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From 2024 on we'll be bringing you monthly long-form interviews with the biggest names in European startups. We'll hear from the founders, operators and investors behind the continent's biggest tech companies, to learn what makes them tick and what they've learnt as they've built their businesses.

Startup Europe — The Sifted Podcast Sifted

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From 2024 on we'll be bringing you monthly long-form interviews with the biggest names in European startups. We'll hear from the founders, operators and investors behind the continent's biggest tech companies, to learn what makes them tick and what they've learnt as they've built their businesses.

    Index Ventures partner Martin Mignot on where Revolut should list

    Index Ventures partner Martin Mignot on where Revolut should list

    Name a big European tech company, and there’s a high chance Martin Mignot, partner at Index Ventures, invested in it. Martin’s portfolio includes some of the continent’s big winners, like car sharing platform BlaBlaCar, digital bank Revolut, digital health provider Kry, HR platform Personio and delivery company Deliveroo — and some of its big failures, including energy supplier Bulb which went bust in 2022. On this month's episode of Startup Europe — the Sifted Podcast, we dig into ...

    • 47 min
    Sophia Bendz on why Spotify's Daniel Ek hired people with "no track record"

    Sophia Bendz on why Spotify's Daniel Ek hired people with "no track record"

    This week on the podcast we are joined by Cherry Ventures general partner Sophia Bendz — formerly global marketing director at Spotify — who talks us through what she's seeing across the European early-stage startup ecosystem in a challenging market.She tells us about the AI effect on young companies launching today, how founders can look after their mental health in today's tough market and about how the startup ecosystem has changed since her days at Spotify.

    • 46 min
    Why Andreesen Horowitz is betting big on crypto in Europe with Sriram Krishnan

    Why Andreesen Horowitz is betting big on crypto in Europe with Sriram Krishnan

    Andreessen Horowitz is one of the world’s best known — and biggest — VC firms, with over $35bn in assets under management, over 500 employees and a portfolio including Airbnb, GitHub, Instacart, Instagram, Lyft, Slack and Wise.But for a long time it merely dabbled in investing in Europe.So it was big news last year when the firm announced it was opening a London office — its first non-US office — and that general partner Sriram Krishnan was moving to the UK to run it. His first job in tech wa...

    • 42 min
    Hussein Kanji from Hoxton Ventures on how just much he made from investing in Deliveroo and Darktrace

    Hussein Kanji from Hoxton Ventures on how just much he made from investing in Deliveroo and Darktrace

    This week Sifted editor Amy Lewin is joined by one of London’s best-known VCs Hussein Kanji, founding partner at Hoxton Ventures. He reflects on the kinds of big returns he won, and missed out on, by making early bets on companies like Deliveroo, Darktrace and Babylon.

    • 57 min
    Glovo's Oscar Pierre on the gig economy and building scaleups in Southern Europe

    Glovo's Oscar Pierre on the gig economy and building scaleups in Southern Europe

    Oscar Pierre is one of, if not the, best-known entrepreneurs in Spain. His delivery company Glovo — which was bought by its bigger, listed competitor Delivery Hero in 2022 — is one of the country’s big international success stories, and now Pierre is using his experience (and financial resources) to help Spain’s next generation of entrepreneurs.He’s also still running Glovo, largely independently of its new parent company. The business has 20m customers in 1,500 cities across 26 countries, in...

    • 46 min
    Station F’s and Sequoia’s Roxanne Varza on how to stop tech companies moving to the US

    Station F’s and Sequoia’s Roxanne Varza on how to stop tech companies moving to the US

    Startup Europe is back for our new-look podcast, where we'll be focussing exclusively on longer form interviews with some of the biggest names in European tech.Last year we brought you conversations with founders, operators and investors behind companies like Wise, Monzo, Figma, Delivery Hero and Kry and we have a whole load more for you in 2024.This week it's Roxanne Varza, director of Parisian startup mega campus Station F. In the years since Station F opened in 2017, France has ...

    • 41 min

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