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Weekly startup news update: Seeds, events, Monday morning read

What happened last week in the Dutch startup scene? Again, a lot: three funding deals, the end of ABN Amro’s crowdfunding project Seeds and some nice events you can attend. Here’s what you need to know.

Seeds

ABN Amro cancels their crowdfunding platform Seeds. Since the start in 2012, only seven projects got funded. According to the bank it will not stop with experimenting with crowdfunding. While they were mostly facilitating, “our role as a bank is different when it comes to crowdfunding”, Seeds CEO Arthur van de Graaff told Sprout.

Also, political party D66 proposed a new form of legal entity to suit the need of startups in The Netherlands. This post by Startup Weekender Nick Stevens summarizes it well. Plus: some more tips on how to help Dutch startups.

Funding

The big news last week was of course the funding of bootstrapping hero WeTransfer. The startup raised 22 million euro (25 million dollar) to expand to the US.

Also last week: two smaller deals: sharing economy startup Jobado raised 550.000 euro to roll out and photo book startup ReSnap got 395.000 euro to expand its team and to work on its algorithm.

Events

What problem are you solving, Dutch startups? That’s a question you need to ask yourself. Get together with great mentors from the US like Adam Berk and other startups and pitch them your problems on March 1st. Apply here.

Still learning to get lean? Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, can help. Get him to Amsterdam on March 2nd via crowdfunding platform Live on Demand.

Launches

The Hague startup Floown is opening up for early access. Floown is an agenda specifically designed to manage flex workers in your organization.

Also, a launch of a somewhat remarkable startup from Eindhoven: Wrte.io. This startup let companies e-mail you only after they paid you some bitcoins.

Monday morning read

How to start up security in your startup.

Why 90 percent of online video companies will fail.

We sure love Medium. Be sure to read how Medium implements Holacracy. Dutch startup Springest (article in Dutch) is having success with it as well.

Frontpage image by FERRAND @ Pixabay

Lorenz van Gool
Lorenz is co-editor-in-chief of StartupJuncture. As a freelance editor and journalist, he writes about startups, innovation and (e)-business. Loves to report from conferences. Really likes cleantech and journalism startups. You can ask him anything about dinosaurs. Twitter: @lorenzroman

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