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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: 5:10 - The DeinDeal mafia 18:53 - The biggest mistakes at MOVU 23:40 - Going bankrupt 28:07 - Saying no to a lot of money 42:34 - Why stay at MOVU About Laurent Decrue Laurent Decrue is the co-founder of the moving company MOVU and the software company Holycode, and is currently also the CEO at Bexio. He grew up with a headstrong grandf…
 
Timestamps: 1:03 - Young founders and taxes 9:39 - Cantons and tax advantages 24:00 - The wealth tax burden 32:19 - Employee participation plans 40:33 - Tax pitfalls in structuring a sale About Peter Kempin and Patrick Arnold Peter Kempin is a Team Head of Executives & Entrepreneurs at UBS, where he has been working for the past 15 years. Patrick A…
 
Timestamps: 1:05 - Getting started in the agency business 7:07 - Thinking about monetization 11:09 - Evaluating an exit scenario 28:26 - Co-founder chemistry 45:06 - Accidentally becoming CEO About Christian Reiter Christian Reiter is a co-founder and board member at Kingfluencers, the leading Swiss social influence agency. After getting his bachel…
 
Timestamps: 1:00 - From the US to Engelberg 14:30 - The vending machine market 20:56 - A disruptive business model 32:51 - Who stands in the way of disruption? 44:45 - Thinking about the exit About Jon Brezinski Jon Brezinski is the co-founder and CEO at Invenda, a company disrupting the machine industry with connected smart technology. Invenda off…
 
Timestamps: 1:02 - How studying abroad can change your life 5:56 - How is an investor trained? 19:47 - How an investor finds companies 25:55 - How to lose an investor's trust 48:20 - Attracting institutional investors About Gina Domanig Gina Domanig is a managing partner at Emerald Technology Ventures, a globally recognized investment and venture c…
 
Timestamps: 1:07 - The fundraising momentum in Switzerland 3:25 - Setbacks in Swiss investing today 11:53 - Going beyond the pitch 15:43 - How to approach investors 27:38 - An overview of Swiss brokers About Lukas Reinhardt Lukas Reinhardt is the head of UBS' Growth Advisory, the leading partner for fast-growing Swiss companies, such as On Running,…
 
Timestamps: 1:05 - The Goldman Sachs epiphany 9:28 - Getting into impact investment 18:53 - Women in developing countries & traditional banks 32:44 - From a 20$ loan to an SME 51:23 - Investing in European startups About Roger Müller Roger Müller is a board member and managing partner at Enabling Qapital, an microfinance advisory company. His backg…
 
Timestamps: 1:50 - From farm boy to computer geek 10:13 - Being greedy for positive feedback 16:56 - Ending up in a broken team 23:18 - Perseverance 25:05 - Getting close to burnout About Igor Susmelj Igor Susmelj is the co-founder of Lightly, where he helps companies improve machine learning models by curating vision data. He has previously worked…
 
Timestamps: 6:02 - Saying goodbye to Big Pharma 18:26 - Fulfilling your parents' expectations 47:53 - Stepping down from the CEO role 58:56 - Joining Dezentrum 1:05:18 - A do tank, not a think tank About Malik El Bay Malik El Bay is the co-founder of the household management app Flatastic and a partner at Dezentrum, a think-tank concocting positive…
 
Timestamps: 8:16 - Leaving your well-paying corporate job 13:29 - The business model behind a free product 22:08 - Is Revolut a competitor? 27:29 - Being on Höhle der Löwen 29:35 - Doing a 5M tokenized crowd investment About Simon Youssef Simon Youssef is the co-founder and CTO of neon, a transaction account for everyday finances. Before starting h…
 
Timestamps: 4:45 - The importance of a good social circle 10:51 - The right to disconnect 26:40 - Taking care of your body 38:32 - A good night's sleep 47:49 - Taking care of your mind About Mathias Wegmüller Mathias is an accomplished entrepreneur, board member and investor, with multi-year expertise in digital transformation. Together with Simon …
 
Timestamps: 04:40 - How market dynamics affect young companies 8:38 - Validating the market 20:35 - Why startups should participate in the SEF Growth initiative 22:23 - How SEF assesses companies 33:26 - The UBS growth advisory About Alexander, Lukas and Tom Alexander Curiger is the managing owner of the spirits company Silverbogen, which he co-fou…
 
Timestamps: 1:06 - Summarizing your life in 10 year spans 6:32 - Deciding to focus on just one thing 11:11 - What made UNIC special? 19:53 - Escaping the bootstrapping trap 50:06 - Being acquired by Dynatrace About Mathias Wegmüller Mathias is an accomplished entrepreneur, board member and investor, with multi-year expertise in digital transformati…
 
Timestamps: 3:45 - Die ersten Startup Ideen 7:48 - Wie entstand die Idee zu yamo? 15:30 - Die erste Produktion 22:10 - Tipps an Studierende die etwas starten wollen 30:50 - Gebrandete Kühlschränke im Coop Über Tobias Gunzenhauser: Tobias Gunzenhauser ist Mitgründer und CEO von Yamo, einem Startup, welches mit seinen gesunden Snacks für Kinder und B…
 
Timestamps: 6:51 - Why invest your money at all 9:53 - Explaining compounding interest 20:46 - How much you should invest 26:14 - What to invest in 40:30 - Whether you can time the market About Remo Uherek Remo Uherek is a founder, investor and content creator who has been active since the early 2000s. He co-founded the marketing agency Trigami, a …
 
Timestamps: 2:09 - Der Weg ins Unternehmertum 5:50 - Wie aus Spesen ein spannendes Thema wurde 9:28 - Tipps für die Unternehmensgründung 20:59 - yokoy in drei Ländern 26:20 - Der Deal bei 'Die Höhle der Löwen' Über Melanie Gabriel: Melanie Gabriel ist Mitgründerin des Schweizer Fintechs Yokoy, welches mit künstlicher Intelligenz den Spesen- und Lie…
 
Timestamps: 5:24 - Starting an influencer marketing agency in 2006 28:39 - Merging cultures 50:03 - Receiving an acquisition notice 54:07 - Burnout, anxiety, depression 1:07:01 - Can you build a startup without burning out? About Remo Uherek Remo Uherek is a founder, investor and content creator who has been active since the early 2000s. He co-foun…
 
Timestamps: 2:11 Vom Polymechaniker zum veganen Käser 7:20 Der Weg zum veganen Käse 12:53 Traditionelle Berufe für innovative Produkte 22:00 Wann kommt der vegane Hartkäse? 27:04 Die neue Produktion in Oberdiessbach About Freddy Hunziker: Freddy Hunziker ist der Gründer von New Roots, einer Firma, welche nachhaltige und vegane Alternativen zu Milch…
 
Timestamps: 1:16 - Discovering HIIT training 12:06 - How an injury leads to a company 22:30 - How a 6 min workout delivers results 35:18 - When COVID hit 51:41 - How Aurum stands out in the fitness market About Julian Massler: Julian Massler is the co-founder and CEO at Aurum Fit, the data-driven high intensity strength training startup that promis…
 
Timestamps: 2:00 - Warum Léa zu Beginn wöchentlich das Auto wechselte 6:20 - Wie die Idee zu Carvolution entstand 15:06 - Die ersten Kunden 19:23 - Welches Auto wird am Meisten vermietet? 28:00 - Was macht Léa stolz? Über Léa Miggiano: Léa Miggiano ist Mitgründerin des Auto-Abo Anbieters Carvolution, mit welchem Kunden ihr Auto in einem all inclusi…
 
Timestamps: 3:47 - Becoming an angel investor full-time 9:43 - Tomahawk success stories 12:12 - The Hong Kong ecosystem 10 years ago 21:34 - Failing to communicate with your co-founder About Cédric Waldburger Cédric waldburger is a startup investor, essentialist and explorer. He invests in early-stage technology companies through his VC firm Tomaha…
 
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 …
 
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