Startup funding news ?
- Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor has invested an undisclosed sum in machine learning startup BigML. BigML is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, but 50% of its employees are in Valencia
Investor and accelerator news ?
- Webcapitalriesgo has a new report out: ‘Maturity of Venture Capital in Spain. 2017′. Relevant facts and details of over 60 outstanding deals from the 90´s to the present (in Spanish and English)
- Startup accelerator NUMA Barcelona held its first demo day in Madrid
Startup news ?
- UberEats, Deliberry, Glovo and DelSuper talked about the current state of online food delivery in Spain
- El Español published an interesting article that looks into the secondary market of VTC licenses in Spain, which can now cost as much as €60,000, and how Uber and Cabify are participating in it
- Startup profiles: Epinium (customer reviews), Bluelife Battery (energy), Sedome (home care marketplace), eCooltra (urban transportation)
Big tech news ?
- La Liga, the Spanish professional football league, has hired former Facebook and Netflix directors to lead its digital strategy
- Alibaba has yet to open an office in Spain, but the Chinese company is building a team to lead AliExpress’ operations in the country
- Telefonica to become an official sponsor of Real Madrid. Expansion says that the deal could be as high as €15 to €20 million in two years
- BBVA joins Hyperledger blockchain project
Tech and policy ??♀️
- The legal battle between Cabify and taxi associations has resumed
- Palma de Mallorca will prohibit all vacation rental properties after the summer, affecting Airbnb, Homeaway and similar platforms
Interesting reads ?
- Iker Marcaide, former CEO and co-founder of Flywire (peerTransfer), presented its latest project: La Pinada. An eco-friendly neighbourhood in Valencia
- The Spanish IT market grew by 3% in 2016, reaching €23 billion