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February 21, 2020

Everything in life evolves, and like you, we have changed. Today, we make a step forward by becoming #InvisibleMedia.

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Olivier Ramel on building Kymono and why a strong company culture is key

Olivier Ramel on building Kymono and why a strong company culture is key

October 17, 2019

Olivier Ramel is Co-Founder & CEO of Kymono. The Paris-based startup has developed into Europe’s leading „culture design“ company. As its core product, Kymono offers customized clothing for startups that is affordable, high-quality, and of the highest ethical standards. Companies like Airbnb, Zenly, Google, and LVMH are already wearing its clothes. Kymono’s ultimate vision goes further though: It wants to help its clients to infuse a company’s particular spirit into every object and space like their office.

Not even 30 years old, Olivier is a true young serial entrepreneur. Already while he was a student, he started his entrepreneurial endeavours. Before co-founding Kymono together with The Family in 2017, he has started and led 4 other startups.

In this episode, we talk with Olivier about his journey as an entrepreneur, why company culture is so important, and how to land your first customers.

Teaser: Olivier Ramel on building Kymono and why a strong company culture is key

Teaser: Olivier Ramel on building Kymono and why a strong company culture is key

October 10, 2019

Olivier Ramel is Co-Founder & CEO of Kymono. The Paris-based startup has developed into Europe’s leading „culture design“ company. As its core product, Kymono offers customized clothing for startups that is affordable, high-quality, and of the highest ethical standards. Companies like Airbnb, Zenly, Google, and LVMH are already wearing its clothes. Kymono’s ultimate vision goes further though: It wants to help its clients to infuse a company’s particular spirit into every object and space like their office.

Not even 30 years old, Olivier is a true young serial entrepreneur. Already while he was a student, he started his entrepreneurial endeavours. Before co-founding Kymono together with The Family in 2017, he has started and led 4 other startups.

In next week’s episode, we will talk with Olivier about his journey as an entrepreneur, why company culture is so important, and how to land your first customers.

Martin Bell on the key tasks when setting up, launching and scaling a venture

Martin Bell on the key tasks when setting up, launching and scaling a venture

October 3, 2019

Martin Bell is a global startup advisor, angel investor, and Founder & CEO of Bell Ventures. He advises corporates, investors, governments, and start-ups. He is a thought leader and a keynote speaker on the topic of company building within organizations.

Martin was previously with Rocket Internet and helped to build ~50 companies. At Rocket Internet, he was the chief architect of a 100-day launch process through which he took 20 companies. Moreover, he led more than 100 due diligences for 25 growth-stage companies and was an interim executive in 5 companies, including great success cases like Zalando, Delivery Hero, and Foodora.

In this episode, we talk about Martin’s journey in the startup world and dive deep into his „100 Task Playbook“ for setting up, launching, and scaling a tech company.

Teaser: Martin Bell on the key tasks when setting up, launching and scaling a venture

Teaser: Martin Bell on the key tasks when setting up, launching and scaling a venture

September 18, 2019

Martin Bell is a global startup advisor, angel investor, and Founder & CEO of Bell Ventures. He advises corporates, investors, governments, and start-ups. He is a thought leader and a keynote speaker on the topic of company building within organizations.

Martin was previously with Rocket Internet and helped to build ~50 companies. At Rocket Internet, he was the chief architect of a 100-day launch process through which he took 20 companies. Moreover, he led more than 100 due diligences for 25 growth-stage companies and was an interim executive in 5 companies, including great success cases like Zalando, Delivery Hero, and Foodora.

In next week’s episode, we’ll talk about Martin’s journey in the startup world and dive deep into his „100 Task Playbook“ for setting up, launching, and scaling a tech company.

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Thomas Wilke & Alex Meyer on the journey with their VC firm 42CAP

Thomas Wilke & Alex Meyer on the journey with their VC firm 42CAP

September 11, 2019

Thomas Wilke and Alex Meyer are the founders and General Partners of VC firm 42CAP. Based in Munich, they are currently managing two funds with a focus on seed-stage investments. Their portfolio includes investments into startups like Kaia, CrossEngage, and MoBerries.

Thomas has a vast background as a technology & product leader for complex marketing and e-commerce applications. He was a founder of eCircle, which was sold to Teradata in 2012.

Alex has a longstanding experience in scaling SaaS companies and exec-level M&A transactions. He was the initial VC investor in eCircle and quickly after that joined the company as its CFO.

In this episode, Thomas and Alex tell us about their journey of building 42CAP from scratch over the last years. Among others, we discuss their VC approach and outlook on the current market for tech investments.

Teaser: Thomas Wilke & Alex Meyer on the journey with their VC firm 42CAP

Teaser: Thomas Wilke & Alex Meyer on the journey with their VC firm 42CAP

September 4, 2019

Thomas Wilke and Alex Meyer are the founders and General Partners of VC firm 42CAP. Based in Munich, they are currently managing two funds with a focus on seed-stage investments. Their portfolio includes investments into startups like Kaia, CrossEngage, and MoBerries.

Thomas has a vast background as a technology & product leader for complex marketing and e-commerce applications. He was a founder of eCircle, which was sold to Teradata in 2012.

Alex has a longstanding experience in scaling SaaS companies and exec-level M&A transactions. He was the initial VC investor in eCircle and quickly after that joined the company as its CFO.

In next week's episode, Thomas and Alex will tell us about their journey of building 42CAP from scratch over the last years. Among others, we will discuss their VC approach and outlook on the current market for tech investments.

share founder Sebastian Stricker on starting a social business in the FMCG sector

share founder Sebastian Stricker on starting a social business in the FMCG sector

August 28, 2019

Since 2014, Sebastian Stricker has been a true trailblazer of social entrepreneurship. First, by founding award-winning app ShareTheMeal that collaborates with the UN World Food Programme and helps to feed children in poverty and crisis situations around the world through donations. And for the past two years, by building startup 'share' that is showing that an FMCG business can also create a direct positive social impact.

The concept behind share is simple, yet unique: If you buy one of its high-quality consumer products like snack bars or soap, another one of it gets donated to people in need. The startup’s '1+1' principle is the foundation for the 'social consumption' approach it is bringing to the FMCG industry.

In this episode, we speak with Sebastian about his learnings from building a social FMCG startup. Among others, we talk about mistakes he made, why scale matters, and how luck plays an important role in being successful.

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We already once spoke to Sebastian about social entrepreneurship back in 2017 when he was still CEO of ShareTheMeal. Listen to his thoughts back then on why the timing for social startups has never been better here: bit.ly/2uxpxqM

Teaser: share founder Sebastian Stricker on starting a social business in the FMCG sector

Teaser: share founder Sebastian Stricker on starting a social business in the FMCG sector

August 21, 2019

Since 2014, Sebastian Stricker has been a true trailblazer of social entrepreneurship. First, by founding award-winning app ShareTheMeal that collaborates with the UN World Food Programme and helps to feed children in poverty and crisis situations around the world through donations. And for the past two years, by building startup 'share' that is showing that an FMCG business can also create a direct positive social impact. 



The concept behind share is simple, yet unique: If you buy one of its high-quality consumer products like snack bars or soap, another one of it gets donated to people in need. The startup’s '1+1' principle is the foundation for the 'social consumption' approach it is bringing to the FMCG industry.



In next week’s episode, we will speak with Sebastian about his learnings from building a social FMCG startup. Among others, we will talk about mistakes he made, why scale matters, and how luck plays an important role in being successful.

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We already once spoke to Sebastian about social entrepreneurship back in 2017 when he was still CEO of ShareTheMeal. Listen to his thoughts back then on why the timing for social startups has never been better here: "Sebastian Stricker on ShareTheMeal and why the golden era of social entrepreneurship is now"

From Scratch 12 | Frank Thelen teaches how to design a sound exit strategy

From Scratch 12 | Frank Thelen teaches how to design a sound exit strategy

August 14, 2019

Being a serial founder and investor, Frank Thelen has an impressive track record over the last 25 years with having reached 100+ million consumers in 60 countries, receiving several awards, and becoming not just a renowned keynote speaker but also one of the leading voices of the German startup scene.

As CEO of Freigeist Capital, Frank invests in early-stage tech startups as well as promising companies in the food industry. Notable investments and ventures as a founder include among others ip.labs (sold to Fujifilm in 2008), Scanbot, MyTaxi, Wunderlist, Lilium, Pitch, and Little Lunch. In 2014, Frank joined the prime time TV show "Dragons’ Den", broadcasted in Germany as "Die Höhle der Löwen", making him known also to the wider public. His bestselling autobiography “Startup-DNA” was published in 2018.

In this episode, moderator Christian Miele (Partner at e.ventures) and Frank elaborate on different exit options, whether founders should have an exit strategy from the beginning or not, the process of selling your startup, and how to negotiate the right price for your company.

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“From Scratch” is an exclusive series of masterclasses produced by Startup Notes and McKinsey Digital in Berlin that brings together Europe’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to give exclusive lectures on digitalization.

Teaser: From Scratch 12 | Frank Thelen teaches how to design a sound exit strategy

Teaser: From Scratch 12 | Frank Thelen teaches how to design a sound exit strategy

August 7, 2019

Being a serial founder and investor, Frank Thelen has an impressive track record over the last 25 years with having reached 100+ million consumers in 60 countries, receiving several awards, and becoming not just a renowned keynote speaker but also one of the leading voices of the German startup scene.

As CEO of Freigeist Capital, Frank invests in early-stage tech startups as well as promising companies in the food industry. Notable investments and ventures as a founder include among others ip.labs (sold to Fujifilm in 2008), Scanbot, MyTaxi, Wunderlist, Lilium, Pitch, and Little Lunch. In 2014, Frank joined the prime time TV show "Dragons’ Den", broadcasted in Germany as "Die Höhle der Löwen", making him known also to the wider public. His bestselling autobiography “Startup-DNA” was published in 2018.

In next week's episode, moderator Christian Miele (Partner at e.ventures) and Frank will teach the audience how to design a sound exit strategy. The two will elaborate on different exit options, whether founders should have an exit strategy from the beginning or not, the process of selling your startup, and how to negotiate the right price for your company.

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“From Scratch” is an exclusive series of masterclasses produced by Startup Notes and McKinsey Digital in Berlin that brings together Europe’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to give exclusive lectures on digitalization.

Honeypot founder Kaya Taner on how to build a world-class tech team from scratch

Honeypot founder Kaya Taner on how to build a world-class tech team from scratch

August 1, 2019

Kaya Taner is Co-Founder & CEO of Honeypot. The startup offers an innovative online recruiting platform for the best tech talent out there. It makes it easier for specialists like software developers or product owners to find new jobs that actually match their expectations as companies have to present and pitch themselves to them instead of the traditional other way round.

Recently, Honeypot got acquired by Xing (the leading online business network in German-speaking markets) for a sum of reportedly up to 57m€ only 4 years after it was founded.

In this episode, Kaya shares what it takes to find, hire, and retain the best talents to build world-class tech teams from scratch.

Teaser: Honeypot founder Kaya Taner on how to build a world-class tech team from scratch

Teaser: Honeypot founder Kaya Taner on how to build a world-class tech team from scratch

July 25, 2019

Kaya Taner is Co-Founder & CEO of Honeypot. The startup offers an innovative online recruiting platform for the best tech talent out there. It makes it easier for specialists like software developers or product owners to find new jobs that actually match their expectations as companies have to present and pitch themselves to them instead of the traditional other way round.

Recently, Honeypot got acquired by Xing (the leading online business network in German-speaking markets) for a sum of reportedly up to 57m€ only 4 years after it was founded. 

In next week's episode, Kaya will share what it takes to find, hire, and retain the best talents to build world-class tech teams from scratch.

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Honeypot is organizing a one-day conference for HR & Talent Acquisition Leaders, Technical Hiring managers, CTOs and VPs of Engineering focused on all aspects of building & scaling great tech teams - make sure to get your tickets for "HiveConf" on 19 September 2019 now here: https://hive.honeypot.io/hiveconf-2019/

Kolibri Games’ Daniel Stammler on how to create hits in the gaming industry

Kolibri Games’ Daniel Stammler on how to create hits in the gaming industry

July 17, 2019

Daniel Stammler is Co-CEO & Co-Founder of Kolibri Games. Founded under the original name Fluffy Fairy Games by a group of IT and Business students in 2016, Kolibri Games is a vibrant mobile gaming studio based in Berlin. The team developed its first title Idle Miner Tycoon in just eight weeks, following the startup’s signature lean approach.


By now, their games Idle Miner Tycoon and Idle Factory Tycoon have cumulatively reached over 100 Million downloads. With a team of more than 100 dedicated engineers, artists, and game designers, the startup is raking in millions in recurring revenue and has been profitable since Day 1 - without having raised any VC funding.

Kolibri Games’ exceptional growth story has been recognized several times: LinkedIn added the company to the 2018 list of Top 25 startups in Germany; Red Herring placed Kolibri Games among the 2018 Top 100 Global and Deloitte awarded the company with a first place in the "Rising Stars" category of 2018’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50. 

In this episode, we speak with Daniel about how to create hits in the gaming industry. Among others, Daniel shares Kolibri’s philosophy of developing games closely tied to user feedback and why the startup has declined all offers by VCs so far.

Teaser: Daniel Stammler on how to create hits in the gaming industry

Teaser: Daniel Stammler on how to create hits in the gaming industry

July 10, 2019

Daniel Stammler is Co-CEO & Co-Founder of Kolibri Games. Founded under the original name Fluffy Fairy Games by a group of IT and Business students in 2016, Kolibri Games is a vibrant mobile gaming studio based in Berlin. The team developed its first title Idle Miner Tycoon in just eight weeks, following the startup’s signature lean approach.

By now, their games Idle Miner Tycoon and Idle Factory Tycoon have cumulatively reached over 100 Million downloads. With a team of more than 100 dedicated engineers, artists, and game designers, the startup is raking in millions in recurring revenue and has been profitable since Day 1 - without having raised any VC funding.

Kolibri Games’ exceptional growth story has been recognized several times: LinkedIn added the company to the 2018 list of Top 25 startups in Germany; Red Herring placed Kolibri Games among the 2018 Top 100 Global and Deloitte awarded the company with a first place in the "Rising Stars" category of 2018’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50.

In next week’s episode, we will speak with Daniel about how to create hits in the gaming industry. Among others, Daniel will share Kolibri’s philosophy of developing games closely tied to user feedback and why the startup has declined all offers by VCs so far.

From Scratch 11 | Johannes Reck teaches how to grow and scale fast

From Scratch 11 | Johannes Reck teaches how to grow and scale fast

July 3, 2019

In our 11th #FromScratch masterclass, Johannes Reck (Co-Founder & CEO of GetYourGuide) taught our audience how to grow and scale fast.

Johannes is one of Germany’s premier startup founders. As Co-Founder & CEO of GetYourGuide, he has built a truly global a tech unicorn out of Berlin over the past 10 years. Recently, the travel startup raised one of the largest financing rounds the tech scene in Europe has seen so far by collecting $484m in its Series E led by SoftBank. Based on a personal need, Johannes founded GetYourGuide by chance when he was still at university with the original intention to pursue a career in academia. Having evolved from an idea of a group of students into the leading booking platform for attractions and activities that serves millions of travelers anywhere in the world, Johannes credits especially to the team’s attitude for “infinite learning” at a high speed.

In this episode, moderator Christian Miele (Partner at e.ventures) and Johannes discuss the right timing for starting to grow quickly, share best practices on how to accelerate growth, analyze the roles of product and marketing, and define what kind of people a company needs to scale as fast as possible.

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“From Scratch” is an exclusive series of masterclasses produced by Startup Notes and McKinsey Digital in Berlin that brings together Europe’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to give exclusive lectures on digitalization.

Vantik founder Til Klein on how to use customer feedback for building great products

Vantik founder Til Klein on how to use customer feedback for building great products

June 19, 2019

Til Klein is Founder & CEO of Vantik - a Berlin-based PensionTech startup. Launched in 2017, it is the startup’s vision to provide a simple and secure private pension that is as flexible as life itself. Vantik aims to inspire millennials to start saving for their future.

Recently, the promising tech company that was founded by Til and Lara Hämmerle raised a seed round led by STS Ventures, Atlantic Labs, Seedcamp, and prominent business angels (like N26 Co-Founder Maximilian Tayenthal), bringing its total funding amount to over 2m€.

In this episode, we speak with Til about how to use early user feedback to build a great product. Among others, we cover how to design a product depending on your users’ motivation to use it, do customer interviews the right way, and translate feedback into features.

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If you register and open an account via Vantik’s website www.vantik.com/en/voucher, use the following code to get a 25€ starting bonus: STARTUP25

From Scratch 10 | Michael Brehm teaches how to build a sales-driven organization

From Scratch 10 | Michael Brehm teaches how to build a sales-driven organization

May 29, 2019

In our 10th #FromScratch masterclass, Michael Brehm (Founder & CEO of i2x) taught our audience how to build a sales-driven organization.

Michael Brehm is one of the most influential people in the German startup scene. As former Executive Director and investor at social network startup studiVZ, he left his mark already in the early 2000s. Over the course of his career, Michael has built several companies, successfully sold some of them to Google and eBay, and taken one venture public. Michael is one of the cornerstones of the Business Angel scene in Germany, having invested in more than 50 startups and being the launchpad for a lot of entrepreneurs. He is also a Partner at VC firm Redstone, which has helped corporates to invest in over 200 tech startups. In 2017, Michael decided to found a new tech company himself: With i2x, he is leveraging his renowned expertise in sales and marketing, bringing real-time AI-powered speech analytics to companies for improving their sales calls.

In this episode, Michael and moderator Christian Miele (Partner at e.ventures) will elaborate on why sales is a numbers game and how you can build the right sales funnels in an organization. Michael will share best practices of building sales teams including setting up efficient structures and the right KPIs, creating incentive schemes, and how to train and motivate a sales team.

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“From Scratch” is an exclusive series of masterclasses produced by Startup Notes and McKinsey Digital in Berlin that brings together Europe’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to give exclusive lectures on digitalization.

From Scratch 09 | Tamaz Georgadze teaches how to build a sustainable high-performance culture

From Scratch 09 | Tamaz Georgadze teaches how to build a sustainable high-performance culture

May 15, 2019

In our 9th #FromScratch masterclass, Tamaz Georgadze (Co-Founder & CEO of Raisin) taught our audience how to build a sustainable high-performance culture.

Backed with more than 170 million EUR by prominent VCs like Index Ventures and corporates like PayPal, the FinTech startup is the leading European marketplace for investments and deposits. More than 10 billion EUR have been deployed by Raisin’s customers throughout Europe since the startup was founded in Berlin in 2013.

In this episode, Tamaz and moderator Jan Miczaika (Partner at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures) - who kindly jumped in for our usual host Christian Miele (e.ventures) on short notice - discuss how to build a sustainable high-performance culture in a startup. The two elaborate on how first employees shape a company’s DNA, how to create high-performing teams and increase internal efficiency, as well as the importance and ways to measure your company culture.

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“From Scratch” is an exclusive series of masterclasses produced by Startup Notes and McKinsey Digital in Berlin that brings together Europe’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators to give exclusive lectures on digitalization.

Special: Elements of a Great Team and Culture

Special: Elements of a Great Team and Culture

May 2, 2019

Inspired by numerous requests of our listeners, we created some special episodes based on different key themes. We have put together the best pieces of timeless advice that we found most insightful from all the conversations with founders and VCs that we have published so far.

 

In our third special episode, we focus on what makes great teams and company cultures. Find out what successful startups do right in this regard - we hope you enjoy!

 

01 - Uwe Horstmann (Project A Ventures)

[01:33 - 06:12] Who you should hire first when starting a company

[06:13 - 07:31] How to best set up the compensation scheme for your team

 

02 - Florian Heinemann (Project A Ventures)

[07:36 - 09:35] What type of expert your first marketing employee should be

[09:36 - 11:50] The background and experience your first marketing employee should have

 

03 -  Friedrich A. Neuman (MAKERS.do)

[11:55 - 12:59] The ideal setup of a founders team

 

04 - Benedikt Franke (Helpling)

[13:04 - 15:20] The conditions for making it work to start a company with a friend

 

05 - Niklas Jansen (Blinkist)

[15:21 - 21:23] When and how to build a strong company culture

Special: Common Traits of Successful Founders

Special: Common Traits of Successful Founders

April 24, 2019

Inspired by numerous requests of our listeners, we have created some special episodes based on different key themes. We put together the best pieces of timeless advice that we found most insightful from all the conversations with founders and VCs that we have published so far.

In our second special episode, we focus on the traits of great founders. Find out what successful entrepreneurs have in common - we hope you enjoy!

 

01 - Christoph Gerber (Talon.One, former Lieferando)

[01:52 - 03:46] What mindset entrepreneurs should have

 

02 - Uwe Horstmann (Project A Ventures)

[03:50 - 05:34] What traits and skills of founders stand out for early-stage VCs

[05:35 - 07:57] The #1 trait of great entrepreneurs

[07:58 - 12:02] What startup CEOs must do and what they should not

 

03 -  Julian Riedlbauer (GP Bullhound)

[12:06 - 14:43] Being ahead of the market and knowing when to change roles

 

04 - Jasper Masemann (HV Holtzbrinck Ventures)

[14:48 - 16:52] How founders leave a lasting positive impression with VCs

 

05 - Friedrich A. Neuman (MAKERS.do)

[16:56 - 18:47] Which traits founders need to bring to the table

Special: Insights into fundraising from VCs

Special: Insights into fundraising from VCs

April 19, 2019

Inspired by numerous requests of our listeners, we have created some special episodes based on different key themes. We put together the best pieces of timeless advice that we found most insightful from all the conversations with founders and VCs that we have published so far. In this first episode, the particular focus is on one of tech’s most important topics: Raising money from venture capital investors. We hope you enjoy!

 

01 - Pawel Chudzinski (Point Nine Capital)

[01:38 - 03:15] Why tech startups usually need to raise money

[03:16 - 05:02] Criteria that Point Nine Capital assesses when making investment decisions

[05:03 - 06:47] On the importance and best practices of a good pitch deck

 

02 - Philipp Pausder (Thermondo)

[06:52 - 07:45] Why VCs invest more into complex business models nowadays

[07:46 - 08:19] Large markets that have lots of potential and VCs like to invest in

 

03 -  Julian Riedlbauer (GP Bullhound)

[08:24 - 10:03] How founders can leave a lasting impression with their pitch

 

04 - Claude Ritter (Cavalry Ventures)

[10:07 - 11:55] Soft factors that influence an investment decision

 

05 - Jasper Masemann (HV Holtzbrinck Ventures)

[11:59 - 12:59] How founders can differentiate themselves and positively ‚wow‘ VCs
[13:00 - 14:03] What not to do when pitching to VCs

 

06 - Luis Hanemann (e.ventures)

[14:07 - 16:41] Personal learnings of a founder who turned VC

Pia & Cornelius Frey on bootstrapping Opinary from a side project to successful startup

Pia & Cornelius Frey on bootstrapping Opinary from a side project to successful startup

April 10, 2019

The siblings Pia and Cornelius Frey started Opinary in 2013. The Berlin-based startup has established a new way for users to share their opinion in online content. Its technology helps millions of monthly users to share their view with a tap and understand opinion trends at a glance. Publishing partners (like The Times, HuffPost, and NBC) use Opinary to engage and monetize their audiences, while global brands and corporations boost attention, create high conversions and generate insights.

By now, Opinary has raised 4m€ in funding from renowned investors like Project A, Global Founders Capital, and Rolf Schrömgens (Founder of Trivago).

In this episode, Pia and Cornelius explain what it is like to start a company with a close family member, the way Opinary helps its clients to gain valuable insights, and how they bootstrapped the startup from a side project into one of Germany’s hottest tech companies.

Michael Cassau on how to identify new business opportunities in the sharing economy

Michael Cassau on how to identify new business opportunities in the sharing economy

March 27, 2019

Michael Cassau is Founder & CEO of Grover. The startup is one of Europe’s market leaders in technology rentals, bringing the access economy to the consumer electronics market, by offering a simple, monthly subscription model for the best in tech. Via its website Grover.com, it makes new technology products accessible to everyone while breaking the linear way of consumption, questioning the meaning of ownership, and offering a real alternative to financing.

Since it was started in 2015, Grover has closed 60m€ in funding by prominent investors like Circularity Capital, Commerzbank, Samsung NEXT and Global Founders Capital (Rocket Internet).

In this episode, Michael explains in detail the reasoning behind founding Grover, what the future for the sharing economy holds, and how to find the right investors that share your vision for global growth.

From Scratch 08 | Josef Brunner teaches how to leverage corporate-startup partnerships

From Scratch 08 | Josef Brunner teaches how to leverage corporate-startup partnerships

March 13, 2019

In our 8th #FromScratch masterclass, Josef Brunner (Founding Investor & CEO of relayr) taught our audience how to leverage corporate-startup partnerships.

Relayr enables its clients to digitize physical objects for harnessing the power of the Internet of Things. In 2018, the startup was sold to Munich Re (Group) for €300M. Partnering with corporations has been key for its success.

In this episode, Josef and moderator Christian Miele (Partner at e.ventures) discuss the criteria to evaluate the suitability of corporate partnerships, the right timing for starting such collaborations, and what the common reasons for failure are.