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Today we're taking our first steps into community journalism, sharing our readers' stories of working in toxic startup environments. Plus:
  • Which are Europe's top unicorns on Glassdoor?
  • How to build your personal brand
  • How food sharing app Olio plans to actually make money
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan ups its Europe presence

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Harassment, 'blame culture', breakdowns: Sifted readers share their experiences of toxic workplaces

Following our investigation into the culture at speedy grocery startup Gorillas, we put the call out to our readers to find out about their experiences of challenging work environments.

282 readers replied: here's what we found. 

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Which are Europe’s top unicorns on Glassdoor?

Following a bumper year of VC investment into European startups, the continent’s unicorn herd has grown to record levels — with 72 new unicorns made in 2021 alone. 

But what do employees of these companies think of their workplace? We've worked with Glassdoor to find out.

Which startup came out top?


How to build a personal brand as a nobody in a startup ecosystem

Kim Oguilve was an outsider in the Finnish tech ecosystem who knew nothing about startups. She shares her tips to help you shape a solid personal brand inside a startup ecosystem.

Here's what she recommends. 


Food sharing app Olio raises $43m as neighbours scramble for free groceries

Sharing app Olio, which connects individuals who are looking to offload uneaten food and other household items to nearby neighbours, has raised a $43m Series B round led by DX Ventures, the VC arm of food delivery business Delivery Hero.

And it's figured out a way to make money.

How? Sarah Drumm finds out more.

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A&E and AR: How augmented reality is transforming surgery

From MRI scans to ultrasounds, imagery and technology have revolutionised medicine. But inside the operating room, surgeons still have a problem. 

One solution could be using AR headsets to visualise medical data superimposed onto a patient's body, potentially cutting surgery time by 20%.

So why aren’t they in the operating room yet?

News that Matters

👨‍🏫 Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan ups its Europe presence. The VC, one of Canada's largest public-pension investors, said Monday that it's appointed Avid Larizadeh Duggan as a managing director in Europe, putting more focus on the region. 

🇪🇸 Factorial, a Spanish HR software company has closed an $80m Series B funding round led by Tiger Global Management.

💸 Mooncard, a Paris-based fintech, has raised €20m for its platform automating employee expense accounts. The company says it'll use the money to expand to five European countries across the next year.

🚛 German startup arive has raised €6m for its platform that delivers a series of brands to customers' doors within 30 minutes. 

🇸🇪 Stravito, a Swedish startup that wants to become the 'Netflix for enterprise market research' has raised $14.6m in a Series A round led by Endeit Capital. 

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