Landed is the "collaborative playbook" to help emerging companies plan and execute their international expansion efforts.
In each episode, we dive deep with leaders who have played critical roles on the ground and in the board room for the international expansion of the world's most successful companies.
These conversations are highly tactical — focused on pulling out actionable ideas and real-world frameworks that you can use to win as you expand your company into new markets.
You can subscribe to updates, including transcripts and my key takeaways from each episode, at venturedesktop.com/landed.
Caen Contee – Operating Locally at Global Scale with Lime
My guest on this episode is Caen Contee. If I had to use one phrase to describe Caen, it would be that he is a man of action. His work today spans so many different areas, all of them focused on driving a positive impact on a global scale through business success.
Caen is a founding partner at Ozone X Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm backing purpose-driven tech companies founded by underrepresented founders across the world. He is also the Chief Business Officer of Linear Labs, a very exciting electric motor company. All of this builds on the incredible work he did as an executive on the founding team at Lime, the global leader in micromobility, where he led global expansion, spearheading the company’s efforts in over 100 cities across 30 countries.
We get into so much in this episode — from Lime's growth strategy in key cities like Paris to tactical advice on hiring early international growth teams.
(2:31) The early days of micromobility expansion
(3:55) Launching Lime in Europe
(6:44) Early launch strategy in Paris
(10:44) Managing global information flowsin an organization
(15:22) Iterative learning in international expansion
(23:58) Caen's day to day leading Lime internationally
(31:48) Analogies between international expansion and VC
(39:26) How capital providers can support international expansion
(43:06) Maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health in high stress, high growth roles
Thanks so much for listening to Landed from Venture Desktop. To access transcripts and other key takeaways, subcribe for free at venturedesktop.com/landed or follow me on Twitter @brettbivens.
Trailer – Welcome to Landed
Welcome to Landed from Venture Desktop.
Landed is the "collaborative playbook" to help founders, operators, and investors take their companies global.
In each episode, I dive deep with leaders who have played critical roles on the ground and in the board room for the international expansion of the world's most successful companies.
These conversations are highly tactical — focused on pulling out actionable ideas and real-world frameworks that you can use to win as you expand your company into new markets. You can access transcripts, takeaways, and key resources from each episode at venturedesktop.com.
During the first season of Landed, we are covering the international expansion stories of so many intriguing companies and markets.
From Facebook's early growth into Spain, Portugal and Latin America, to the micromobility battles on the ground in Paris in 2018, to the challenges with expanding into China.
These conversations bring to life key learnings that you can implement in your strategy today — when to expand, how to hire and structure global teams, ways to maintain company culture in the face of mounting complexity, what role capital providers play in international growth. We go deep into all of these topics and more.