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We interview young entrepreneurs about their biggest challenges and dig deep into how they beat them, so that you can use their mindsets, tactics and tools on your own path to success.

We interview young entrepreneurs about their biggest challenges and dig deep into how they beat them, so that you can use their mindsets, tactics and tools on your own path to success.
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Switzerland

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We interview young entrepreneurs about their biggest challenges and dig deep into how they beat them, so that you can use their mindsets, tactics and tools on your own path to success.

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English


Episodes

Plants & Health: How any business can improve their employees’ health and reduce their buildings’ energy consumption w/ Oxygen at Work cofounder Manuel Winter

8/26/2019
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IF YOU LIKED THIS EPISODE, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE PODCAST. This episode brings us together with Manuel Winter, cofounder at Oxygen at Work, a startup that aims to Improve air quality in office spaces using natural plants in order to improve the health of employees and reduce the energy consumption of the buildings. In this episode we started off by looking at the startup’s creation story and how Manuel and his team got their first customer without really having a product...

Duration:00:48:04

EXPERT SERIES: Finding the best angel investors for your startup w/ Business Angel and President of Zurich at Business Angels Switzerland Johann Schlieper

7/23/2019
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This episode brings us together with Johann Schlieper, President of the Business Angels Switzerland network and an active investor himself, with a strong focus on market-driven innovations. Johann has founded three startups himself and primarily invests in technology and durable consumer goods startups. In this episode we started off by exploring the good and the bad sides of being an investor, what you need to become an investor yourself, the biggest mistakes to avoid when starting out...

Duration:00:39:02

WOMEN’S BUSINESS WEAR : Configuring your own business attire online w/ Snordtmade founder Sarah Maria Nordt

7/8/2019
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Before I jump into this week’s episode I wanted to take a moment to share one of the challenges many entrepreneurs in Switzerland - including me - face when building up a team of qualified and trustful people. When you’ve built your first prototype or MVP and are ready to go all in on your idea - maybe you even received some money from family, friends or first investors - when you get to that moment when you need someone to focus on the technical side of your startup you’ll quickly realize...

Duration:00:55:04

EXPERT SERIES: Launching an investment fund w/ VI Partners founding partner Alain Nicod

7/1/2019
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This episode brings us together with Alain Nicod, a business angel, founder of various startups like LeShop in 1997 and Partner at VI Partners. Alain likes searching for startups and meeting exceptional people, and he believes it’s important that an entrepreneur can manage the day-to-day firmly, be realistic and have good sales skills. In this episode we started off by exploring what he enjoys about being a partner at an investment fund of over CHF 100 million, and what he misses about...

Duration:00:38:12

FOOD DELIVERY: Fake invoices and working a full-time job next to your startup w/ Casola cofounders Linda Meier & Sofia Pique Meinecke

6/17/2019
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This episode brings us together with Linda and Sofia from Casola, the first online tapas bar in Zurich. Linda, Sofia and their third cofounder Claudia started with the idea three years ago, when they realized they weren’t happy with the daily food options in Zurich, and they were looking for something between low-cost supermarket food and high-end restaurant menus - something with a good quality AND an affordable price. We discuss the first steps that the three friends took after deciding...

Duration:00:45:54

CONTENT: Building a personal brand that reaches thousands of people, and why views don’t matter w/ GlobalTechBox founder Cédric Bollag

6/10/2019
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This episode brings us together with Cédric Bollag from GlobalTechBox, a startup enthusiast, aspiring entrepreneur, blogger, vlogger and future venture capitalist. Cédric hosts a weekly show called The Startup Show where he showcases startups and investors from different industries and stages, reaching on average 650k/month impressions across all of social media. Cédric has a passion for meeting new, interesting people which is one of the reasons he’s been so persistent and has published...

Duration:00:41:27

STARTUP LAUNCHER: Building the one-stop shop for early-stage ventures w/ AGORA founder Alex Balderstone

5/27/2019
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This episode brings us together with Alex Balderstone from AGORA, a virtual start-up launcher providing all the necessary tools for entrepreneurs, no matter the stage of their journey. Starting your own venture can be a scary project with many unknowns. How do you find the idea for your startup? How can you make sure not to make too many mistakes and fail? Where can you get support in form of advice and money? These and many more questions go through the heads of every aspiring startup...

Duration:00:31:28

FOOD: From plant-based meat to killing traditional recipes w/ Plant Jammer founder and CEO Michael Haase

5/20/2019
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This episode brings us together with Michael Haase from Plant Jammer, a startup that helps you empty your fridge with the best plant-based recipes and and also helps you stop food waste. Imagine the following situations… You are coming home after a long day at work. You open the fridge and you see some carrots, half an apple, soy sauce and mushrooms. What now?You found a nice cheap cauliflower in the supermarket, but don’t know what to do with itYour food is too salty, and you don’t know...

Duration:00:39:51

BLOCKCHAIN: A solution to some of the financial industry’s problems w/ Adjoint Regional General Manager Alan Cabello

5/13/2019
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This episode brings us together with Alan Cabello from Adjoint a startup that empowers businesses in the financial industry to achieve new levels of efficiency and control by delivering blockchain technology built specifically for their needs. Having Alan on and talk about hot technological topics like blockchain and API’s in layman's terms was super insightful and helped me better understand these important technologies that are gaining more and more attention these days. Alan also shared...

Duration:01:10:19

BUSINESS: Building a healthy company culture w/ Zenbusiness founder partner Ross Buhrdorf

5/6/2019
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This episode brings us together with Ross Buhrdorf from Zenbusiness, a startup that makes it simple, easy and accessible for everyone to start and run a small business. Ross, who is known for his ability in building teams and executing in a healthy company culture, is the former CTO of HomeAway, a home rental competitor to Airbnb that sold to Expedia for $3.9 billion in 2016. It was excited to have Ross on the show and get an insight into how a more seasoned entrepreneur is approaching the...

Duration:00:42:24

EXPERT SERIES: How to keep investors intrigued about your startup w/ Redalpine cofounding partner Michael Sidler

4/29/2019
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This episode is part of our EXPERT SERIES, in which we interview experts in the startup and business ecosystem, like investors and lawyers. Today I’m excited to share with you an interview my partner and I did with Michael Sidler from Redalpine, a seed stage venture capital firm investing in high tech companies in the field of ICT (internet/media/mobile) and Life Sciences. In our conversation we cover many of the questions we asked ourselves as founders when it comes to investors, like “how...

Duration:00:32:38

DELIVERY: How to build a startup and enjoy the ride w/ LuckaBox cofounder Aike Festini

4/23/2019
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“It’s the quality of the questions that tell my if [entrepreneurs] are going to make it or not.” - Aike Festini This episode brings us together with Aike Festini from LuckaBox, a startup that enables retailers to send their products to end customers via flexible delivery options. The LuckaBox team pays great attention to being green and will save over 12 tonnes of Co2 within the next five years, delivering goods by bike whenever possible. Aike and I met at a startup workshop years ago,...

Duration:00:33:23

LIFE INSURANCE: Digitizing a 300 year old product w/ Safeside cofounder Michael Klien

4/15/2019
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This episode brings us together with Michael Klien from Safeside, a startup that’s taking what our parents know as “buying life insurance” and making it simple, fast and digital. Most insurance companies sell multiple products bundled around the topic of life insurance, making it difficult to understand for most of the population. This in turn means that to understand these insurance products, most people require the help of an insurance professional, which means they need to take a few...

Duration:00:31:57

MENTAL HEALTH: How aiming for failure can help you reach your goals w/ Differ founder Geir Sand Nilsen

4/8/2019
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This episode brings us together with Geir Sand Nilsen from Differ, a startup that gives students a safe place to ask stupid questions, conversations to join, and peer mentors to talk to. Students are more stressed than ever. Loneliness, depression, and anxiety are key factors for lack of student engagement and university dropouts. 87% find it difficult to cope with their studies, 71% have or have had some kind of mental illness, 29% say they are lonely. In our conversation we cover how Geir...

Duration:00:35:00

EXPERT SERIES: Corporate Venture Capital w/ Ringier Digital Ventures Managing Director David Hug

4/1/2019
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This episode is part of our EXPERT SERIES, in which we interview experts in the startup and business ecosystem, like investors and lawyers. Today I’m excited to share with you an interview my partner and I did with David Hug, Managing Director at Ringier Digital Ventures, the corporate investment fund of the international media group Ringier. In our conversation we cover many of the questions we asked ourselves as founders when it comes to investors, like “what are the most important...

Duration:00:43:09

CLEANING: Batmaid’s rise to the Top 100 Swiss Startup Awards w/ Batmaid founder Eric Laudet

3/25/2019
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This episode brings us together with Eric Laudet from Batmaid, a startup that lets you book trusted house cleaners in a blink of an eye. It enables households to book their hand-picked and declared cleaning professionals in less than 60 seconds for a one-off cleaning or with a particular frequency. Batmaid's business model creates jobs, fights against the black market and removes the hassle of hiring a maid on the client’s side. Last but not least, Batmaid is able to offer the lowest price...

Duration:00:52:06

MONEY: Eradicating paper bills w/ Billte founder and CEO Andrea Girasole

3/18/2019
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This episode brings us together with Andrea Girasole from Billte, a startup that offers and end-to-end invoicing software that lets them do your invoicing, while you run your business. In our conversation we cover how Andrea started out, how being part of an accelerator program helped him in the starting phase of his startup, how Billte acquires customers, and more. I’m super excited to share this episode with you today, enjoy! IF YOU LIKED THIS EPISODE, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE...

Duration:00:52:09

ALGAE: Why they might well be our main source of protein in the future w/ Alver cofounder and COO Majbritt Byskov-Bridges

3/11/2019
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Click here to buy your START SUMMIT ticket and get 20% off by using the promo code StartupStories@Summit This episode brings us together with Majbritt Byskov-Bridges from Alver, an startup that has developed and brought to market one of the healthiest, tastiest and most sustainable source of protein and nutrients on the planet, that in the future might very well replace most of the meat we consume today. Their innovation is a micro algae called Golden Chlorella, that compared to the...

Duration:00:28:55

EXPERT SERIES: Moving Switzerland’s Digitization Forward w/ Digital Switzerland Managing Director Nicolas Burer and Startup Ecosystem Builder Matthias Zwingli

3/4/2019
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This episode brings us together with Nicolas Burer and Matthias Zwingli from Digital Switzerland, an organisation that comprises more than 130 leading companies, organisations, academia and politics to achieve its mission to establish Switzerland as a leading European digital-innovation hub. Working with startups is an integral part of this mission which is why I was super excited to hear they would join us for an episode of our expert series. Nicolas Burer is the Managing Director of...

Duration:00:44:36

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: From living in earth houses in Africa to finishing his PhD in Zurich w/ Oxara founder Gnanli Landrou

2/25/2019
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“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”– Gnanli Landrou, founder of Oxara IF YOU LIKE THIS PODCAST, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE PODCAST. For today’s episode we have a chat with Gnanli Landrou, founder of Oxara (meaning ‘community’ in Kabiye). Oxara is a startup that uses construction waste, especially excavation material to build safe, affordable and sustainable housing. It is a low CO2, low-cost alternative for conventional concrete used in housing. Get ready to...

Duration:00:59:24