May 30, 2019

Top longer reads this week about European tech and startups

Podcast investing, tech spies, and the story behind cyber diplomats, here are the best articles from a week in European tech

?️ Inside GCHQ, the UK’s super secretive code-breaking cyber organisation, from the FT (€).

? How Ocado is beating Amazon and plans to take over the world, from Sifted.

✏️ Rocket Fund, a crowdfunding site designed to help schools in the UK fund "innovative technology", is actually being used to buy pencils and goal posts, finds BuzzFeed.

?? The secret of investing in the €3.7tn age tech market, from Sifted.

⚙️ 27 things I learned about hiring in tech from looking for a new engineering management role, from Lena Reinhard.

? Why Silicon Valley fund Andreessen Horowitz is keeping its eye on the podcast ecosystem.

? The state of fintech in the UK: 750 active startups, 352 at seed stage, 261 at venture stage, 101 at growth and 36 “established”. See the full report from data company Beauhurst.


?️ How Silicon Valley has gamed Europe’s privacy rules, from our friends at Politico. (And, on that note, why Europe is “the world’s regulatory trendsetter”.)

? What you, founder, need to stop doing when your company goes into growth mode, from Tarun Kohli

? Why Silicon Valley should look to Europe to solve its IPO problem, from Wired.

?️ IKEA’s new AR app is a glimpse into the visual future of e-commerce, from Siliconrepublic.

? These are Europe’s top tech innovators, according to Sifted.

?‍♂️ What the hell is a ‘cyber diplomat’, asks The Next Web?

? TransferWise cofounder says the new Estonian government is damaging the country's reputation, from Estonian World.

? Estonian taxi startup Bolt won’t win by copying Uber, from TNW

?️ Top tips on how to write to-do lists (and cross things off of them), from Tim Jackson

⚖️ How to scale your legal team, from Juro.

?‍⚕️ A useful list of medtech startups across Europe, which focuses more on the technology they use rather than business model or traction.