In winter, Sweden is cold and dark, yet still buzzing with entrepreneurial fervour. Strategies for Growth Editor Dan Matthews travelled to Stockholm to experience first-hand its bustling world of technology and startups. Photos by Christian AslundMy first act upon arriving in Stockholm was to get into the wrong cab. Many taxi firms operate a shuttle service from the airport into the city, but the charges aren’t standardised.
Since the dotcom boom, advances in technology have provided a conduit for fraud. The digital space is perfect for criminals – it’s dark and ungoverned, plus it grants easy access to a colossal number of eager, vulnerable consumers. And while technology evolves and updates quickly, providing loopholes for scammers, the law is a slow and lumbering animal. It is especially weak in the face of international frauds cooked up in one country and spooled out in another.
In the world of work there is no bigger story than the gig economy. Since it first hit the headlines, the media has targeted organisations that thrive on flexible, no-strings labour. From Uber to Sports Direct large businesses have felt the sharp end of legal disputes and, as a result, public opinion has shifted. Some employers are downright against it: “It’s ultimately a way of reducing costs and responsibility of human beings for an organisation whilst increasing flexibility.