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Every Wednesday, the Soaked by Slush podcast brings you timeless advice on company-building from some of the most iconic founders and investors in the world. We ask ‘how’ over and over again to uncover the first principles that have built some of the most successful technology companies of our time. The podcast is produced by Slush – the world’s leading startup event and a global not-for-profit movement on a mission to create and help founders that change the world.
 
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Guy Podjarny is Co-founder and President of Snyk – the €8B developer-first security platform. Together, we unpack tactical considerations that go into scaling a business – especially one with a product-led, freemium-based go-to-market. Guy started Snyk with his co-founders Assaf and Danny in 2015, spent four years as CEO, and migrated into his curr…
 
Today on the Soaked by Slush podcast, we're joined by Deena Shakir, Partner at Lux Capital – the notoriously frontier tech focused fund. We cover topics ranging from recognizing iconic entrepreneurs early to Deena’s efforts to write a children’s book about a young girl who starts a company. Deena herself has the most fascinating of backgrounds. She…
 
When it comes to building legendary engineering and product organizations, there really aren’t many people more experienced than Quentin Clark. Having spent 20 years moving up the ranks at Microsoft, Quentin went on to become CTO at two legendary software companies in SAP and Dropbox. These days, Quentin looks for next-generation products at Genera…
 
In just over three years, Alex Bouaziz has scaled Deel to more than €5B in valuation and 700 employees across 60+ different countries. In the episode, we discuss the principles, systems and choices that have put him and Deel on that trajectory of true hypergrowth. This episode marks the first in a new era for the Soaked by Slush podcast, in which w…
 
Hi folks. Slush 2021 happened, and we had the opportunity to record some fun and interesting episodes on location. This week’s guest is Robert Lacher, an entrepreneur and Founding Partner at the Berlin-based VC Visionaries Club. Robert is a central figure in the European VC-scene, and is an excellent brain to pick about what entrepreneurs should th…
 
In this episode, recorded live at the Slush 2021 event in Helsinki, William and Isak talked to Gini and Eccie Newton from Karma Kitchen. Gini and Eccie are a pair of British siblings who decided to enter the catering business, and ended up finding a niche that they developed into Karma Kitchen. What was that niche? Buying warehouses and turning the…
 
In this episode, we had the pleasure of talking to one of the absolute veterans of venture capital, the Managing General Partner of NEA, Scott Sandell. NEA has been around since the 1970’s, making it one of the oldest VC firms in history. That coupled with Scott’s personal track record and experience makes for a heap of knowledge and insights about…
 
How does one rebrand? Should you even rebrand? We were joined by Nicola McClafferty and James Clark, from the establishment formerly known as Draper Esprit. That’s right, Draper Esprit did what many people often advise against and rebranded themselves, to Molten Ventures. In fact, it’s probably not great that I’ve written Draper Esprit more times t…
 
I don’t know about you, but there’s something special and even beautiful about trucking. About the seemingly simpler life on the highway, accompanied by demanding distances and fleeting views. It doesn’t immediately conjure up images of digital platforms and software, but that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be a good idea. Sennder is a Berlin-based …
 
When Softbank unveiled its first 100 billion dollar Vision Fund in 2017, the world had never seen investment funds of such magnitude. Two years later in 2019, Vision Fund 2 was announced, and in 2021, their combined fair value was estimated to be 154 billion dollars. In this episode, we talked to two representatives from SoftBank, Anthony Doeh and …
 
Our guest this week, Edgeir Vårdal Aksnes, is reinventing how people buy electricity. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always even remember that I’ve bought electricity, I just know that I pay a bill. To Edgeir and his co-founder Daniel, this sounded like a transaction that was ready to be improved, to fit both the problems and opportunities tha…
 
In some previous episodes, we have discussed the state of the European ecosystem and its future trajectory, everywhere from the projections of investors to what’s happening on the aisles of accelerators. In this episode, Philippe Botteri from Accel joins Isak and William to discuss the Accel 2021 Euroscape report, which outlines pretty much all you…
 
No trace of darkness in this episode, where we talked to Emily Orton, Co-founder & CMO at the cybersecurity success-story Darktrace. Emily has been on board from the beginning, and shared some of her main learnings from the founding days to their recent IPO. In this fast-paced discussion, Emily and William discuss Darktrace’s early days in terms of…
 
Roxanne Varza not only has one of the most cinematic names of anyone we’ve talked to, but it also carries a boatload of weight in the European startup ecosystem. She is the Director of Station F, the biggest startup campus in the world, located in Paris (France, not Texas). Roxanne has played a central role in building one of the most vibrant start…
 
In this episode of the Soaked by Slush podcast, we had the opportunity to host Nicole Quinn, Partner at Lightspeed Ventures. As an investor, Nicole is a master at working with founders, brands, and end-customers. Her impressive background in both investing and entrepreneurship has garnered her a wealth of experience and knowledge – especially when …
 
In this episode, Isak and William talked to two Northzone Partners, Pär-Jörgen Pärson and Wendy Xiao Schadeck. Northzone is an early-stage venture capital fund based in Stockholm and New York, with many impressive companies in their portfolio. Many of these are shaping the almost paradigmatic change that the internet, decentralized protocols, and e…
 
Europe is a wonderful place, I think we can agree on that. I could spend all day listing reasons why, but then again this is just an episode description. However, some people are claiming that the jury is in regarding the state of European tech. Europe lost the race. Pack your bags. Martin Mignot, Partner at Index Ventures, begs to differ. He has w…
 
“Purpose” and “impact” are not new concepts anymore; millennials have been growing up with and spreading them around for many years now. They might still seem abstract to many people. Until you meet Hanno Renner, Co-Founder and CEO of Personio, to whom the idea of purpose defines the way a business should be run. In this episode, Isak and Oona talk…
 
Sofia Nunes is the Co-Founder and Head of Culture at Mambu, which is a combination that isn’t often seen. In fact, some would question whether or not culture is something a Founding team should even be thinking about. Sofia Nunes and Mambu, on the other hand, have put culture in the centre right from the start. In this episode, she shares her insig…
 
Let’s talk about growth. Or, I mean, we did already. With Nick Dahl, Spotify’s Growth Strategy Lead and Truecaller’s ex Head of Growth. Nick is an excellent example of how to think about startup growth in a modern and analytical way. In this episode, he gives great insights and frameworks on how to approach growth and make it work for you. We delve…
 
When Founders build a product, they are quite literally creating a new thing in the world. Part of that creative process is – as strange as it may sound – defining what the product actually is. What does it do? Who is it for? What can it be used for? How should it be thought about? This process is often called product positioning, and there are onl…
 
The pandemic has arguably accelerated the onset of many future trends, not least for the rise of remote work and daily human interaction through live streams and video conferencing. Phil Libin, the creator of Evernote, has founded a new company called mmhmm (pronounced “mmhmm”), which aspires to add a fresh layer of fun on top of the usefulness of …
 
Sophia Bendz was there when Spotify was taking its first adolescent steps, and left when it had amassed an over 9-digit global user base. Like many other companies of the same size, Spotify is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a brand and an idea that lives in public consciousness. Sophia was the person behind the heart and voice of those ideas,…
 
In this episode, we are talking to Avi Meir, CEO of TravelPerk. Based in Barcelona, TravelPerk was the fastest growing SaaS start up in Europe in 2019. Then the pandemic hit us globally, and Avi only had a couple of weeks to reassess his company’s situation. Or as Ben Horowitz refers to it, Avi had to transform from a peacetime CEO to a wartime CEO…
 
Hi dear humans, long time no podcast. The Soaked by Slush-podcast has returned 🤩🚀 In our first episode of the new season we talk to John Lindfors, Managing Partner at DST Global. There are not many Finns, if any, who have as unique an insight into both the global and Asian economies as John does. Having been an investor in many global giants such a…
 
Yep, this one has to do with Bitcoin. Pavel Matveev is the Founder and CEO of Wirex, a London-based global cryptocurrency payment platform, that is also the largest of its kind. In 2020, they launched a wait-list for a multicurrency (crypto and fiat currency) card with support from Mastercard, marking a big step in the evolution of cryptocurrencies…
 
If you can, go grab a notebook or open up a notes-app. You might not need to use it, but you might want to. In this episode, we had the honor of getting to pick the brain of a product-market fit master, the Founder and CEO of Superhuman, Rahul Vohra. Superhuman has reimagined the way in which we experience and use email by applying many of the prin…
 
The internet would not be the same without Wikipedia. In this episode, we had the honor of hosting its Founder, Jimmy Wales. Even in the modern age of the internet, Wikipedia still remains among the 15 largest web sites, whilst still holding on to its philosophy from the early days. It stands apart because of its unique business model compared to t…
 
Why do some founders succeed again and again? Jessica Rolph co-founded and successfully sold Happy Family to Danone. Now, in just three years, her new company, Lovevery, is growing twice as fast as Happy Family. In this heart to heart episode Jessica shares her views on everything from entrepreneurship to leadership, raising capital and managing he…
 
If you live in a major city, chances are you’ve seen an electric scooter standing around or being driven. Chances are you might’ve tried one yourself. Chances are you have seen a post on social media about them, and chances are that you have an opinion about them yourself. But where did they come from, and how? This episode tells one e-scooter comp…
 
Most of us like new stuff better than used stuff, but not all new stuff is good for the planet. Sami is a guy who, with his team, figured out how to make used stuff into really good stuff. Refurbished stuff, as he calls it. Well, he might prefer to say refurbished iPhones, specifically. Sami is the Co-Founder and CEO of Swappie, an exponentially gr…
 
Some things just work like they’re supposed to, and for a moment the world feels flawless. Sometimes it’s the universe handing you a full house out of nowhere because it was your turn, but often it’s because someone carefully designed the thing you are using with diligence, precision and integrity. For many of you, Google Drive might be one of thos…
 
There’s no such thing as a free brunch. That’s the saying, right? For some founders, the worry and uncertainty over the cost of a loss in autonomy after a VC deal makes the option seem less attractive. What should founders know about the nature of venture capital and its overall business model, in order to clarify some of the open ends about what t…
 
Katelin Holloway is one of the sharpest 21st century voices on people and culture in the business world. In this podcast, she shares her insights on the subject, based on her experience at companies such as Pixar and Reddit, to illustrate how fundamental culture is for companies. Culture is not easy to define. For someone it might’ve meant eating f…
 
In the very first Soaked by Slush conversation, our guest is the Global Creative Director of Oatly, John Schoolcraft. Oatly has gone a long, long way from being an obscure Swedish oat milk start-up to becoming one of the global leaders in sustainable business. Along the way, Oatly has been wrestling with the trials and tribulations of becoming main…
 
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