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Podcasts were guys talking about tech, then along came Serial

Acast’s founders took a punt on a fledgling industry with their podcast platform that provides targeted ads – then the medium went mainstream In 2013, podcasts were not an attractive prospect for advertisers. Audio content was largely amateur, niche and unprofitable. But the industry was on the cusp of change, and two Swedish entrepreneurs saw its potential. Måns Ulvestam and Karl Rosander, founders of Acast, spotted that more and more people were listening to podcasts. “We contacted those who ran [them] and realised that their download rates were huge, and growing,” says Ulvestam. Continue reading…

Whitney Wolfe: ‘I’m worried we’re alienating the good guys’

After leaving Tinder, its co-founder wanted to change dating’s status quo – here she talks feminism, online trolling and why her app encourages equality “You’re reading about yourself, but you feel like you’re reading about a horrible stranger,” says Whitney Wolfe, founder and CEO of dating app Bumble. “It was a very perplexing and sad time.” She’s talking of the online reaction to the lawsuit she filed against Tinder alleging that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against while working for the company. Wolfe brought the case after leaving her role as co-founder and vice president of marketing at the now rival dating app. The case was settled for an undisclosed sum, but the experience initially turned Wolfe off the dating app business. Continue reading…

How bereaved parents became ‘accidental world leaders’ in 3D printing

Naveed and Samiya Parvez watched their son, who had cerebral palsy, suffer distressing measuring methods to get the splints and braces he needed. Now, they’ve revolutionised the process Naveed and Samiya Parvez built a business so that other families wouldn’t have to suffer what they did. The couple set up healthcare service Andiamo following the death of their nine-year-old son, Diamo. Diamo had cerebral palsy and relied on braces and splints, known as orthoses, to support and protect his body. The process of getting fitted for orthoses caused Diamo and his family so much distress that Naveed and Samiya became determined to find an alternative. Continue reading…

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