News September 9, 2022: Turborilla, Songsay, FastPark, PodX, Hedvig, Vakta, Ingrid and more

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Funding news

  • Turborilla (Umeå, game studio): SEK30M (€2.8M, €2.8M) from Mind Detonator for 33% of the company (English, Swedish / DI Digital paywall).
  • Songsay (Stockholm, mobile app for sharing lyrics in music videos as messages): SEK5.4M (€500K, $500K) in a funding round led by angel investor Lena Apler, with participation from Antler and other undisclosed angel investors (Swedish, machine translation).
  • FastPark (Karlstad, mobile app for sharing of parking spots): SEK2.5M (€230K, $240K) from Almi Invest and undisclosed private investors (Swedish, machine translation).

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News from Swedish startups, the tech sector and VCs

  • Bloomberg gives some background on the newly formed Swedish podcast conglomerate PodX Group, which is looking to acquire majority stakes in independent podcast production companies around the world (English / Bloomberg soft paywall, alternative URL).
  • Hedvig, Stockholm-based digital insurance provider, is launching a car insurance product (Swedish, machine translation).
  • Vakta, app-based subscription service for on demand private security guards from Stockholm, has launched a free feature which shows crimes reported for individual streets on a map (Swedish, machine translation).
  • Piotr Zaleski, founder and CEO of Stockholm-based SaaS solution for e-commerce shipping providers Ingrid, shared a few recent achievements and KPIs, including a +€1M contract signed during summer (English).
  • Spotify CFO Paul Vogel said at a conference that the music streaming platform will begin testing and trialing audiobooks “very soon" (English).
  • Norrsken announced the winners of this year's Impact100 list: Unacademy, India's largest learning platform ("Shining star"), and US-based Brimstone, maker of the world's first carbon-negative Portland cement ("Rising star") (English).
  • Cold email is "the best way to get in touch with me". "And if I don’t answer, then don’t be afraid to pester me", says Gwen Sandberg, a Texas native with a wide range of tech experiences, who in May was announced as new Sweden-based investment director at Inventure (English).
  • 📺 Swedish public TV broadcaster SVT published a 4-part program profiling the Swedish startup entrepreneurs and investors Sorosh Tavakoli, Hidayet Tercan, Pär Svärdson and Hellen Wohlin Lidgard (Swedish, 4x 30 minutes).

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Other interesting things from the startup/VC world & beyond

  • Snap ended up in a strange situation with Zenly, a French location-based social network which it acquired in 2017 for $213M. The app which employs a team of around 70 people, is hugely popular, but doesn't make any money. So it doesn't fit into Snap's new tightening-the-belt strategy. But it is i too successful to be sold, since that would create a potentially dangerous Snap rival. So Snap is shutting Zenly down (English).
  • Sifted looks at the M&A summer in Europe. It tracked 443 deals (for companies launched after 2010) in European tech. Many of these deals did not disclose how much companies had been acquired for (English).
  • Katariina Kari, lead ontologist at IKEA, writes about the company's 3-layered knowledge graph (English).
  • According to a representative survey, 37% of voters in Stockholm are in favor of blocking parts of the downtown area for drivers of private cars. 50% are against it (Swedish, machine translation).


That's it for today.

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