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Looking to relocate and enter the world of the digital nomad? In today's newsletter, we've got a list of the top destinations you should head to — with a few surprises. Also today...
  • Meet the man coaching the new class of millionaire gamers
  • The top smart city startups to watch
  • Europe's AI recruitment bias problem 

\Startup Life 

Turns out a freezing island in Norway is pretty great for digital nomads 


London is famed for its history, culture and financial clout. But it’s not a good place to live if you’re a digital nomad — the city came in 78th out of 100 in a ranking of remote working destinations. 

There are a few surprises on the list — Norway's Svalbard, a remote archipelago with 3k people, placed sixth.

Here are the top destinations for remote work.

\Our latest report 

Have you heard of the metaverse?


The ‘metaverse’ is a sci-fi version of the future where you can work, shop and live virtually — and it’s set the gaming industry buzzing. But what does this mean for the future of education?

Read Sifted’s Game On report here to find out.

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Meet the coach of the new class of millionaire gamers


Anders Ekman has turned his love of a popular multiplayer shooter game into a business. 

His two-year-old company Leetify, based in Stockholm, sells statistical analysis to players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (game objective: kill the opposing team). 

Leetify's part of a swell of startups selling guidance to players. 

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14 smart city startups to watch, according to VCs

City populations are only going to grow — an extra 2.5bn people are projected to be living in urban environments by 2050 compared to today. 

Enter smart city technology, which is poised to help conserve increasingly limited resources like energy and water as the population rises.

We asked investors to pick their favourite startups working in the space.

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\Opinion

Why isn't Europe cracking down on biased recruitment algorithms?

EU policymakers say they want to chart a 'third-way' for AI regulation — one that respects human rights like privacy. But they're ignoring one key factor: race. 

Nowhere is this more critical than in job recruitment — where job seekers are left to the mercy of biased algorithms on digital job platforms.

Is there a better way to use algorithms?

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Is construction too big to disrupt?


Join our next Sifted Talks to hear from experts including Foundamental founding partner Patric Hellermann, Leonard SEED programme associate Tara Mirkovic, and Material Mapper cofounder and CEO Ieva Sibilla Strupule to learn all about how startups are disrupting the industry.

Join us on October 14. 

News that Matters

🍏 Ocado's invested in Wayve, a startup working on self-driving technology for autonomous deliveries. Ocado put £10m into the business

📦 Huboo, which runs ecommerce warehouses and fulfilment systems, has closed an $81m Series B round led by Mubadala Capital, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund.

🐕 Lassie, a pet insurance startup, has raised a 2m seed round. 2021 has been a big year for pet insurance: the industry's brought in a record amount of funding.

🏘️ Plum Guide, an online platform for high end vacation homes, has raised a $9m funding round led by transatlantic VC Beringea. It raised £14m back in 2019 — but then a pandemic happened...

📱 Cord, a startup offering an API to add Slack-like collaboration features to any app, has raised a $17.5m Series A round led by Index. 

💻 Cambridge-based Profian has raised €4.3m in seed funding led by Project A Ventures and Illuminate Financial. The company provides products for confidential computing.

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🐕 Pet owners can often be excluded from rental properties. Policy changes may help, but meanwhile, tech startups are offering some solutions.

🌎 Sustainability investing. Investors poured €2.4bn into European sustainability startups in the past three months. Here are hottest investments. 

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