November 13, 2022

Uncovering the Spotify founder’s secret healthtech startup — Startup Europe, The Sifted Podcast

Spotify founder Daniel Ek is no stranger to working in stealth. We dig into his secret new healthtech startup this week on the pod

Listen to Startup Europe — The Sifted Podcast on Apple, Spotify and all major platforms.

This week on the podcast, we chat to our Nordics correspondent and super-sleuth Mimi Billing about Spotify founder Daniel Ek's secretive new healthcare startup. 

But first, we turn to the wider tech world, starting with the news that crypto exchange FTX is close to collapsing, after an aborted buyout by its rival Binance. Then we talk about the reports Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is laying off 11k people — which equates to about 13% of its workforce.

In Sifted news, we chat about AI startup Anything World's recent raise of $7.5m and its disinterest in the metaverse hype, before turning to cryptocurrency payments startup Ramp's fresh $70m Series B, suggesting the crypto winter isn't a cold snap for everyone.


Then we move away from Web3 and into the real world — or trying to save it — with climate tech. We go through news that solar startup Alight has agreed to a buyout and €150m in investment, and finally chat to our climate tech reporter Freya Pratty, who's been looking into what’s been going on at Britishvolt — the UK battery startup that's fallen on unsteady financial ground.