Dutch startup news update: Blendle, Fastned, Endeit

Here’s all you need to know about the Dutch startup scene last week.

News & updates

Forbes announced the 30 under 30 list for most influential youngsters. The founders of journalism startup Blendle, Marten Blankesteijn and Alexander Klöpping, got picked in the category ‘Media’. Judith Walker from African Clean Energy was mentioned in the category ‘Social entrepreneurs‘.

Endeit Capital closed its second fund, Endeit II, at 125 million euro. The money comes from the founders of MetrixLab, Improve Digital and Bol.com, among others.

Great news for Fastned and its users: last week the 50th quickcharger for electric vehicles was placed in The Netherlands, securing nationwide coverage.

What’s the status of fintech in The Netherlands? Turns out there are a lot of barriers, according to a report by Rabobank, ING Nederland, Holland FinTech and consultancy firm Roland Berger.

Last Friday StartupJuncture attended the Startupbootcamp E-commerce Demo Day. Expect a summary of the ten pitches later today!

Last week, Dutch/Finnish corporate Sanoma decided to discontinue its investing branch Sanoma Ventures.

Monday morning read

The general sense is that startups shouldn’t go for an IPO. That concern is ‘overblown’, says Jeff Jordan, partner at Andreessen Horowitz. (Venturebeat)

The creators of consumer drone Zano raised millions, but backers got nothing. An investigative longread in the failure of a Kickstarter campaign. (Medium)

Fuck you, HelloFresh! A hilarious rant on the aggressive ‘foot in the door’ style of communicating by the food startup in The Netherlands. (Medium)