Startup Life/Podcast/ The Sifted Podcast — Why did Snap shut down the French social app Zenly? The location sharing app was hugely popular with users around the world By The Sifted Podcast Team 11 September 2022 \Startup Life The UK business loans and grants available for startups By Jessica Rawnsley 24 March 2023 Startup Life/Podcast/ The Sifted Podcast — Why did Snap shut down the French social app Zenly? The location sharing app was hugely popular with users around the world By The Sifted Podcast Team 11 September 2022 Listen to The Sifted Podcast on Apple, Spotify and all major platforms. This week on The Sifted Podcast, Amy is joined by stand-in co-host Freya Pratty — Sifted’s climate tech reporter — while Eleanor is on holiday. They speak to Chris O’Brien about his reporting on Snap’s decision to shut down popular social mapping app Zenly, and ask why the move has made big shockwaves in the French ecosystem. We also hear the bemused reaction of an American who’s not used to employment laws that say you can’t do mass layoffs at the drop of a hat. And we talk about the news that blockchain-based fantasy sports startup Sorare has landed a huge deal with the National Basketball Association. It will mean lots of new potential customers for the company, but might regulatory headaches get in the way of Sorare’s party? One promising startup that landed cash this week was Code First Girls, a coding school for women and non-binary people that’s looking to reduce the massive gender gap in tech talent. We discuss the business model, which lets students study for free while big companies pay Code First for the opportunity to hire the graduates once they’re done studying. We also take advantage of Freya’s presence on the pod this week, and pick her brains about what the flurry of climate tech news in Europe means for startups and the energy crisis. We’re talking solar cars, battery recycling and a former Revolut big cheese’s plans to shake up renewable energy. Related Articles Do women really want their employers to freeze their eggs? By Emma Phillips Click here to read more Getting away from the office — for €500,000 By Tim Smith Click here to read more Doing more with less: how to effectively develop your employees when resources are scarce By Nick Hernandez Click here to read more Inflation is changing salary expectations — here’s what employers should know Sponsored by Pave Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Startup Life UK government to reform ‘equity for visas’ residency application system 2 \Fintech Is Revolut really worth $33bn right now? 3 \Startup Life Techstars unexpectedly pulls out of Sweden mid-programme 4 \Deeptech The other funding gap: it’s not just unicorns that are leaving Europe 5 \Deeptech ‘There’s going to be a bloodbath’ — is generative AI a bubble?