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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.

Monthly Wrap - 5th Edition - February 2014

Post MWC, Back To Reality Edition!


Well the Mobile World Congress circus has left town and we hope that you all took advantage of the presence of so many movers and shakers in our beautiful city. This edition of the Monthly Wrap features the usual mix of deals, progress and invention that you have all grown to know and love!


As always if you have anything new send it to donal@barcelona.io

DEALS


Milanuncios sells itself for €100m!

A big exit for classified ad platform Milanuncios who have an office in Sant Cugat. Schibsted Classified Media, a norwegian media group has paid a fjord-filling €100 million (€50m cash + €50m equity) to bring the popular site into its stable. Schibsted already own Segundamano.es, Fotocasa.es, Coches.net y InfoJobs.net and the incorporation of Milanuncios will bring traffic to a spectacular 130 million monthly visits across the various brands. More info here (Spanish)>

Calling from Cloud 9!

We previously featured Voz.io when co-founder Summann Gandham got in touch to let us know about this call-centre-in-the-cloud startup. We were delighted when Barcinno reported that Voz.io has raised a €150,000 seed round with Kima Ventures that they plan to use for business development and user acquisition. More info here>


Organizing the event organizers!

So after wandering around MWC in a overwhelmed stupor, randomly flinging your business cards around in the vague hope one would land on someone useful, you probably have realised that you need to prepare better for your next trade fair. That is where Neventum come in. They connect exhibitors, organisers, suppliers and venues to make the whole process less mind melting. To help them on their way they have received €550k in Angel funding according to Crunchbase. More info here>


MILESTONES AND NEW STARTUPS AND PRODUCTS


Do you have that app in stock?

Tair Asimov (is that a cool name or what!) contacted us to tell us about his new Barcelona-based startup - Stockapps. It is in its early stages but the idea is to bring app creation to a much wider audience and create a marketplace full of templates that can be easily customized and submitted to Apple or Google. Its a neat idea and to get things moving Stockapps have created an Early Access site where you can learn more and start creating templates that can be sold when the marketplace launches. More info here>

New ways to watch cat videos!

Winnie Root  from Vilynx who are based in Barcelona and Silicon Valley also got in touch to tell us about their cool new product. Vilynx Producer automatically dives into your online video and creates a visual table of contents allowing users to see snapshots of different parts of the video and even jump right into that segment, increasing click through rates by up to 200%. They say that video navigation has hardly developed in the last 20 years and they intend to make that happen! More info here>


OK brain, I dont like you and you dont like me…..

Sergi Torrellas contacted us to let us know about Neuroelectrics, a Starlab spin-off that aims to literally get inside your head and provide brain health measurement tools, making neurostimulation affordable and available for every patient in need. They are now focusing on their in-home neurostimulation that will enable patients to follow prescribed brain health treatment without leaving their couch! More info here>


Upp Upp and Away!

We also heard from Jochen Doppelhammer of UppTalk (formerly yuilop) who contacted us to let us know that they have just launched UppWireless in the USA. This is an amazing new type of mobile phone contract that is data only! The clever trick is that you can use the UppTalk app for unlimited free domestic calls. Its a radical innovative step that will hopefully shake up the static, rule-driven US mobile phone market. Best of luck guys! More info here>


Click here for new eyes!

Medprive definitely falls into “they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done” category. Would people really buy medical treatment online? The Barcelona-based startup’s continued growth shows that if a product is brought to market by an expert team then anything is possible. Over 1500 surgeries sold through their marketplace have already taken place, they have sold over 7000 non-surgical medical services and their website recently welcomed its one-millionth visitor. Great work guys! More info here>

Thanks to Medprive for sharing these impressive stats with  us. If your company is hitting great numbers then let us know - donal@barcelona.io

ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS AND COMPETITIONS

Infantium - They grow up so quick!

We previously featured the innovative 4YFN concept which was a valuable addition to the startup scene at MWC - not least because of Mr. Whatsapp putting in an appearance. The 4YFN mobile startup competition was won by an Israeli startup called Cellbuddy. Those with an interest in the Barcelona scene will be please to see that second place went to Infantium, an adaptive learning startup currently being accelerated by the good folks at Wayra. Infantium have been picking up a steady stream of accolades so we expect big things in the future. More info here>

Lodgify is Seedcampified!

We featured Lodgify in our very first Monthly Wrap back in September so we were thrilled to hear that they made it through the first Seedcamp week of the year to officially join the Seedcamp Academy. Lodgify make it easy for anyone to create their own website to rent out their property and integrates with Airbnb and roomorama. More info here>


Educate yourself

Tech.eu has a piece on a new program run by the European Incubator for Innovation. 10 startups (which can be super early stage) will be mentored by education experts in a range of European cities including Barcelona. Startups have until March 17 to apply. Selected finalists will be brought to a pitch contest that will also take place here in our beautiful city in July. More info here>

Lots of internet things

Keiretsu is an investment forum that has been quite active in Spain recently, investing €5.1M in 17 startups over the last 4 years. Their recent investor event in Barcelona featured an interesting array of startups looking to bring tech innovation to industries such as media, nautical, biotech and crowdfunding. In the end the winner was internet of things startup Keonn Technologies. Find more info here>




JOB OFFERS


Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include



The Monthly Wrap


Previous Editions

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

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

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

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



Credits:

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

Monthly Wrap - 4th Edition - December 2013 & January 2014

Welcome to a Bumper New Year Edition!

So December was looking quiet and as we only want to add value to your inbox/timeline we decided to roll December into January and start the new year with a bang! We have news on some great new deals, cool accelerators and a raft of exciting new startups. Read it here first!


Companies featured include Audiosnaps, Kantox, Redbooth, iSegurosdeSalud, Wuaki, Instaroom, Bidaway and more!


We rely on the startup community for leads and updates so if you hear of anything that should be included in next months edition then drop us a line: donal@barcelona.io or post a comment below!


DEALS

Foreign Exchange Chemistry!

The rumors were swirling in our last Monthly Wrap and, just as we go to press, Hemerotek has discovered that they are true! “How-did-I-not-think-of-that” startup Kantox has taken an important step and raised €4m from French VC Partek Ventures. Kantox’s ambition was clear in this interview we did with them in Nov 2102 and the benefits for their customers are clear as they show in this case study. We look forward to more great things! More info here (spanish)


A Very Healthy Investment

We love it when VC’s get in touch to tell us about their latest investment so a big thanks to Carlos Conti from Inveready who dropped us a line to tell us about their €800,000 investment in Barcelona based health insurance price comparison site isegurosdesalud.com. The site lets users compare prices from all the major health insurers. Read more here (in Spanish)


Inveready had a pretty good 2013. Read more here (also in Spanish).



ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS and SIMILAR


Back in October we covered a new accelerator called Conector which is backed by lots of big names in the Barcelona scene. The deadline for entries was at the start of December and now they have announced their first six startups. It is a pleasing mix of fashion, food, music, dating and shopping. Check them out here.


We have also previously mentioned 4YFN, the ambitiously named startup initiative from the Mobile World Congress. They are developing a nifty idea called the Imagine Express - a train  journey featureing selected hackers, ideas people and business people that will go from Barcelona to Paris to London, developing a cool mobile app along the way and presenting it at MWC. They have selected the first three participants - More info here.


WePlan, travel site that has a content and product team here in Barcelona (and an ESADE MBA founder), has been chosen in the latest batch for the legendary 500 startups accelerator. More info here. Founder Oliver Camargo has shared a nice infographic for any startup interested in the 500 startups route.


Wayra have opened their 2014 call. Get applying before 23 February. More info here


Confused by all these accelerators? @ThomasBCN tweeted a handy chart comparing and contrasting most of the big Spanish ones. More info here.



NEW PRODUCTS / DEVELOPMENTS / MILESTONES

Wuahh!! Nice numbers!

We like to hear about milestones. Big numbers that show that progress is being made and value being created. Wuaki are only a few years old (we interviewed them a year ago) but since their acquisition by Japanese giant Rakuten, they are going from strength to strength, now reporting 1 million users!. It also seems they have cracked the highly competitive UK market with an impressive 125,000 users there. More info here.


Change up and Scoot!

We were delighted to hear that ChangeYourFlight have gone global by expanding into Asia with their new partner Scoot. An offshoot of market leader Singapore Airlines, Scoot is a low cost carrier connecting East Asia via its hub in Singapore. Scoot customers who can’t take their flight can now seek a partial refund via changeyourflight.com. ChangeYourFlight featured in our interview series last year. More info here.


Not a box, more of a booth

Big news at fast growing enterprise collaborative startup Teambox. They have parted ways with their founder Pablo Vilaba (though he stays on the board and as a shareholder) and undergone a major rebrand, changing the name of the company to Redbooth! More info here.


Following on from his amazing post about closing their last round, Pablo has again given us a unique and very personal insight into him leaving the company he founded. More info here



NEW STARTUPS

Trés chic!

Remember that cool little shop on a tiny street in el Born with the handmade iPhone covers? Or that independent boutique in Paris where you bought that great bag? Chic Place have been working with dozens of shops like that and have created a fantastic platform for them to show off their stuff. They even opened a popup store in Barcelona for Christmas! Next year ditch the shopping centre and go Chic! More info here.


How may I help you? I’m in the cloud!

Suman Gandham got in touch with us to let us know that this week he will be launching his brand new startup - Voz.io . They are offering cloud a cloud based call centre, operated from the browser, low prices and great support. Based in the heart of Barcelona, voz.io already has two paying customers and 150 beta users. Glad to have another great addition to the Barcelona startup scene and we look forward to hearing more from Suman very soon! More info here.


Last minute Airbnb? - Yes!

Jonaton from Instaroom sent us an email to let us know about his new app making a mark in the highly competitive and innovative accommodation space. Instaroom lets you book last minute accommodation from a range of vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, 9flats and FlipKey. It is an interesting idea and will hope to match the success of other last minute accommodation apps such as Hot Hotels and Hotel Tonight. More info here


You want sound with that photo? Audiosnap it!

Having patented a technology that embeds sound files in jpegs and having secured investment from Wayra, 101 Startups, Lantra and Telefonica, Audiosnaps are making some noise of their own. Thanks Maria Palos from AudioSnaps for getting in touch. More info here


Find your holiday at an auction!

An international team of three IESE MBAs have been busy putting together an innovative travel startup in the crowded travel space. Bidaway’s angle is to let the market decide the price, letting customers bid for unique curated travel experiences. More info here (slide deck)

Heard of a new startup that deserves a mention? email donal@barcelona.io



PEOPLE & EVENTS

Media coverage

Robin Wauters’ time in Barcelona at the beginning of this year was clearly productive. As well as helping us put together an amazing event he was probably planning his latest venture, Tech.eu. One of the first articles on this new site dedicated to news on the European startup scene was a really great review of over 120 European startups. We are glad to say that the piece featured 5 Barcelona startups: Social Point, Akamon, Teambox, Privalia, Kantox, (oh and Tuenti too!). Read the piece here. Tech.eu also published an interesting piece on the Spanish VC scene.


Worldreader got another great media endorsement this month, featuring in the Guardian’s Christmas Charity Appeal. In our October edition we featured their partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Another month, yet another major piece for Barcelona based Natural Machines and their 3D food printer. This time its the Daily Mail and there some cool pics we hadn’t seen before! We are renaming them Natural PR Machines!


A really nice profile on Ulabox on the Megafounders blog.


Videos


Health service innovator Medprive have been running their new television spot on TV3.  More info here.


Our friends in Barcinno have a cool video from Phontact, a new startup looking to streamline the exchange of contacts. More info here.



Job Offers


@KeradGames is hiring a Backend Ruby/Rails developer More info here

 

Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include:





The Monthly Wrap


Previous Editions

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

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

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




Credits:

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

For the busy people - High Speed Start-up Networking

Our friends over at BCN Tech Network are running their first event next week. If you are in BCN and want to get some quick networking in before Xmas plus join the 3Scale office party, then this is the place to be!

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BCN Tech Network is excited to announce its first “High Speed Networking” event!

Come join us to meet and network with some of your fellow techies in Barcelona at the newly rennovated 3scale office space, and of course have a beer! Later join 3scale’s own office opening party!

Sign-up here via Eventbrite:

If you are not familiar with the concept of “Speed Dating”, our “Speed Networking” event will give you the opportunity to connect with a lot of people in a short period of time. Everyone will be paired off to begin with, each pair spending two minutes together, and then everyone will rotate and meet someone new. After an hour of speed networking, you will have the chance to connect again with those individuals you found most helpful or interesting for your interests, projects, ideas and startups.

For the first event, BCNTN will be limiting space to 100 participants. Get a ticket while they last!

After registered attendees to our event will have access to join 3scale’s private office opening celebration!!

Sponsors: 3scale (thanks for letting us “break-in” your new office!)

More information: www.barcelonatechnetwork.com

Monthly Wrap - 3rd Edition - November 2013

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Monthly Wrap, a newsletter telling you all you need to know about the startup scene here in Barcelona.

After a torrent of funding deals for Barcelona startups last month it is no surprise that things have calmed down this month. Instead we have lots of news on new startups and amazing products. Companies featured include Treevo, Silicon Barri, Trip4Real and Wallapop as well as the next startup jobs fair by our good friends Jobfluent.

We rely on the startup community for leads and updates so if you hear of anything that should be included in next months edition then drop us a line: donal@barcelona.io

We are especially interested in stories about people in the scene here - things like new hires and so on - share your good news with the community!



DEALS

Treeveo trends upward with 150K€ “All Saints” round

Wayra 2013 startup Treeveo has raised 150K€ to tackle project management from a graph perspective. Treeveo are bizdev/coders Jeroen Kemperman and Paulo Martins. According to Kemperman, the syndicated angel round includes local celebrity Risto Mejide and early Teambox investor 101 Startups. This type of round (dubbed “All Saints”) is very common abroad and will surely become more common in Barcelona as our ecosystem grows

Rumors on the foreign exchange

We don’t normally publish rumors but it is a sign of the profile that Kantox is gaining that the mere hint of them raising a round was worth an item on BankInnovation.net


Deals from earlier in 2013.

When we started this series of Monthly Wraps there were a few big deals from earlier in 2013 we wanted to highlight. We have previously featured Marfeel, 3scale and Medprive among others. We kept one of the best ones until last:

  • Fast growing  Barcelona-based mobile games developer Akamon (who boast over 115 million users!) raised €2.8m to  beef up its marketing, hire new people, and expand into new markets. The investors include Axon Partners Group and Bonsai Venture Capital.  More info here.



ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS and SIMILAR


MWC creates 4YFN? IMMD TTFN!

Just as we went were going to press we heard about the latest initiative from Mobile World Congress. 4YFN (4 Years From Now) is a 4-day event that takes place alongside MWC and offers startups a  “wide program of conferences, workshops, pitches and expert meetings”. The early bird entry fee is €199 which includes a one-day pass into MWC! More info here.


Bank bu bery buch!

Banco Sabadell are talking serious cash with their new plan to invest up to a million euros a year in 10 high-potential startups. They have brought on Yolanda Pérez and Didac Lee to give the plan  some high-profile credibility. You have until December 20 to submit your project.  More info here. (Spanish) HT @JavierSantiso


A “Barri” good way to create new startups!

Its not an incubator but Silicon Barri will be worth keeping an eye on over the coming months. It is a Digital Startup Lab that aims to create Barcelona-based startups targeting the global Spanish speaking market using the Lean Startup Method. More info here.


Turbocharging ideas

ESADEGarage held their weekend long Startup Turbo event which brings together young people from different universities in order to develop ideas and connect visionaries with developers. The winner of the competition was Fast Aid. More info here.


Believe in your startup!

Creoentuproyecto.com is a a recently launched company hoping to help startups in the fundraising process. They are based in Barcelona and launched on Nov 4th. It’s a concept similar to crowdfunding, but contributors become actually co-owners of the company, although it can be a loan too. Focused on the Spanish startups it might just be the boost you have been looking for. More info here



NEW PRODUCTS / DEVELOPMENTS


Thank you for the Days!

We are big fans of Barcelona’s innovative home swapping startup Knok. They continue to  disrupt the home-swapping industry with their latest innovation: Knok Days. Homeowners earn “days” when they let other users stay in their homes. They can then redeem these days by staying at other users’ homes. Home swapping just got flexible. More info here.


Teambox keep on rollin’!

Fresh from their recent round of fundraising, local legend-in-the-making Teambox has a new version out - its called Redbooth and you can see the intro video here.


API’s for all!

Not exactly a new product but 3scale’s Steve Willmott has co-launched the API Commons, a way for API’s and their associated specs, interfaces and data models to be shared creative commons style helping the sharing of API’s to be done free of mukey legal issues. More info here.


Now that’s a Partnership4Real!

Our friends at Barcinno have the latest on a great initiative from TNW @Barcelona winners Trip4Real. They have partnered with legendary chef Ferran Adria to find 1000 micro-entrepreneurs in the tourism and leisure sectors to get on the rapidly growing Trip4real platform and find a new way to fund their passion. More info here. Oh - and Trip4Real also won the Urban Lab Competition at the Smart City Expo!


NEW STARTUPS


Share your talent with Bloomfits

Did you ever want to borrow some travel guide just for a weekend trip, or ask a favour from someone to pick up your children from school? Bloomfits is a smartphone app where goods, talents and services are shared among chosen circles of friends and family. The system works strictly on the basis of favours, with no obligation to return them. Thumbs up for this ‘sharing is caring’ idea!


Wallapop to sell your stuff

For anyone with a slightly more commercial purpose, Wallapop's app might be the right market place to sell anything you do not need anymore, or to bid for any desired goods. The key is that users see a selection of second-hand products nearby.


Timeless and Priceless!

Your humble narrator is always on the lookout for technology to impress his special lady and thanks to Barcelona’s own Honest and Smile, he might be on to a winner. Their Indiegogo project, Timeless Box lets you store a gift in a locked metal box which opens automatically on a preset day. Never get in trouble for missing an anniversary again! More info here.


Heard of a new startup that deserves a mention? email donal@barcelona.io



PEOPLE AND MEDIA


Media coverage

A bit quiet on this front too but we did spot this great bit of coverage on the BBC for Natural Machines, the food printing company! In the last Monthly Wrap we featured the piece they had in the Wall Street Journal - really excellent PR work guys!


Job Offers

Knok are looking for a Content Researcher and Curator

Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include:


Don’t forget that Jobfluent will be hosting their 4th Startup Fair on December 4th partnering with Mobile World Congress and Barcelona Activa. All of the hottest startups in the city will be there looking for talent! More info here.



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The Monthly Wrap


Previous Editions

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

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



Credits:

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






Startupbootcamp Pitch Day Barcelona

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What’s happening?

On the 13th of December, Startupbootcamp welcomes you to Barcelona for Startupbootcamp Pitch Days. The Startupbootcamp team will select the most promising teams from all applications, and those teams will be invited to pitch, get feedback and learn more about the Startupbootcamp program. The teams chosen for the event get the opportunity to pitch for 5 minutes in front of a panel of experienced mentors and then take part in five 20min speed dating sessions with the mentors.

Who should apply?

The event is open for everyone to apply - just answer these questions about your startup. Any startup thinking of joining the Startupbootcamp program is encouraged to apply to pitch.

A valuable experience

The experience is extremely valuable for everyone attending: teams learn from their personalized feedback as well as from feedback that other teams receive. As the event is informal, you will also have the chance to connect with the mentors and other participating teams.

More info on how to apply here.

Barcelona.io is working with JobFluent, to again put on the best recruitment event for early stage companies in Barcelona. 

This is the fourth edition of the JobFluent startup fair and will have more than 30 companies recruiting and over 500 developer and design job seekers, plus loads of beer as usual.

The event is 4th of Dec at the MobileWorldCapital space on Plz. Catalunya. If you wish to attend as a recruiting company or job seeker please follow the instructions here: http://www.jobfluent.com/barcelona-startup-fair-2013-4/ 

A few of the companies already signed up are: Akamon, 3scale, eDreams, MobileJazz, GetApp, Devex, Knok, Bibulu & OneBoxTM.

Monthly Wrap - 2nd Edition - October 2013

Wow - where to start?! The startup scene in Barcelona is on fire! As well as some big funding announcements, there was also great coverage for Barcelona startups in mainstream international media such as the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Wired UK.

October also saw one of the most important summits of the year, a new startup accelerator, some new startups taking their first steps and some major endorsements from Bill Gates and the EU. It’s all in this Monthly Wrap.

We rely on the startup community for leads and updates so if you hear of anything that should be included in next months edition then drop us a line: donal@barcelona.io

We are especially interested in stories about people in the scene here - things like new hires and so on - share your good news with the community!



DEALS AND EXITS

Now that’s teamwork! - $5m Series A round for Teambox

When we spoke to Teambox founder Pablo Villalba almost a year ago it was clear that great things were on the way for this funky collaboration platform. With a great product and a loyal and growing userbase, it was only a matter of when they would close a big round like this. Luckily for the rest of us, Pablo has also written really honest and insightful blog post sharing his impressions of the experience including the memorable quote; “Funding isn’t success. Revenue is.” More info on the deal itself (pdf).

Restalo raise a tasty €10,000,000!

If you have been looking at restaurants on Trip Advisor recently you may have had the option to book a table with Barcelona-based Restalo. Set to provide stiff competition for industry leader Opentable, Restalo raised €10m in September from Seaya Ventures and existing investor Active Venture Partners. Buen provecho!  More info

€505k for Tiendeo to help you find the right offer

We are all bombarded by endless product offers and brochures, but Tiendeo can help to aggregate and sort through all that confusion. Drawing on a range of investors including  Jesús Monleón, co-founder and CEO of Offerum.com and Mario Brueggemann of Acierto.com, the Barcelona startup will use the funding to expand into Latin America and Europe. More info



Review of 2013 deals so far - Part 2

  • Back in July there was a big exit for a local startup that was quietly doing amazing things in the critical world of online security, specifically in the area of singly-sign on. Passwordbank were acquired by security giant Symantec for a reported $25m. It’s is one of the biggest exits we have heard of in Barcelona and a great boost to the community here! More info

  • In one of those small deals that may have passed you by, Swapsee a community-based skill sharing platform raised $375,000 back in April. Things are going well for the Sitges-based company as in September they announced that they had reached 1000 users in Barcelona! If you have skills to sell or swap then get on it!



Next month we will review some other deals from earlier on this year, including Indisys and Akamon.

ACCELERATORS AND INCUBATORS

There was exciting news for the Barcelona scene with the launch of a new accelerator program featuring many of the best known people in the ecosystem here such as Risto Mejide and Marc Vidal. Conector will look to work with up to 15 companies a year offering mentoring and exposure for promising companies. First deadline is 11 November. More info

Barcelona startup PassNFly was accepted to the class of Startupbootcamp Mobility in Copenhagen. More info

Our friends at Barcinno have got the lowdown on the three Barcelona connected startups that were among the 11 selected out of a field 5000 for the Startupbootcamp HighTech XL accelerator program. More info



PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND MILESTONES

Scytl gets our vote!

Scytl is doing amazing work in bringing technology and security to election processes and reporting that often lack both. Together with TNS Opinion they have been chosen to create an election centre to report on the results of the European Parliament elections next year. It is a great result for the Barcelona-based company - nice one! More info

The richest man in the tech world say YES to World Reader!

As endorsements go they don’t really get any bigger than Bill Gates! We previously featured Worldreader in an interview last year. The social enterprise is looking to transform education in the developing world by providing thousands of children with ebooks crammed with inspiring and educational reading material. They have just been awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a pilot project - the first time the Foundation has ever worked directly with a social enterprise. More info

Oblong shows off their magic on Fox News

Many of you will have seen that Fox News are taking news reporting technology to the next level with their impressive new news desk. The presenter uses a wand technology called Mezzanine to control the content. That wand was developed by Barcelona-based Oblong technologies. Great work guys! More info



NEW STARTUP

Don’t worry, be happy - there’s an app for that!

If any of the news in this newsletter has made you happy, now there is an app for you to share that warm feeling! Meet Bhappy, a new app from a team in Manresa that might just have hit on something great - download it and spread the love! bhappyapp.com

Heard of a new startup that deserves a mention? email donal@barcelona.io




PEOPLE,  EVENTS AND MEDIA

White Bull

Growing in importance is the White Bull Pathways to Exit summit, an exclusive event that brings together a great mix of startups and investors. Held on 7-9 October in Barcelona this years event was another success. See the list of winners

Conferences

The Dublin Web Summit is fast becoming the key tech conference in Europe. We are proud to say that Barcelona is well represented  - here are the local startups that made the trip over for the event held on 30-31 October.

Typeform

Iceber.gs

Knok

Force Manager

Bibulu

Comunitats

SwapSee

Infantium

Major Media Coverage

Of course everyone in the Barcelona scene was delighted by the piece in Wired UK which showcased ten of the most exciting startups here.

Elsewhere there were major pieces for

New Hires

Well, as you can see we have a packed Monthly Wrap but we are missing info on new hires. Get the word out about your great people - email donal@barcelona.io



Job Offers

Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include

As a result of their big funding round, Teambox are looking to grow their team here in Barcelona. More info




The Developer’s Paradise BcnDevCon hits Barcelona from 8-10 November

Barcelona.IO got the chance to have an exclusive interview with one of the founders of BcnDevCon, Xavier Colomer.

BcnDevCon was held for the first time in 2011. For three days straight, developers, robotics experts and tech enthusiasts are offered a diverse programme including talks, workshops, robots serving cocktails and contests, like the hackathon, in which different teams compete to design a robot in 24 hours, or an application that teaches users something useful. The hackathon contests are accompanied by little rewards and fun activities, such as a foam battle.

New this year is RetroBarcelona, which is focused on retro-gaming and retro-computing. Visitors get the chance to trade food for retro video games, join contests, listen to talks and participate in workshops dedicated to the topic.

BcnDevCon’s prestigious sponsors include Codefactory, Microsoft and Softonic. However, their ambitious growth target also entails higher costs, which make financing the event’s largest obstacle.

Initially, the event was founded as an entirely free event, while now certain areas remain free and prices for individual days start at 37.50€ (early bird ticket). It may be important to note that BcnDevCon has been organised without any governmental support right from the outset.

Xavier reports that for the third event, BcnDevCon is already a success. In 2011, it attracted close to 1,000 visitors, well exceeding the 1,000 threshold in 2012. This year, the event is going to be even bigger, taking place at Barcelona Design HUB. Since its launch it has been the largest developer-focused event in Spain.

The ambitious event team has grown from the two highly driven founders Xavier Colomer and Antonio Quiles, to include eight more international, voluntary helpers, bringing the size of the team to 10.

Xavier, being a developer himself, says that despite the clear developing and robotics focus of BcnDevCon, it is directed at anyone interested in the tech sector. The objective is to offer lots of useful information, knowledge and inspiration paired with fun activities and large scale networking opportunities.

This mix has also created a comfortable niche for BcnDevCon so far, as other developers´ events and meetups are usually nowhere near as comprehensive.

If you want to sign up, or get more information, click here.

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