, a Marketplace recommendation where any company can sell products with direct sales from its own users.
#87 : Pablo Villalba, from 8fit
In this week’s podcast, the product-focused serial entrepreneur Pablo Villalba shares with us his story.
Discover how he launched RedBooth, and grew this communication and collaboration platform to a 7-digits yearly revenue business.
Find out how the MVP of the 8fit was originally a basic Google Doc sheet and how grew into a multi-million users App bringing tens of millions of dollars of yearly revenue.
Find out about the Product-focused innovation and the Challenges that hide behind the scale of an innovative business.
#88 : Eduardo Manchón, from Mailtrack
In this week’s episode of Startup Inside Stories, Bernat Farrero (CEO @itnig), Jordi Romero (CEO @Factorial) discuss with Eduardo Manchón the CEO @Mailtrack and founder of Panoramio, one of the first exits to big tech companies produced in Spain. He is also a self-proclaimed grandpa in the Spanish startup ecosystem.
He studied psychology and focused on learning human sciences, which combined to his nerd roots brought him to human computer interaction, he learnt Nielsen principles and before he knew Ubaldo Huerta (previous guest in our podcast) hired him to work on his startup Loquo. There he learnt everything to start his own bootstrapped company, Panoramio, in 2003 with cofounders Cuenca and Florido, each working from their home.
Panoramio was the origin of geolocalized photo-sharing in Google Earth initially and Google Maps later on. After some ups and downs in the collaboration, Google finally made an offer to acquire the company paying from “1M to 5M per Kg of founder” on the 31st of May 2007. He worked at Google Switzerland while the “vesting period” lasted and then went back to live sabatically at his hometown.
In 2013 he joined Mailtrack initially leading Product and becoming the CEO afterwards. Mailtrack is an email notification SaaS with tens of thousands of paying users. The company was cofounded by Nacho González (also previous guest in the podcast), who later left to start Hireflix, his last venture.
#89 : Tyson Kallberg, from Asana
In this week’s podcast (in English) we talk to Tyson Kallberg, head of design at Asana, about how he ended up in the company, how the founders Dustin and Justin left Facebook to start it and the growth the company has experienced since he started working there.
We discuss how important the fact of starting a business in SF is, compared to other cities in the world, the work culture in the Bay Area, and why he thinks Asana’s culture is different to others.
We obviously talk about design, and Tyson shares with us how Asana’s design team is structured and the challenges of keeping the hierarchy as flat as possible while growing fast. We talk about their roadmap and how the different teams join efforts to drive it together.
Tyson finally gives us his thoughts on what a product manager does or at least should do.
#90 : Vicens Marti, from Tangelo Games
In this week’s episode, Bernat Farrero (CEO @itnig) and Juan Rodriguez (CEO @camaloon) discuss the life of Vicens Martí, entrepreneur and executive of many companies.
Vicens defines himself as sector agnostic, he thinks that business is business and there is no such thing as “this industry is different”. After being entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, playing different roles at Cirsa, AMC and Port Aventura, he went on to become one of the initial executives who started Vueling and brought it to the IPO. He learnt a lot from this process and specially from its founder Carlos Muñoz.
After a short period as CEO of the family-owned Custo Barcelona, he then was convinced by Carlos Blanco to lead Akamon and accepted the challenge for 5 years until he brought it to the 28M$ exit to a Canadian company. He keeps involved as the CEO of the acquiring company, then renamed to Tangelo Games.
Vicens thinks he can play a crucial role and “bring agency” to the places where he gets involved and have a rich personal life at the same time. He is now President at El Row, which makes over 30M€ and 5M in EBITDA by organizing electronic music shows. He especially enjoys this sector as he is a big fan of electronic music. As a bonus, he tells us the experience of participating in the Burning man annual festival.
May Startup News & Updates
Last week the IPOs season continued, and also new gigantic private rounds. These are exciting times for many Internet industries, but also for the fans of good coffee like we are at Itnig (soon we’ll share some related news of our own! 😉). Luckin Coffee, a Chinese coffeeshop chain that opened only in 2017 went public in Nasdaq last week, raising 561M$ in the public market on top of the 550M$ previously raised in venture capital. The goal of this ambitious 3b$ priced retailer is to replace the giant 96b$ Starbucks in China with new 2.500 locations, all opening this year. Boom! Yes, that’s the pace in which China intends to replace western brands (hello, Apple)!
Also, Softbank strikes back in Europe with the 484M$ monster round in the German Atrapalo-like travel and leisure booking platform, GetYourGuide. Lastly, but not least, Glovo will have now a harder time competing after the biggest operations company in the world, Amazon, invested 575M$ in Deliveroo to compete against the leader in last mile food delivery service, Uber Eats. People wonders if the service will integrate with Amazon Prime or if Amazon will build the new AWS for cloud kitchens (or ghost kitchens)… as we said, exciting times ahead!
One of the biggest recent success stories in Europe is undeniably the money transfer startup Transferwise. The company has recently announced a $292 million in secondary share sale which won’t bring fresh money but will make some of their initial shareholders and employees pretty happy. Reports claim that this round has made 33 new millionaires. We might be seeing a wave of great Estonian startups coming up soon !
This month was also very positive for the cloud-based identity platform for developers Auth0 as they raised $103 million to become a unicorn. And we lost the count. Unicorns don’t seem to be so rare in recent times and some start to question if the real unicorns are actually the profitable startups (like Transferwise seems to be).
New Funding for Startups
This week the European Funding Rounds have been led by the United Kingdom, followed by Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Here is what has been happening :
The Madrid based startup Playtomic has raised €6M and is leading the funding round of country, followed by the Barcelona based startup Holded that has secured €6M during their Serie A funding round. Finally, the video-based insurtech solution Bdeo has raised €1M
On the Spanish territory the Famous Barcelona-based delivery app Glovo has raised €150M in Series D funding by the venture capital Lakestar.
Almost 18M€ raised in Spain:
- Kompyte, the technological SaaS startup for pricing intelligence, with current headquarters in San-Francisco, raised 2,67M€ from CaixaCapitalRisc, Adara and Swanlaab
- Psious, the VR treatment for mental disorders, raised 8M€ in a funding round co-led by Sabadell, Asabys and Caixa Capital Risc.
- Rentals United raised 3,8M€ from Stella EOC Capital and Howzat Partners.
- Hubtype’s chatbots raised 1M€ from K Fund.
- Zinklar raised 1M€ from Caixa Capital Risc, Inbeready and Sabadell.
- Muroexe DTC brand raised 1M€ from Unknown investors and want to raise more from friends (¿?).
- Guesser raised 1,1M€ as a Seed Round to bet on market predictions.
🇬🇧 UNITED KINGDOM
In the United Kingdom, the week has been rich in investment starting by the investment of €17.4M for ButternutBox, which is a fresh food delivery service for dogs; surprising right? 💸🐶 Closely followed by Wheely, the luxury ride hailing startup that secured €13.4M in Serie B Funding. Finally, two London-based Startups Muso raised €4M to address digital piracy and Sythesia has raised €2.8M
In the United Kingdom, it is the London-based payment solution platform Checkout.com that leads this week’s investment with the raise of€269M in Serie A Investment, followed by the funding of FutureLearn with €58.6M from SEEKGROUP. We can also note smaller investments such as; Pharmaseal International closing a funding round of €1.1M and the video-based hiring platform startup Tempo raising €2.05M.
In Germany, the startup Rum has received €10M from SAP
In Germany, it is the Berlin based digital freight forwarder Freighthub that leads the national investment round with the raise of €26.8M in Series B fundingfollowed by the 7-Figures SeedFunding of the miRdetect which developped a detection method of testicular cancer
The Zurich Based startup RosieReality raised €2M to build AR games for kids
To finish the week, the Paris-based trucking marketplace Fretlink that raised €25M in Series B Funding.
Other news in Europe this month:
- The employee experience provider platform Perkbox has raised €15.6M in equity funding to expand their reach and launch new features in the next months. This round was led by Drapers Spirit.
- Rfrnz has raised 7-figures funding round to advance their growth and develop their product. This round was led by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), UnternehmerTUM Initiative for Industrial Innovators and two other investors.
- The planning and booking service platform Tourlane, offering customized and exclusive trips has raised €41.8M in Series C Funding. This round was led by Sequoia and Spark Capital assisted by the participation of DN Capital and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures.
- The talent acquisition platform HeyJobs has raised €10.6M in Series A funding to expand their developments efforts and grow the AI intelligence app allowing them to find talents. This round was led by Notion Capital,Creathor Ventures, GFC, and Heartcore Capital.
- London-based Deliveroo gets a 575M$ from Amazon, that add to the other 1b$ that the company had previously raised (initially from Index and Accel).
- Berlin-based GetYourGuide raises 484M$ from Softbank that add to the other 170M raised before (with Battery and Spark).
- Paris-based DNAScript raises 34M€ to boost DNA Production in a way that has never done before.
- DocPlanner, the polish-company that acquired the Spanish Doctoralia in 2016 strikes back raising 80M€ from Goldman Sachs and One Peak Partners.
- The expense managmenent fintech Pleo raises 56M$. It was started by Founders, a fellow startup studio in Denmark, and less than one year ago raised 16M$ from our co-investors and friends Creandum.
- Finish-based Wirepas raises 14,4M to build iOT in a massive scale.
- Dublin-based Glofox raises 10M$ to keep expanding their gym management SaaS.
- Impossible Foods raised 300M from Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Serena Williams, Kate Perry and UBS.
- Nextdoor raises 123M$ from Riverwood in their series F at a reported 2,1b$ valuation.
- Fastly, Luckin did their IPO and Fiverr filed for IPO too. Fiverr, the israel-based marketplace for freelance services, raised 111M so far (Bessemer, Accel), sold 75M last year and lost 36M.
- On-demand food delivery startup DoorDash raises $600 million, and now the company is worth $12.6 billion
- Money transfer startup TransferWise gets $292 million in secondary share sale making 33 new millionaires
- The Beijing-based online travel startup Mafengwo raises $250 million for online travel
- Cloud-based identity platform for developers Auth0 is raising $103 million to become a unicorn
- London-based social impact fintech startup Wagestream raises €46 million for its service to end payday poverty
- UK-based enterprise decision-making platform PROWLER.io raises €21.5 million Series B round at €90 million valuation
- Finnish PropTech startup Kodit.io raises €12 million gives homeowners a stress-free way to quickly sell their homes for a fair price
- Hamburg-based BIO-LUTIONS raises €8.3 million from Delivery Hero for its ecological alternatives to single-use plastics
- French startup Dawex raises €5 million to accelerate the development of the Data Economy
- Intelligent mobility startup Immense Simulations raises €4.1 million in Series A funding
- Barcelona-based startup Ona Therapeutics raises €1,5 million developing an anti-metastasic medicine
- The crediting startup Nemuru raises €1 million to increase its technological systems
- Tiller Systems acquires the restaurant AI software Beesniss
Random Tech News
- Alphabet’s drone company cleared to deliver in the US
- You might be surprised with the evolution of the top programming languages in use over the years.
- These are the the week’s IPO (Uber, Slack) and massive investment news.
- Quantum tech is not only used by The Avengers, but could make hard drives faster and allow more capcity in less space.
- A diesel Mercedes C 220 emits less CO2 than a Tesla Model 3.
- YouTube, the secret weapon that killed IE6.
- 3D printing hearts with patient’s own tissue and bioink.
- Stay tuned for this year’s Google I/O. Here is what to expect from it.
- Jeff Bezos wants to colonize the moon by 2024.
- This is everything Google announced at the Google I/O 2019.
- New material that makes batteries charge faster discovered by mistake.
- TikTok, the apparently harmless Chinese-owned app that is quietly taking over the world.
- A robot that picks and harvests fruits better than humans.
- Gmail keeps track of all your purchases and it’s not easy to delete.
- [No spoilers] Now that it’s over, take a look at Game Of Thrones’ staggering numbers.
- Telegram founder attacks WhatsApp saying it will never be safe.
- Voice fakes are soon going to be something to be careful with by looking at how this speech synth can recreate a person’s voice, or how Google’s Translatron can translate speech into other languages without altering the voice.
- Minecraft + AR = Minecraft Earth. A “Pokémon Go”-ish version of Microsoft’s Minecraft is coming this summer.
- Google will stop doing business with Huawei, following new episode in the US-China trade war.
- Nearly 90,000 developers answered this survey from Stackoverflow.
- Huawei has trademarked its ‘Hongmeng’ operating system.
- How fragmented is Android?
- Visual evolution of EV sales from 2012.
- Deutsche Bank Says Software to Detect Money Laundering Had a Bug.
- This self-made millionaire invented a ‘gun’ that shoots salt at flies.
- How to avoid traffic jams, by The Boring Company.
- Samsung’s AI generates talking deepfakes from a single image.
Those are the May 2019 startup news!
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