Talking Tech – The Nordic View welcomes you to the world of technology, venture capital, and startups. Join the hosts – Nordics’ leading VC firms Maki.vc, EQT Ventures and Heartcore Capital – and dive into what went down in the European tech scene in the past quarter and what this means for entrepreneurs and investors looking ahead. In each episode, the three hosts and a guest journalist reveal their analysis on the European technology market and share concrete advice for startups founders, or anyone else, aiming to be at the forefront of change. Available on Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Acast.
Dare to predict for 2021?
2020 was nothing anyone predicted, so do we dare to make predictions for 2021? The answer is yes: Investors from Maki.vc, Heartcore Capital and EQT are joined by Maija Palmer from Sifted to discuss how the year 2021 will treat founders and their companies, what has remote work done to our investor landscape, and what will be the big investment themes for next year?
Femtech – a niche term for a mainstream market?
In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the future of femtech. Even though the term was created only a few years back, femtech has for sure been the buzzword of the tech scene in 2020. Femtech is estimated to become a 50 billion dollar industry by 2025, but is it truly becoming mainstream? Will femtechs be accepted by doctors and hospitals and what would it require? Do the Nordics have a particular role to play in femtech? What about mentech - why aren’t we seeing more startups and VC deals around men’s sexual health? Investors from Maki.vc, Heartcore Capital and EQT are joined by the founder of Alva Health, a menopause platform, to analyze the femtech space and the obstacles it needs to overcome to truly reach the masses.
This is a longer one so here's the agenda to help you out:
1) Is femtech really becoming mainstream?
2) 5:37 Navigating cooperation with the medical establishment
3) 18:35 Tech needs to understand female issues
4) 40:16 How much longer do we need to use the label “femtech”?
Keeping up with the consumers
First they went for toilet paper and hand sanitizer, then for remote parties and a home gym. What’s next? People are moving from one pandemic hysteria to another and companies across industries are trying to adapt and figure out the new normal. What should every startup founder understand about consumer behavior, especially in a time like this? How do challenges differ in B2B vs. B2C? What changes are here to stay? The journalist Andrii Degeler from Tech.eu and Linus Kullänger, Co-founder of Care to Translate, are joined in the (remote) studio by your hosts, serial investors Ashley Lundström from EQT Ventures, Christian Lindegård Jepsen from Heartcore Capital, and Pirkka Palomäki from Maki.vc.
Economy going down, down, down...
It's been an eventful first quarter of the new decade to say the least. Most recently, it is clear that the Covid-19 crisis is going to have a big impact on the global economy. We are almost certainly heading for a slowdown. What does this all mean for entrepreneurs in the European tech scene – will all funding rounds come to a halt? What kinds of conversations will VCs be having with their own investors – and what questions should startups be asking VCs? Maija Palmer from FT-backed tech media Sifted is joined in the (remote) studio with your hosts, serial investors Ashley Lundström from EQT Ventures, Jimmy Fussing Nielsen from Heartcore Capital, and Ilkka Kivimäki from Maki.vc.