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Testing times for second wave scooter startups – TechCrunch

Testing times for second wave scooter startups – TechCrunch Investors are still pouring millions into scooter startups, albeit sometimes at flat valuations. At the same time a little cash is flowing the other way, in cases where cities have realized the importance of prioritizing the needs of the local environment and …

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Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals – TechCrunch

Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals – TechCrunch Should you let AI help you pick your roommates? Barcelona-based urban room rental startup Badi thinks so, and it’s just closed a $30M Series B funding round less than a year after a $10M Series A — suggesting algorithm-aided matchmaking is resonating …

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Fleksy’s keyboard grabs $800k+ via equity crowdfunding – TechCrunch

Fleksy’s keyboard grabs $800k+ via equity crowdfunding – TechCrunch The dev team that’s now engineering the Fleksy keyboard app has raised more than $800,000 via an equity crowdfunding route. As we reported a year ago, the development of Fleksy’s keyboard has been taken over by the Barcelona-based startup behind an …

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TravelPerk grabs $44M to take its pain-free SaaS for business travel global – TechCrunch

TravelPerk grabs $44M to take its pain-free SaaS for business travel global – TechCrunch Only six months ago Barcelona-based TravelPerk bagged a $21M Series B, off the back of strong momentum for a software as a service platform designed to take a Slack-like chunk out of the administrative tedium of arranging …

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Spanish ‘anti-Uber’ taxi strike ends after government agrees new regulation – TechCrunch

Spanish ‘anti-Uber’ taxi strike ends after government agrees new regulation – TechCrunch A national six-day taxi driver strike in Spain has ended after the government agreed to pass regulation that will allow the country’s autonomous communities to cap the number of private hire vehicle permits within their cities. The VTC licenses …

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Uber and Cabify pause services in Barcelona after taxi strike turns violent – TechCrunch

Uber and Cabify pause services in Barcelona after taxi strike turns violent – TechCrunch A two-day taxi driver strike in Barcelona this week, called to protest against the number of ride-hailing vehicles on the streets and failure to enforce national regulations that are supposed to cap private hire vehicle numbers, …

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Landbot gets $2.2M for its on-message ‘anti-AI’ chatbot – TechCrunch

Landbot gets $2.2M for its on-message ‘anti-AI’ chatbot – TechCrunch Who needs AI to have a good conversation? Spanish startup Landbot has bagged a $2.2 million seed round for a ‘dumb’ chatbot that doesn’t use AI at all but offers something closer to an old school ‘choose your adventure’ interaction by …

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Online travel agency Exoticca bags $4.1M for market expansion – TechCrunch

Online travel agency Exoticca bags $4.1M for market expansion – TechCrunch Barcelona-based online travel agency Exoticca — which sells ‘affordable luxury’ holidays to popular destinations such as India, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand and South Africa — has closed a €3.5 million (~$4.1M) Series A to expand into more markets. The lead investor is …

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Uber to pop up a service in Spain’s Costa del Sol in time for summer – TechCrunch

Uber to pop up a service in Spain’s Costa del Sol in time for summer – TechCrunch Uber is expanding its presence in Spain by launching a licensed service on the country’s southern Costa del Sol coastline — ahead of the summer season when the region draws in millions of …

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