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The Tech.eu Podcast is a show discussing the most interesting stories from the European technology scene.

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On pivoting: becoming the painkiller and not a vitamin with Karoli Hindrix of Jobbatical
Having recently closed an €11.6 million Series A funding round, Jobbatical founder Karoli Hindriks joins the show today to discuss the hows and whys of pivoting the platform from a recruitment service to a talent relocation one; and how she hasn't looked back since."As a startup, you want to be a painkiller, not a vitamin." - Karoli Hindriks.We also discuss the ins and outs of digital nomadic life, why and how governments need to recognise that worker patterns and expectations have changed dramatically in the past 50 years, and what country is the toughest to deal with in terms of relocations. Hint, it's the United States of America.In the signature Tech.eu Lightning Round, we get to know Karoli as a person and find out that she is (for the purposes of this podcast) related to one of the greatest guitar legends of all time.Closing out the show, Dan digs into Karoli's CV (yes, she once worked for Fox, but at the same time, also held a position as a cabaret dancer), and she leaves the youths with some sage advice.All this and more on Episode 303 of the Tech.eu podcast!
31:50 10/06/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan with Nick Stevens- Episode 8
In what turned out to be the Week d'Italia Robin jetted off to TechChill Milano and brought home a head cold, so good friend of the show Nick Stevens stepped in on a wing and a prayer.🇮🇹 (2:25) This week we cover Ryan Reynolds' involvement in a $340 million investment in Bending Spoons, their video editing tool Splice, photo editor Remini, how and why mobile tech has plateaued, why everyone shouldn't be a creative genius, DALL E2, and why Brad Pitt's Bullet Train is the greatest worst greatest film of all time.🇩🇪 (7:27) We glossed over Grover (to an extent) as Dan's planning on taking a deeper look at the tech rental platform in the Big Deal segment next week, but spoiler alert, of the $2.3 billion that the Berlin-based company has raised, $2.1 billion of it is in debt funding.🇮🇹 (10:40) Slimming the show down ever more, we blazed through Satispay, their €320 million Series D round, and after Scalapay (I'm detecting a theme here 🤔) the startup takes the second ever unicorn title home for Italy.🇩🇪 (11:00) Nick chimes in with a subject near and dear to his heart and how Berlin's one • fıve is out to save the world. To spice things up, we do it in pub quiz trivial style with me not having the article open and seeing just how much of my own reporting I can remember.🇬🇧/🇺🇸 (13:55) And last, but certainly not least, Nick and I cover why mayonnaise is the ultimate condiment, what I've got my eye on for the after work beverage of choice (hint: Guinness), and why Nick is taking drugs (hint: the clue is in the intro).All this and more on Episode 8 of Tech.eu's Drive at Five! 
15:08 09/30/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 7
Despite skipping the legendary opening party at OMCLUB as part of DMEXCO in Cologne, and smelling quite lovely, I might add, Robin's back in the studio to discuss what went down across the European technosphere this week.🇵🇹 Robin weighs in on Dan's "tech-light, but a good read" piece highlighting the shaky legal system in Portugal and what it means to the investment and startup scenes.🎙️ > 🎤 After a blip in the audio recording, we're pleased to announce that we're going through Robin's audio setup with a fine-toothed comb, and let's see if we can get him sounding just as good as Dan. Or at the very least, remove all the technical barriers.⚛️ Dan finally received the opportunity to pen a headline he's been waiting his entire life for it involves "pet food and supplements" and a quantum leap in innovation.👑 Robin recaps the funding numbers of the week, noting that of the top 10 investments none of them were from the UK. A rarity indeed. What's going on? Hint: Salve Regina.📱 Berlin/San Francisco-based telecom-as-a-service platform Gigs raised $20 million from a number of notable investors including Gradient, Google’s early-stage fund, YC Continuity, etc., but neither Robin nor Dan can figure out just who their customers are and/or what industries/segments they're targeting. Stay tuned...🐝 Robin waxes poetic about the buzz surrounding the Instabox and Budbee merger.💸 And there's one more thing - Robin takes note that investors tend to like the $300 million number. This week Swisscom Ventures, DTCP, and Extantia all clocked in at 300 million.😂 Last but certainly not least, after 5 episodes hosted together, Robin finally loses it and we almost have to stop the show due to uncontrollable laughter.All this and more on Episode 7 of Tech.eu's Drive at Five.
16:33 09/23/2022
From zero to hero in record time with Zilch CEO and co-founder Philip Belamant
After having extended its Series C round to $160 million this past June and set a record as the fastest fintech company in Europe to reach unicorn status, Zilch is now taking the show on the road and angling to conquer the U.S. Market.I sat down with the company's CEO and co-founder Philip Belamant to discuss how he might possibly be the most successful failed games developer and how this venture eventually led to the creation of Zilch, including his decision to disagree with the board of a listed, multi-national payments provider and strike out on his own.With the industry currently experiencing some significant down-rounds, Philip takes me through a lesson in economics, and how Zilch's unique model isn't necessarily bulletproof, but how the company has been able to forge ahead while others are regrouping.We also get into the nitty gritty on expanding to the U.S. market, including Zilch's decision to set up its HQ in Miami, and whether or not a crypto play is in the company's future. 🤔And last, but certainly not least, Philip sits in on the trademark lightning round where we get to know him as a person and not as the head of a business. Hint: Bobotie, you should try it too!All this and more with Zilch's CEO and co-founder Philip Belamant.
33:33 09/22/2022
Rockstart’s Managing Partner Emerging Tech Fund Europe - Michael Bjørnlund
Over the past decade, Amsterdam-HQ'd accelerator Rockstart has backed upwards of 280 startups, seen nine exits, and €150 million raised by portfolio companies culminating in an alumni value of approximately $1 billion.Traditionally focusing on Energy and AgriFood startups, in April of this year the firm opened the application process for its newest fund, Emerging Tech.We sat down with Rockstart's man at the helm for this fund, Michael Bjørnlund to define what exactly Rockstart views as emerging tech, what unique selling points Rockstart offers above and beyond other accelerators on the market today, and how and why he'll be swimming to Rockstart's inaugural event, Forward 2022 in September.All this and more with Rockstart's Managing Partner Emerging Tech Fund Europe - Michael Bjørnlund!
19:36 09/20/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 6 with Neil S W Murray
In a special post-TechBBQ episode, Dan sits down with  Neil S W Murray, founder of The Nordic Web, founding partner at The Nordic Web Ventures, and co-founder and CEO at Playmaker.Up first, Neil and Dan weigh in on the rise of the east and how the CEE region, east to west, north to south is finally experiencing what Western Europe saw in the VC scene some 15 years ago, particularly in regard to what 500 Emerging Europe, LauncHub Ventures, VentureFriends, and Vitosha Venture Partners are up to.Zooming out, we discuss U.S. investors' increased interest in the European startup scene, particularly this week's announcement of New York City-based Energy Impact Partners' €390 million commitment to EU-based startups, all with a healthy round of keyword bingo.And last, but certainly not least, Neil doesn't shy away from talking about the failure of his startup, Playmaker, and provides both insight and three key takeaways that any starry-eyed founder should take note of before setting pen to paper.All this and more on episode 6 of Tech.eu's Drive at Five.
21:11 09/16/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 5
Well alright, alright, alright, everyone's back from holidays, and it's time to get down to business.First this week we look at Northzone's appointment of World Economic Forum sustainability expert and programme creator, Anna Skarborg as Head of Sustainability and the growing trend of ESG officers in-house at VC firms.Former Revolut execs Alan Chang and Charles Orr have assembled a mighty impressive list of investors for their startup Tesseract which aims to disrupt the energy market. What and how they plan on doing this is still a bit ambiguous, as is where the $78 million came from. We discuss.UK-based OneWeb took a $229 million writedown due to Russia taking 36 of the company's satellites hostage indefinitely. Deliveroo's got more legal troubles when it comes to the treatment of its labour force, Instagram f*cked up in terms of data protection rights when it comes to minors, and last but certainly not least, Cazoo has called it a day across continental Europe, resulting in 750 jobs out the window.All this and more on episode 5 of Tech.eu's Drive at Five.
15:01 09/09/2022
Lessons in sustainable growth and achieving market dominance from Zürich-based Scandit with co-founder and CEO, Samuel Mueller
Earlier this year, smart data capture firm Scandit raised $150 million in a Series D  round, providing the company with a valuation north of $1 billion, a valuation that despite recent market upheavals, still holds.But how do three researchers at ETH Zurich spin out a company that in just 13 short years grows from an idea in a lab to one that's trusted by 5 of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies, and has a client roster with just about every household brand you can think of?I sat down with Scandit co-founder and CEO Samuel Mueller, Ph.D. to find out. Along the way Samuel discusses what pitfalls fledgling European startups can avoid when going global, and how to course correct the "oh shit" moments. We also get to know a bit more about the man driving the company in the lighting round, and crucially, Samuel weighs in on one of the most pressing questions of our modern era: when it comes to chocolate which country lays claim to the crown, Switzerland or Belgium?All this and more with Scandit's Samuel Mueller!
25:59 08/31/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 4 with Monty Munford
Europe may be on holiday, but that isn't stopping the deal flow. This week Celonis pulled in $1 billion in liquidity at a $13 billion valuation, and Web3 investments take centre stage. Nine-month-old thirdweb raised $24 million as it facilitates the creation of Web3 apps across popular blockchains, including games, NFT drops, DAOs, token gated membership clubs, and more. And despite Bitcoin dropping below $22,000 just least week and for all the doom and gloom talk of the "crypto winter", Estonian crypto trading platform Bitlevex raised $50 million from GEM Digital Ltd., a Bahamas-based "digital asset investment firm". Dan and our special guest Monty Munford discuss the red flags therein.This, Monty ended up on John McAfee's yacht in Malta, and a whole lot more on episode 4 of Tech.eu's Drive at Five.
23:22 08/26/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 3
Aaaaaand we're back! Robin takes a stab at the lead in this week, while Dan says it's got a good beat and that he can dance to it, but let's rewind the tape.Normally around this time of the year tech news stories are a bit thin, but the summer of 2022 isn't letting up on the pace. This week Robin and Dan wax poetic about what happened, or is happening, with Wallbox's acquisitions, how it's flown under the radar, relatively, for the past 7 years, and is now poised to make a major impact in the U.S. market, Super's keyword bingo and claim to "one of the largest ever pre-seed funding rounds in Europe", Robin's side hustle, Robinhood and the massive price drop in its acquisition of Ziglu, how and why and what's happening with the bureaucracy in Brussels' funding of startups, and one more thing - Just Eat says tchau to Brazil.All this and more on the Tech.eu Drive at Five.
21:42 08/19/2022
Diving head first into the metaverse with Herman Narula, co-founder and CEO of Improbable
With around $600 million in funding raised to date, and close to 1,000 people on the payroll, UK tech scale-up Improbable probably (ha) needs little introduction to our audience. In many ways, though, a decade into its existence the really exciting days for the 'metaverse technology' company seem to be still ahead of them.That's also a sentiment shared by Herman Narula, the affable co-founder and chief executive of Improbable, who said that technology is finally catching up with the ambitious goals the company had set for itself in the early days.Improbable has created a technology dubbed Morpheus that allows social interactions within virtual worlds, where thousands of people can talk to each other in lag-free environments, offering its virtual world-building services to a slew of entertainment companies, academic institutions, gaming companies, and even governments around the world.Improbable recently secured another $150 million in financing to establish and develop M², a network of 'interoperable Web3 metaverses' powered by its Morpheus tech. Even more recently, the company found itself squarely in the spotlight when it partnered up with Yuga Labs, the creators of the well-known Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT brand.Improbable worked with Yuga to build, service, and operate Otherside, basically a gamified MetaRPG universe where the players own the world. Earlier this month, the company assisted in 'First Trip', the highly-anticipated tech demo of Otherside: about 4,500 people were able to dance, sing and talk simultaneously. Check this video to see it in action.You can also watch our interview with Narula on our YouTube channel.
23:30 08/17/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 2
We asked you answered, and it's now definitively The Drive at Five, Tech.eu's show where we ponder what went down in European tech this past week and try to make sense of it all.Today, Robin and Dan wax poetic about what happened, or is happening, at Deliveroo and what's up with pulling the plug in the Netherlands, Pollen's WTF-is-going-on-here collapse, how Nuri is handling the shutdown situation a whole lot better, Spin Master's acquisition of Nørdlight (Nerdlife), and one more thing ... Balderton's makes an impact with its new hire.All this and more on the Tech.eu Drive at Five.
17:53 08/12/2022
The Drive at Five with Robin and Dan - Episode 1
At Tech.eu, we're never ones to shy away from experimentation. And so in the spirit of being a fly on the wall at Robin and Dan's favourite Friday night spot to share a tasty beverage, we're bringing you the Drive at Five. Alternatively, the RAD (Robin and Dan) show, where we ponder what went down in European tech this past week, and try to make sense of it all.Today, RAD wax poetic about what happened, or is happening, at SoundCloud as they've announced (another) series of layoffs, auxmoney and lenders borrowing to lend, why the German government is a bit late to the game on dishing out some serious cash to native startups, and where Dan might be applying for a new job. All this and more on the Tech.eu Drive at Five
20:40 08/05/2022
The potential of Web3 in shaping the future of financial services
We had a great conversation with Mauricio Magaldi, a London-based crypto connoisseur and blockchain thought leader who guides 11:FS clients into the world of Web3 and DeFi.I was prompted to interview Magaldi as he was billed as the main author of a report entitled 'How Web3 is changing the future of finance', a great read on the subject.Fortunately for you, we recorded that conversation and you can watch it in all its glory below. You can also watch it on YouTube here (subscribe!) and follow Mauricio on Twitter here.You can ALSO check out Mauricio's mad drumming skills here.
38:47 08/02/2022
They don't 'go to eleven' but Devialet's audio tech products are stunning in more ways than one
We sat down with Franck Lebouchard, chief executive of French acoustical engineering company Devialet for almost five years now, to talk about the firm's challenges and opportunities in a world very much in turmoil.Founded in 2007, Devialet designs and builds high-end audio tech products such as amplifiers, speakers, wireless earbuds, and a soundbar, and also licenses some of its patented technology to other companies.The company's on a mission to "elevate sound in people's lives" and its future product roadmap will address new audio categories in that regard, Lebouchard tells us, even if it's up against some really big companies in that space, and pandemics, wars, and geopolitical issues continue to disrupt supply chains around the world.
23:03 07/28/2022
Where finance and climate meet, with Molten's Vinoth Jayakumar
Coming to Molten Ventures from the world of finance, management consulting, and angel investing, Vinoth focuses on the firm's investments in the sectors of fintech, insurtech, proptech, and climatetech.In the interview for Tech.eu Podcast, Vinoth discusses his approach to fintech investments and the way he approaches the industry, looking for B2C companies that "bridge the trust chasm" and B2B ones that build the fundamental infrastructure for people's interactions with money. In addition to that, he talks about Europe's prospects as a climate tech powerhouse, the value chain of VC, and the benefits of lateral thinking.To hear all this and more, check out the Tech.eu Podcast episode with Molten Ventures' Vinoth Jayakumar.
32:01 07/25/2022
Cycling below the radar, why smaller is sometimes better with Ampler Bike's Ardo Kaurit
In this episode, Tech.eu sits down with Ampler Bikes' CEO and co-founder Ardo Kaurit about the Estonian firm's commitment to design, and quality and how quietly going about its business has led them to build an almost cult following in its existing markets.All this, and Dan's (not) patented 'Lighting Round' that gives us more insight on our guest(s), well beyond the 9 to 5.
28:48 07/15/2022
How Molten Ventures approaches the German speaking market with Christoph Hornung
Prior to Molten Ventures, Christoph was with Rocket Internet in Asia and Australia, where he helped build The Iconic and Lazada. Previously, Christoph worked as an Investment Manager at Seven Ventures, where he focused on consumer and e-commerce investments. Responsible for Molten Ventures' activities in the German-speaking market, a strong pull for Christoph are both the deep tech and industry tech sectors. Posting the largest number of deals closed within the firm, he sits on eight boards, has done nine investments in the past two and a half years, and on average aims to make three to four investments per year. He also lays out his two favourite questions to ask a potential hire at Molten. So if you're looking to get into the world of VC, you won't want to miss this episode. All this and more, with Molten Ventures' Christoph Hornung.
31:18 07/08/2022
SumUp co-founder Marc-Alexander Christ on that €590 million funding round, its new valuation, and what comes next
Immediately following last week's announcement of London and Berlin-based fintech giant SumUp's €590 million round, we had a chance to talk to one of the company's co-founders about the capital injection, which values it at €8 billion.That valuation reportedly came in much lower than initially projected, which is a topic Marc-Alexander Christ didn't shy away from discussing (pointing out that the valuation is still 20 times higher than its last one).Have a listen/watch to learn more about SumUp's early days, its plans to become the financial services partner for millions of small businesses around the world, its international expansion, and M&A strategy, and the likelihood of the company pursuing an IPO in the future.The video that accompanies this audio can be found at Tech.eu
25:00 07/01/2022
Content, community, and commerce: The future of consumer tech with Nicola McClafferty
Nicola McClafferty, partner at the London-based VC firm Molten Ventures, estimates that it would've taken at least a decade to see as many people switch from brick-and-mortar to online shopping experience across the world if not for the lockdowns that saw a big part of the global population confined to their dwellings for months on end.While presenting a huge opportunity for the companies who were ready to handle this shift, this shift has also emphasised the shortcomings and issues of today's e-commerce and adjacent industries."We're looking at a large volume of retail and a change in purchase behaviour happening online that's leveraging an infrastructure, be it software or physical infrastructure, that has been built to service previous generations of retail," McClafferty said.This and similar issues in the field of consumer tech — or rather the startups that can solve them — is what McClafferty focuses on at Molten. We sat down to discuss what the future holds for this segment, and what trends are the most important to follow.
42:46 06/24/2022
Game, set, match - growing with TCV
Founded in 1995, Menlo Park-based TCV specialises in providing growth-stage capital. The firm has raised over $19 billion and invested over $16 billion in more than 350 tech companies over the last 27 years, accounting for some 145 IPOs and acquisitions.Having established, and operating out of TCV's London office, General Partner John Doran shares his thoughts on how the firm has been so successful, where they're heading next, and the health of the European tech ecosystem.All this and more on today's episode!
36:16 04/20/2022
Trusting Alexa: A one on one with Amazon's Anne Toth
Alexa. To trust or not to trust: That is the question.While you might be quite well versed in most things Amazon, just how much do you know about Amazon's Alexa service? It's benefits for the blind and deaf? For an aging population?Moreover, what do you know about the safeguards the company has baked into the device since day one, asking consumers to allow, ney, invite their technology into and become a part of their homes?And Tech.eu founder Robin Wauters also reveals a few fun facts that are sure to impress your friends and neighbours, and perhaps even Alexa, at your next dinner party.All this and more on today's episode!
23:42 04/07/2022
The past, present, and future of Startup Wise Guys - with Cristobal Alonso
In today’s episode, Andrii sits down with Cristobal Alonso, Global CEO & El Patron at Startup Wise Guys.Cristobal talks us through Startup Wise Guys' acceleration of investments during the pandemic, up to 60 to 80 per year, expanding beyond the Baltics and across Europe, entering Africa, and the challenges associated with each.With 212 active portfolio companies, Startup Wise Guys is shifting away from its primary Europe focus, and actively working to establish links to the US to, "help companies who, even from the beginning" want to go to the US.Alonso helps position Startup Wise Guys as Europe's premier accelerator through three key factors: the ability to follow on, recognising and partnering with "brand name" syndicates and angel investors through co-investments, promoting a global mentality.All this and much more ...
28:50 02/17/2022
Dev first security and why speed matters - with Guy Podjarny, President and Founder, Snyk
In today’s episode, Andrii Degeler sits down with application security provider Snyk President and Founder Guy Podjarny to discuss why the speed of execution matters when it comes to app security, and a whole lot more!We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
39:15 02/10/2022
The art and craft of building products and the companies around them - with Christian Reber, Pitch
In today’s episode, Robin sits down with Christian Reber from Pitch.Christian walks us through his journey with Wunderlist (acquired by Microsoft), to an investor, to being unable to resist the urge to start another company, this time not reinventing the wheel, but doing presentations better with Pitch.We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
40:36 02/08/2022
Setting up the first deep tech fund in Denmark — with Marianne Hyltoft, PreSeed Ventures
In today’s episode, listen to an interview with Marianne Hyltoft, DeepTech Fund Director at PreSeed Ventures.Andrii Degeler sits down with Marianne to discuss the first deep tech fund in Denmark, university research commercialisation and much more.The conversation took place in Copenhagen, at TechBBQ in September.We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
16:32 02/03/2022
The next generation of VC, in depth with Finn Murphy, Frontline Ventures
In today’s episode, listen to an interview with Frontline Ventures' Partner Finn Murphy.We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
44:59 02/02/2022
The future of search with AI technologies — with Suzanne Lauritzen, Raffle AI
In today’s episode, listen to an interview with Suzanne Lauritzen, Co-founder and CEO at Raffle AI, a next-gen enterprise search engine.Andrii Degeler sits down with Suzanne to discuss the future of search with AI-driven search engines and how entrepreneurship can become a primary school subject in Denmark. The conversation took place in Copenhagen, at TechBBQ a couple of months ago.We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
19:50 01/25/2022
What’s the best place in Europe to start a business?
In today’s episode, listen to an interview with Bo Ilsoe, Partner at NGP Capital, and Atte Honkasalo, Vice President of Data & Analytics at NGP Capital. Our editor Robin Wauters sits down with Bo and Atte to discuss NGP Capital’s new report on what are the best places to start a business in Europe. We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
20:54 01/20/2022
Building a pan-European operational VC, in depth with Uwe Horstmann, Project A
In today’s episode, listen to an interview with Uwe Horstmann, General Partner at Project A Ventures.We hope you enjoy(ed) the podcast! Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, and opinions to podcast@tech.eu or tweet at us @tech_eu.
35:57 01/18/2022