Worth reading: Portuguese startups, Index Ventures, Sellfy, iZettle

There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

portugal-flagRobin Wauters, the European editor of TNW, spent the past few days in Lisbon to attend the annual Switch Conference and gain some insights into the Portuguese startup ecosystem. The reason why he accepted the invitation in the first place was to find out “if Portugal even had a startup ecosystem”. Check out his article to learn what he found out.

Index-Ventures-logoIndex Ventures has raised a new €350 million venture fund targeting early-stage European companies. With the new fund, Index will make around 30 investments anywhere from a few hundred thousand, to up to 15 million (most likely) in European tech companies in the seed and series A and B stages. Read more and visit ArcticStartup.

sellfy-logoThe Latvian startup Sellfy today announced that it has closed a seed round of funding from angel investors, including Skype co-founder Toivo Annus. With Sellfy, anyone selling an ebook, song, album or design services, for example, can create their own sales platform in a matter of minutes. Find out more & visit BetaKit.

iZettle-logoThe “Square of Europe” just picked up some big U.S. backers. Stockholm-based mobile payment startup iZettle announced last week that it has closed a €25 million series B funding round. The investment was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners and European tech investment firm Northzone, but MasterCard was also involved in the funding round. Read the full article on Inc.com.


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