Bodyguard against toxicity, no SPACs for Klarna, gig economy in Europe

In today’s show, we discuss some funding rumours, a handful of acquisitions, run a mandatory SPAC news briefing, and finish off with a pinch of policy goodness. In the second part, listen to an interview with Matthieu Boutard, managing director of Bodyguard — that's a French tech startup that protects social media users against cyber-bullying, hate speech and toxic content online.

And here are the notes and links for this week’s episode:

🤑 VCs are chasing Hopin upwards of $5-6B valuation

📈 Klarna may opt for direct listing as private funding looms
  • Klarna said to be raising $1bn at $31bn valuation

🐚 HelloSPAC: HelloFresh founder Dominik Richter (and friends) file for $300 million US SPAC

🚀 Lakestar gains in largest Europe tech-focused blank-check debut

🚙 Cazoo acquires Cluno

🎨 Graphic design platform Canva acquires two European tech startups: Kaleido AI (Austria) and Smartmockups (Czech Republic)

🔄 Transferwise rebrands to Wise

⚖️ Uber weighs its future in the UK after court ruling

🇪🇺 Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners

🛡 Interview: Matthieu Boutard, managing director of Bodyguard

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