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There was big news on the healthtech front last week as Babylon listed on the New York Stock Exchange. We take a deep dive into European telehealth and find out who's carving up the ever-growing market, plus:
  • Sifted readers tell us what they think of hybrid working
  • What managers can learn from award-winning TV show Ted Lasso
  • Where the power lies at fintech giant Klarna

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What do Sifted readers think of hybrid work?

From newfound freedom and seeing work pals in-person to technical teething problems and tackling the dreaded commute, Sifted readers tell us how they feel about the new world of work.

Here's what the people think.

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What's next for European telehealth?

As digital health giant Babylon goes public, we take a deep dive into the digital doctor app landscape in Europe.

With easing regulation, digital acceleration and money flying around European tech like never before, telehealth is (finally) taking off. But it's not all champagne and party poppers in the sector, and big questions remain over how to effectively scale across borders.

Here's the state of play.

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Need a model for empathetic management? Look to Ted Lasso

Are you a manager? Then you should be watching TV show Ted Lasso.

From building trust to using empathy as a management tool, the programme is a masterclass on leadership in a multicultural setting, according to design executive Zaharenia Atzitzikaki.

Here are the key takeaways.


Who runs the show at Klarna?

CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski might make all the headlines, but he's not the only one pulling the strings at the buy now, pay later giant.

We've tracked down the company's 15 most senior figures, who are leading the behemoth as it looks to stay ahead of the growing competition.
Meet the people with power at the $45bn fintech.

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News that Matters

πŸƒ Europe's biggest climate VC has just come out of stealth. Berlin-based World Fund is hoping to close the fund at €350m and has currently raised half of that. Portfolio companies must be able to show they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 megatonnes annually β€” which is about a quarter of the UK's total last year.

🌿 The fastest growing region for climate tech? Europe. VC funding into climate tech firms has skyrocketed since 2016 on the continent, reaching $8bn this year so far. Sifted finds out which startups have snapped up the most cash.

πŸ’° Change Ventures pumps more money into its second fund. The Baltic VC has increased its Fund II to almost €43m in commitments. Several new LPs have joined, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

πŸ›΄ Escooter startup Tier has raised $200m. And there's more where that came from. The raise is just the first close of the Series D round, which will be a mix of debt and equity.

πŸš€ Promus Ventures has closed a β‚¬120m space fund. The new fund will be based out of Luxembourg, and is just the latest space-specific fund to emerge in recent times. VCs poured $8.7bn into the industry in Q3 alone.

πŸ’Έ B2B buy now, pay later fintech Billie has raised $100m. The Series C round values the startup at an eye-catching $640m, and comes amid a busy year for the sector as investors rush to jump on the BNPL bandwagon. 

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πŸ’» VCs name top startups tackling hybrid work. With more than two thirds of businesses fully transitioning to hybrid, the nascent sector is ripe for innovation. Sifted spoke to several top investors β€” from firms including Sequoia and LocalGlobe β€” to find out which startups are the ones to watch. [Member]

πŸ“‰ 63% of failed investments down to skills gaps in sales and marketing. Specialist scaleup investor Scaleup Capital has published the results of its survey of financial advisers and the UK-based companies they cover. It found that the lack of scaling experience of founders was holding startups back. 
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