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Teaser: Daniel Krauss on building FlixBus and the key to outpacing your competition

Daniel Krauss is Co-Founder & CIO of Flixbus, which is one of Europes's biggest recent success startup stories. After starting operations in 2013, Flixbus has quickly established itself as Europe’s largest intercity bus network provider that offers an affordable, alternative, and green way to travel. The startup has raised several funding rounds from leading VCs like Silver Lake Partners, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures and General Atlantic and recently also started to offer travel options via...


Sophie Chung on why Germany is behind in digital health

Dr. Sophie Chung is Founder & CEO of Qunomedical, a digital health platform that provides its clients access to affordable high-quality healthcare worldwide. With Qunomedical, patients can e.g. find information about procedures, doctors, hospitals, pricing, and destinations. Among others, users can obtain quotes from the hospital of their choice directly through the platform. Based in Berlin, the startup has raised around 2m€ in funding from top-notch VCs like Project A Ventures, 500...


Jörg Rheinboldt on how to pick winners

Jörg Rheinboldt is a legendary serial tech entrepreneur and investor that has played an integral part in setting up and financing some of Germany's most successful online companies, such as (which was acquired by eBay only six months after launch) and N26. He also founded non-profit, which makes donations possible for various causes. Today, he continues to help building companies and making things happen in his role as founding CEO of APX (an accelerator by Axel...


From Scratch 06 | Florian Heinemann teaches how to acquire first users and build a marketing machine

In our sixth #FromScratch masterclass, Florian Heinemann taught our audience how to acquire first users and build a marketing machine when starting a company. Florian is Europe’s number one online marketing expert. Since 2012, he is a Founding Partner of the operational VC firm Project A Ventures. Prior, he was Managing Director of Rocket Internet. In this role, he was instrumental in building Zalando, Global Fashion Group, and eDarling. Before joining Rocket, Florian co-founded several...


Teaser: From Scratch 06 | Florian Heinemann teaches how to acquire first users and build a marketing machine

In our sixth #FromScratch masterclass, Florian Heinemann taught our audience how to acquire first users and build a marketing machine when starting a company. Florian is Europe’s number one online marketing expert. Since 2012, he is a Founding Partner of the operational VC firm Project A Ventures. Prior, he was Managing Director of Rocket Internet. In this role, he was instrumental in building Zalando, Global Fashion Group, and eDarling. Before joining Rocket, Florian co-founded several...


Felix van de Sand on best-practices and common mistakes in UX design

Felix van de Sand is Co-Founder of COBE, a digital agency focused on UX design. COBE provides a variety of services to its clients, ranging from design thinking to coding. Mobile and web app development agency also belongs to the group as well as popular Fantasy Football Manager Kickbase, which was initially only built as a design project but ended up becoming one of Germany's most popular apps among football fans. In this episode, we discuss with Felix best practices and common...


Ralf Wenzel on the key elements of B2B sales

Ralf Wenzel knows how to build successful digital ventures inside out. As CSO of Delivery Hero, he is responsible for the strategic growth of the Berlin-based tech company that IPO'ed in 2017. He also stil serves as CEO of Foodpanda (sold to Delivery Hero in 2016), an international online food delivery marketplace, and worked in leading senior positions at Skrill and Jamba. Ralf is also active as an angel investor. In this episode, we are exploring the key elements of B2B sales with Ralf....


From Scratch 05 | Gloria Baeuerlein & Christian Vollmann teach how to raise money

In our fifth #FromScratch masterclass, Gloria Baeuerlein and Christian Vollmann taught our audience how to raise money. Working as a Principal at Index Ventures in London, Gloria knows the VC industry inside out. In her role, she primarily focuses on growth stage investments across all sectors in Europe and Australia. Being one of Germany’s most influential entrepreneurs, Christian Vollmann (CEO of also invests in other founders' companies. By now, he has been involved in more...


Melikshah Ünver on recruiting top talent for high-growth startups

Melikshah Ünver is the CEO and Co-Founder of Taledo, a curated online recruiting platform that connects top 10% talents with the best open positions in Germany's digital startup ecosystem. After working as a consultant and heading the Group Development sector of well-known HitFox Group in Berlin, Melikshah and his co-founders wanted to start their own venture and founded Taledo to help ambitious professionals find digital roles at market-leading companies. In this episode, we are...


Jens Woloszczak and Karl Sponholz on internationalization and product best-practices

Jens Woloszczak (CEO) and Karl Sponholz (COO) are heading one of Germany’s most exciting FinTechs: Spotcap. Based in Berlin, the startup offers access to flexible finance and operates as a direct lender to small and medium-sized companies in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Backed by investors like Rocket Internet and Holtzbrinck Ventures, the company has raised more than 100m USD in funding so far and continues to grow quickly. In this episode, we discuss with...


From Scratch 04 | Valentin Stalf teaches how to build an outstanding MVP

Valentin Stalf is Co-Founder & CEO of N26. Over the past five years, he has become one of the world’s most influential founders in FinTech by building one of the fastest growing challenger banks in Europe. Today, N26 has 1 million customers in 17 countries. Having raised a total of $215 million over the years, Valentin is on a mission to bring modern personal banking to users around the world. In this episode, recorded at our fourth "From Scratch" masterclass, Christian Miele (Partner at...


Pawel Chudzinski on how to raise money from early-stage investors

Pawel Chudzinski belongs to the most renowned VCs in Germany and Europe. Working and living in Berlin, he is Co-Founder of early-stage venture capital firm Point Nine Capital. The firm is focused on early-stage investments related to SaaS and digital marketplaces. Startups like Revolut, Typeform, and Delivery Hero belong to its portfolio. In this episode, we are talking to Pawel about best practices on how to raise early-stage funding, stand out among the startups that ask for investments,...


From Scratch 03│Uwe Horstmann deconstructs the traits of great founding teams

Uwe Horstmann is one of the people that truly stand out in the Berlin startup scene. Only in his early 30’s, he has been Managing Director at Rocket Internet in the past and started his own VC firm that follows a special approach - Project A Ventures does not only invest into startups but also supports them operationally with its own team of experts. Uwe knows what qualities to look for in founding teams to increase the chances of making it to the top. In this episode, recorded at our third...


From Scratch 02│Fabian Heilemann reveals the secret behind great business ideas

Dr. Fabian Heilemann rose into the spotlight of the European startup scene after founding DailyDeal together with his brother Ferry. In 2011, they sold the company to Google for $114m. Later, they went on to found FreightHub, which recently raised $23m. Currently, Dr. Fabian Heilemann serves as Partner at renown VC firm Earlybird. In this second lecture of “From Scratch”, our moderator, Christian Miele (Principal at e.Ventures), and Fabian listed the criteria of great business ideas,...


Charles von Abercron on launching and managing high-growth companies

Charles von Abercron is the Founder & former CEO of GLOSSYBOX. Started in 2011, GLOSSYBOX is an online subscription service that delivers high-end beauty products directly to its users’ doorstep. Founded by Charles with the backing of Rocket Internet, the startup was successfully sold to The Hut Group in 2017. Having been been responsible for all of the company's operations, including brand management, strategy development and marketing concepts, Charles successfully developed GLOSSYBOX into...


Finn Age Hänsel on great management and how to get through hard times

Finn Age Hänsel is one of the most notable personalities in the German startup scene. Based in Berlin, he is Managing Director of Movinga - an online startup that was founded with the ambition to globally disrupt the moving services industry and is backed by renowned investors like Earlybird Venture Capital, Index Ventures and Global Founders Capital. Before joining Movinga in 2015 and turning the struggling high-growth startup around, Finn was MD of EPIC Companies (a company builder)....


From Scratch 01│Christoph Gerber demystifies entrepreneurship

Christoph Gerber belongs to Germany's best-known tech entrepreneurs. Back in 2009, he started Lieferando — one of the first online food delivery startups in Germany. In 2014, Christoph and his co-founders sold the company for €62.9M to the Dutch Group, which went public only two years later for a valuation of almost €1B. Only shortly after selling Lieferando, Christoph already started from scratch again by founding Talon.One - a SaaS company with a powerful API that enables...


Chanyu Xu on trends and success factors in the foodtech space

Chanyu Xu is a seasoned entrepreneur from Berlin. After co-founding several food startups like EAT ÜBER and Eating with the Chefs (backed by star investor Peter Thiel), she became the Founder & CEO of ONO Labs in 2017. ONO LABS creates individualised and life stage-tailored fast moving consumer goods for women by using natural ingredients and smart data. The startup delivers 100% natural nutrition for women before, during and after a pregnancy. In this episode, we talk to Chanyu about...


Sascha Weiler on marketing operations and advice for first-time founders

Sascha Weiler is Founder & Managing Director at Homebell. The Berlin-based startup has taken on the challenge to digitalize home improvement and living space projects by offering reliable craftsmen services at a fixed quote and fair prices via its platform. Most recently, Homebell successfully raised 11m EUR. Before founding Homebell, Sascha was Co-Founder at Hem, a design studio creating a new generation of sustainable furniture, accessories and lighting. Prior he worked for Rocket Internet...


Seth Pierrepont on Accel Partners' success and the startup scene in Europe

Seth Pierrepont joined the international VC firm Accel Partners in 2013. At Accel, he focuses on investments in software, consumer marketplace and mobile businesses. He helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in CallSign, Carwow, Kry, and Soldo. Prior to Accel, Seth invested in European companies with Vision Capital and advised technology and media companies on strategy with Oliver Wyman in San Francisco. Originally from America, he is based in London. In this episode, we are...