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The Swisspreneur Show is a podcast series of in-depth, candid conversations with some of Switzerland’s most successful founders, business leaders and innovators. By getting to the heart of these leaders’ stories - their successes, their failures, their must-have advice and greatest regrets - we hope to both inspire and guide the next generation of Swiss entrepreneurs. Each episode deconstructs and showcases one person’s personal and professional background and provides advice and recommendat ...
 
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Timestamps: 5:03 - Der Weg zur Krebsforschung 9:18 - Vom Doktorat zum Unternehmen 11:00 - Wann kommt das Produkt an den Markt? 28:02 - Die grössten Herausforderungen Über Simon Ittig Simon Ittig ist Mitgründer und CEO von T3 Pharma, einem Spin-Off der Uni Basel, welches eine Krebstherapie mit genetisch veränderten Bakterien entwickelt. Bevor er ehe…
 
Timestamps 1:08 - What an OKR is 5:02 - Why startups aren't too small to work with OKRs 13:47 - What a bad OKR looks like 21:18 - Who should own the OKRs 30:20 - How often you should discuss OKRs About Martin Voynikov Martin Voynikov is the director of product at Gtmhub, an OKR software for missions that matter. He previously helped create a mobile…
 
Timestamps: 2:33 - Unternehmerischer Antrieb 13:20 - Wie sich das Exeon Gründerteam gefunden 25:15 - Budgetplanung bei langen Sales-Cycles 27:50 - Als Speaker an einer NATO Konferenz 36:12 - Challenges der Zukunft Über David Gugelmann David Gugelmann ist der Gründer und CEO von Exeon Analytics, einem cyber security ETH Spin-Off, welches mit seinem …
 
Timestamps: 1:06 - Hating school, loving learning 4:58 - A good vs successful entrepreneur. 10:21 - The early days of Babbel 19:22 - How doubt helps us 23:29 - Picking the paid subscription model About Markus Witte Markus Witte is the co-founder and former CEO at Babbel, the top-grossing language learning app which has been around since 2007. Nowad…
 
Timestamps: 8:40 - Zippsafe's Intelligenz 11:05 - Warum der Gesundheitsbereich? 16:05 - Ist der normale Spint die einzige Konkurrenz? 29:38 - Firmengründung & grösste Ängste zu Beginn 41:03 - Die nächste Schritte Über Carlo Loderer Carlo Loderer ist co-founder und CEO von Zippsafe, dem Pionier für smarte, platzsparende Personalumkleiden. Vor bzw. w…
 
Timestamps: 2:33 - Does the Ivy League open doors? 15:14 - Turning down a unicorn job 22:00 - From the Midwest to Zurich 40:17 - Trying to run yourself out of business 1:00:14 - Taking on your first investor late in the game About Daniel Protz Daniel Protz is the founder and CEO of FlavorWiki, a B2B digital service supporting the food and beverages…
 
Timestamps 4:50 - Warum ReCIRCLE günstiger ist als Einwegverpackungen 11:30 - Warum sogar Greta Thunberg, Einfluss aufs Geschäft hatte 17:00 - Warum Kunststoff nicht nur schlecht ist 25:45 - Die Laufbahn von Jeannette 37:00 - Neue Produktentwicklungen Über Jeannette Morath und reCIRCLE Jeannette Morath ist die Gründerin von reCIRCLE, der Schweizer …
 
Timestamps: 1:08 - The entrepreneur DNA 7:20 - Deciding to quit your job 15:45 - Introducing a new technology to the market 34:02 - Struggling with regulations 38:26 - 3 childless men making baby food About Tobias Gunzenhauser Tobias Gunzenhauser is co-founder and CEO of yamo, a B2C company revolutionizing the kid's food market with nutritious and …
 
Timestamps: 1:38 - Altoo in 30 Sekunden 8:08 - Wie Altoo Hackerangriffe abwehrt 16:37 - War das Timing richtig? 24:15 - Corporate Job oder Unternehmer? 35:23 - Welchen Einfluss hatte COVID für Altoo? Über Martin Stadler und Altoo Martin Stadler ist CEO von Altoo, einem Software Unternehmen, welches ein digitales Cockpit für die einfache Darstellung…
 
Timestamps: 1:16 - An international background 5:00 - 3 crucial factors for a good investment 10:23 - Losing an investment 16:30 - Launching a student fund 23:42 - How they pick the students About Cynthia Jurytko Cynthia Jurytko is a professional Business Angel and President of the Board of S2S Ventures, Switzerland's first student-run Venture Capi…
 
Timestamps: 2:12 - Neon onboarding in 10 Minuten 7:45 - Das Neon Gründerteam 12:30 - Warum der Name Neon 17:00 - Welche Kreditkarte nutzt Jörg 20:56 - Vertrauensaufbau bei Kunden Bio Jörg Sandrock ist co-founder und CEO von neon, der ersten Schweizer Smartphone Bank ohne Kartengebühren. Vor seiner Karriere als Unternehmer, war der studierte Wirtsch…
 
Timestamps: 1:00 - Growing up in the Soviet Union 10:41 - Recommendations for going international 13:53 - How and when to acquire companies 16:18 - Helping your company as a scientist 21:05 - Valuation About Serguei Beloussov Serguei Beloussov is Founder and CEO of Acronis, a global company focused on cyber protection, recovery solutions and storag…
 
Timestamps 5:10 - Besser schlafen durch Thermoregulierung 8:00 - Skepsis beim Markteintritt 13.08 - Die USP's eines Dagsmejan Pyjamas 27.27 - Ehepartner und Co-Gründer 35.05 - Kurz vor der Kapitulation Bio Andreas Lenzhofer ist co-founder und CEO von Dagsmejan, ein Unternehmen, welches innovative Bekleidung für besseren Schlaf entwickelt. Bevor der…
 
Timestamps: 1:06 - Being obsessed with running businesses 6:28 - Creating the mulesoft open source project 12:15 - Should you solve your own problem? 21:00 - Open sourcing software 1:01:30 - Getting prospective clients to follow through 1:04:08 - Letting go of your CTO position 1:07:51 - Falling into a depression 1:11:14 - Ringing the bell at the N…
 
Timestamps 07:14 – Die Bereitschaft halb so viel zu verdienen 13:35 – Point of no return und die vermeintliche Auto-Garagen-Mafia 21:33 – Von Shopify zum Aufbau einer eigenen Technologieplattform 23:50 – Unzufriedene Kunden for the win 35:47 – internationale Märkte, aufmerksame Mitbewerber und gefragte Investoren-Qualitäten Bio Sergio Studer ist Co…
 
Timestamps: 1:08 - Studying computer science and meteorology 8:49 - What does transparency mean? 28:11 - Finding perseverance 36:55 - Acquiring clients 58:00 - Thinking over a business strategy About Oliver Marchand Oliver Marchand is Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Research and Models at MSCI Inc., a worldwide provider of support tools an…
 
Timestamps: 6:18 - How Tobias got into online advertising 9:11 - Working at Google in 2007 20:31 - Launching Webrepublic in 2009 29:30 - How to assess talent 51:02 - A marketing family About Tobias Zehnder Tobias Zehnder is Co-Founder and Partner at Webrepublic AG, a Swiss digital marketing agency boosting your company’s online performance through …
 
Timestamps: 2:20 - "Stiff" Switzerland 8:13 - Crucial business angel skills 11:32 - Average ticket size 25:44 - Covid trends 34:08 - Picking 3 markets About Adrienne Perramond Adrienne Perramond is Mediator at GDC Médiation and Board Member at Business Angels Switzerland, one of the leading angel investing networks nationwide. Adrienne grew up in a…
 
Timestamps: 9:21 - Putting an end to your startup 11:12 - How does a 0 equity accelerator make money? 15:24 - Wingman Ventures' investment focus 24:14 - Launching the Wingman Campus Fund 34:45 - Dealing with an ever-changing group of students About Edouard Treccani Edouard Treccani is Head of Partnerships at Wingman Ventures, Switzerland's leading …
 
Timestamps: 1:25 - Dropping out of university 12:29 - The early days of Seedtable 19:38 - Adding a pay wall 26:25 - The future of the European ecosystem 36:37 - An outsider's perspective on the Swiss ecosystem About Gonzalo Sanchez Gonzalo Sanchez is currently Head of Growth for On Deck, an educational community for those willing to learn about tec…
 
Timestamps 1:55 - Biggest mistakes in digital administration 4:00 - Monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks 30:01 - Where to find resources 38:30 - Core functionalities of a good financial tool 47:13 - How to find a suitable accountant/trustee About Monica Maurer Monica Maurer is a certified trustee and Swiss Certified Fiduciary at ACT Audit & Tax. In…
 
Timestamps: 1:33 - Working a minimum wage job in America 8:12 - Finding out what you're passionate about 26:20 - The dot com bubble 53:49 - Getting acquired for $240M 1:08:17 - Merging two teams About Jean-Michel Pittet Jean-Michel Pittet is Vice-President of Engineering of Adobe since 2013. With his decades-long expertise of management and product…
 
Timestamps: 1:49 - First entrepreneurial activities 7:05 - The start of the NIKIN story 20:47 - Where NIKIN finds its employees 27:35 - The unplanned marketing success 39:29 - Hardcore fans tattooing the NIKIN logo About Nicolas Hänny and NIKIN Nicholas Hänny is the co-founder and CEO of NIKIN, a sustainable fashion startup. Nicholas started NIKIN …
 
Timestamps: 2:29 - Having a surgeon and a business woman for parents 6:13 - Are entrepreneurs born or made? 25:04 - Tanja's investment focus area 29:44 - Red flags for an investor 44:52 - The Finnish and Swiss ecosystems About Tanja Dowe Tanja Dowe is CEO for the Debiopharm International Innovation Fund and Board Member for Novadiscovery and Oncomf…
 
Timestamps 2:46 - Why Lukas Speiser was the right co-founder 8:45 - The beginning of Amorana 18:12 - How to sell sex toys in conservative Switzerland 35:20 - Alan's online marketing framework 49:20 - Amorana acquisition About Alain Frei and Amorana Alan Frei is the co-founder of amorana.ch, an e-commerce platform for sex toys and lingerie. In 2020,…
 
Timestamps: 2:11 - A solution-oriented family 17:21 - Investing in diversity from day one 22:43 - Becoming a mother and founding WeShapeTech 30:14 - Gendered language 48:25 - How to recruit About Valérie Vuillerat Valérie Vuillerat is CEO of Nine Internet Solutions, the leading provider of platform management solutions in Switzerland. With ample ex…
 
Timestamps: 3:16 - What is Appentura? 20:26 - The Höhle der Löwen deal 28:43 - Offline vs. online marketing 33:30 - Marketing with Google 41:41 - Next milestones About Stefan Flück and Appentura: Stefan Flück is the founder and CEO of Appentura, a provider of surprise experience gifts. Stefan started Appentura in 2014 when he pitched the idea at a …
 
Timestamps: 0:58 - Why companies need an e-government solution 3:45 - Switzerland vs Estonia 20:48 - The startup lifecycle on EasyGov 25:27 - Covid loans 34:55 - Collecting data and protecting privacy About Martin Godel Martin Godel is the Head of Small and Medium Size Enterprise Policy at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), based in…
 
Timestamps 5:18 Challenges at Dacuda 9:25 Lead up to the Magic Leap acquisition 13:29 How PXL vision emerged 29:02 What is digitization 33:46 Tools to help with digitization About Karim Nemr Karim Nemr is the co-founder and CBO (Chief Business Officer) at PXL Vision, an ETH spinoff focused on digital identity verification. Karim started his career …
 
Timestamps: 1:03 - A day in the life of a VC 3:15 - Accidentally becoming a VC 4:35 - Working for Goldman Sachs 7:13 - Looking after yourself 8:38 - How to get in touch with a VC 10:45 - Vision-based pitch vs Problem statements 13:24 - What a pitch deck should look like 19:44 - Who has the higher leverage — the VC or the startup 22:42 - How VCs fin…
 
Timestamps: 1:54 - Startups disrupt the economic establishment 3:23 - Launching a parliamentary group for startups 9:05 - Misconceptions regarding startups 13:32 - The startup visa 21:07 - What's coming next? About Judith Bellaiche and the Parliamentary Group for Startups and Entrepreneurship Judith Bellaiche is a Swiss national politician (Swiss G…
 
Timestamps: 5:26 - What is a business angel 30:47 - The investment process 42:15 - Whether angels accept board mandates 46:05 - Managing a portfolio of over 30 investments 59:29 - Why angels are important for the ecosystem The Episode in 60 seconds What you need to know about angel investing in Switzerland. The most common mistakes of new angel inv…
 
Timestamps 1:58 - Founding SWESA 3:45 - Being a "working president" 5:00 - Taxes, talent and funding 13:33 - Misconceptions regarding Swiss politics 23:20 - What's the difference between the SSA and SWESA? About Simon Enderli and SWESA Simon Enderli is the CEO of the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation (SEF) and President of the Swiss Entrepreneurs & St…
 
Timestamps 0:57 - Academia or entrepreneurship? 2:17 - Working at Google 4:38 - What does Google do differently? 26:40 - Beating out the competition 41:55 - Creating a business angel club About Thomas Dübendorfer Thomas Dübendorfer is the president and co-founder of Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), the most influential angel investing association …
 
Timestamps: 2:00 - Joining SWESA 4:46 - Political hurdles facing Swiss companies 8:52 - The solutions SWESA proposes 16:04 - Misconceptions regarding Swiss politics 20:17 - Does Switzerland have more money than ideas? About Karim Maizar and SWESA Karim Maizar is a partner at Kellerhals Carrard and Board Member of SWESA, the Swiss Entrepreneur and S…
 
Timestamps: 4:32 - Red Bull being illegal did wonders for its sales 18:01 - Recovering from failure 32:24 - Building on top of an existing brand 44:39 - How important is timing? 54:40 - Turning down most investors About Leif Langenskiöld and FocusWater Leif Langenskiöld is the founder of FocusWater, a Swiss vitamin water. After obtaining his degree…
 
Timestamps: 2:00 - Developing a product at ETH 3:40 - Deciding which market to focus on 6:20 - Successful financing round 7:58 - Swiss or international investors? 15:45 - The Upscaler experience About Hanspeter Fässler and Anybotics Hanspeter Fässler is the co-founder and chairman of Anybotics, an ETH robotics spinoff with a focus on autonomous, wa…
 
Timestamps: 1:39 - Adapting to the post-exit life 9:07 - Becoming an investor 27:37- Overcoming post-exit depression 37:01 - How do you spend the money? 44:37 - Peace of mind from financial freedom The Episode in 60 seconds Life before and after the exit. Balancing family and business - If you happen to already have a family when you start your own…
 
Timestamps: 1:41 - Wanting to build something meaningful 5:16 - $6m Investment round 11:22 - The Upscaler experience 17:37 - Entering the growth stage 20:37 - More about Roxana About Roxana Porada and PXL Vision Roxana Porada is the co-founder and CPO of PXL Vision, a software provider for digital identity solutions. Roxana obtained a degree in Cyb…
 
Timestamps: 1:53 - Majoring in Mathematics, Physics and Sociology 16:36 - Persisting through difficulties 25:55 - From co-workers to co-founders 36:57 - Managing competition 46:15 - Deciding whether you should sell About Simon Scheurer and Qumram Simon Scheurer is the co-founder and former CTO of Qumram, a provider of session replay technology for …
 
Timestamps: 1:55 - Motivation for taking the leap as a founder 6:27 - Expanding to Sweden 9:20 - Losing investors over Covid 13:18 - The Upscaler experience 18:14 - Shady accelerator programmes About MyCamper and Michele Matt Michele Matt is the co-founder and CEO of MyCamper, a peer-to-peer camper rental platform. Michele started MyCamper in 2015 …
 
Timestamps: 2:24 - Gianluca's international background 4:42 - Gregory's academic background 8:08 - Having 8 co-founders 11:47 - The robotics market 27:15 - Getting support as a startup About Gianluca Cesari, Gregory Hitz and Sevensense Robotics Gregory Hitz and Gianluca Cesari are two of the 8 co-founders of Sevensense Robotics, as well as CEO and …
 
Timestamps: 1:49 - From ETH Researcher to startup founder 9:00 - Winning Investor's Choice 10:35 - Clean tech competitors 12:43 - Having a hard time with sales 17:55 - Moving from India to Europe at 19 About Sreenath Bolisetty and Blue Act Technologies Sreenath Bolisetty is the co-founder and CEO of BluAct Technologies, an ETH spin-off which provid…
 
Timestamps: 4:18 - Why is culture so important? 16:17 - How to establish a culture 21:39 - Hiring the right people for your culture 37:45 - When employees leave 41:53 - Rapid fire questions The Episode in 60 seconds Getting company culture right. Common mistakes around company culture - Underestimating its importance: Your company vision makes sure…
 
Timestamps: 1:46 - Developing the next generation of solar modules 7:29 - Does winning awards help a startup? 8:56 - Fierce competition from China 12:03 - The non-liberalized energy market in Switzerland 14:32 - What will 2021 bring? About Laurent Coulot and Insolight Laurent Coulot is the co-founder and CEO of Insolight, a photovoltaic startup. La…
 
Timestamps: 2:34 - Why study law and not business? 18:06 - Can you work on a startup part-time? 34:46 - Being motivated by challenges. 48:31 - Having a big client not renew the contract 59:58 - Companies asking for discounts About Tobias Häckermann and Sherpany Tobias Häckermann is the co-founder and CEO of Sherpany, a provider of meeting managemen…
 
Timestamps: 2:00 - Why start your own company? 7:29 - Winning Investor's Choice at Energy Startup Day 12:15 - How to stand out from competition 28:24 - Closing a funding round 33:23 - Choosing between Germany, Switzerland and Austria About Liliane Ableitner and Exnaton Liliane Ableitner is the co-founder and CEO of Exnaton, a software provider for …
 
Timestamps: 2:11 - Typical pivoting mistakes 5:41 - Finding the right customer 15:32 - Generating your first revenue 18:49 - Maximizing growth 25:19 - Product-market fit The episode in 60 seconds Pivoting your business idea to success. Mistakes to avoid - Waiting too long to pivot because you have gotten emotionally attached to the solution or some…
 
Timestamps: 2:18 - Being André Borschberg's son 15:45 - The market for voice AI 21:08 - A co-founder leaves the company 26:52 - How to look for advisors 32:59 - Having offices in several countries About Teo Borschberg and OTO.ai Teo Borschberg is the co-founder and CEO of oto.ai, an AI-powered voice intelligence solution. Teo started his entreprene…
 
Timestamps: 1:39 - The START Lausanne 6:07 - The team 9:25 - The Covid challenge 11:58 - The resources of the Romandy ecosystem 15:09 - What's next for Tatiana? About Tatiana Cogne and START Lausanne Tatiana Cogne is the President of START Lausanne and Head of Communication at Swiss Solar Boat. Tatiana joined START in 2019 as an event organizer, af…
 
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