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Social Point Raises $30M in a Round Led by Highland Capital Partners Europe

Scytl take another 15M this time from SAP ventures (Spanish)

First it was Microsoft and now SAP. Funds related to both technology multinationals have invested three months apart in the Catalan company Scytl electronic voting.

SAP Ventures has injected 15 million euros in the company and with this investment Scytl already accumulated 45 million euros of private funding so far this year, in April after entering its shareholders Vulcan Capital, fund Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.

RealPage Acquires Kigo, Based in Barcelona, Spain

$32M Acquisition of Kigo, who were based in Barcelona. 

Congrats to Shawn, Vedad and the team.

RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ: RP ), a leading provider of on-demand property management software, announces the acquisition of Kigo , a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vacation rental booking and channel management system headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. In January, RealPage acquired InstaManager, a similar vacation rental booking system headquartered in the U.S. With the acquisition of Kigo, RealPage further extends its vacation rental booking system internationally.

TOMORROW: Barcelona Startup Job Fair #5 with JobFluent

We are excited to be having the largest Startup Job Fair in Barcelona again tomorrow with JobFluent.

Companies - SOLD OUT. We have no more space for companies wishing to attend! All full. We have over 32 companies in attendance.

Talent - We have a few slots left for talent searching for their next dream role in a startup or high growth company. 

The event is aimed at Software development, Data Scientists, Engineers, QA/Testing, Design, Product, Marketing talent.

So come along if you fit those roles. To grab some of the last tickets (and free beer from Moritz)…. sign up here.

We hope to see you there.

Monthly Wrap - 7th Edition - April 2014

We hope you have time to read this Monthly Wrap in between all of the amazing events happening this week as part of Fest-Up! Barcelona Startup Festival. 45 events in 12 venues. Great work guys. More info here>

 

And as if that wasnt enough, Jobfluent are back with the 5th Edition of the amazeballs Barcelona Startup Job Fair on 21 May. More info here>

 

AND BarcelonaJS are having a one day conference on the JavaScript mobile revolution. There will be talks, workshops and test devices. Registration is free though they are looking for another sponsor. More info here>

As always send your news to donal@barcelona.io

FINANCING AND NEWS

 

€30m votes for Scytl

Scytl have been quietly enhancing their reputation for bringing serious, secure technology to voting and election reporting and have received a significant vote of confidence from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who has invested €30m via Vulcan Capital.  Back in October we reported that Scytl would be providing official election night reporting for the European Parliamentary elections coming up later this month. More info here>


€2.6m per hour!

One of the strongest aspects of the startup scene here in Barcelona is the Travel and Tourism sector. The latest addition to this proud pantheon is ByHours.com - an app that rents out hotel rooms - you guessed it - by the hour! With 30 employees and 30,000 users they are already a serious operation and have secured €2.6m from Mediaset España, Labogar and Axon Partners amongst others. More info here (spanish)>

Uber scared

Last month we reported that Uber is coming to Barcelona. Sadly the backlash has begun. Lets see how the European Capital of Innovation responds. More info here>

A loraah walla’s!

Back in October we introduced you to Wallapop - the geolocalized flea market. Their community is now 1 million strong and growing. its addictive to scroll through the list of stuff available - I just bought a teenage mutant ninja turtles tshirt! Also they have a cool new advert. More info here>

Akamon rolls the dice
Akamon got in touch to tell us about their investment in a games studio in Israel and the appointment of Alex Cohen as their new Chief Product Officer. They have also reorganised themselves a bit with the Barcelona office remaining as the HQ, dedicated to developing social casino games. More info here>

NEW STARTUPS


Busy bees

Beeplay is a clever little app that gives companies looking for market research access to an instant, geolocalized crowd. Companies pay between €1 and €25 for users to perform tasks such as completing surveys or handing out flyers. They send a report on what they have done to Beeplay who then inform the company. More info here>


Stop licking the screen!

Everyone loves to see great chefs explain how they make their delicious creations. Split between Barcelona and London, Cookbooth aims to make it easier for chefs to create and share visual recipes giving all of us access to a tastier world. Now where did I put that lemongrass?! More info here>


Special Spaces

Like Airbnb except for spaces, PopPlaces is a nifty new initiative that connects people looking for exciting, interesting or different spaces with people looking to host events. Counting on the support of Akamon Executive Chairman Carlos Blanco, PopPlaces already has a range of amazing places available for your next big press conference! More info here>


Dear Agnes…
Our very own Hermes Pique has launched a new iOS notes app called Agnes. Its very swish, featuring to-do lists, in-line photos and lots more. More info here>


We haven’t featured a Barcelona Kickstarter project in quite a while so we were delighted to see that Modulo from IDAPT has already blasted past its stretch goal. Its a very clever take on the external battery that won prizes at CES. Get backing! More info here>

The Monthly Wrap

 

Previous Editions

Edition 1 - September 2013   featuring Marfeel, Typeform, 3scale and Similify, among others!

Edition 2 - October 2013 featuring Teambox, Restalo, Passwordbank, Scytl and many more!

Edition 3 - November 2013 featuring Trip4Real, Treevo, Silicon Barri, Wallapop, Honest and Smile and more!

Edition 4 - December 2013 and January 2014 featuring Audiosnaps, Kantox, Redbooth, iSegurosdeSalud, Wuaki, Instaroom, Bidaway and more!

Edition 5 - February 2014 featuring Lodgify, Infantium, Medprive, UppTalk, Voz.io, Vilynx and more!

Edition 6 - March 2014 featuring eDreams, Onmidrone, Socialpoint, Knok, Brandcrumb, Rock Your Meal, Ohlalapps, and others.

 

Credits:

The Monthly Wrap is brought to you by Barcelona IO and is written by@QuinnDonal

Largest Startup job Fair in southern Europe is Back. We are partnering with JobFluent again to put on the best and biggest startups job fair in Southern Europe here in Barcelona.

We are helping bring together the community to match talent and opportunity with the support of Universitat de Barcelona, facultat d’Economia i Empresa, Moritz and Barcelona Activa.

There will be over 30 companies with more than 200 hundred jobs on show. The companies will be looking for;

  • Development/Engineering: Web Developers, Mobile Developers, Software Engineers, QA/Testing
  • Design: Web Designers, UX Designers, Creative Directors
  • Product: Product Managers, Project Managers, Analysts
  • Marketing: Marketing Directors, Functional Specialists (SEO, SEM, Social media, PR)
  • Sales: Sales Directors, Business Development, Account Executives, Account Managers 

When: Wednesday May 21st, 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Where: Universitat de Barcelona, facultat d’Economia i Empresa, Avinguda Diagonal, 690, Barcelona 

Register: Free registration for job seekers

If you are talent looking to attend (For FREE + Beer) —> Go here

There are already 15 companies signed up including, Akamon, Devex, eDreams, Typform,3Scale, billy, UppTalk, Dexma, Localler, Trovit, Lodgify, WorldCoo, GetApp Mobile Jazz and ExoClick. We will be adding many more in the coming few days.

If you are a company looking to recruit —> Go here

Over tech 200 jobs from more than 30 companies all in one night in #Barcelona. We are delighted to announce the 5th Barcelona Startup Job Fair. cc: Moritz Barcelona Barcelona.IO

Spain hails eDreams Odigeo IPO as sign of recovery - FT.com

Not only is this hopefully a sign of recovery, however broader awareness of long term viable tech companies emerging from Spain. 

This is the first listing of a company that has been a vital part of the startup eco-system in Spain. Many of people bringing together the next batch of technology companies in Barcelona came through off the back of experience at eDreams and being on that growth path. 

We hope this is that start of something much bigger for Spain and the Barcelona tech sector. eDreams ODIGEO

Monthly Wrap - 6th Edition - March 2014

A steady stream of news this month. Barcelona continues to make make waves on the tourism and social gaming markets. Go us!


As always please send news and gossip to donal@barcelona.io - Let the community know what’s going on.


Sadly, its worth reading the Tech.eu piece on the new crowdfunding regulations in Spain


FINANCE


O Did you knOw about ODIGEO?

We are sure you have all heard, but we are fit to burst at the news that Barcelona’s very own eDreams has become the first Spanish IPO since 2011. The amazing team down in the harbour have been spreading to new markets and growing like crazy. This also marks the first time that the Monthly Wrap has linked to a story on Reuters!! *sniffle* More info here>



Omni-talented!

The wealth of social gaming companies in Barcelona is creating a virtuous circle with talent from Digital Chocolate, Social Point and others combining to create Omnidrone. This cauldron of talent has raised €1.5 million in funding from top notch VC’s Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), London Venture Partners (LVP) and Kibo Ventures. All of this before they even launch their first product. We like their style!

More info here>(spanish) or here> (english)



Putting the Y in Ysios

From our friends in Barcinno we hear that Barcelona based VC Ysios Capital is putting together a €100m fund to invest in up to 15 companies in the life sciences and medical technology fields. They will be hoping to build on their big success from 2011 when Biovex was sold to Amgen for up to €1bn. More info here>



STARTUP NEWS


Que coño es Uber?

An eagle eyed birdie has spotted job listings for Barcelona on the website of the uber-innovator. Enemy of taxistas and friend of drunken hookups, could Uber’s next target be our fair city? See our jobs links below.


Social Money!

Social Point are continuing their impressive growth registering a cool 168% increase in revenue in 2013, hitting an amazing  €43 million. This and the four new games that are coming on stream in 2013 promises a healthy return for their investors who include Greylock Partners, Idinvest and Nauta Capital. More info here> (Spanish)


Opportunity Knoks!

We have mentioned Knok on the Monthly Wrap several times and here we go again! They brought something new and fresh to the home-swapping market and now they have honed their product further by focusing their efforts on the family segment of the home swap market. They are also taking out the pain points by verifying identities and properties. Knoktastic! More info here>


Everyone get voting!

The Next Web are running a vote on who gets to represent Spain at the prestigious TNW conference in Amsterdam on April 24. Four out of the five on the list are Barcelona based and they all kick ass. Of course here at Barcelona IO we are strictly neutral, the important thing is to have your say! More info here>



NEW STARTUPS


A Trail of Brands

Brandcrumb is a neat idea that focuses on bring brands and content producers together. For content producers it automates the linking of the names of brand in content directly to that brand’s site. Brands only pay per click, keeping everyone happy! More info here>




Rock my Quiche

Rock Your Meal is bringing innovation to your kitchen. Dust down that spice rack and input the food you have available into their clever system and it will suggest meals for you to try out. Same food, new menus, brilliant. More info here>



Oh la la Monsieur!

Complete with one of the grooviest startup names we have heard in a while, Ohlalapps are here to help non-techies build apps for their businesses. Its a white label services that offers video tutorials, a knowledge base and professional help for more ambitious projects. Magnifique! More info here>



ACCELERATORS


Seeding Barcelona

Seedrocket will be running their “XI CAMPUS DE EMPRENDEDORES PARA STARTUPS” in Barcelona from 26 to 30 May 2014. The event offers training and access to sources of funding. Places are limited and the deadline for applications is 6 May. More info here>



Google googling the next Google

The application deadline has just closed for NEXT, a pre-accelerator program supported by Google Entrepreneurs and hosted by the epic team at itnig. Over the next 5 weeks the chosen entrants will get weekly coaching sessions and the best team will be invited to a global demo day event. More info here>



JOBS


Here it is folks - those Barcelona based jobs on Uber. Don’t all rush at once!


Meanwhile on Jobfluent





The Monthly Wrap


Previous Editions

Edition 1 - September 2013   featuring Marfeel, Typeform, 3scale and Similify, among others!

Edition 2 - October 2013 featuring Teambox, Restalo, Passwordbank, Scytl and many more!

Edition 3 - November 2013 featuring Trip4Real, Treevo, Silicon Barri, Wallapop, Honest and Smile and more!

Edition 4 - December 2013 and January 2014 featuring Audiosnaps, Kantox, Redbooth, iSegurosdeSalud, Wuaki, Instaroom, Bidaway and more!

Edition 5 - February 2014 featuring Lodgify, Infantium, Medprive, UppTalk, Voz.io, Vilynx and more!


Credits:

The Monthly Wrap is brought to you by Barcelona IO and is written by@QuinnDonal

TNW's European Tech5 - Help select Europe’s 5 leading tech companies

TheNextWeb have announced their new competition based on real data across 7 major European tech eco-systems. 

Spain is one of those seven and in the top 5 from Spain, 4 are from Barcelona.

The companies are: 

  1. Cabify: Disfruta tu coche de alta gama con chófer, desde 10€ por trayecto. Peticiones inmediatas o reservas en un par de clicks. Desde la App en tu smartphone o la web.
  2. GetApp: Your #1 Business Apps Marketplace
  3. Akamon Entertainment: Akamon Entertainment is an online social casino gaming company operating in Southern Europe and LatAm.
  4. ReviewPro: Thousands of hotels worldwide use ReviewPro for reputation and social media management. We’re here to help you. Follow us for new ideas, tips, and research.
  5. Kantox: Kantox is a pioneering firm in the FX industry, providing light and fresh air in an obscure, static market.

Get voting.

WebVisions return to Barcelona

WebVisions is again returning to Barcelona in June. 

WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders. 

— ANNOUNCEMENT —

WebVisions BCN is rocking Catalonia with an awesome lineup of speakers, studio tours, an Internet of Things Lab, parties and fun. Get your tickets and strap in for three days of awesome workshops and sessions that take on the Web’s future:

  • Lea Verou goes down the colorful rabbit hole to explore how color works on our screens and the difference between color models and color spaces in her keynote on "The Chroma Zone: Engineering Color on the Web."

  • David Pescovitz is co-editor of Boing Boing, a technology and culture Web site with several million monthly readers, and a research director with the Institute for the Future, a non-profit forecasting thinktank. In his keynote, he’ll explore the future of Science, Art, and Magic.

  • Vinay Venkatraman is the founder and CEO of Leapcraft - a design driven innovation consultancy based in Denmark. He’ll explore "Data as the New Creative Raw Material."

  • Maria Giudice is Facebook’s Director of Product Design, and in her badass keynote on "Innovation Starts at the Top," she’ll show how to use design thinking to break the rules and use your own skills to build, revive and reinvent the next gen of great companies.

Get your Early Bird tickets to WebVisions Barcelona today.

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