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Today's line up:
  • Is the 'fintech vs big bank' culture war over?
  • Europe's next IPOs: who's getting rich?
  • How to figure out what stock options to offer
  • Meet Curb, the latest dark kitchen player which raised €20m


Is the 'fintech vs big bank' culture war over?

For many years, the relationship between big banks and fintechs has been reminiscent of that scene in Finding Nemo with the vegetarian sharks (banks) torn between befriending fish (fintechs) and having them for dinner.

But now, as fintech has matured, big banks want to harness their power and work in unison instead of against each other, thinks Sifted's senior reporter Isabel Woodford. (Well, most of them at least.)

Here's why. 

This column first appeared in our fintech newsletter. To get more of this directly into your inbox each Tuesday, sign up here!

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Everything you need to know about fintech’s future 

Sifted’s Fintech Unwrapped 2.0 Intelligence report reveals the startups powering change in the consumer payments sector. 

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\For Members European Tech

Europe's next IPOs: who's getting rich?

Despite a slow year for European tech floats in 2020, the market is showing signs of heating up again.

We've seen European tech successes raise record growth rounds in recent months, which totalled $14.3bn in Q1 2021, up 202% year over year. This raises the stakes for a second half of 2021 rife with possible European tech IPOs.

But who is looking the most likely to list? And who's going to get the €€€?

Sifted has dug into the market to find out.

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\Startup Life

How to figure out what stock options to offer

In startup land, it's become relatively common for companies to give their employees stock options, which can be converted in to shares at a pre-agreed price.

But how should companies decide how much equity to set aside for the team? Who should have a piece of the pie? And how do you budget equity?

Michelle Coventry, VP of people operations at FiveAI shares her words of wisdom.


Dark kitchen startup Curb raises €20m as the sector heats up

European startups have been keen to get in on dark kitchens over the past few months — Deliveroo's doubling the number of its dark kitchens and so is Glovo, while French dark kitchen startup Taster took home $37m in April.

Now Swedish startup Curb has come into the fray — backed by big investors like EQT Ventures — and is turning its focus towards heaps of hard data to narrow down exactly what customers want.

Freya Pratty reports.

\Sifted Talks

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• What does open banking innovation in payments look like?
• What issues need to be addressed before open banking payments become mainstream?
• Who are the fintechs to watch in this space?

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Events [digital only]

Wearable tech: How patients are becoming more involved in their health | Online | June 9
How is wearable technology allowing users to be more involved in their own health? Find out in this event by Talent Garden Dublin.

The rise of corporate venture capital | Online | June 10
Sifted and Dealroom have teamed up to bring you an expert panel on the growing role of corporate investment in the venture industry.

Corporate startup collaboration: scaling beyond the pilot | Online | June 16
The Next Web invites you to join its panel — featuring c-suites from companies like Purina and Unilever — to get advice on tackling a pilot scaleup like a pro.

Do consumers really want same day delivery? | Online | June 23 
Find out what’s real, what’s hype and who will come out on top in the last-mile delivery space during our next Sifted Talks.

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