November 27, 2022

FTX fallout hits Europe... and Starling Bank — Startup Europe, The Sifted Podcast

This week on the pod, we discuss FTX and whether Europe is having a dotcom moment

Steph Bailey

1 min read

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

This week, we have a show full of juicy stories. First, we chat to our fintech reporter Amy O’Brien, to discuss the ongoing fallout from the collapse of crypto exchange FTX. We go through Starling Bank's crypto ban and whether European tech is having a dotcom moment.

Then, we’re joined by Zosia Wanat dialling in from Warsaw, who’s been following the fallout from a controversial decision made at the tech conference Slush. A prestigious startup pitching award — with a prize of €1m — was given to a startup with Russian founders. It's since been revoked

Lastly, we turn to the news that Elizabeth Holmes — founder of bogus blood testing startup Theranos — has been sentenced to 11 years in jail. We're joined by Hamish Grierson, founder of at-home diagnostics startup Thriva, to discuss whether there's still bad blood in diagnostics.


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. You’ll get access to expert advice and a community of likeminded founders and CX leaders to help you build the foundation for long-term growth. Learn more and claim your six months free here.

Steph Bailey

Steph Bailey is head of content at Sifted. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn