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The Leap Takers podcast features up-and-coming European entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Every episode retraces the journey of a featured guest, with the goal to uncover the origin story of their projects, and to extract advice , resources & tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs, makers, and anyone that wants to "take the leap" in their life.

Leap Takers Remo Kyburz

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The Leap Takers podcast features up-and-coming European entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Every episode retraces the journey of a featured guest, with the goal to uncover the origin story of their projects, and to extract advice , resources & tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs, makers, and anyone that wants to "take the leap" in their life.

    Episode 24: Patrick Gobonya - Building a sustainable eSports organization with Ovation eSports to deliver the next-generation fan experience

    Episode 24: Patrick Gobonya - Building a sustainable eSports organization with Ovation eSports to deliver the next-generation fan experience

    Patrick Gobonya is one of the co-founders of Ovation eSports. Ovation was founded in Zurich / Switzerland in February 2020, and is the first sustainable eSports organization. Ovation is "a lit, young & dynamic pioneer which combines professionalism and fun in one team. A network platform of champs and eSports enthusiasts."


    Ovation accompanies and develops athletes on their journey to become leading eSports players. The company is committed to provide their athletes with support to protect their mental and physical well-being and offers an environment to master a successful future following a career in eSports. Ovation eSports AG is a Swiss team consisting of players from the DACH region and with partnerships all over Europe. Ovation is one of the fastest growing and up-and-coming esports teams in Europe and currently competes in the games of Fortnite and Valorant.


    In March 2021, Ovation announced that it has raised a seed round investment from billionaire twin brothers Maurice and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.


    We discuss:



    The origin story of Ovation
    Tips for starting an eSports team & scouting talent
    Sustainability in eSports and gaming as a career track
    Fundraising advice


    Show notes:



    02:23 -- Intro of Patrick Gobonya
    03:12 -- What is eSports and why is it relevant
    05:54 -- Ovation’s fundraise from Maurice und Kyril Louis-Dreyfus
    06:56 -- How the investment from the Dreyfus twins in Ovation came to be
    11:06 -- How Patrick for the first time got the idea to start his own company and the origin story of Ovation
    15:52 -- How Ovation came up with the name for its team
    17:16 -- How to start an eSports team, recruiting players, getting into the community
    19:50 -- How to scout talent in eSports
    22:18 -- Progress of ovation in 2020
    24:55 -- Stats and further info about Ovation
    28:15 -- Revenue streams of Ovation and eSports teams - how the sponsorship model works
    31:48 -- What sustainability means in the context of eSports
    34:01 -- Patrick’s learnings from building an eSports brand
    35:22 -- Trends in the eSports space
    36:58 -- Patrick’s favorite game
    37:42 -- Patrick Gobonya’s advice to younger self
    38:22 -- Open browser tabs
    39:20 -- What courage means to Patrick


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    Special Guest: Patrick Gobonya.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Ovation eSports — A lit, young & dynamic pioneer which combines professionalism and fun in one team. A network platform of champs and eSports enthusiastsFortnite | Free-to-Play Cross-Platform GameValorantClan (video games)TwitchRiot GamesLeague of LegendsRome II - Total WarFIFA Video Games - Official EA SiteCall of DutyReal Madrid CFOvation eSports (@ovationesports) - InstagramOvation eSports (@OvationEsports) - TwitterOvation - TwitchPatrick Gobonya

    • 41 Min.
    Episode 23: Arman Anatürk - Food trends and the founding story of FoodHack - a global platform for the FoodTech industry

    Episode 23: Arman Anatürk - Food trends and the founding story of FoodHack - a global platform for the FoodTech industry

    Arman Anatürk [@ArmanAnaturk] is the founder and CEO of FoodHack. FoodHack is a community-driven platform that inspires, highlights and connects food entrepreneurs and innovators. With FoodHack Arman is is building the 21st century media / events company for the foodtech industry. The platform's offering includes a weekly food & food tech newsletter, ambassador run meet-ups, an annual FoodHack Summit, as well as a newly launched Food Discovery board (think of the “Product Hunt of Food”) where innovative food tech startups are featured.


    Arman’s goal with FoodHack is to make it easier for impact driven food founders to access the resources, network and knowledge they need to successfully launch and grow their Food (tech) business. The FoodHack newsletter has over 100+ editions sent and over 5k+ happy readers.


    Arman also hosts "The Secret Sauce" Podcast, where he provides insights from food industry leaders.


    We discuss:



    How Arman founded and grew a 21st century media company focused on food & technology
    Cold outreach tips
    Newest trends in the FoodTech space
    Tools to run an emerging startup / platform
    The origin story of FoodHack


    Show notes:



    02:33 -- Intro of Arman
    03:20 -- How Arman Anatürk got interested in startups and food tech
    07:04 -- Next steps after working for a coding school
    08:16 -- Cold outreach tips
    13:17 -- How Arman got his first client
    14:50 -- Description of FoodHack and its mission
    17:50 -- Sources of revenue for FoodHack / a 21st century media business
    20:13 -- The story of FoodHack and its different products
    23:51 -- Stats of FoodHack
    25:33 -- Arman’s favorite tools to run FoodHack / a media startup
    28:05 -- Tips to grow your newsletter
    30:31 -- Latest trends happening in the FoodTech space
    37:30 -- Book with the biggest impact for Arman
    37:54 -- Area in FoodTech that Arman is most excited about
    38:27 -- Lessons for other (aspiring) entrepreneurs
    40:44 -- What courage means for Arman


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Arman Anatürk.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    FoodHack | Global Community for Food InnovatorsFast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)OneRoof AgencyAgrinorm - Machine learning for quality predictions of fruitsDaria ReischFoodHack MeetupsWebflowZapier | The easiest way to automate your workEventbrite - Discover Great Events or Create Your Own & Sell TicketsCanva: Collaborate & Create Amazing Graphic Design for FreeZoom: Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen SharingActiveCampaign - #1 Customer Experience Automation PlatformGoogle Docs: Free Online Documents for Personal UseSlack: Where work happensHunter.io - Find email addresses in secondsSubstack: Email Newsletter PlatformGhost: Turn your audience into a businessBexio: Business Software for Small Businesses and StartupsEat Just to sell lab-grown meat in Singapore after gaining ‘world first’ regulatory approvalJosh Tetrick (@joshtetrick)Baze | Personalized Supplements That Work. We'll Prove It.Mixfit: Your personal nutrition journey starts now! – Mixfit Inc.Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil KnightGregory Logan

    • 43 Min.
    Episode 22: Job van der Voort - From first employee at GitLab to founding Remote.com and shaping the future of work

    Episode 22: Job van der Voort - From first employee at GitLab to founding Remote.com and shaping the future of work

    Job van der Voort (@Jobvo) is the CEO and one of the founders of Remote.com.


    Remote makes it possible to employ anyone, anywhere in the world. Their mission is to simplify how companies employ the best talent globally and to help remote organizations do their best work. They offer services such as international payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for businesses big and small - so that they can hire anyone in the world - while outsourcing all the admin & legal work to Remote. Remote's vision is to become the "stripe for (remote) work".


    Remote is also among the fastest growing startups globally and is backed by some of the best venture capital investors in the world, such as Index Ventures, Sequoia, General Catalyst, Two Sigma, and many more very accomplished angel investors. Remote recently raised their Series A financing round of $35M.


    Before founding Remote, Job worked as neuroscientist, and he was one of the first engineers that joined GitLab. In his role as VP of product, Job was responsible for GitLab's product development and he helped grow the company from 5 to 450+ employees. Today GitLab is one of the largest distributed companies in the world.


    We discuss:



    How Job entered the world of tech at GitLab
    The advantages of remote work
    Second order effects of remote work on the world
    Best practices for working from home
    The origin story of Remote.com
    Tips for aspiring entrepreneurs and much more


    Show notes:



    00:50 -- Intro
    03:49 -- Personal intro from Job van der Voort
    06:59 -- How Job started as one of the first engineers at Gitlab
    07:37 -- Background to Gitlab - What is Gitlab?
    08:05 -- Job’s first touchpoints with working for a fully distributed / remote company
    10:07 -- Insights into Job’s role at Gitlab as VP of product
    11:37 -- Gitlab’s growth and scaling up
    12:40 -- Collaboration tools
    14:06 -- Advantages of remote work
    16:33 - The shift to remote-first from employers perspective
    17:56 -- Second order effects of shifting to remote work
    20:30 -- Best practices for remote work
    24:59 -- The origin story of Remote.com - How remote.com was started
    27:45 -- Introduction to what remote.com does
    30:35 -- Remote.com’s venture capital fundraise
    32:00 -- Customers of Remote.com
    33:23 -- Remote.com as stripe for remote work
    36:09 -- Job’s vision for remote.com in 5 years
    37:19 -- Job van der Voort’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaptakers
    40:39 -- Labor market and demand for remote roles
    42:36 -- Book that had biggest personal impact
    43:08 -- Job’s favorite remote collaboration tool
    44:42 -- Advice to younger self
    45:03 -- What courage means to Job


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Job van der Voort.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    GitLab - DevOps Platform Delivered as a Single ApplicationRemote - Global HR Solutions for Distributed TeamsHacker NewsGoogle Docs: Free Online Documents for Personal UseAeron - Office Chairs - Herman MillerKey Light Air | elgatoRemote Jobs - Find awesome remote engineering, designer, product and marketing jobs | The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales - Oliver SacksFigma: the collaborative interface design tool.Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.Bitcoin - Open source P2P money

    • 47 Min.
    Episode 21: Christmas Giveaway & Best Startup Books

    Episode 21: Christmas Giveaway & Best Startup Books

    Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄


    This episode is going to be a small experiment. In this Christmas special, I'm introducing you to 5 of my personal and my podcast guests favorite business & startup books. Hence, I give you a crowd-sourced reading list from some of Europe's top up-and-coming entrepreneurs and VCs. I'm convinced that these books can help you to bring your business / startup to the next level, or to get motivated to "take the leap" yourself! It's also the perfect activity to read on a cold wintery day at home.


    Since it’s Christmas, I'm also doing a little giveaway and will send to some lucky winner a book of his or her choice from this list. All you got to do is to review the Leap Takers Podcast on Apple Podcast (or your favorite podcast app), give it a 5 star rating, and send me proof (screenshot / link) to remo.kyburz1[at]gmail.com.
    I'll then randomly draw a lucky winner. Deadline is January 1st 2021.


    This is just a little thank you & Christmas gift from me to the listeners of the Leap Takers Podcast. 🎁
    Thank you for your continued support and I hope you get some benefit and motivation from listening to this podcast.


    I'm wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021!


    Remo


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
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    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Leap Takers Podcast — Leap Takers Podcast Website. View previous guests on the podcast, with a focus of up-and-coming entrepreneurs and VCs in Europe.
    Check out the show notes for their favorite books and resources to support aspiring entrepreneurs in Europe. Principles: Life and Work - Ray Dalio — Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses - Eric Ries — Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future - Chris Guillebeau — Lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose—and earn a good living.The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz — Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil Knight — In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh — In Delivering Happiness, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more.

    • 14 Min.
    Episode 20: Alina Bassi - How Kleiderly creates sustainable plastics made from textile waste

    Episode 20: Alina Bassi - How Kleiderly creates sustainable plastics made from textile waste

    Alina Bassi (@alinabassi1) is the founder and CEO of Kleiderly. Originally from London, she founded Kleiderly in 2019 in Berlin with the goal of solving the problem of fashion industry waste. She has developed a patent-pending technology to recycle waste clothing into a new and sustainable material, diverting clothing waste away from landfills and incinerators. Her mission is to lower the carbon footprint of fashion and eliminate tons of CO2 emissions.


    Alina is a Google for Startups Female Founder alumna and a member of the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2020.


    In this episode you will learn about:



    Kleiderly and how they are trying to solve the problem of fashion industry waste
    The Berlin startup scene and accelerators
    How to build up confidence as a founder
    Supporting minority founders
    And much more…!


    Show notes:



    01:45 -- Intro of Alina Bassi
    02:04 -- Alina’s background before she launched her own startup
    03:13 -- Gaining first startup experience at bio-bean
    04:28 -- How Alina found a startup to work for and gather relevant experience
    05:07 -- The origin story of Kleiderly
    08:04 -- Kleiderly’s value proposition
    09:48 -- The first steps of entrepreneurship. How do you start your own company
    13:19 -- Alina’s experience with Accelerator programs
    16:42 -- Current stage and facts about Kleiderly
    19:10 -- Lessons learnt from an early-stage startup
    23:27 -- Mistakes to avoid as a founder
    24:38 -- Tips and insights into the Berlin startup scene
    26:33 -- Initiatives that Alina is involved in to support minority founders
    30:17 -- Alina’s favorite book she would recommend to fellow startup founders
    30:50 -- Alina’s best personal investment
    31:25 -- Alina’s favorite SaaS tool to help her as a founder
    32:29 -- Advice to your younger self
    33:32 -- How to build up confidence as a founder
    34:45 -- What courage means to Alina


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Alina Bassi.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Kleiderly Website — Sustainable Plastic Made from Textile WasteKleiderly (@kleiderlyberlin) - InstagramKleiderly (@kleiderlyberlin) - Twitterbio-bean | The world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds.High-Tech SeedLab - AcceleratorThe Berlin Founders Fund from Silicon AlleeSilicon AlleeLafayette Plug and Play - Retail Business Accelerator in ParisFactory Berlin - The Community of Innovators and CreatorsEntrepreneur First - Find a co-founder at the world's leading talent investorAntler - Global early-stage VC enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional peopleThe Lean Startup | The Movement That Is Transforming How New Products Are Built And LaunchedAsana - Manage your team’s work, projects, & tasks onlineTrelloBiofuel - Wikipedia

    • 37 Min.
    Episode 19: Tobias Gunzenhauser - How to build a D2C company & the story of yamo - fresh organic baby food

    Episode 19: Tobias Gunzenhauser - How to build a D2C company & the story of yamo - fresh organic baby food

    Tobias Gunzenhauser (@TobGunzenhauser) is the CEO and one of the three co-founders of yamo.


    yamo is Europe's first digital native vertical brand that produces fresh organic baby and children food. The company launched in 2017 in Switzerland with their first product of baby purees. In the meantime, yamo is also sold in "Coop", one of Switzerland's largest retailers.


    All of yamo’s products are 100% organic, natural and free from additives. They developed every recipe together with dozens of helpful moms, dads, their little ones, nutritionists and pediatricians.


    In the summer of 2020, yamo raised a €10M Series A.


    You will hear the fascinating origin story of yamo, tips around production & manufacturing, how to find a good production partner, advice on online stores, and much more!


    Show notes:



    02:15 -- Introduction of Tobias
    02:43 -- The origin story of yamo. How the founders came up with the idea for a baby food company
    07:45 -- Starting a company on the side vs. quitting and going all in
    11:53 -- How yamo started producing their first product
    15:39 -- The benefits of a production partner vs. producing yourself
    16:55 -- How to find a good production partner
    19:42 -- How yamo solved the problem of high minimum orders combined with limited capital to manufacture their product
    20:57 -- yamo’s approach to distribution and setting up their online store
    24:41 -- The state of the eCommerce infrastructure & online store integrations in Switzerland
    26:15 -- Overview of yamo’s product offering and their newest innovative product
    30:36 -- Tobias’ key learnings from starting yamo
    33:09 -- How to test your D2C business idea
    35:01 -- Tobias’ favorite book
    35:37 -- Another favorite D2C product of Tobias
    36:01 -- Advice to your younger self
    36:58 -- What courage means to Tobias
    38:01 -- Info about yamo


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Tobias Gunzenhauser.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    yamo Websiteyamo (@yamobaby) / TwitterDirect to Consumers (D2C) Business Modelwemakeit – Crowdfunding für kreative ProjekteIndiegogo - Crowdfund Innovations & Support Entrepreneurs Kickstarter - CrowdfundingWooCommerce - Sell Online With The eCommerce Platform for WordPressShopify - Ecommerce Software | All-in-one Commerce Solution for your BusinessMagento - eCommerce PlatformShoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil Knight

    • 39 Min.

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Eliador90 ,

Great podcast about entrepreneurship & VC in Europe

Informative podcast to learn about the career paths and advice of up&coming European entrepreneurs, startup investors and other interesting personalities.

bottecla ,

Very inspiring Interwiews!

Especially the episode with Andri Silberschmidt.

Tom the Tester ,

Inspiring interviews

Thumbs up!

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