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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.

    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 was at Microsoft — and he’s since led product teams at Twitter, Snap and Facebook.

    Andreesen’s new London team plans to invest primarily in crypto and Web3 — and has already done a handful of investments in Europe. Sriram joins us on the podcast to talk about Europe’s crypto prospects, what he’s learning about the continent since his move over from Silicon Valley, the attributes of great CEOs, and why he remains optimistic about tech despite wider market doom and gloom.

    • 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, including Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan — and might consider further expansion soon, Pierre tells Sifted. On its app, you can order everything from a Burger King to groceries to flowers, from both independent high street businesses to big global chains.
    It’s raised more than €1bn from investors and employs over 4,000 people, while working with around 65,000 riders.
    On Startup Europe, The Sifted Podcast, editor Amy Lewin asked Pierre about his budding VC career, what’s going on in the southern Europe startup scene, the state of the food delivery market in 2024 — and if he’s thinking about his next move yet.

    • 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 seen startup funding more than triple and the number of unicorns more than quadruple. 
    And now Paris is at the centre of the Gen AI boom too. Mistral, PhotoRoom and Poolside are just a handful of the buzzy AI startups based there raising huge amounts of funding.
    As an angel investor (and one of Sequoia’s most active scouts in Europe) with more than 60 deals under her belt now, Varza is also getting to place some bets in the sector. 
    In the first episode of the Sifted podcast this year, editor Amy Lewin speaks to Varza about what’s on founders’ minds right now, Station F’s expansion plans and what she’s learnt so far as an angel investor. 

    • 41 min
    “We’ve made more money than we ever dreamed of”: RELEX Solutions’s Johanna Småros

    “We’ve made more money than we ever dreamed of”: RELEX Solutions’s Johanna Småros

    What do Lidl, Auchan, Sephora and Flink have in common? They’re all customers of RELEX Solutions, one of Finland’s four private tech companies.
    RELEX makes supply-chain and retail-planning software — which might sound boring, but it's extremely important when you consider how much inventory, especially food, is wasted due to poor planning.
    Sifted sat down with cofounder Johanna Småros to talk about the company’s decades-long journey from academia to commercialisation, just how many millions of kilos of waste annually the company is helping to avoid and why RELEX’s engineers are tired of hearing about AI. 

    • 45 min
    Why is Stability AI changing its business model?

    Why is Stability AI changing its business model?

    This week we discuss:

    01:51 Hyme raises €8m for technology that could halve cost of storing energy
    05:12 Xlinks raises $25m from TotalEnergies for 3,800km cable from the Sahara to the UK
    07:46 Thought Web3 was over? This VC just raised €15m to back startups in the sector
    19:27 Why Stability AI is launching a subscription fee 

    • 26 min

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