Spotify has had enough – threatens to stop Swedish expansions
The founders of Spotify are putting pressure on Sweden’s politicians. And their message is clear: Address a number of problems or risk losing Spotify, the founders write in an open letter Tuesday.
‘‘Sweden currently has a momentum. Established start-ups such as Spotify, Skype, King, Mojang and Klarna make up, together with a number of other newly started companies and the access to funds, a cluster of high-end services that lead to employment, tax revenues, innovations and attracts talents from all across the world,’’ Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon write.
The founders have given politicians three demands that needs to be addressed.
- Access to housing, especially rentals, must improve.
- The education system must evolve so more people can work as programmers and developers to meet the demand.
- Tax rules must be simplified. Spotify wants to, for example, make it easier to make co-workers partners.
‘‘If no changes happen we must consider expanding in other countries than Sweden,’’ Ek and Lorentzon write.SpotifyDaniel EkMartin Lorentzon