Venture Capital/Podcast/ The former spy who’s helping VCs interrogate founders — Startup Europe, The Sifted Podcast This week on the pod, we talk about a new service that screens founders’ personalities based on techniques from the world of espionage By Steph Bailey 15 January 2023 \Venture Capital 9 European training programmes for wannabe VCs By Selin Bucak 21 February 2023 Venture Capital/Podcast/ The former spy who’s helping VCs interrogate founders — Startup Europe, The Sifted Podcast This week on the pod, we talk about a new service that screens founders’ personalities based on techniques from the world of espionage By Steph Bailey 15 January 2023 Every week on Startup Europe, The Sifted Podcast, we discuss the biggest things coming out of Europe’s tech and startup sector, share opinions and speak to the journalists breaking the stories. In fundraising news this week, we talk about Oxford-based startup OXcan, which just raised $3.7m to develop its cancer detection technology. Unlike the big scandal around Theranos, whose founder Elizabeth Holme was found guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy, OXcan is showing blood testing can save lives. Another startup based in Oxford and beginning with ox is Oxbotica. We talk through its latest raise, a chunky $140m Series C round to scale its autonomous driving tech, which it hopes will be able to automate any vehicle. Then we dig into Checkout.com’s latest financials. The company says it’s profitable, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at its UK entity. After the news, we’re joined by Dr Mridula Pore, cofounder of menopause and fertility-focused employee benefits platform Peppy. This week, the company raised $45m, which it plans to use to fund expansion in the US. We discuss how conversations about health have changed — and what’s next. Lastly, we’re joined by one of Sifted’s senior reporters, Tim Smith, who’s been speaking to a former spy who’s the cofounder of a new service called Dark Minds, which is teaching VCs to vet founders using techniques developed by assessing undercover spies. Listen to Startup Europe — The Sifted Podcast on Apple, Spotify and all major platforms. This podcast is brought to you by Zendesk for Startups. Zendesk helps startups build lasting customer experiences from day one. With the Zendesk for Startups Program, startups get Zendesk customer support software and CRM for six months free of charge. Learn more and claim your six months free here. Related Articles Baltic Sandbox targets €13m fund to develop deeptech ecosystem in the region By Zosia Wanat Click here to read more It shouldn’t be taboo for founders to take cash off the table early By Francisco Navas Click here to read more Wolt and Einride-backer EQT Ventures closes €1bn fund for early-stage startups By Eleanor Warnock Click here to read more 22 German VC and angel investors to follow on Twitter By Cecile Bussy Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Healthtech Is Daniel Ek’s new body scanner worth the hype? Sifted tried it out 2 \Venture Capital VC diversity needs to change — and white men need to take responsibility 3 \Venture Capital New €3.75bn European Investment Fund pot to back late-stage VCs 4 \Sustainability Counteract closes £15m fund for carbon removal solutions 5 \Mobility Was the $5bn that VCs plugged into escooters worth it?