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STATION F is the world's biggest startup campus, with more than 1000 startups working on-site. Located in Paris, STATION F gathers all the services an entrepreneur might need under one roof, including 180+ VC funds, 30+ public administrations, and mentorship offices by leading tech companies like Apple, Google, AWS, and OVH. We are here to help bring ambitious ideas to life and, in this bi-monthly podcast, you'll be able to meet some of the most brilliant entrepreneurs at STATION F and beyond, discover exciting projects, and share conversations with thought leaders in the tech ecosystem.
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STATION F is the world's biggest startup campus, with more than 1000 startups working on-site. Located in Paris, STATION F gathers all the services an entrepreneur might need under one roof, including 180+ VC funds, 30+ public administrations, and mentorship offices by leading tech companies like Apple, Google, AWS, and OVH. We are here to help bring ambitious ideas to life and, in this bi-monthly podcast, you'll be able to meet some of the most brilliant entrepreneurs at STATION F and beyond, discover exciting projects, and share conversations with thought leaders in the tech ecosystem.
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    Jeff Lawson (Twilio) on how to build a strong company culture

    Jeff Lawson (Twilio) on how to build a strong company culture

    Did you know that Jeff Lawson, the co-founder and CEO of Twilio, sold his wedding gifts to kick the company off? Back in the summer of 2008, this strategy may seem risky but looking at what Twilio achieved since, it clearly was a winning choice. Twilio is now the leading cloud communications platform and became an international company.
    Despite its international growth, Twilio managed to keep its very strong company culture, focused on the well-being of its employees, and that’s something that Jeff is very proud of. He explains the concept of “Twilio Magic”, the company’s core values, and defines what is “blameless post-mortem”, an important mindset in the big Twilio family.
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza, STATION F’s Director, and Laurence Benamran, co-founder and CEO of Pinpo, a STATION F company selected to be part of Future 40 in 2019. Pinpo is a leading tech platform specializing in lead qualification and a happy user of Twilio.
    Topics
    00:10 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza (STATION F) and Laurence Benamran (Pinpo)
    02:58 — The story behind Twilio’s funding. Spoiler: it involves Jeff Lawson’s wedding gifts!
    12:35 — Jeff about Twilio going international and its launch in France
    17:51 — How to implement a strong company culture, like Twilio does, on a large scale?
    22:30 — Jeff describes Twilio’s core values as “Twilio Magic”
    24:18 — The difference between a company culture and its values
    26:16 — Jeff explains the concept of “blameless post-mortem”
    32:30 — Jeff’s biggest advice for entrepreneurs
    This episode is supported by TikTok, hosted by Roxanne Varza, produced by Cindy Yang, and edited by Grégoire Duhourcau. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 38 min
    Nicolas Julia (Sorare) on how to build a Web3 company

    Nicolas Julia (Sorare) on how to build a Web3 company

    In 2018, only a few people knew what an NFT was and the term Web3 was far from being a buzzword. However, Nicolas Julia was convinced that it would be the next revolution in the tech space so he co-founded Sorare, global fantasy football game (or soccer game, for our American audience) that you play with NFTs. 
    Sorare became a unicorn in less than four years, reaching a $4.3 billion valuation. It is the French startup that has reached the unicorn status the fastest. How did Nicolas know that NFTs would become the new hype? How did he convince famous business angels such as Antoine Griezmann or Gerard Piqué to join the project early on? How did he get Serena Williams on board? And, what are the next steps for Sorare? Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear Nicolas’ answers to all of these questions and more.
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza, STATION F’s Director, and Clarisse Hagège, co-founder and CEO of Dfns (Founders Program, Future 40 in 2021). Dfns provides crypto custody as a service, enabling developers to deploy bank-grade custody infrastructure and turn their apps into safe zones for crypto. The company recently announced a 13,5M$ raise.
    Topics
    00:10 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza (STATION F) and Clarisse Hagège (Dfns)
    03:30 — How Nicolas Julia got into NFTs ahead of the hype in 2018
    06:44 — How Sorare avoided the scalability problems that NFT platforms encounter on Ethereum
    09:07 — What Sorare is and how does it work
    12:22 — How Nicolas convinced their very first partner, the Belgian League, to join Sorare (the story includes an intern)
    15:28 — Sorare’s fundraising strategy (730M$ in total amount raised)
    17:05 — What’s next after soccer for Sorare? Sorare recently announced Serena Williams as a board member
    20:06 — How Nicolas convinced so many investors and notable business angels like Antoine Griezmann to join the project
    23:19 — The possible evolutions of Sorare within the metaverse
    26:58 — Nicolas’ career path
    28:06 — Nicolas’ biggest learnings from his entrepreneurial experiences
    37:04 — Nicolas on regulations in the crypto space
    This episode is supported by TikTok, hosted by Roxanne Varza, produced by Cindy Yang, and edited by Grégoire Duhourcau. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 39 min
    Alexandra Fine (founder of Dame Products) on how to build a FemTech startup

    Alexandra Fine (founder of Dame Products) on how to build a FemTech startup

    FemTech designates all technologies addressing women’s health — including reproductive health, hormonal health, menopause, and a lot more. Last year, STATION F launched a new startup program to support innovation in this space because FemTech entrepreneurs have to overcome additional challenges on top of the usual founder hurdles: they have to deal with censorship, taboo, and difficulty convincing investors.
    In this first episode of Entrepreneur Talks, we interview Alexandra Fine, Founder & CEO of Dame Products, a leading SexTech company that has not only faced these barriers but also built a thriving business. Dame has led and won a three-year legal battle to have the possibility of doing ads in the New York City subway. Dame is also part of the first companies to be featured at Sephora in their new Sexual Wellness selection. It has broken new ground for FemTech startups at large and we are super excited to have Alexandra on the show to tell us about her stories and learnings from building Dame — starting with how to fundraise to market a product surrounded by taboo.
    This episode is co-hosted by Elin Øyre and Andrea Olsson, the co-founders of Bumpy, a startup in STATION F’s FemTech Program. Elin and Andrea are building a platform to support people going through infertility by connecting them together and helping them to find the right fertility provider. 
    Find out what it takes to succeed in the FemTech industry. And, if you are building a FemTech startup, applications for STATION F’s FemTech Program are open until April 24! Learn more here.
    Topics
    00:10 — Introduction
    03:24 — How Alexandra Fine came up with the idea of Dame Products
    04:42 — The challenge of fundraising for FemTech companies
    08:41 — The problem with the term “FemTech” perceived as a niche rather than an essential
    11:09 — Alexandra’s tips for FemTech companies on how to address taboo
    14:13 — Elin & Andrea’s personal stories, which led to the creation of Bumpy
    20:20 — Alexandra’s three-year legal battle to run ads in the NYC subway
    26:33 — How Dame Products arrived in Sephora’s shelves and why it is a turning point
    28:17 — Tips on how to approach new partnerships and leverage the power of storytelling
    30:10 — Alexandra on making mistakes as a boss
    33:10 — The moment when Dame Products really took off: their crowdfunding campaign
    This episode is supported by TikTok, hosted by Cindy Yang, and edited by Grégoire Duhourcau. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 38 min
    Deep Dive into the European Talent Landscape: Diversity, Salaries, Recruitment, and more!

    Deep Dive into the European Talent Landscape: Diversity, Salaries, Recruitment, and more!

    “Talent wars”, “the Great Resignation”, “the hiring race” — you’ve likely seen these words all over the headlines of your favourite tech media. It’s no secret that recruiting for tech talent is becoming increasingly competitive and companies are looking for the secret sauce to win over top candidates.
    A few months ago, STATION F conducted a study on the European talent landscape in collaboration with more than 200 VC funds with the hope to serve startups worldwide in navigating this core element of their business.
    In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the findings with entrepreneurs and investors in our community:
    Pascal Gaulthier, CEO of Ledger,Salma Bakouk, co-founder & CEO of Sifflet,Bérénice Magistretti, VC-in-residence at Visionaries Club,Dhruv Jain, Investor at Bessemer Ventures.
    We dive into the current talent landscape, identify areas of improvement, and share best practices on all topics related to talent — from diversity to salaries, recruitment, and remote work.
    Topics
    00:23 — Intro with Roxanne Varza & Cindy Yang
    01:35 — Part I with startups: Salma Bakouk (Sifflet) & Pascal Gauthier (Ledger)
    05:10 — Gender diversity in the European startup ecosystem
    13:09 — Implementing diversity-driven policies in tech companies
    19:30 — The challenges of the recruitment landscape in Europe
    23:55 — The most difficult roles for startups to fill
    26:53 — How to build a brand that attracts talent
    30:20 — Key takeaways on the European talent landscape today
    34:30 — Part II with investors: Bérénice Magistretti, (Visionaries Club) & Dhruv Jain, (Bessemer Ventures)
    36:57 — Is being a solo founder a “no-go” territory?
    41:02 — The typical profile of European founders
    43:25 — Is there a best moment in a career to become an entrepreneur?
    46:43 — The impact of diversity in company performances
    49:40 — How funds approach the diversity question
    55:28 — The difficulty of recruiting sales and marketing talent
    58:47 — The importance of recruiting a Head of People very early
    01:01:40 — The tools and incentives (beyond financial) that startups can leverage to attract talent
    01:05:40 — Is remote work just a trend or a long-term change?
    This episode is supported by TikTok, hosted by Roxanne Varza & Cindy Yang, and edited by Grégoire Duhourcau. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 1h 8 min
    Tackling Climate Change with Carbon Capture

    Tackling Climate Change with Carbon Capture

    Climate change is a global threat and, without a doubt, one of the greatest challenges of our generation.
    According to PitchBook, VC investment in climate tech companies this year has already exceeded the previous two years by 37 percent. At the beginning of this year, Elon Musk offered a 100M$ prize to find the “best carbon capture technology” able to achieve low cost at gigatonne scale.
    But what is carbon capture and how does it work? 
    In this episode, we dive into the topic with Henrietta Moon, co-founder & CEO of Carbo Culture, and Talal Hasan, co-founder & CEO of 44.01. Carbo Culture is converting CO2 from plants into stable carbon while 44.01 is turning CO2 into rock.
    Topics
    00:22 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza
    Part I with Henrietta Moon, co-founder & CEO of Carbo Culture
    01:33 — Henrietta Moon on what Carbo Culture does
    06:03 — The story behind Carbo Culture
    09:03 — How the company has evolved
    10:30 — Carbo Culture's business model
    12:10 — The different types of customers they have
    13:35 — How Carbo Culture's technological approach differentiates itself
    16:53 — The importance of reducing emissions
    18:21 — Examples of companies that should be recognized for their approach to carbon reduction
    20:40 — Carbo Culture's fundraising with True Ventures and Cherry Ventures
    21:40 — The advantages of being based in Helsinki, Finland
    23:59 — Clean innovations that Henrietta is excited about beyond carbon capture
    26:20 — Henrietta's vision for Earth in 50 years
    Part II with Talal Hasan, co-founder & CEO of 44.01
    28:03 — What does 44.01 mean?
    29:57 — The type of infrastructure that 44.01 uses
    32:44 — Talal's view on the best-case scenario for our planet
    33:48 — Why 44.01 is based in Oma
    36:12 — The customers of 44.01
    37:27 — Carbon credits provided by 44.01
    39:03 — How ClimateTech can seduce investors in this space
    42:18 — The KPIs that Talal tracks
    43:05 — Carbon capture companies and technologies that Talal is excited about
    46:03 — Talal's background: what brought Talal into the CleanTech space?
    This episode is supported by TikTok, hosted and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 49 min
    Interview with Wade Foster, co-founder and CEO of Zapier

    Interview with Wade Foster, co-founder and CEO of Zapier

    Wade Foster is the co-founder and CEO of Zapier, the leading automation tool in the ever-growing no-code space.
    Earlier this year, Zapier reached $5 billion in valuation and $140 million in recurring revenue — one might think of it as a standard Silicon Valley startup that has raised lots of money with VCs but, apart from having done YC, the company has in reality taken a very different path. Wade and his co-founder started Zapier in Columbia, Missouri. They have been running the company entirely remote before the pandemic made it commonplace. And, they have only raised a total of 1,4 million dollars in funding, which gives them a 100x ratio of ARR/funding.
    In this episode, Wade tells us the story behind Zapier’s growth, shares some invaluable tips for startups looking to scale, speaks about the company's long-term vision for automation, and a lot more.
    Topics
    00:22 — Introduction with Cindy Yang
    01:49 — Wade Foster's background and founder story
    04:48 — Surprising use cases of Zapier
    07:14 — Zapier's new product, Transfer
    08:17 — Wade's approach to VC fundraising
    09:31 — How Zapier reached 140M ARR in 10 years
    12:31 — The importance of defining your go-to-market strategy early on
    13:55 — Why Zapier does not have a Sales team
    16:17 — Full remote work and "de-location" packages
    23:28 — Technologies that Wade is excited about: Web3 and AI / Machine Learning
    25:47 — Zapier's vision on the long term
    27:48 — Wade's advice for early-stage founders
    This episode is supported by TikTok, hosted and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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thmsbldm ,

Insightful podcast

Great podcast featuring great thinkers! Thank you STATION F ⭐️

Gregouz784 ,

Excellent podcast

Very interesting podcast with many inspirational guests!

guiguicm ,

Great interviews!

I love the fact that they interview world renowned speakers & some more early stage entrepreneurs as well as VCs! Great to learn more about their experiences and journeys! 🙏💯

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