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In today’s newsletter, we look at the rise of quantum-as-a-service. Will it be the next big thing? Can it make quantum more accessible? Plus...
  • Why founders' Medium posts are dire
  • Y Combinator's chosen fintech few
  • Wallapop's international expansion plans
  • Tiger Global strikes again (again, again)


Founders, your Medium posts are rubbish. You can do better.

Think you're writing 'thought leadership'? 

You're wrong — or, at least, most of you are. 

Here's how to avoid being that person.

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8 European fintechs tapped by Y Combinator to become the next big thing 

With fintech funding in Europe already at a record this year, we thought we’d do a deep dive into the European fintechs that Y Combinator is backing to be the next Coinbase, Stripe or Brex. 

Here's the list.

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Crowberry Capital raises Iceland's largest VC fund

Crowberry, which is run by a trio of female VCs, has secured $90m for a seed and early-stage fund to invest in Nordic startups. 

It had quite the pandemic fundraising journey — including a two-week round trip to the European Investment Fund thanks to quarantine rules. 

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4 tech skills every leader needs to prepare for the future

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News that Matters

🐯 Italian BNPL Scalapay has raised a $155m Series A round from, you guessed it, Tiger Global. It's the first time the American VC firm has ventured into the European buy-now pay-later space.

🛵 Wallapop heads to Rome. The Spanish marketplace, which sells unique and second-hand goods, has launched in Italy. The move is the 'soonicorn' startup's first overseas expansion since withdrawing from the US after just one year. 

🏎️ Driverless cars are set to arrive on European streets next year. That's the vision of Berlin startup Vay, which emerged from stealth mode this week.

📝 Printify, a Latvian based startup working on on-demand custom printing, has raised a $45m Series A round led by Index Ventures. 

🧽 Swiss startup Batmaid, an online cleaning service, has secured €23m in its Series B round, led by AEVIS.

🤖 AI-driven voice assistant PolyAI has raised $14m in a round led by Khosla Ventures. The company is working on developing 'conversational AI'.

📹 Neat, a Finnish startup, has secured $30m in new funding from Zoom. The company works on video devices for hybrid working models.

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💸 What's our take on Revolut's move into buy-now pay-later? Why are fintechs fed up with the FCA? And what's the best fintech to work for? Find out in this week's edition of our Fintech newsletter.
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