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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 recommendations for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

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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 recommendations for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

    EP #135 - Thomas Dübendorfer: The Business Angels Of Switzerland

    EP #135 - Thomas Dübendorfer: The Business Angels Of Switzerland

    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 investors:

    - Accepting the first deal they are offered: many new angel investors fall into the trap of investing into the first deal they are offered without due diligence. Even if the founders are people you know, this can still end very badly and potentially destroy friendships and/or your future ability to invest.

    - Failing to consider the business model: too much excitement about the team or idea can cover up a lack of a working business model that will allow the company to scale and be sold at a profit.


    The investment process:

    - First contact with a pitch deck and fact sheet
    - Meeting to get to know the team and clarify questions
    - Proposal / term sheet: details of how much money is getting raised at which valuation
    - Due diligence
    - Notarizing the issuance of new share capital
    - Great templates for most of these steps can be found at SECA


    Make sure you are covered — the shareholders agreement:

    - The shareholders agreement sets out the rights and obligations of shareholders and is an important part of any investment deal.
    - If you hold less than 50% of the shares, it should include some type of minority protection so you have a say on important business decisions such as the business moving abroad or changing the business purpose.
    - It should also include a liquidation preference for shareholders, meaning that if the company goes bankrupt, shareholders will be paid out any remaining capital first before the founders receive any money.


    Full-time business angels:

    - It’s possible to be a full-time business angel i.e. to live from the returns you get on your investments.
    - This takes some ramp-up time because there may be a considerable gap between your first investment and your first successful exit that allows you to live off of the returns.
    - Diversification is key. It is unavoidable that some investments will be lost. Diversification protects you from losing your entire investment.


    Advantages angel investors bring to a business:

    - Experience: angel investors are often former entrepreneurs themselves, so they’ve "been there, done that" in most of the situations a young company encounters.
    - Credibility: an angel investor on the board can give other investors confidence to invest.
    - Network: especially if the angel investor has a large portfolio, they may be able to connect their companies amongst each other so they can benefit from shared learnings.




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    EP #134 - Simon Enderli: Taxes, Talent And Funding

    EP #134 - Simon Enderli: Taxes, Talent And Funding

    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 & Startup Association (SWESA). Before joining the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation as Deputy CEO in 2019, Simon spent 8 years at PostFinance, the financial services unit of the Swiss postal service. In 2020, he took over the CEO position at the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation from his predecessor, Peter Stähli. Shortly after, SWESA was established to work more closely with national parliamentarians and represent Swiss startups in the political decision-making process. Simon was nominated as the association's first president and within only one year, the organization was well on track to launch its first political initiative: a startup visa to facilitate the access to talent from countries outside the Schengen Area for Swiss startups. Simon holds a degree in Business Administration from the Berner Fachhochschule.



    Memorable Quotes

    "Don't romanticize the word "president" — what it actually entails is a whole lot of work."

    "I actually do think there are plenty of ideas in Switzerland. Our true weakness is knowing how to commercialize those ideas."



    If you would like to listen to more Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation co-productions, check out our conversations with Michele Matt, Roxana Porada, Hanspeter Fässler and Karim Maizar.

    Don’t forget to give us a follow on our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin accounts, so you can always stay up to date with our latest initiatives. That way, there’s no excuse for missing out on live shows, weekly give-aways or founders dinners!

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    EP #133 - Thomas Dübendorfer: Leaving Google For The Startup World

    EP #133 - Thomas Dübendorfer: Leaving Google For The Startup World

    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 in Switzerland, with a scope of work deeply focused on technology start-ups in their earliest developmental stages.

    Thomas holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, his alma-mater. In January 2006, he started his career as a tech lead and software engineer at Google Zürich, where he worked in fraud-prevention projects for advertisement systems.

    After 7 years, he left the company and devoted his life’s work to entrepreneurship and angel investment in seed-stage ICT start-ups, currently numbering more than 20 entrepreneurial endeavours in his portfolio. Beyond his accomplishments in industry and investment, Dübendorfer has ample experience in academic settings, having worked as a researcher and lecturer in institutions as the University of Zürich and ETH Zürich, where he co-lectured a module on Network Security for 10 years.



    Memorable Quotes

    "If you're in a market where there's no competition, something is wrong."

    "People nowadays want to measure everything in their lives. We at Contavista realized that that obviously extends to a person's financial insights."



    Resources Mentioned

    Google Docs

    Google Sheets



    If you would like to listen to more episodes on business angels, check out our conversation with Carole Ackermann and Daniel Gutenberg.

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    EP #132 - Karim Maizar: Swiss Startup Politics

    EP #132 - Karim Maizar: Swiss Startup Politics

    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 Startup Association. He is the co-founder and head of Kellerhals Carrard’s startup desk and in this capacity has advised some of Switzerland’s most promising technology and life science startups through all stages of their growth. As a board member of SWESA, Karim is lobbying and working with a group of Swiss national parliamentarians to improve the legal conditions for startups and innovative SMEs in Switzerland. Currently, the association’s top agenda item is easier access to foreign talent for companies in Switzerland. While Switzerland’s technical universities ensure a steady supply of top talents, it’s often not enough to meet the needs of fast growing startups. This is why Karim and SWESA propose to introduce special immigration rules for highly skilled workers and founders from countries outside the European Schengen Area. Karim was recognized for his work by Bilanz/Handelszeitung/Le Temps as one of the “Top 100 Digital Shapers” of Switzerland in 2019.



    Memorable Quotes

    "I'm totally convinced that a political lobbying organization speaking on behalf of startups and the venture capital ecosystem is required."

    "The digital wave that came with the Covid crisis has mitigated Switzerland's difficulties with searching for talent."

    "Until now Covid has had a very small impact in the startup and venture capital world."



    If you would like to listen to more episodes on startup lobbying, check out our conversation with Andri Silberschmidt.

    Don’t forget to give us a follow on our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin accounts, so you can always stay up to date with our latest initiatives. That way, there’s no excuse for missing out on live shows, weekly give-aways or founders dinners!

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    EP #131 - Leif Langenskiöld: The Swiss-Certified Vitamin Water

    EP #131 - Leif Langenskiöld: The Swiss-Certified Vitamin Water

    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 in International Relations from the University of St. Gallen, Leif originally planned to join the United Nations. His plans changed significantly when a summer job at Red Bull turned into an 11-year tenure with the company, eventually advancing him to Director of Business development and Motorsports marketing based in Los Angeles, CA. Having started at Red Bull as employee #16, Leif got to know what it takes to get a beverage startup off the ground — and in 2005, he decided to leave Red Bull’s increasingly corporate structures to make it on his own. His first two attempts at beverage-related ventures failed. Unfazed, he continued his hunt for the right idea and eventually found FocusWater. The brand was struggling because it had a very low repurchase rate (meaning customers bought it only once and never again). Leif, together with his co-founder, took over the brand from its original owners and completely revamped the contents of the product. The new Focus Water was a hit, growing from CHF 3 m in sales in 2018 to 10 m in 2020. In 2019, he sold the company to Rivella’s innovation team for an undisclosed amount.



    Memorable Quotes

    "When I joined Red Bull in 1995, it was a startup. With time, as it grew bigger and became more corporate-like, it became less interesting for me."

    "I think you learn much faster by making mistakes than through a series of successes."



    If you would like to listen to more conversations about the food and beverages industry, check out our episode with Andri SIlberschmidt.

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    EP #130 - Hanspeter Fässler: Autonomous Robots At Work

    EP #130 - Hanspeter Fässler: Autonomous Robots At Work

    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, walking robots for industrial inspection tasks. Hanspeter started the company in 2016, together with 5 co-founders. At this point, he was already looking back on a successful career which had allowed him to accumulate a wealth of business experience. Amongst other roles, Hanspeter served as the CEO of Implenia, a large Swiss construction company from 2010-2012 and subsequently as Senior Vice President, Business Unit Grid Systems at ABB, an electrical equipment provider. With Anybotics, Hanspeter made his first foray into entrepreneurship. Since 2016, the company has grown from the co-founder team of 6 to a team of 55. In 2020, the company took part in the SEF Upscaler program and subsequently closed a CHF 20 m Series A round with Swisscom Ventures as lead investor. Anybotics has also been recognized with the Swiss Economic Forum Award. In 2021, the company plans to ship the first commercial version of their inspection robot, going up directly against their large American competitor, Boston Dynamics. Next to his role at Anybotics, Hanspeter also holds a variety of other board mandates, amongst them Axpo and Dätwyler Holding.



    Memorable Quotes

    "I've always seen myself as more of a builder. Usually I'm not the one who comes up with the crazy ideas — I'm the one who makes them happen."



    If you would like to listen to more conversations on robotics, check out our episode with Gianluca Cesari and Gregory Hitz.

    Don’t forget to give us a follow on our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin accounts, so you can always stay up to date with our latest initiatives. That way, there’s no excuse for missing out on live shows, weekly give-aways or founders dinners!

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