Following their launch in February and their subsequent success, Trip4real – the online platform for discovering Spain through unique activities curated by the locals – and Ferran Adrià (I don’t think he needs an introduction), new partner in the startup, have embarked on a new voyage: to get together 1000 entrepreneurs from all over Spain from within the tourism and lifestyle sectors who are interested in showing off their project and benefitting from linking with a young, dynamic program with a solid future. Read more
It’s no secret that raising money for high-growth ventures in Spain is a monumental task, especially at the seed level. Whether from the lack of experienced angel investors or the competition from the explosion of new startups in a down economy, getting that crucial angel investment can sometimes seem like mission impossible. That’s why Barcelona startup Treeveo decided to change their approach and successfully (and quickly) closed a €150k All Saints Round.
Treeveo, a web-based strategy execution software, was founded by Jeroen Kemperman and Paulo Martins and was accepted into the Wayra Barcelona class of 2013 back in March. In August, they chose an alternative method of fundraising, one that hadn’t been tried yet in Spain. The All Saints Round works by seeking a larger number of investors that will buy smaller chunks of equity or “tickets”. The main advantages of the All Saints Round are speed and diversity as the smaller tickets allow for a standardized shareholder agreement and offer the opportunity of investment to a wider range of angels, thus providing a stronger and more dynamic network of shareholders. Read more
Knok, the travel community, has once again set itself apart from the home exchange pack by being the first platform ever to release the ultimate travel hack: Knok Days. Knok Days is an alternative to direct home swapping, allowing Knok to offer its members unlimited flat-rate accommodation worldwide. It’s like booking a hotel, but without the cost!
The invention of this credit system brings newfound flexibility to the home exchange marketplace that has been missing since its inception. This system is the result of Knok’s learnings over two years, and is part of Knok’s ambitious goal to bring home swap vacations to the mainstream travel scene, so becoming the “Netflix for places to stay”. Read more
Last week, Startupbootcamp HighTech XL held their final selection in Eindhoven with some fantastic startups from all over the world. Having to whittle a selection of 5000 startups down to 10 is no easy feat and with such high-caliber teams, they ultimately decided to make room for eleven. We are feeling proud as Barcelona is home to 3 of the 11 chosen finalists to enter the renowned accelerator in November.
“It was a very difficult choice for the 85 mentors who came to Eindhoven to help us select. 21 teams were invited from 9 countries. We realized early on that you have to actively search for teams if you want to find the best. It is no good just opening a website and hoping that people will turn up.” Read more
Today, the startup coined as “Evernote for creative minds” has rolled out Icebergs 2 in public beta with brand new features, team collaboration and premium plans.
Until now, Icebergs was offering a unique solution for creative professionals around the world but with the new version they’ve opened up the doors for entire teams and creative departments to make organizing their projects that much more simple and visually pleasing. It allows them to save, organize and collaborate the content they capture from the web (images, videos, text etc) including files and notes they can upload from the desktop. Read more
We wrote about Knok’s home sharing platform just before the summer and now to get you jiving ready for fall, Knok is taking things to a new level by offering a one-year free membership to startup teams around the globe (for teams of up to 20 people). To activate the offer, just one team member has to purchase an annual subscription and the rest of the team receives free membership. Considering that the annual membership fee is just under 95 euros per person, this is a very attractive deal.
More than anything, Knok‘s initiative gives entrepreneurial teams the opportunity to take part in the hype that is home sharing, allowing them to house swap (so essentially stay for free) in countless international locations. What the teams get up to when they travel is anyones guess, whether it be to participate in workshops, to study the market or just even to escape on a company “holiday”. The idea actually came from when the Knok team decided to home swap with a San Francisco home owner for a month and a half giving them the opportunity to meet new contacts and also to study a different market from a first hand perspective which helped spur new product ideas. Read more
This morning Barcinno had the opportunity to test drive the future as the new Google Glass Explorer made it’s Barcelona debut at the Mobile World Centre in Plaça Catalunya. The highly anticipated Google Glass Project is currently only available to software developers in the United States. While Google is aiming for a December 2013 public launch date, for proprietary reasons, they have yet to share the Glass experience with the rest of the world.
Despite the long wait, Project Glass has hardly been a secret. The first leaks appeared over 2 years ago and since February 2013, when US developers first got their hands on them, Google Glass videos have exploded across the web. It was even promoted through the viral Google contest #IfIHadGlass. But in the case that you have been lost at sea for the last 2 years and Barcinno is the first website you checked since being rescued, here’s how Glass works: Read more
CL3VER, the Barcelona startup dedicated to real-time 3D technology for mobile and web design, has closed a €625k seed round investment with Wayra, Caixa Capital Risc and a group of Business Angels including Jordi Priu, Robert Vilaseca, 101 Startups,
John Mark, and Narcis Griful, and Jordi Clavell.
Part of Wayra’s summer 2012 startup class, CL3VER aims to democratize the creation of ‘real-time 3D’ and ‘3D rendering’ through their all-in-one cloud platform. Originally founded under the name Bevelity in October 2011 by Viktor Nordstrom and Daniel Iborra, CL3VER enables designers, architects, and artists to make their content instantly available without requiring any plugins, allowing faster time to market at a lower production cost.
CL3VER’s proprietary platform gives 3D professionals the power of HMTL5 without having to learn any programming skills. This allows for the faster, cheaper and more collaborative creation and sharing of content through any device or social media platform. Read more
Smadex, the innvotaive platform that uses artificial intelligence to optimize the way that advertisers and agencies create and distribute rich media advertising on smartphones or tablets, has just raised a €1 Million round from Cabiedes, Trovit, 101 Startups, various Business Angels and public funds. This follows the previous round of €600.000 euros from Highgrowth in 2012.
Smadex, founded by Jordi de los Pinos, José Ramón Gómez Utrilla and Víctor Ruiz in 2010 will use the new funds to the increase their technological capacity, strengthen their revenue growth, and expand their client base in their key markets; Spain, France, UK, Germany and South America.
In a rare and exclusive interview with myself, I reveal how Barcelona is evolving into a dynamic tech hub, why Spanish people drink beer for breakfast and also unveil the truth about my Hollywood romance with Jessica Biel. There shall be no more secrets shrouded in the dark…
Barcelona is like an estranged girlfriend to me. We have always had an on-and-off kind of relationship, just the way I like it. I can’t remember what initial perception I had of Spain, but when I first came here in 2004 from dismal old England I was totally drawn to the enigmatic lifestyle and had a huge yearning to investigate. I had traveled somewhat before Spain but this was my first “big move” to another country and I damn well loved it.
I primarily came here with the intention of learning the language, getting some international work experience and sampling some of the local delights but then quickly fell into the entrepreneurial side of things. I worked for a few small non-tech startups over the next years and started to see the scene really manifesting in front of me. Read more