[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 06/06
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Google Ventures is injecting $ 250 million into Lime’s electric bikes and scooters. This operation now values the American company to the tune of $ 1 billion.
Why this is important: With this funding round, Lime plans to continue the deployment of its service in the United States. On the American market, Lime must face Bird, his main rival, who continues to gain ground across the Atlantic. Created in 2017 by Travis Vander Zanden, a former Lyft and Uber alumnus, this start-up relies on electric scooters. In full expansion, the company has just raised 150 million dollars from Sequoia Capital to join the club of unicorns. Besides Bird, Lime must also face competition from Uber, which in April bought the New York company JUMP, specializing in free-floating electric bicycles. Lyft also wants to position itself in this market. For this, Uber’s rival in the United States is poised to afford Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, the main bike-sharing service across the United States.
Uber begins to roll out its self-service bicycles in Europe. The service will first launch in Berlin by the end of the summer.
Why this is important: The service will be rolled out to other cities in Europe in the coming months. The announcement was made by Dara Khosrowshahi at a conference in the German capital. “We are especially enthusiastic about bicycles, as they are a convenient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation, even in dense cities where space is tight and roads can be congested.“, He declared in particular.
The Spanish Spotahome raises 40 million dollars to simplify the rental of housing internationally. Spotahome offers more than 50,000 homes in 33 cities in Europe and the Middle East.
Why this is important: With this funding round, Spotahome plans to improve the customer experience on its reservation platform and to continue its international development, by deploying its service in new countries. The Spanish company is positioned in the residential rental market for medium and long term stays. The platform makes it possible to reserve apartments for a rental of more than 30 days, while removing the need to visit the properties. Currently, Spotahome offers more than 50,000 homes in 33 cities (Paris, Lyon, London, Dublin, Berlin, Bilbao, Barcelona, Dubai, etc.) located in 17 countries (Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, etc.) ). In France, where it is operational in Paris, Lyon and Lille, the Madrid start-up claims more than 2,400 apartments offered on its platform.
Miimosa raises 3 million euros to step up crowdfunding dedicated to agriculture. The platform also works with manufacturers, such as Danone, to fund agroecological transition projects for farmers alongside the general public.
Why this is important: With this fundraising, Miimosa wishes to strengthen its teams, create regional branches and accelerate the penetration of its offers. The start-up also plans to launch a new offer, Miimosa Transition, dedicated to agricultural, food and energy transitions. Launched in 2015, the platform claims 1,300 projects supported in France and Belgium, 5.5 million euros collected, on the model of donation with counterpart, and 75,000 members. At the start of the year, Miimosa reinforced its financing offer with the participatory loan.