Podcast #208: Bodyguard against toxicity, no SPACs for Klarna, gig economy in Europe, and more podcast #10: Three new funds, Europe's relationship with failure, an update on BlaBlacar, and a look at Kima Ventures

The Podcast is a show in which we discuss some of the most interesting stories from the European technology scene and interview leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the region.

In today’s show, we discuss some funding rumours, a handful of acquisitions, run a mandatory SPAC news briefing, and finish off with a pinch of policy goodness. In the second part, listen to an interview with Matthieu Boutard, managing director of Bodyguard — that’s a French tech startup that protects social media users against cyber-bullying, hate speech and toxic content online.

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And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode:

🤑 VCs are chasing Hopin upwards of $5-6B valuation

📈 Klarna may opt for direct listing as private funding looms

  • Klarna said to be raising $1bn at $31bn valuation

🐚 HelloSPAC: HelloFresh founder Dominik Richter (and friends) file for $300 million US SPAC

🚀 Lakestar gains in largest Europe tech-focused blank-check debut

🚙 Cazoo acquires Cluno

🎨 Graphic design platform Canva acquires two European tech startups: Kaleido AI (Austria) and Smartmockups (Czech Republic)

🔄 Transferwise rebrands to Wise

⚖️ Uber weighs its future in the UK after court ruling

🇪🇺 Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners

🛡 Interview: Matthieu Boutard, managing director of Bodyguard

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