News March 31: Klarna, Readly, Mat.se, Voi, porkchop and more

Here is today's curation of news from Sweden's startup and tech sector.

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News from Swedish startups, the tech sector and VCs

  • Klarna is opening up its proprietary Open Banking platform and technology to banks, merchants and fintechs unter the brand Klarna Kosma (English).
  • Readly, struggling Växjö-based subscription service for digital magazines, is cutting around 30 jobs including consultants, which represents around 20 % of the workforce. The service also plans to raises prices (English, Swedish).
  • Mat.se, Gothenburg-based online grocery store which was recently acquired by Swedish competitor Mathem, is laying off all its 25-30 employees. The brand will eventually be shut down (Swedish, machine translation).
  • Voi will be one of three operators - alongsid Tier and Bolt - to provide shared e-scooter services in Oslo after having won a public tender (English, Swedish).
  • Matija Milenovic, co-founder of Stockholm-based spacetech startup porkchop, in an article about Sweden's lack of effort and reasonable rules for attracting foreign talent: "There are a lot of smart people out there who could bring so much value to Sweden, and they’re being kept out for stupid reasons." (English).

Other interesting things from the startup/VC world & beyond

  • Apple finally lets "reader" apps like Spotify, Kindle and Netflix link to their own sites (English).

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That's it for today.

Martin Weigert

Martin Weigert

Stockholm