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Fancy a mini-version of Slush once a week from the comfort of your sofa or the significantly less comfortable treadmill?

The Soaked by Slush podcast will bring you stories and hands-on advice from the most interesting entrepreneurs, the greatest investors and the serious up and comers of the startup ecosystem, every Thursday. Confirmed guests include Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, Ex VP of People & Culture at Reddit, Katelin Holloway and Global Chief Creative Office of Oatly, John Schoolcraft, among others.

Each episode will be packed with interesting stories, rock-solid advice and snippets of wisdom for anyone interested in building or running a company. And of course, some lasers.

Without any further ado we hope you have a listen, subscribe, rate, hate – whatever you feel like, mate!

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Fancy a mini-version of Slush once a week from the comfort of your sofa or the significantly less comfortable treadmill?

The Soaked by Slush podcast will bring you stories and hands-on advice from the most interesting entrepreneurs, the greatest investors and the serious up and comers of the startup ecosystem, every Thursday. Confirmed guests include Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, Ex VP of People & Culture at Reddit, Katelin Holloway and Global Chief Creative Office of Oatly, John Schoolcraft, among others.

Each episode will be packed with interesting stories, rock-solid advice and snippets of wisdom for anyone interested in building or running a company. And of course, some lasers.

Without any further ado we hope you have a listen, subscribe, rate, hate – whatever you feel like, mate!

    #27 Emily Orton | From founding days to IPO

    #27 Emily Orton | From founding days to IPO

    No trace of darkness in this episode, where we talked to Emily Orton, Co-founder and CMO at the cybersecurity success-story Darktrace. Emily has been on board from the beginning, and shared some of her main learnings from the founding days to their recent IPO. In this fast-paced discussion, Emily and William discuss Darktrace’s early days in terms of customer acquisition and brand building, hiring and training people to become future leaders, scaling yourself as a founder in a rapidly growing and international company and the floatation of Darktrace on the London Stock Exchange. Expect to learn:
    How Darktrace approaches hiring and why you don’t necessarily need a business degree to do business
    How Darktrace approached acquiring the first customers and building the brand and story behind the company
    How we can foster more research-driven innovation in Europe
    How Darktrace approached expansion
    Emily’s thoughts on Darktrace’s recent IPO
    00:40 Introduction to Emily and Darktrace
    07:06 Transition from tech to building a brand
    11:54 How to create that initial momentum
    17:20 What to focus on when hiring
    22:55 Scaling yourself as a founder
    25:57 Fostering more research-driven companies in Europe
    29:42 Global expansion
    33:52 Darktrace’s IPO process

    • 40 min
    #26 Roxanne Varza | Can you teach entrepreneurship?

    #26 Roxanne Varza | Can you teach entrepreneurship?

    Roxanne Varza not only has one of the most cinematic names of anyone we’ve talked to, but it also carries a boatload of weight in the European startup ecosystem. She is the Director of Station F, the biggest startup campus in the world, located in Paris (France, not Texas). Roxanne has played a central role in building one of the most vibrant startup communities ever, helping founders give their startups a boost. But what is the exact function of such communities? How can they ‘teach’ entrepreneurship and facilitate its broader adoption? In this episode, we will talk about the difference between the American and European ecosystems, how to get more people into entrepreneurship, and Station F’s role in all of this.
    Expect to learn:
    - Can you teach entrepreneurship? How?
    - What is the benefit of centralized hubs for entrepreneurs?
    - What is the biggest difference in mindset between the American and European ecosystem according to Roxanne?
    - How does Roxanne define success for Station F?
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    01:27 Intro to Roxanne
    02:55 Biggest difference between French and American entrepreneurs
    05:28 What could the European ecosystem still learn from the American?
    07:06 Talking about money in Europe vs America
    09:27 Intro to Station F
    12:02 Can you teach entrepreneurship?
    13:50 What’s the benefit of joining a centralized community?
    15:17 What does Station F look like?
    17:19 Why should one not join Station F or a similar community?
    18:38 How do you attract different kinds of people to entrepreneurship?
    20:47 How do you start teaching someone entrepreneurship?
    22:58 What kind of fundamentals does a company need to have in place for entering Station F?
    25:48 Station F as a litmus test for the startup community
    28:45 What is Station F’s purpose?
    30:23 Surprising characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
    33:16 Roxanne’s experience as an angel investor

    • 35 min
    #25 Lotta Kopra | Combining science and business: Commercializing deeptech

    #25 Lotta Kopra | Combining science and business: Commercializing deeptech

    In this episode we are taking a trip back home to Finland, with our guest Lotta Kopra, the Chief Commercial Officer of Spinnova. Spinnova has developed a technology with which raw wood pulp that has been separated into microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) can be used to make a recyclable textile fibre without any dissolving or harmful chemicals. Did you have to read that slower? That’s one reason Lotta has this job; she is in charge of commercializing Spinnova’s product and helping their technology become a viable option on the market; they’ve been doing a grand job thus far, forming partnerships with the likes of The North Face, HandM Group, and Marimekko. In this episode, we will delve into Lotta’s thoughts about the intersection between science and business, and what it is like to work on the customer side of deeptech.Expect to learn:
    The integral difference between evolutionary and revolutionary products
    How to approach the commercialization of deeptech products
    When you should start thinking about the business side of things when developing a deeptech product
    What are the best ways to approach big partners and the importance of internal champions
    How to prioritize between customers
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    00:30 Intro to Spinnova
    05:07 The role of a CCO in a deeptech company
    07:18 What makes a good CCO for a deeptech company?
    09:00 Innovation evolution vs revolution
    12:10 Customer led development before business model development?
    12:36 Approaching big partners
    15:36 Prioritizing between customers
    17:19 Difficulties for deeptech companies to commercialize their products
    20:27 Recognizing Spinnova products
    22:42 How did Spinnova seal their partnerships?
    26:00 Structuring sales processes
    27:51 Hidden decision-makers
    30:50 The need for commercializing
    37:13 What’s next up for Spinnova?

    • 40 min
    #24 Nicole Quinn | Why VCs should do field research on consumers

    #24 Nicole Quinn | Why VCs should do field research on consumers

    In this episode of the Soaked by Slush podcast, we had the opportunity to host Nicole Quinn, Partner at Lightspeed Ventures. As an investor, Nicole is a master at working with founders, brands, and end-customers. Her impressive background in both investing and entrepreneurship has garnered her a wealth of experience and knowledge – especially when it comes to consumer brands. Nicole’s unique style of working with founders certainly makes her ideas worth a(n intriguing) listen.
    Expect to learn:
    Do founders need to have a “run through walls”-attitude?
    How VCs should support their portfolio’s founders and the problem with the "founder hero"-myth
    Why Nicole doesn’t want to invest only in the “bubble of Silicon Valley”
    Why is speaking to customers central to investors as well?
    Why companies should focus on niche markets first
    01:25 Introduction to Nicole
    05:55 Important things in successful founders
    09:00 The importance of the founding team’s obsession
    13:10 Talking to customers and apps on Nicole’s home screen.
    16:38 When founders believe they have product-market fit too early
    18:45 People don’t want to hear bad things about their companies
    19:33 Problem of founder ‘hero mindset’ – can grit get too toxic?
    23:14 Philosophy of relation-building with founders
    26:06 What do founders usually worry about too much?
    29:34 Starting niche first
    33:38 Would founders experience from first building something smaller before building something that scales
    36:14 The importance of listening
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    • 39 min
    #23 Wendy Xiao Schadeck & PJ Pärson | Web 3.0, Decentralization & Europe

    #23 Wendy Xiao Schadeck & PJ Pärson | Web 3.0, Decentralization & Europe

    In this episode, Isak and William talked to two Northzone Partners, Pär-Jörgen Pärson and Wendy Xiao Schadeck. Northzone is an early-stage venture capital fund based in Stockholm and New York, with many impressive companies in their portfolio. Many of these are shaping the almost paradigmatic change that the internet, decentralized protocols, and entrepreneurship are facilitating in these times. Some refer to it as Web 3.0. Listen to this episode to find out what that is and what it means for us.
    Expect to learn:
    Why digital decentralization is powerful and will mold the future.
    What might we expect the next big disruptions to be?
    Why Wendy and PJ think Europe has definitely not lost the race vs. China and the US.
    What role will humans and institutions play in a digitally decentralized world?
    Timestamps:
    1:15 Intros
    5:05 Why now is the most exciting time for entrepreneurship
    8:35 E-commerce in Europe
    9:50 Web 3.0
    15:25 Bitcoin and media narratives about cryptos
    21:25 Institutions vs. protocols, humans vs. algorithms
    28:20 Discussion on the 4th Industrial Revolution
    32:00 “The word finance shouldn’t even exist”
    39:50 Stakeholder ownership
    41:05 What is Europe’s role in this change?
    44:05 “Europe is not the underdog anymore.”

    • 45 min
    #22 Martin Mignot | European tech: where are the giants?

    #22 Martin Mignot | European tech: where are the giants?

    Europe is a wonderful place, I think we can agree on that. I could spend all day listing reasons why, but then again this is just an episode description. However, some people are claiming that the jury is in regarding the state of European tech. Europe lost the race. Pack your bags. Martin Mignot, Partner at Index Ventures, begs to differ. He has worked with many rising European companies like Revolut, Deliveroo, and BlaBlaCar, and sees a bright future for European innovation. Listen to this episode to find out exactly what Martin means, and why.
    Expect to learn:
    Why does Martin think Europe is a great place for Founders?
    What is happening in European tech in 2021 in terms of funding?
    Where are the European tech giants?
    How has the pandemic changed Martin’s future outlook regarding his work?
    Index Ventures' Destination USA podcast: https://www.indexventures.com/resources/destinationusa/podcast/
    01:05 Intro
    03:00 European tech landscape from funding pov, 2021 Q1
    05:10 Role of the pandemic
    07:45 Did Europe lose the battle for platform economies?
    11:00 Why doesn’t Europe have more giants yet?
    13:25 New Index Origins seed fund
    18:35 Discussion on current status quo
    21:05 Martin’s mental models and how the pandemic changed his outlook
    31:00 Is pop culture driving consumer finance?
    36:45 What Martin has learned after 10 years at Index
    42:30 Not Optional campaign and Index Ventures’ new podcast
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    • 49 min

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MichelleTal

Thanks for doing this

It's so rare to see any content, let alone a podcast, consistently offer tangible insights on building companies. I pretty much binged through this when I found it.

lindagron1

Great podcast!

Interesting topics and amazing guests! Strong recommendation!

A18js

Really good insights

Super inspiring guests and nice, hands-on advice from them. :) Keep going!

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