News January 28, 2022: Norrsken VC, Databricks, making it as an outsider, and more

Here are today's news from Sweden's startup and tech sector, plus some interesting reads, exclusively for subscribers of Swedish Tech News.

This post has been unlocked and made available for free a month after publication.

Subscribe to Swedish Tech News to get access to a daily newsletter that brings you a brief overview of news from the Swedish startup & tech sector, curated by Martin Weigert.

Or, if you prefer a free weekly newsletter, subscribe to Swedish Tech Weekly!

News from Swedish startups, the tech sector and VCs

  • Agate Freimane, General Partner at Stockholm-based Norrsken VC, talks about the evolution and outlook of impact investing (English).
  • How Swedish entrepreneur Ali Ghodsi built the US-based enterprise software company Databricks, valued at $38B (Swedish / Affärsvärlden paywall, full PDF).  
  • 🎧 Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Klarna co-founder and CEO, talks with Deqa Abukar about how to achieve entrepreneurial success in Sweden as an outsider (Swedish, 47 minutes).

Other interesting things from the startup/VC world & beyond

  • Guide on how to improve a startup’s management training (English).
  • The tech sell-off has some venture capitalists worried we may be about to see a wave of "down rounds" (English).
  • The crypto selloff wiped $7 billion off balance sheets of 26 public corporations, but most companies have still made an overall profit on their investment (English).

Other interesting things from Sweden

  • Sweden approves plan to bury spent nuclear fuel for 100,000 years (English).
  • 🎧 NYT podcast conversation on the evolution and role of hiphop in Sweden, and how the high-profile shooting of rapper Einár thrust the music into the spotlight (English, 55 minutes).


That's it for today.

Martin Weigert

Martin Weigert

Martin is the founder of Swedish Tech News. Every day he spends many hours gathering and curating the latest from Sweden's startup & tech sector. Contact: