28 episodes

Every week Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling) invites the most important voices from the global founders and VC network to her podcast to discuss their routes from founding or financing a startup to the peak of international success.

Guest include world renowned Silicon Valley representatives such as former Head of Retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts, Shazam founder Chris Barton, Drew Houston, the founder of Dropbox, Hollywood actor Jessica Alba and the leading voices of the European founder ecosystem including the CEOs and co-founders of Klarna, N26, Celonis, Flixbus and more.

Did you ever struggle with how to take your idea to the international markets? How to raise capital? And you never want to miss a groundbreaking idea again? Well, that's exactly what we're going to help you with on our new show!

If you enjoyed the podcast, please let us know by leaving a review or send us feedback directly at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com. Subscribe to the show for free on Apple Podcast, Spotify or Deezer to get new episodes automatically every week. Learn more on our website: bitsandpretzels.com/podcast.

Bits & Pretzels Podcast Britta Weddeling

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.5, 15 Ratings

Every week Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling) invites the most important voices from the global founders and VC network to her podcast to discuss their routes from founding or financing a startup to the peak of international success.

Guest include world renowned Silicon Valley representatives such as former Head of Retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts, Shazam founder Chris Barton, Drew Houston, the founder of Dropbox, Hollywood actor Jessica Alba and the leading voices of the European founder ecosystem including the CEOs and co-founders of Klarna, N26, Celonis, Flixbus and more.

Did you ever struggle with how to take your idea to the international markets? How to raise capital? And you never want to miss a groundbreaking idea again? Well, that's exactly what we're going to help you with on our new show!

If you enjoyed the podcast, please let us know by leaving a review or send us feedback directly at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com. Subscribe to the show for free on Apple Podcast, Spotify or Deezer to get new episodes automatically every week. Learn more on our website: bitsandpretzels.com/podcast.

    B&P #28: Trend Forecaster Amy Webb: "The weakest startups will probably fail"

    B&P #28: Trend Forecaster Amy Webb: "The weakest startups will probably fail"

    Open your ears and listen to the future with us! This episode of the Bits & Pretzels podcast is about what entrepreneurs can expect as we look towards a post-pandemic world and how founders can prepare. Britta Weddeling, our Editor-in-chief, is talking to Amy Webb, a quantitative futurist and professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and founder of the Future Today Institute where she advises the world’s leading Fortune 100 companies. Her annual Tech Trends Report fills the halls of major tech events such as South by Southwest in Austin. At the moment she is in New York, where she collects data, trends and new technologies that will shape the future.

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Amy Webb (@amywebb) Quantitative Futurist. Trends+strategy FTI (@FTI), Author of "The Big Nine" and "Signals Are Talking", Prof NYUStern (@NYUStern)

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    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

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    • 46 min
    B&P #27: Exclusive: This Fintech unicorn CEO is out to beat Amazon

    B&P #27: Exclusive: This Fintech unicorn CEO is out to beat Amazon

    Today Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling talks to Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski who has created a revolution in online shopping as well as Europe's most valuable fintech
    with 85 million customers, 205 000 online merchants in 17 countries and 2700 employees. And now the Klarna co-founder is out to beat Amazon with a new shopping tool that he announces exclusively in our podcast and that aims to offer brands and their customers the same level of convenience and benefits that exist on a platform like Amazon.
    In our conversation Sebastian talks about why he's not afraid of the big technology giants as well as about how Klarna rose from being a local under-dog to an international scale-up threatening traditional banks with its 'buy now, pay later' promise. And – like always – our guest shares what other entrepreneurs can learn from his way up to the top of the fintech world and his thoughts about his responsibilities as a leader in tech.

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Sebastian Siemiatkowski (@klarnaseb), co-founder & CEO Klarna (@Klarna)

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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Hubert Honold.

    • 50 min
    B&P #26: Who will the Covid-19 unicorns be?

    B&P #26: Who will the Covid-19 unicorns be?

    Today Britta Weddeling, Editor-in-chief of Bits & Pretzels, talks with Christoph Hornung, co-founder of legendary German startup accelerator Rocket Internet, who recently joint London-based VC firm Draper Esprit as an investment director. The company is one of the leading VCs in Europe with investments in N26, Revolut & Transferwise among others & a focus on series B, C and later stage companies. In the conversation Christoph shares his view on why although the coronavirus pandemic already has lead to a huge economic slowdown, it is also providing a breeding ground to innovation and disruptive tech – and who could be among the "Covid-19 unicorns" moving forward.
    Christoph has sat on both sides of the startup table before. Eight years ago, when he co-founded Rocket Internet in Berlin, he helped kick-starting the startup ecosystem in Germany. From his own experience as investor and entrepreneur he shares what founders can do every step of the way – from the early days to the later stage to right before the exit to improve their performance – and why the time for actions is now.

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Christoph Hornung (@MrChrisHornung), investment director at Draper Esprit (@DraperEsprit)

    Follow us:
    Twitter: @bitsandpretzels
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Hubert Honold.

    • 35 min
    B&P #25: SpaceX, Blue Origin & Planet: Why Startups lead the Race for Space

    B&P #25: SpaceX, Blue Origin & Planet: Why Startups lead the Race for Space

    Welcome to the first interstellar episode of the Bits & Pretzels podcast! After with SpaceX for the first time in history a private company successfully sent two US astronauts to the International Space Station, the stars of space-gazing entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and many more have risen: among them Will Marshall, the co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-Berlin based startup Planet, which has built the largest fleet of satellites the world has ever seen. Each of the minisats covers an image of more than 2 million square kilometers per day & has just the seize of a wine bottle (Planet calls them "doves"). So that's more than the area of Germany. Will works closely with Elon Musk, and his satellite images serve governments, researchers and farmers. In conversation with Bits & Pretzels' Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling he shares how he has built his space company and about his vision to index the world like Google has indexed the internet to make it searchable.

    More to explore:
    Get the latest as well as exclusive news on founders, startups & technologies in Bavaria, Austria & Switzerland as well as hands-on advice on how to deal with the Covid-19 crisis as a startup at www.bitsandpretzels.com.

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Will Marshall (@Will4Planet), co-founder & CEO of Planet Labs (@planetlabs)

    Follow us:
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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Hubert Honold.

    • 42 min
    B&P #24 Brent Hoberman: How to grow your Startup now & where to get the Money from

    B&P #24 Brent Hoberman: How to grow your Startup now & where to get the Money from

    In conversation with Bits & Pretzels' Britta Weddeling London-based top VC Brent Hoberman, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in European tech, shares his secrets of how founders can grow their startup during the current COVID-19 crisis, where to raise funds now as an early stage startup & what kind of companies & "founder DNA" he's looking for nowadays as an investor.
    Hoberman, who cofounded travel booking website Lastminute.com in 1998 and sold it seven years later for over $1 billion, also explained how he went from running the first European unicorn in the UK to becoming a mentor to the next generation of founders, as the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Forum, an invite-only networking conference for top global disruptors, with Founders Factory, a global tech startup accelerator & UK-based Firstminute Capital, a unicorn-founder-backed seed fund with a 100 million global reach.

    More to explore:
    Get the latest as well as exclusive news on founders, startups & technologies in Bavaria, Austria & Switzerland as well as hands-on advice on how to deal with the Covid-19 crisis as a startup at www.bitsandpretzels.com.
    Signup for our media newsletter to get the next episode of this podcast delivered right to your inbox: www.bitsandpretzels.com/media-signup.

    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Brent Hoberman, co-founder Foundersfactory (@foundersfactory), Founders Forum (@Founders_Forum), LastMinute.com (@lastminute_com), First Minute Cap (@firstminutecap)

    More to explore:
    Visit our website: https://www.bitsandpretzels.com/podcast

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    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Hubert Honold.

    • 35 min
    B&P #23: Knotel workspace CEO: "We'll never be back to the way it was"

    B&P #23: Knotel workspace CEO: "We'll never be back to the way it was"

    "We’re going to have to redesign everything” – says Amol Sarva, the Knotel workspace CEO and serial entrepreneur from New York in conversation with Bit & Pretzels' Britta Weddeling. Last year Amol raised $400 million for his company, but today business as usual is over due to coronavirus. Knotel struggles to pay rent at several of its New York City locations. The firm had to lay off nearly half of its staff, and nearly one-third of its tenants have requested some form of rent relief. In this episode Amol talks about the principles of leading a company through a business shutdown and shares rare & personal insights into what he has learned in his 20 years as serial entrepreneur who started Virgin Mobile, the Peek smartphone & Halo Neuroscience about survival & resilience.

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Amol Sarva (@amol), founder Knotel (@Knotel), Halo Neuroscience (@HaloNeuro) Peek and Virgin Mobile

    More to explore:
    Visit our website: https://www.bitsandpretzels.com/podcast

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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Hubert Honold.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

No1dmfan ,

Informative and entertaining

Great insights into startups and the startup community, fun to listen and really entertaining.

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Great

Just great! I like the questions and the podcast with Angela Ahrendts is amazing!

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