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UKTN Podcast: Element founders reveal an unexpected early pivot and nearly ‘pulling the escape cord’

UKTN podcast Element

Episode five of the UKTN Podcast is out now. This week’s show features two guests: Matthew Hodgson and Amandine Le Pape, co-founders of secure collaboration messaging platform Element.

During the show, Element CEO Hodgson and COO Le Pape reveal how close the company came to bankruptcy and how Element pivoted its customer base early on.

London-based Element set out to build a protocol that would become what Hodgson calls the “missing communication layer of the web”.

Element runs on the open-source Matrix standard and lets organisations deploy their own decentralised equivalents of WhatsApp or Slack that are fully end-to-end encrypted.

Or as Hodgson explained to UKTN Podcast host Mark McDonagh, Element is to Matrix what Netscape was for the early web....