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Unicorns have made their name in the startup hall of fame, but ever wondered what a rhino or cockroach is? Our zoology of startups will demystify the animal aliases assigned to all those in the startup menagerie. More stories from the Sifted stable include:
  • Bitpanda's mega fundraise
  • Move to the Med and get a free motor
  • Mobility startups to watch in Europe

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Bitpanda’s three founders are now worth $2bn


Following its mega fundraise of $263m, led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, the crypto trading platform is valued at $4.1bn — more than 3x its March valuation of $1.2bn.

Uniquely for a company of this size, its three founders Eric Demuth, Paul Klanschek and Christian Trummer still own around 50% of the business — racking their assets up to a combined $2bn.

Michael Stothard reports.

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Zoology of startups


We all know about unicorns, the term for a startup company with a valuation of more than $1bn, first popularised by VC Aileen Lee in 2013.

But there are other paths to success than VC-backed rapid growth, and not every startup wants to be a unicorn; so, from rhinos to scarabs, it’s worth taking a moment to consider some of the other animals in the startup menagerie.

Which one are you?

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14 mobility startups to watch in 2021, according to top founders


The European mobility industry’s having a mammoth year so far, with almost €1bn more being raised by mobility startups at all stages in 2021, than the 2019 peak of €1.2bn.

But with more mobility startups raising rounds in Europe than ever before, which ones are worth keeping an eye on? We asked some of the top mobility founders in Europe for their takes.

Find out who they picked here.

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Move to the Med and get a free motor


VC firms have invested €50m in Cypriot startups already this year, putting the country on track for a record year.

As the Mediterranean island becomes an emerging tech hub, tech companies in Cyprus are offering incredible incentives to talented techies to get them to pack their bags and move to the sun.

But the sudden influx has left many firms fighting for top talent — with rash promises of personal trainers, private tutors and dance classes being thrown to attract employees.

Read more here.  

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📹 Investors back personalised video messaging platform Memmo. Sweden’s Memmo, which has just raised €10m, is the latest ‘celebrity engagement platform’ that’s got VCs opening their wallets. In March, US-based Cameo hit unicorn valuation, following a pandemic-driven boom for celebrity video messages.

📈 Adverity raises $120m from SoftBank Vision Fund 2. The Vienna-based company now hopes to plug the capital into developing its marketing analytics tools, which have seen a boom in demand following recent debates around third-party cookies and data privacy concerns.

🦄 Norway’s Gelato raises $240m — and hits unicorn status. The funding round was led by global private equity and VC firm Insight Partners, and pushes its valuation up to $1.05bn. Now, the on-demand print platform is on a mission to tap into the global creator economy and sustainably support local businesses around the world.

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✍️ Notes from a female founder. Female founders are still highly underrepresented in the startup sphere. To redress this issue, startups need to create new narratives that embrace the ideas of gender balance in the workplace, says Julia Profeta Johansson, in this article.

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