Intelligence Analyst

Sifted Intelligence Analyst

We’re looking for an analyst to work on Sifted Pro, our recently launched data and insight product. If the thought of spending your time researching Europe’s leading startups, investors and innovators excites you, please get in touch. 

This role would suit anyone that already has some experience conducting diligence on startups, market mapping, sector trend analysis etc. at a venture capital fund, consultancy, research provider or similar.

About Sifted

Sifted is a new media platform, backed by the Financial Times, reporting on the world of technology and startups in Europe. Two-and-a-half years after launching, our high-quality journalism is a must-read for many founders, investors and people working in startups across the continent.

Our team of reporters, based across Europe, aren’t chasing the latest funding announcements or product releases; plenty of other sites have got that covered. We are telling the stories that should be told — big startup trends, compelling company profiles and the everyday lessons that come from growing a business and messing up along the way.

We have grown from a standing start to over 500k monthly unique visitors, and 80k newsletter subscribers, and have a lively social media following, but there is much more to be done to both grow and consolidate our readership. Having recently launched membership, we want in particular to build stronger relationships with our most dedicated readers — while also attracting a broader audience to both our great journalism, our wide range of events and other commercial activities.

The problem we want to solve

Investors in public equities receive more sell side research than they could ever possibly read. Private equity investors have enough boutique research providers and consultancies to evaluate new deals. What about Venture Capitalists? Nothing apart from the odd needle in a haystack self published blog on Medium / LinkedIn / Substack, and opaque networks that may or may not deliver.

We are going to change that. As venture matures as an asset class, so must the information on which it runs. Startup databases are great but inherently backwards looking and lack context/analysis. As the leading media outlet on European startups we are read by key investors and decision makers in the ecosystem, and want to empower them by doing the research that will allow them to focus on their own individual value adds.

How you fit in

You understand the problem detailed above, most likely because you’ve previously done the work (either at an early stage fund or consultancy) and wondered why this hadn’t been done before. 

Core responsibilities include:

  • Regularly mapping different subsectors in the European startup ecosystem including
    • Market trends, competitive landscape, recent investment, key figures, future outlook
  • Developing workflows to capture the insight gained during Sifted’s journalistic work
  • Creating and writing subsector intelligence briefs (think sell side research but 2 instead of 100 pages), including: 
    • Market maps, informative charts, explanatory paragraphs, startup names to watch lists, conduct market research including contacting companies / funds
  • Building out the internal Sifted startup database

Requirements:

  • Interest in tech and startups and an understanding of how technology is transforming society and business
  • Previous experience conducting research on startups
  • Knowledge of Venture Capital as an asset class and the dynamics that drive deals
  • Comfort with uncertainty and the ability to change tack without experiencing discomfort (projects can arise/change focus at the last minute)
  • Willingness to build a business and define a role, this isn’t a plug and play position since it hasn’t been done before! 
  • Flexibility, as Sifted is a young business, a willingness to get involved in all aspects of the business as needed is key.
  • Whilst this role requires the ability to write clear, concise and informative briefings, it is not a journalistic role.

What are we like to work for?

We have a small-company mindset, but big company goals, and can draw on many of the strengths and benefits of a world-respected brand, the Financial Times. We’re friendly, hard-working and passionate about what we do. We have a flat structure, collaborate across disciplines and everyone has impact across many areas of the business. We value feedback, honesty and clear communication.

What we offer

  • Salary between £25-35k depending on experience, plus equity
  • Shiny new technical equipment – we’re a Mac shop generally, but are open to whatever suits your needs
  • £1,000 annual learning budget to spend on your own development and learning
  • 25 days of annual leave plus the usual public holidays
  • Monthly team lunches for our all-hands meeting and seemingly endless snacks
  • Regular team socials… (e.g. pub quizzes, dinners, rounders games)

Location

London (although we are open to semi-remote applicants — ie. people who could travel in 2/3 days per week)

How to apply

If this sounds like fun get in touch with the Head of Sifted Intelligence, Chris Sisserian, via [email protected] with a CV and an explanation of what you think is the biggest gap in the knowledge sector for early stage tech investors. Please note applications without a cover letter will not be considered.