The Stockholmer Podcast

The Stockholmer Podcast Podcast

Meet the most inspiring and innovative people living in Sweden's capital. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage delves into the city's startup, design, food, culture and health scenes, to sound out the entrepreneurs and creatives who are making Stockholm special, troubleshooting its challenges and shaping its future. Episodes are in English and designed for you to hear and share in around 15 minutes.

S3 E16 | The tech boss nurturing Stockholm’s future disruptors
Brendan Ives is in charge of a new generation of mobile and digital solutions as Managing Director of Division X - the innovation hub at Swedish telecoms company Telia. Brendan moved to Europe from New Zealand with just a backpack in the early 2000s (in the days before smartphones and social media) and now he’s helping today’s disruptors to trailblaze the trends of the future. In this episode he touches on his personal journey, his experience coaching emerging startups and his views on how tech is set to tr...

S3 E15 | The serial cofounder rescuing Sweden's leftover food
Elsa Bernadotte is on a mission to rescue leftover meals as the cofounder and Chief Operating Officer at one of Sweden’s fastest growing food apps, Karma. The sustainability-focussed company was listed among the hottest Stockholm startups by Wired magazine earlier this year. It's attracted more than a million dollars in investment and has a growing international team. Aged 29, Elsa’s already made one successful business exit, selling her first venture - a frozen snack startup called Popfruits. In this episo...

S3 E14 | The sailing tech star behind Sweden’s #MeToo
Carolin Solskär grew up on a tiny island in west Sweden and spent her teenage years and early twenties touring the world as a chef on sailing boats. But she switched direction, studied computer science and business in Stockholm and quickly became one of the most talked about graduates in the tech industry, after launching two startups while still a student and later being shortlisted for Sweden's IT Girl of the Year prize in 2016. As #MeToo spread across the planet in October 2017, she put the wind in the s...


S3 E13 | The sales manager stirring up Sweden’s curry scene
Anju Khanna’s parents brought curry to Sweden in the sixties. Now she's reshaping the country's Indian food scene for the next generation. After enjoying a successful corporate sales career in London and New York, Anju's gone back to her roots and teamed up with her sister to launch Systrarna Khanna, selling the family’s special spice blends in delicatessens in Stockholm and beyond. You can support The Stockholmer’s fully independent journalism by making a one-off secure contribution of any amount. Click th...

S3 E12 | The high school dropout leading a green revolution
Hjalmar Nilsonne is the CEO of green gadget company Watty, which raised more than 3 million dollars in 2016 and was recently listed as among the 100 hottest startups in Europe by Wired magazine. The company makes a gadget that helps users save money on domestic energy bills and cut down on carbon emissions. But by tracking when things are switched on or not, it's also transforming the way customers interact with their homes, from checking they remembered to turn off their hair straighteners, to checking up ...

S3 E11 | The entrepreneur helping creatives to start coding
Sandra Hindskog is the co-founder of both Tjejer kodar, which runs coding camps for women in cities including Stockholm, Berlin and Barcelona, and Technigo - a pop up tech school for men and women based in the Swedish capital. Sandra was listed among Sweden’s most inspiring 100 female role models by Expressen, one of the nation’s biggest newspapers, and named by Elle Sweden as among the most powerful women in tech. In this episode she explains her passion for programming and why she wants more people from d...


S3 E10 | The cancer survivor restitching the textile industry
Malin Bobeck creates smart textile installations, using optical fibres and LED lights to bring fabrics to life and make them responsive to sound and touch. She’s also a proud member of the Burning Man community and a cancer survivor. In this episode she shares how surviving her illness gave her the courage to pursue her dream career. You can support The Stockholmer’s fully independent journalism by making a one-off secure contribution of any amount. Click the DONATE button on thesthlmer.com....

S3 E09 | The shoe designer who reshaped the cosmetics industry
Victoria Senkpiel cofounded one of the world’s biggest online beauty subscription services, Glossybox, which delivers hand-picked products to hundreds of thousands of homes each month. Based in Stockholm, she now works as a haute footwear designer for her own self-named shoe brand, while remaining Managing Director for Glossybox in the Nordics. In this episode she discusses the challenges of disrupting the cosmetics industry, why she has put dating on hold in order to fulfil her dreams and her mission to us...

S3 E08 | The influencer who transformed his life by going running
From working front-of-house at one of Stockholm's biggest clubs, Trädgarden, to reshaping the city's running community as co-captain of Ssideline City Run Club, Kristian Hell has come a long way since he moved to Europe from Australia eight years ago, on a one-way ticket with no set plans. Now a major influencer in thecapital's creative and wellness scenes, he has collaborated with big Swedish brands such as Peak Performance and holds the title of Lifestyle Concierge at one of the city's most unique hotels,...


S3 E07 | The bestselling writer helping Swedes tackle depression
Christian Dahlström overcame a number of mental health problems in his twenties and wanted to help others do the same. His first book ‘Panic Anxiety and Depression’ is a bestseller in Sweden, offering tips to readers and providing an accessible overview of medical literature. He’s gone on to make a living as a motivational speaker, write a memoir and host Sweden’s top podcast on mental health, Sinnessjukt. You can support The Stockholmer’s fully independent journalism by making a one-off secure contribution...

S3 E06 | The Angel investing in Stockholm’s future
Anette Nordvall is one of Stockholm’s most influential Angel investors, as part of the investment network Stoaf. Among The Stockholmer's most opinionated interviewees so far, she’s not impressed by the sheer volume of people in Stockholm who describe themselves as an "entrepreneur", but she’s on a mission to share her money with the innovators she truly believes could disrupt the future. Unlike many podcasts, we say no to branded content and host-read advertising and safeguard the quality of our programmes ...

S3 E05 | LIVE EDITION | How is this Syrian transforming integration in Stockholm?
In The Stockholmer's first edition recorded live in front of an audience, the show's host Maddy Savage catches up with Imad Elabdala, the Syrian author behind the world’s first children’s therapy book with a refugee hero. His interview for the podcast in January 2017 was the most-listened-to episode of Season 2. Now, the social entrepreneur is embracing new projects, including an innovative learning platform for teachers and children, a Ted Talk and numerous television appearances. Unlike many podcasts, we ...


S3 E04 I The businesswoman behind Sweden’s biggest blog
Isabella Löwengrip started blogging when she was just 14 and quickly became one of the biggest influencers in the Nordics. Her blog reaches 1.3 million readers a week and she runs several successful beauty, fashion and finance companies, alongside raising two young children. But she tells The Stockholmer she’s also struggled with a very public divorce, media criticism and making close friends. Unlike many podcasts, we say no to branded content and host-read advertising and safeguard the quality of our progr...

S3 E03 I The extreme sports star making a living from the wilderness
Staffan Björklund has built a career out of doing extreme sports. The Swede is one of the Nordic nation's top adventure racers, navigating his way through wilderness terrain around the world. He was part of the Peak Performance team that famously adopted an injured jungle dog called Arthur in 2014, making global headlines. In this episode he shares his current challenges and future dreams. Unlike many podcasts, we say no to branded content and host-read advertising and safeguard the quality of our programme...

S3 E02 I The R&B star standing up for sisterhood
Sherihan Hersi -- Cherrie to her friends and fans -- is one of Sweden’s biggest emerging artists. She recently picked up a Swedish Grammy award for 2017's Best Hip Hop/Soul Artist and has collaborated with stars including Stormzy, Seinabo Sey and Zara Larsson. The 27-year-old is proud to have spent her teenage years growing up in Rinkeby, one of Stockholm's most notorious suburbs, where she says she made friends for life. In this episode she discusses her concerns about crime and mental health problems in h...


S3 E01 I The nuclear physicist transforming global birth control
Elina Berglund is the cofounder of Natural Cycles, the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive. She’s also a physicist who worked on the team that found the Higgs Boson particle at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), in one of the biggest science experiments of all time. But her success comes after plenty of challenges. In this episode she tells The Stockholmer how she tackled them. Unlike many podcasts, we say no to branded content and host-read advertising and safeguard...

S2 E10 I The author of the first children's therapy book with a refugee hero
Syrian-born Imad Elabdala was so worried about the impact of war on children around the world that he quit his engineering job in Stockholm to try and find a solution. The result is the first story book starring a refugee hero that's specifically designed to tackle mental health problems. It's going into production after a successful campaign on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter....

S2 E09 I The vintage fashion lover restyling how we shop
Lisa Gautier has turned her passion for fashion into an app that connects shoppers with the best vintage stores across Europe. She’s on a mission to make our wardrobes more unique, while helping the environment along the way....


S2 E08 I The tech addict who tweeted herself into a dream career
Three years ago Maral Kalajian was jobhunting. In December 2016 she was ranked among the top 100 most influential names in Scandinavia’s startup scene, by tech site The Nordic Web. In this episode she tells The Stockholmer how she tweeted herself into her dream career....

S2 E07 I The expat who became one of Sweden's biggest comics
Al Pitcher is one of Sweden’s most successful standup comedians, even though all his shows are in English. In this episode of The Stockholmer he discusses Swedish coffee breaks, Justin Bieber and why he'll never regret quitting his day job. Expect a few chuckles along the way....


S2 E06 I The jewellery designer who swapped finance for fun
Cecilia Kores was set for a career in finance when an unexpected trip to India drew her to explore a new life as a jewellery designer instead. She now runs a successful business from Stockholm, has a cult following on Instagram and has big plans to make her brand global....

S2 E05 I The foodie who wants us to eat insects for lunch
Josefin Strömberg quit her job in politics to launch a startup selling insect food. She says that eating creepy crawlies can keep you healthy and help save the planet. But despite winning several innovation awards for her work, it's also proving controversial. She tells The Stockholmer about the challenges of realizing her dream....

S2 E04 I The former Nomad crowdfunding goats to fight poverty
Mohamed Jimale is a former Nomad from Somalia who's developed a crowdfunding app - for goats. By getting people around the world to invest in the furry animals online, he’s been able to help Somali farmers make their lives more sustainable....


S2 E03 I The high-flying CEO who still thinks he's an underdog
Daniel Daboczy is a hugely successful entrepreneur who created the global crowdfunding platform Funded by Me. But he still views himself as an underdog. In this episode he tells The Stockholmer why struggling with confidence can actually be a blessing in business....

S2 E02 I The blind Paralympic sprinter turned musical legend
Wu Jing is a professional musician, a former Paralympic sprinter for China and the first blind performer in the world to play on stage as part of a Symphony orchestra. She made history thanks to groundbreaking sensory technology created in her adopted home city, Stockholm....

S2 E01 I The adventurer who sold everything to climb Everest
Adventurer and entrepreneur Robin Trygg became the youngest Swede in history to climb Mount Everest in 2011 and reached the summit again in summer 2016. He has twice sold everything he owns to fund his travels and tells The Stockholmer why he keeps taking risks to pursue his passion....


S1 E16 I The startup whizz shooting Sweden towards a cashless future
Jacob de Geer is one of Sweden’s most successful serial entrepreneurs, having worked on the launch of four media and tech firms. Since 2010 he’s been at the helm of iZettle, the fast-growing global payments company that’s helping small businesses to go cashless. The Stockholmer went to find out what makes him tick. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage delves into ...

S1 E15 I The chef who reached for Sweden's first sushi Michelin star
Carl Ishizaki is the chef behind the only Asian restaurant in Sweden with a Michelin star. His small, unpretentious sushi bar was one of the more surprising eateries to grab the attention of judges earlier this year. The Stockholmer went to get a taste of his project. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage delves into the city's startup, design, food, culture and we...

S1 E14 I The dazzling designer lighting up Stockholm's streets
Chiara Carucci is bringing a glow to housing and business projects across Stockholm by creating both outdoor and indoor lighting designed to mitigate the effects of Sweden's long, dark, winters. She was recently voted one of the top 40 under 40 working in her field and took The Stockholmer to her workspace at Swedish engineering firm ÅF. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor ...


S1 E13 I The graffiti artist putting his tag on the tech scene
24-year-old Artan Mansouri grew up spray painting in Stockholm's northern suburbs, but his work ended up on the walls inside one of the city's most famous museums. Now the creative is using his skills to transform Sweden's wearable technology sector. He took The Stockholmer to the spot where he first became inspired. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage delves int...

S1 E12 I The entrepreneur bringing back the neighbourhood kid
Remember getting asked to a wash a car, paint a fence or babysit for a neighbour when you were growing up? This episode is about the startup that’s trying to reconnect communities by helping teenagers to score their first local jobs. The Stockholmer joined it’s founder Jacob Rudbäck for a rainy coffee break by his office on Södermalm island, just south of the city centre. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this ...

S1 E11 I The yoga teacher calming Swedes with Japanese traditions
Born in Tokyo, Ai Hiroshima Hjelm ended up moving to Stockholm after meeting her husband in a very famous Swedish furniture store. Now the yoga teacher is bringing a taste of the east to the city's thriving wellness scene, to help stressed-out Stockholmers unwind in new and challenging ways. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage delves into the city's startup, des...


S1 E10 I The model who refused to be too big for the industry
Agnes Hedengård got more than five million hits when she posted a video of herself in her underwear last year to reveal a body that doctors said was underweight, but fashion houses refused to hire. She’s since become a vocal campaigner against rigid body measurements in the global modelling industry and gave The Stockholmer an update on her progress. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC r...

S1 E09 I The marketeer putting digital nomads on cloud nine
Julian Stubbs doesn’t believe in bosses or offices. He believes in flexible working from anywhere on the planet. The Brit is the co-founder of the first global cloud-based branding and communications agency. It was launched in Stockholm, but has international members around the world. The Stockholmer caught up with him to debate the dreams and challenges of the growing e-ployment industry. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the oth...

S1 E08 I The actor with the longest commute in Hollywood
Greg Poehler is probably Stockholm's most famous American. After quitting his job as a New York lawyer, he wrote and acted in the hit sitcom Welcome to Sweden, co-produced with his sister Amy Poehler. Now starring in a new romantic comedy series about a three-way relationship, he discusses the opportunities and obstacles surrounding life in his adopted city. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. For...


S1 E07 I The globe-trotting travel photographer who opened her heart to Stockholm
Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade Åkerström spent her childhood obsessed with maps and art, but ended up working as a computer programmer in the US. Then a Swedish guy she met online changed her life and set her on a road towards becoming an award-winning travel photographer. Now based in Stockholm, her work has appeared in publications including National Geographic Traveler, The Guardian, The Lonely Planet and The New York Times. In this episode she captures the passions and challenges that shape her life in t...

S1 E06 I The coffee addicts using your caffeine fix to spread positive vibes
Pontus Rosberg and Martin Grewin are using Sweden’s obsession with coffee to improve the lives of schoolgirls in Africa. They spent two years visiting Ethiopia in search of the perfect bean as well as the ideal development project to benefit from their profits. The Stockholmer got a taste of how their business is brewing. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage del...

S1 E05 I The smart guitar maker who's composing musical history
Italian music obsessive Michele Benincaso bought a one-way ticket to Sweden in 2007. Now he's leading an international tech team that's creating the world's first smart guitar. It's an instrument that's also a wireless speaker and allows performers to share their sounds on social media. The Stockholmer went to check out the prototype. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Madd...


S1 E04 I The creative who wears the same outfit to work every day
Matilda Kahl has been wearing the exact same outfit to work every day since 2012. The Swede began her project as a rebellion against New York's fashion-obsessed advertising industry. Now working as a Creative Manager for Sony Music back in her home city, the proud feminist tells The Stockholmer why she's sticking to her style. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Sava...

S1 E03 I The housemates who eat, sleep and work together and want you to join them
Six of them share bunk beds, while half a dozen others are spread out in single or twin rooms. Why? They're a bunch of global entrepreneurs who want to save cash and inspire each other while they build their businesses. The Stockholmer got a glimpse inside their unusual home, where they're also hatching an even bigger project designed to tackle the city's housing crisis. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this ...

S1 E02 I The unlikely app developer helping fellow refugees
Syrian Khaled Moustafa knew nothing about tech when he moved to Stockholm, but he ended up creating an app that's helping thousands of refugees settle into their new lives in Europe. Here he tells The Stockholmer how he did it and why he's passionate about his adopted city. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspiring people living in Sweden's global capital by downloading the other shows in this series. Former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage delves into the city's startup, design, food, cultur...


S1 E01 I The burger lover who transformed Stockholm's food scene
Thought Swedish food was all about meatballs? No way. Stockholm's getting a global reputation for its gourmet burger scene and it's thanks to entrepreneur Jon Widegren. He launched the city's first burger shack, Flippin' Burgers in 2012 after blogging his way around the US testing recipes and then asking future customers in Sweden to crowdfund his restaurant. Now he's got some new tasty projects on the go and he's given The Stockholmer a sneak preview. Enjoy this episode? Meet more innovative and inspi...

The Stockholmer trailer
A sneak preview of the podcast that profiles Stockholm's most inspiring voices. Presented and produced by former BBC radio anchor Maddy Savage, the series launches in May 2016....