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Dutch startup news update: WeTransfer, Fastned, UberPOP

It has been a busy week in the Dutch startup scene. Here’s what you need to know.

News & Updates

File sharing startup WeTransfer is becoming a music streaming service as well, Bloomberg writes. It’s a strategy to putting itself on the map in the US, Maarten Kadiks (chief marketing) says. In February WeTransfer got 25 million dollar in funding to expand internationally.

Fastned, the network of charging stations for electric cars, is expanding within the borders of The Netherlands. Next to charging stations next to highways, the startup is placing several stations in city areas as well. The Hague will be the first city to host these quick chargers for EVs in 2016.

Bad news for Uber in The Netherlands: UberPOP is stopping in our little country. “Continuing the service would be an obstruction in the constructive dialogue about regulations”, Uber said in a release. UberX and UberBlack will continue.

UberPOP has been controversial in The Netherlands since it landed. In the crowded taxi branche, regulations have stated so far that entrepreneurs can’t become taxi drivers that easily. Next year the government is planning to change that policy though.

The sharing platform for surfgear Shurfing is merging with US startup Spinlister. On Spinlister people can rent and hire outdoor gear, P2P. Next to biking and skiing/snowboarding, the merger with Shurfing means another category: surfing.

Last week Snappcar also got 2 million euro from Autobinck and SEOshop was acquired by Lightspeed POS.

StartupJuncture was attending the Get in the Ring Dutch finals, be sure to read our report!


Wanna have a drink in Christmas sweaters with us and our partner KPMG? Come join us at the KPMG Innovative Startups Christmas Drinks party!

Also, be sure to attend the Startupbootcamp HightechXL Demoday this Friday in Eindhoven. Last year was spectacular, we expect nothing less this time.

Monday morning read

The 2015 tech bubble, explained. According to this article, we’re not there yet – but there are signs. (The Next Web)

The rise of the startup yuppie. Say goodbye to the startup hipster, it’s all about posh people “doing something with startups” now. And not without success. (Quote via Blendle (€), article in Dutch).

Photo by Pieter van Marion (creative commons via Flickr)

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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