This week in Europe: Not much

August 16th | #38

Not much has happened this week. I have nothing interesting to say so no long-form article today. You can find the usual roundup below, and I'll be back next week.

Have a great weekend!

Community News 🌐

Deliveroo is exiting the German market but Bolt is moving into food-delivery
While Deliveroo exists Germany, Bolt moves into Eastern Europe.

Amsterdam’s Peak Capital launches new €66 million fund
Peak Capital launches its fourth fund with €66 million committed capital. The new fund aims to invest in 20 fast-growing European marketplace, platform and SaaS companies.

Rocket Internet’s Caterwings acquires German business catering marketplace Lemoncat
The two combined companies are disclosing the completion of another financing round to bolster the newly rolled up venture. 

Good Reads 📕

Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief's dream ticket to Europeans' data
A PhD student explained how he was able to game GDPR to get all kinds of useful information on his fiancée, including credit card and social security numbers, passwords, and even her mother's maiden name.

The food delivery startups, compared (and a tweetstorm on the topic)
Ahead of further fierce battles to be fought between Europe's food delivery companies, we lay out the state of play: who's who, who's where and what's next?

Going private: France makes sacrifices for its startup nation
France is turning its back on the old certainties of public ownership in favor of building an innovation-driven economy.

Noma veterans run a drinks business like a tech company
Since the start in late 2016 the distillery Empirical Spirits has sparked the interest of tech venture capital and the public alike.

Fundraising & Acquisitions 💰

  • Flatfair, the ‘deposit-free’ renting platform, raises $11M led by Index Ventures
  • Weeks after raising $15 million, Tel Aviv-based startup vCita acquires WiseStamp
  • Berlin-based RV-sharing platform PaulCamper raises €7 million for further expansion
  • Berlin-based CoachHub raises €6 million to become Europe’s leading provider of online coaching for businesses
  • Düsseldorf-based e-commerce and cooking startup Springlane raises €10 million

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