139 episodes

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 #138 - Karim Nemr: How Digitization Will Change Your Life

    EP #138 - Karim Nemr: How Digitization Will Change Your Life

    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 as a business developer at Dacuda, the company founded by Swisspreneur guest Michael Born. He joined the company at a very early stage and was heavily involved in their later exit to the American company Magic Leap in 2017. After Dacuda had been acquired, he soon decided to leave the company for a new venture - PXL Vision - which he had conceived with 4 of his former Dacuda colleagues.

    To date, PXL Vision is most renowned as the technology provider for the SwissID solution and for their customer verification and onboarding solutions for enterprises. In May 2020, PXL Vision secured CHF 4.6 m in seed financing. The investment round was led by SIX Fintech Ventures. The company has also been awarded the Swiss Economic Award and was admitted to the SEF Upscaler Program. Going forward, PXL Vision wishes to expand geographically and also branch out into additional use cases beyond customer onboarding.

    Karim holds a Bachelor in International Business Administration and Hospitality Management from École Hôtèliere de Lausanne.



    Memorable Quotes

    "Aus KMU Sicht gilt es wirklich komplett neu zu denken. Digitalisierung ist nicht nur der Weg wie man den Kunden digital erreicht."



    To meet two other PXL co-founders, check out our conversations with Michael Born and Roxana Porada.

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    • 43 min
    EP #137 - Aleksandra Laska: Q&A — The Investment Journey From Start To Finish

    EP #137 - Aleksandra Laska: Q&A — The Investment Journey From Start To Finish

    Timestamps:

    1:03 - A day in the life of a VC

    3:15 - Accidentally becoming a VC

    4:35 - Working for Goldman Sachs

    7:13 - Looking after yourself

    8:38 - How to get in touch with a VC

    10:45 - Vision-based pitch vs Problem statements

    13:24 - What a pitch deck should look like

    19:44 - Who has the higher leverage — the VC or the startup

    22:42 - How VCs finally make a decision

    26:30 - A VC's criteria for a startup

    43:25 - How a VC actually supports a startup

    49:00 - Conflict between investors and founders

    57:31 - Being a female VC


    About Aleksandra Laska

    Aleksandra Laska is a partner at Redalpine and expert Venture Capitalist with broad experience in board management and investment operations. With a background in Law and Finance, she spent 5 intense years on Goldman Sach’s trading floor. In 2013, she started her own business journey with MobileDots Ltd. Believing “people are the foundation for any company’s success”, she holds strong commitment and enthusiasm for solving problems in creative, sustainable ways.

    See Aleksandra’s LinkedIn here.

    Check out Redalpine’s website here.



    Memorable Quotes

    "VCs really like it when they see that founders have taken the time to assess their competitive landscape."

    "I think the money aspect is a very small part of what a VC does. Investors can open doors for your business that will make it go through the roof."



    Resources:


    The TLDR Newsletter

    Sifted: Startup Europe explored through grown up reporting

    Daily Pnut

    WIRED

    TechCrunch


    If you would like to listen to more episodes on being a VC, check out our conversations with Cédric Waldburger and Alex Fries.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    EP #136 - Judith Bellaiche: Priming Switzerland For Risk And Success

    EP #136 - Judith Bellaiche: Priming Switzerland For Risk And Success

    Timestamps:

    1:54 - Startups disrupt the economic establishment

    3:23 - Launching a parliamentary group for startups

    9:05 - Misconceptions regarding startups

    13:32 - The startup visa

    21:07 - What's coming next?



    About Judith Bellaiche and the Parliamentary Group for Startups and Entrepreneurship

    Judith Bellaiche is a Swiss national politician (Swiss Green Liberal Party, GLP) and co-initiator of the Parliamentary Group for Startups and Entrepreneurship. She was first introduced to the Swiss startup landscape during her tenure in the Zurich cantonal parliament. In 2016, she, together with other politicians and lobbyists, pressured the administration to abandon a new, disadvantageous way of calculating the wealth tax for early stage founders. In 2019, Judith was elected to the Swiss National Parliament (Nationalrat). There, she teamed up with fellow parliamentarian and former Swisspreneur guest Andri Silberschmidt to launch the Parliamentary Group for Startups and Entrepreneurship. Through this working group which managed to attract politicians from across the political spectrum, they hope to improve the framework conditions for startups in Switzerland, starting with easier access to talent from non-EU countries through a dedicated startup visa. Judith holds a Law degree from the University of Basel and an executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.



    Memorable Quotes

    "The broader our reach, the more support we have from every party, the stronger we will be."

    "We need to make people realize how important startups are to the economic prosperity of our country."

    "We need to engender in Switzerland an appetite for risk and for success."



    If you would like to listen to more episodes on startups & politics, check out our conversations with Andri Silberschmidt, Karim Maizar and Simon Enderli.

    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!

    • 24 min
    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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    • 1 hr 7 min
    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!

    • 32 min
    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.

    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!

    • 48 min

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