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March 12, 2015

Heya everyone!

Better late than sorry, so here we are, our weekly dose of startupland that comes out on Thursday lol.

So plenty of stuff to go around. Last week I was in London with the Wayra UK team and their startups. Not sure if they'll survive Telefonica's axe, but they're definitely doing one hell of a job! Some very interesting startups there.

But back to our geography. Some cool things happening soon. First of all, the Spanish Startup Manifesto is out (disclosure: I was part of the advisory board)! Yay! Congrats to Carmen and the team for a great job. While we all know that manifestos don't change our politicians, it's a great starting point. A lot of research and talks have been pour into it, so let's all expand on it and use it to make things better. Please if you do care about our startup community, do sign and share!

Speaking of which, the manifesto will be publicly presented during the Tetuan Valley Raising Money event in a couple of weeks. Don't miss it by the way. Plenty of good talks to go around. Yours truly will by MCing the event, so we'll have fun ;)

Also remember than Tetuan Valley has recently opened their application process for their Startup School XII edition. Wow, can't believe we've been at this for nearly 7 years now! w00t! Applications close on March 18th so be quick about it! :D

Also in Madrid, Conector is opening shop, and it will be managed by a good friend of ours, Bernardo Martinez, former CEO of Cazaworld. This edition will be focused on gaming so excited to see how it evolves. Welcome Bernardo!

Meanwhile in Barcelona, the guys from Talent Garden (TAG) are about to open shop there. They're one of the most extended coworking network with focus on digital and tech in Europe. Highly international, it's a great addition to Barcelona's ecosystem. Check theirpicture gallery because the place looks amazing indeed.

In our weekly dose of job openings, two great opportunities, one from my friends atParclick, which are looking for a CTO to join them. They're already quite a bunch, so check them out cause it could be a great place to work :)

Another great opportunity comes from my friends from Finnovista, the producers of Open Bank, one of the best FinTech conferences out there. They're looking for a management position within their growing organization. I love the work these guys have been doing so check them out.

In terms of activity, we've had some great weeks in Spain. In less than a month we've seen four acquisitions of Spanish startups: Geeksphone joint venture with Silent Circle,Bodas.netAd4Kids and just announced Amovens.

And surprisingly, two Spanish startups also getting into the freenzie by acquiring others,Percentil buying Kirondo (DE) and Softonic bought AppCrawlr (US).

Some news from around. Let's start with the Wayra debacle and how many good guys are leaving (or being force to leave) the boat, being Simon Devonshire the last one.

Another sad news, our beloved GigaOm will be shutting down, after creditors took over. Sad day for the tech journalism industry. Meanwhile though, data shows a rising appetite for media ventures... 

On the educational side, some very interesting stats of Coursers AI planning MOOC, including all kinds of fascinating data.

And last but not least, a cautionary tale from the leaving Google CFO on what matters in life.

Have a great weekend all!
Madrid Startup Digest is curated by:
Alex Barrera
Alex Barrera - Chief WOWness Officer
Contact Alex Barrera at abarrera@thestartupdigest.com

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Primavera Entrepreneurship Festival Madñana (free)

March 14th 2:00pm
5 unique events visualizing the future of Education, Coding, Sharing Economy & Food. The only entrepreneurship festival created exclusively by students in only 1 month. The perfect place to learn, meet people, experiment & have fun
European Institute of Entrepreneurship Calle General Arrando 9 | View in Calendar


March 14th 2:00pm
Intersection between coding, design and art. Build a prototype whose lines and output are easily remembered and entertaining. 
European Institute for Entrepreneurship - EIE, General Arrando 7, 28010 Madrid, Spain, Madrid | Spanish | View in Calendar

Second #hackOnBusiness

March 15th 9:00am
#hackOnBusiness, a HACKATHON for programmers, designers and entrepreneurs. You can see in this video how was the first #hackOnBusiness. The second #hackOnBusiness is Co-organized with Babson College (Boston), a university internationally recognized for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Madrid International Lab, C/ Bailén, 41 28005 , Madrid | View in Calendar

Conecta & Emprende 2015 Semana Emprendedora Complutense

March 16th 9:30am
3 day events by UCM around startups and entrepreneurs. Destinia, La Nevera Roja, Otogami and more will be speaking during the event. 
idea Business Center - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Avenida Filipinas, 3, Madrid | Spanish |View in Calendar

Alumni meetup March - Sports startups

March 17th 7:00pm
Oficinas de ShuttleCloud, Ronda de Atocha, 37 Oficina Derecha 28012, Madrid

Todo sobre mis API's

March 17th 7:30pm
Kunlabori, Eduardo Vicente 7, 28028, madrid, Madrid | Spanish

Desarrollando un plugin para WordPress, mi experiencia personal

March 19th 7:00pm
Madrid International Lab, C/ Bailén, 41 28005 , Madrid | Spanish

Tetuan Valley Raising money event

March 23rd
Tetuan Valley HQ, c/Adela Balboa, 3 Madrid, SPAIN

Taller introducción AngularJS

March 27th 6:30pm
Telefónica Flagship Store, C/ Gran Vía, 28, 28013 , Madrid | Spanish

Startup Weekend Madrid (29€)

April 16th 6:30pm
AJE Madrid, Calle de Matilde Diez, 11, 28002 Madrid Spain | Spanish

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