17 episodes

Leap Takers is a podcast focused on 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

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

Leap Takers is a podcast focused on 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 16: Ville Vesterinen - Lessons from a nordic serial entrepreneur - Slush, Grey Area, Swappie - becoming an Atomico angel investor & more

    Episode 16: Ville Vesterinen - Lessons from a nordic serial entrepreneur - Slush, Grey Area, Swappie - becoming an Atomico angel investor & more

    Ville Vesterinen (@vesterinen) is a serial entrepreneur from Finland. He is one of the original founders of Slush - one of the world’s leading startup & tech conferences, that attracts around 25'000 attendees every year to Helsinki. He also founded Grey Area - a gaming company that was backed by Index Ventures, LVP, Lifeline Ventures.
    Ville also serves as the chairman of Swappie, an ambitious young company selling refurbished mobile phones, which just raised $40M in June 2020. He is also on the boards of Maria 01, a 70 000 m² campus for tech companies in the heart of Helsinki as well as on the board of Startup Foundation, the organization that owns various initiatives supporting the Nordic startup ecosystem, among them Slush.


    Most recently Ville joined Atomico, one of Europe's leading venture capital investors, as an angel investor to support new aspiring entrepreneurs. Ville also just started his own podcast - The Long Map, where he explores how to live an interesting life.


    In this episode, we talk about the origin story of Slush, Grey Area, and Swappie. We cover Ville's learnings from being a serial founder and investor, as well as his tips for other aspiring entrepreneurs in Europe.


    Show notes:



    02:07 -- Intro - Who is Ville Vesterinen
    03:11 -- How Ville became interested in entrepreneurship & tech
    04:59 -- Retelling the experience of becoming an entrepreneur in the 2000’s
    07:08 -- The origin story of Slush, Europe’s leading tech conference
    10:24 -- Ville’s learnings from starting Slush and tips for founding a conference
    13:27 -- Major milestones and projects that Ville worked on so far
    15:38 -- Location-based games & Shadow Cities
    17:57 -- Swappie, refurbishing and selling second hand iPhones
    20:04 -- Learnings and advice for future startup founders
    24:46 -- Atomico Angel programme and Ville’s investing focus
    28:48 -- Ville Vesterinen’s new podcast - The Long Map
    30:32 -- Ville Vesterinen’s favorite book
    31:38 -- Ville Vesterinen’s best personal investment
    33:06 -- Advice to your 25 year old self
    34:13 -- What courage means for Ville


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    Special Guest: Ville Vesterinen.
    Links:
    The Long MapCompanies VIlle hopes to Back - Ville VesterinenVille Vesterinen (@vesterinen) / TwitterSlush | The World's Leading Startup Event & Community of EntrepreneursSwappie | Refurbished and affordable iPhonesShadow CitiesHow Asia Works: Success and Failure In the World's Most Dynamic Region - Joe StudwellReaktor VenturesSecond Atomico Angel Programme CohortThe Nordic WebNeil S W Murray (@neilswmurray) / TwitterSophia Bendz (@sophiabendz) / TwitterLSE - London School of EconomicsPokémon GOWorld of Warcraft

    • 36 min
    Episode 15: Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work

    Episode 15: Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work

    Gonzalo (@gonsanchezs) runs and writes Seedtable, one of the leading newsletters focused on European tech. Seedtable is read by tens of thousands every week, and his work has been featured in Wired and Sifted. Gonzalo's writing always provides unique perspectives of developments in technology in Europe and its impact on society. Seedtable is one of my all-time favorite newsletters and I'm super excited that Gonzalo decided to come on the LeapTakers Podcast.


    In addition to Seedtable, Gonzalo is Head of Growth at Jobbatical, an Estonian Relocation Service for Tech companies, and he is mentoring startups. His previous experience includes having founded two startups, being a Content Specialist at Piktochart, growing EVELO from $1.2m to $4m as Director of Marketing, and helping to bring The Martec from 2,000 to 50,000 monthly visitors.
    Gonz likes to read and to fly. He speaks 4 languages and lifts heavy things, plus he seems to be into the occasional burger or ramen.


    In today’s episode we talk about practical tips for remote work and working from home, how Gonzalo started Seedtable, what makes a successful newsletter & advice on how to grow your own content, the impact of Covid-19 on various startup sectors, and more.


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    Show notes:



    01:53: Who is Gonzalo & introduction
    04:52: Is a certain personality type required to be able to work remotely?
    06:25: Tips & tricks for remote work
    10:08: Gonzalo's favorite city to work from remotely
    12:22: How did Gonzalo become interested in technology and entrepreneurship?
    15:40: How does website flipping work
    16:53: Learnings from his experience as a founder & failed startups
    19:11: How to pick and find your co-founder
    22:21: The beginnings of Seedtable
    24:09: How Seedtable got traction
    27:18: Tips to produce good content and to grow your audience
    30:19: How to separate a job and a side project
    33:30: Key facts about Seedtable
    36:32: Gonzalo's predictions for 2020 and the impact of COVID-19
    39:18: Discussion of startup sectors that are positively or negatively affected by COVID-19
    44:20: Gonzalo's understanding of courage
    45:14: Wrap-up


    Remo's Favorite Quote of the Month:



    “Discipline equals freedom”



    Jocko Willink



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    Special Guest: Gonzalo Sanchez.
    Links:
    Seedtable: Weekly newsletter on European techSeedtable edition: Interview with Matt Clifford of Entrepreneur FirstSeedtable edition: Spotify goes wildGonz (@gonsanchezs) on TwitterEntrepreneur First - Find a co-founder at the world's leading talent investorRoam Research – A note taking tool for networked thought.Flippa - #1 platform to buy and sell online businessesWIREDSifted | Telling the untold stories of European startupsJobbatical - Relocate your new hires efficiently and reliably

    • 47 min
    Episode 14: Christian Jantzen - Path to becoming one of the youngest VCs in Europe, starting an eSports team, and Futuristic VC

    Episode 14: Christian Jantzen - Path to becoming one of the youngest VCs in Europe, starting an eSports team, and Futuristic VC

    Christian (@chrjantzen) is the founder of Futuristic.vc, a micro-fund investing in Nordic pre-seed companies. He made his first investment at age fourteen when he bought shares in his favorite football club. He later started his first company, a real estate company, in 2011, which he grew while studying at university. Following his masters degree in Finance from Aarhus University , he co-founded another startup “Reunited Esports", which was a player-owned Esports organisation with teams competing in Overwatch and Rocket League.


    In 2017 he founded Futuristic VC, an early-stage VC fund investing initial capital into the next generation of Nordic founders. He has invested in +20 companies across the entire region and helped founders secure follow-on funding from some of the strongest investors in Europe.


    If you’re interested in starting your own company while studying / after graduating, or if you’re interested in the world of Micro VC’s, I’m sure you will find this episode very interesting and valuable. We talk about Christian’s path to starting Futuristic VC, his experience from starting an eSports company, fundraising advice, his best investment, and more!


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    Quote:



    “He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”



    Jean-Luc Godard



    Show notes:



    02:43: Who is Christian & Intro
    03:46: How Christian became fascinated with company and startup investing
    06:40: Christians favorite football club
    07:18: How Christian got into startups
    10:01: Christians first experience as a founder
    12:20: Christians startup company “REUNITED e-sports”
    15:23: Christians approach to find an e-sports team and collaborate with them
    16:42: Business model of an e-sports company
    17:56: Christians decision to start a VC fund and the origin story of Futuristic
    21:13: Fundraising and LP base of Futuristic VC
    24:46: Overview of Futuristic VC
    28:05: How Futuristic VC built up its deal flow and identifies startups to invest in
    32:44: Learnings for startup investors
    34:59: Learnings for startup founders
    37:34: Best Investment of Christian Jantzen
    38:52: What does courage mean to Christian
    39:58: Wrap-up


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    Special Guest: Christian Jantzen.
    Links:
    Aarhus UniversityBenchmarkChristian Jantzen's Blog on MediumFC MidtjyllandFnatic - Global Esports Entertainment BrandFuturistic VCOverwatchREUNITED eSportsRocket League®

    • 41 min
    Episode 13: Mathias Ockenfels - How to start a career in Venture Capital, from Analyst to Partner at a leading VC firm, Online Marketplaces, and Speedinvest

    Episode 13: Mathias Ockenfels - How to start a career in Venture Capital, from Analyst to Partner at a leading VC firm, Online Marketplaces, and Speedinvest

    Mathias (@ockenrock) eats and breathes marketplaces. He is a partner at Speedinvest, one of Europe’s leading Venture Capital funds. The fund has it’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria and just recently raised its latest fund of €190m. Mathias runs Speedinvest x, a focus fund investing into network effects and marketplaces.


    Previously he was a General Manager for the German market at Uniplaces, an international marketplace for student accommodation. Before that, Mathias built out the marketplace-practice at Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, an early stage fund focusing on SaaS and marketplaces, where he was a Principal for 4 years. Previously, Mathias led the M&A-department of Ricardo Group, then a subsidiary of South African Naspers, that operates several online marketplace, classifieds and auction businesses across Europe. Earlier, he started his career as an Investment Manager at Mountain Partners in Zurich where he lead early stage investments in companies such as Lieferando or reBuy.


    Mathias holds a German-French double-diploma from European School of Business Reutlingen and Neoma Business School Reims. Knowing Germany’s capital city like the back of his hand, Mathias now leads Speedinvest's Berlin office as a Partner at Speedinvest x.


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    Show notes:



    03:08 -- Who is Mathias Ockenfels
    04:40 -- How Mathias got interested in the Venture Capital industry and how he landed his first job in VC
    08:44 -- Tips for getting a job in Venture Capital
    13:56 -- What are the most important skills and abilities to work in VC
    16:30 -- Mathias’ path from Analyst to Partner at a VC firm
    22:27 -- Intro to Speedinvest and what kind of companies Mathias is interested in and is investing in
    25:51 -- Key investment criteria to get an investment from Mathias / Speedinvest
    28:48 -- Books and Resources for (aspiring) entrepreneurs and VCs
    31:55 -- Mathias’ best financial and personal investment
    33:28 -- Advice to younger self / someone starting out their career
    35:23 -- Mathias’ favorite books and movies
    37:23 -- What does courage mean to Mathias


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    Special Guest: Mathias Ockenfels.
    Links:
    Speedinvest x - Reading listMathias Ockenfels' BlogSpeedinvestSpeedinvest x - Network EffectsThe Marketplace ConferencePoint Nine Capital | Berlin based Angel Venture CapitalMountain PartnersESB Business SchoolThe Speedinvest Marketplace ScorecardVenture Deals – Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist - Brad FeldMedium – Get smarter about what matters to youSubstackAbove the Crowd | By Bill GurleyNFXChristoph Janz - The Angel VCPrinciples by Ray DalioThe Hobbit - J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings - J.R.R TolkienSoftware as a Service (SaaS)

    • 40 min
    Episode 12: Vedika Jain - Hustle your way into VC, picking your boss, from Stripe to Weekend Fund, and More

    Episode 12: Vedika Jain - Hustle your way into VC, picking your boss, from Stripe to Weekend Fund, and More

    Vedika Jain (@vedikaja_in) is an investor and Chief of staff at Weekend Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that is backing your next favorite thing. Previously she worked for high profile startups like Stripe and True Layer.


    Weekend Fund was started in 2017 by Ryan Hoover, the founder of Product Hunt (an amazing site to discover new products. Product Hunt was acquired in 2016 by AngelList). While Ryan and Vedika invest broadly, they are particularly excited about distributed/remote working, audio/voice technology, and tools for creators/makers. The fund invests in early stage startups with check sizes ranging from $75K to $200K. Limited partners of the fund include high profile venture capitalists Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, Ben Rubin, Chris Sacca, Hunter Walk, Kevin Rose, Garry Tan, and others.


    Vedika has a really interesting background story and approach how she made her way into "the wonderful world of venture capital". In this episode you will hear about her tactics how she got into VC and general career advice for picking the right companies & startups to work for. In addition, you will learn more about Weekend Fund, Vedika’s favorite books & blogs, and much more!


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    Show notes:



    03:48 -- Who is Vedika & Intro
    04:55 -- How Vedika became fascinated with technology and startup investing
    07:08 -- How Vedika joined two fast growing tech startups - Stripe and True Layer
    09:45 -- Vedika’s lessons learnt for picking your first jobs / companies
    13:00 -- Writing personal investment memos and how to "hustle" your way into Venture Capital
    18:05 -- Vedika’s investment areas and future trends
    20:57 -- How Vedika met Ryan Hoover and joined Weekend Fund
    22:35 -- Starting your own fund vs. joining an existing VC
    25:16 -- Introduction to Weekend Fund
    28:16 -- Favorite books and resources for aspiring VCs
    30:41 -- Vedika’s favorite non-entrepreneurship related books
    32:07 -- Most worthwhile investment of Vedika


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    Special Guest: Vedika Jain.
    Links:
    Weekend FundRyan Hoover - Startups, Product, Personal GrowthUnion Square Ventures (USV)TrueLayer | Powering the new era of financial innovationStripe - Online payment processing for internet businessesPatrick CollisonRetool: Build internal tools fastAndreessen Horowitz - a16zThe Passion Economy and the Future of WorkBeekeeperHarry Stebbings (@HarryStebbings)The Twenty Minute VC - Venture Capital, Startup Funding, The PitchProduct Hunt – The best new products in tech.Venture Funds | AngelListSlackAirtableFirst Round ReviewMonday Musings by David PerellMorgan Housel · Collaborative FundHow To Be Successful - Sam AltmanWhen Breath Becomes Air: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham VergheseLooking for Alaska: John GreenTurtles All the Way Down: John GreenNaval

    • 35 min
    Episode 11: Sebastian Wahl & Carl-Philipp von Polheim - The story of mybacs and how to start a direct-to-consumer company

    Episode 11: Sebastian Wahl & Carl-Philipp von Polheim - The story of mybacs and how to start a direct-to-consumer company

    Sebastian Wahl and Carl-Philipp von Polheim are the founders of mybacs.
    Mybacs is a direct-to-consumer (D2C), research driven, biotechnology company for gut-health products based in Zug (Switzerland) and Munich (Germany). Their goal is to revolutionize the healthcare market around the human microbiome and thus make a decisive contribution to the health and daily well-being of everyday customers. Mybacs is specialized on the development of innovative and high-dose synbiotic dietary supplements
    They have two types of products - a Travel and Daily well-being probiotic product.


    Sebastian holds a Master's degree with distinction in Pharmacy from ETH Zurich. Carl-Philipp studied business administration and holds a Master of Science in Management from ESCP Europe.


    In this episode we talk about the origin story of mybacs, how to start manufacturing a physical product, the emerging direct-to-consumer industry, tools and resources to start your own D2C company, VC fundraising tips, the benefits of probiotics, their key learnings for other aspiring founders, and more.


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    Show notes:
    02:54 -- Introduction of Sebastian, Carl-Philipp, and mybacs
    04:02 -- Exploring the origin story of mybacs
    06:12 -- Previous work experience before founding mybacs
    07:23 -- Thoughts and considerations before taking the leap
    08:53 -- Awareness of probiotics and the effect of the human microbiome on well-being in Europe vs. US
    10:08 -- Geographies that mybacs operates in
    10:22 -- How to manufacture a physical product as a startup
    11:53 -- Tips for planning your supply chain
    12:34 -- Timing from idea to shipping the first product
    13:15 -- Thoughts about assembling the right team in the D2C space
    14:40 -- How to incentivize experienced people & experts to join your startup?
    15:17 -- Raising outside capital and thoughts about raising money from VCs
    16:56 -- How to find a great Venture Capital investor
    18:37 -- The advantages of the D2C market and business model
    21:45 -- How to ship a product?
    23:24 -- Helpful resources, tools, and books to start your own company
    24:36 -- The future vision of mybacs
    27:28 -- Understanding the mybacs travelers product
    27:51 -- Favorite knowledge resources
    29:32 -- Hobbies to take your mind off the startup life
    30:12 -- Key learnings from starting a company. What would you do differently?
    31:07 -- Career advice for ambitious future “leap takers”
    32:16 -- What does courage mean to you?


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    Special Guests: Carl-Philipp von Polheim and Sebastian Wahl.
    Links:
    mybacsDarm mit CharmThe Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses - Eric RiesThe $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future - Chris GuillebeauReal EngineeringWendover ProductionsNOAH ConferenceSlush ConferenceSTART SummitGlobal Founders CapitalRocket InternetShopifyWooCommerceVersandmanufakturTechCrunchGründerszeneProbioticsImodiumCAGR

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

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

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