21 episodes

Every week, Sifted editor Amy Lewin and deputy editor Eleanor Warnock will be diving into the latest news coming out of Europe's tech and startup sector. From cutting edge technology to huge funding rounds and the latest company scandals, we’ll be taking a peak inside Sifted's newsroom and hearing from the journalists breaking the stories.

The Sifted Podcast Sifted

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Every week, Sifted editor Amy Lewin and deputy editor Eleanor Warnock will be diving into the latest news coming out of Europe's tech and startup sector. From cutting edge technology to huge funding rounds and the latest company scandals, we’ll be taking a peak inside Sifted's newsroom and hearing from the journalists breaking the stories.

    \From near death to an $80m Series E: How Omio survived

    \From near death to an $80m Series E: How Omio survived

    On this week's show:

    02:20 — Idoven raises $19.8m to scale it's AI heart disease detection tech
    05:00 — Kranus Health raises $6.5m to build the “viagra of digital therapy”

    09:45 — Europe's top "digital nomad villages"
    17:26 — How did travel booking site Omio rise from the ashes, after nearly being snuffed out by the pandemic

    • 25 min
    \Can N26 be trusted? A rare interview with the founder

    \Can N26 be trusted? A rare interview with the founder

    On this week's show:

    03:22 — SoftBank backs Proximie in $80m round for AR surgery
    06:00 — Epoch Biodesign has raised $11m to grow its plastic-eating enzymes tech

    09:38 — What's going on in European tech hiring?
    11:32 — Fintech reporter Amy O'Brien discusses a rare interview with N26 CEO Valentin Stalf
    15:46 — Nathan Benaich talks about his research into why European universities aren't producing top tech companies at the same rate as the US

    Links:

    https://sifted.eu/articles/proximie-softbank-80m-surgery/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/epoch-biodesign-enzyme-plastic-waste/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/uk-tech-job-listings-down/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/n26-culture-fraud-valentin-stalf/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/university-spinout-startups/

    • 26 min
    \Will Gorillas survive this week’s C-suite exodus?

    \Will Gorillas survive this week’s C-suite exodus?

    Amy is joined this week by our producer, Tim! First up, we’re chatting about big raises in crypto and the EU’s Ukrainian relief fund. Berlin correspondent Miriam Partington joins us to tell all about speedy grocery company Gorillas’ very rough week. Next, we discuss the founders trying to improve treatments for women’s health issues, from sustainable menstrual cups to 3D-printed breast implants for breast cancer survivors. 

    The articles we discuss:

    https://sifted.eu/articles/crypto-payments-startup-fung-regulation/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/web2-web3-fintech/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/felix-capital-600m-fund/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/eu-fund-ukrainian-startups/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/gorillas-hr-executives-layoffs/
    https://sifted.eu/articles/femtechs-france-healthcare/

    • 24 min
    S2 E14 \Customer scandal surrounds elite event company Pollen

    S2 E14 \Customer scandal surrounds elite event company Pollen

    This week on the show we’re talking to Freya Pratty about her joint investigation with Éanna Kelly into Pollen, an elite events company with heavy investor backing. We’ll hear about its angry customers who claim they’re owed thousands, and what Pollen has to say about it. We’re also finding out what European startup employees really think of their “ill equipped” bosses, and hearing about some of the continent’s top companies raking in investment this week.

    The stories we discuss:
    Florence: https://sifted.eu/articles/florence-care-startup-raise/
    Hoxhunt: https://sifted.eu/articles/cybersecurity-hoxhunt-raises-series-b/
    Foodack: https://sifted.eu/articles/foodhack-raises-1m-angellist/
    Britishvolt: https://sifted.eu/articles/britishvolt-scale-up-gigafactory-batteries/
    Pollen: https://sifted.eu/articles/pollen-refunds-events/
    Startup managers: https://sifted.eu/articles/startup-managers-good-bad/

    • 24 min
    S2 E13 \Mass layoffs are here — who's been hit?

    S2 E13 \Mass layoffs are here — who's been hit?

    Some of Europe's best known tech companies have cut thousands of staff this week, as the economic slowdown arrives on the continent.

    On the pod we discuss who's been hit hardest so far, how startups can best survive the storm, and what's in store for buy now, pay later startups, with credit becoming more expensive as interest rates rise.

    The stories we discuss:

    Tech company layoffs in Europe 2022: listed https://bit.ly/3sYnsSq

    The European startups still hiring despite the tech downturn https://bit.ly/3MVpWJA

    Grocery delivery startup Zapp in talks to lay off 10% of its staff https://bit.ly/3yXAG5W

    Burn rate & layoffs: Is grocery delivery startup Gorillas struggling? https://bit.ly/3lK6Nyf

    Klarna lays off 10% of its team amid valuation crunch https://bit.ly/3wRxwOn

    Can Klarna and its rivals survive an economic downturn? https://bit.ly/38PiXmo

    How to prepare for a downturn https://bit.ly/3PGBClf
    Startup Life newsletter https://bit.ly/3a0Zcsx

    • 18 min
    S2 E12 \The billionaire betting big on psychedelics

    S2 E12 \The billionaire betting big on psychedelics

    It’s our first real, live billionaire guest… Christian Angermayer, founder of ATAI Life Sciences, a startup that seeks to treat mental health disorders with psychedelics. But first, hear all about the four Polish grandpas who founded a quantum science startup because "retirement is boring”. We also called Miriam Partington, our Berlin correspondent, on a new movement coming out of Germany, called steward ownership, that promises startups an alternative to giving over equity and control of their company.

    • 25 min

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