Everledger raises $10.4 million to track diamonds on the blockchain

UK blockchain startup Everledger, which makes tools for verifying the diamond trade, has raised $10.4 million led by the Canadian division of Fidelity Investments and GMP Securities. The Series A round featured participation from Singaporean firm Vickers Ventures Partners, Graphene Venture Capital, and previous investors Rakuten, FPV, Fenbushi, and Bloomberg Beta. Everledger develops blockchain-based solutions […]

Barcelona’s Glovo scores €30 million from Rakuten and others to boost its on-demand local delivery services

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, alongside other investors, have pumped more than 30 million euros into Barcelona-based on-demand pickup and delivery startup Glovo, according to Spanish media including La Vanguardia (via EU-Startups). Glovo provides a platform to connect independent couriers (called ‘Glovers’) with people or businesses who would like to get anything picked up and delivered […]

Viber acquires makers of ecommerce keyboard ShopChat

Viber has acquired San Francisco startup Chatter Commerce, makers of the ShopChat keyboard, for an undisclosed amount. Chatter Commerce develops ShopChat, a “mobile shopping keyboard” for ecommerce apps. Japan’s Rakuten, which owns Israeli-founded Viber, previously invested in Chatter Commerce, leading a $1.25 million round in the company earlier this year. Viber recently launched its Instant […]

Spanish ride-hailing app Cabify raises $100 million in fresh round

Cabify, the Madrid-based ride-hailing app, has reportedly raised $100 million from previous investors including Rakuten, Seaya Ventures, and AngelList. The deal was filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, reports Kippel01 (the company has a registered presence in Delaware). The latest investment is understood to be part of a much bigger round that could […]