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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 40+ 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 40+ 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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    Interview with Victor Lugger, co-founder & CEO of Big Mamma Group and Sunday App

    Interview with Victor Lugger, co-founder & CEO of Big Mamma Group and Sunday App

    The tech entrepreneur who raised the largest seed round in Europe this year. The restaurateur behind Paris' favourite group of Italian restaurants.
    Victor Lugger is the co-founder and CEO of Big Mamma Group and Sunday App. Being at the head of 26 very popular Italian restaurants across Europe, including La Felicità on our campus, Victor is embarking on a new FinTech adventure with his Big Mamma co-founder, Tigrane Seydoux, and their new partner, Christine de Wendel, to reinvent the way that people pay in restaurants. The trio recently announced a $24 million seed round for their new company Sunday App.
    In this episode, we catch up with Victor to learn more about what it means to have raised the largest seed round in Europe this year and how Big Mamma Group keeps launching restaurants that people cannot stop raving about. We'll talk about company culture, logistics, trends in the restaurant space, and a lot more!
    Topics:
    00:22 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza and Cindy Yang
    01:53 — Victor Lugger on raising the biggest seed round in Europe
    02:17 — The origin story of Big Mamma Group
    05:47 — The importance of company culture for Big Mamma's success
    16:12 — On choosing a co-founder
    19:44 — The beginnings of Sunday app
    23:00 — How Sunday works
    24:53 — Sunday's technology 🌍
    26:17 — Innovations in the restaurant space
    27:26 — On being a BCorp company
    28:48 — Scaling logistics at Big Mamma Group 💡
    31:03 — The importance of pursuing ideas that are not easy
    32:35 — Victor's favourite Big Mamma restaurant 😉
    This episode is hosted and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 34 min
    Sarah Guo (General Partner at Greylock) on SaaS and the Future of Work

    Sarah Guo (General Partner at Greylock) on SaaS and the Future of Work

    A few years ago, Sarah Guo became the first female and youngest General Partner at one of the leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Greylock. Sarah has led investments in companies like Figma, Clubhouse (not the social media 😉), and Sqreen. She is bullish on SaaS and openly shares on her website the types of companies for which she's keeping an eye out. In this episode, we discover the vast landscape of SaaS with Sarah, dive into the future of work, and learn more about being an investor in this space.
    Topics:
    00:23 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza
    01:12 — Sarah’s background prior to joining Greylock and becoming their first female and youngest partner
    02:58 — Greylock’s investment strategy
    08:15 — The story behind Sarah’s investment in Sqreen (acquired by Datadog)
    15:51 — Identifying areas of investment before finding the companies
    16:18 — Post-mortems and learnings on missed deals: Twilio & Benchling
    23:02 — Investing in a company called Clubhouse
    26:35 — Companies that Sarah is excited about: deep dive into the SaaS landscape
    30:21 — Service companies that are becoming SaaS companies: Rippling & Scale.ai
    31:50 — The impact of COVID on the future of work: the rise of remote & hybrid
    37:42 — Mistakes that companies are making about the future of work
    40:57 — Sarah’s advice for early-stage entrepreneurs 
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 47 min
    Interview with Zach Sims, co-founder & CEO of Codecademy

    Interview with Zach Sims, co-founder & CEO of Codecademy

    Zach Sims is the co-founder and CEO of Codecademy, the leading online learning platform for technical skills.
    Since its founding in 2011, Codecademy has helped over 50 million people from 190+ countries learn how to code. The company has raised over $82M from investors like Union Square Ventures, Naspers, Owl Ventures, Y Combinator, and Kleiner Perkins, supporting its vision to close the technical skills gap and transform people’s lives through engaging, flexible, and accessible online education.
    Zach and Codecademy have been recognized by reputable thought leaders as technology pioneers, appeared on numerous 30 under 30 lists, and won many awards. Yet, behind all the hype, things were not always smooth sailing.
    In this episode, we talk about the story of Codecademy with Zach and dive into some of his key learnings throughout the journey: the difference between building a movement vs. building a business, the industry's attitude towards VC fundraising, the future of education, and more.
    Topics
    00:22 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza
    01:05 — The background and growth stories of Codecademy
    05:08 — Key learnings around VC funding from the early days of Codecademy
    06:50 — Codecademy in a few numbers
    08:06 — The type of people that Codecademy addresses
    08:51 — How Zach learned to code
    09:46 — The evolution of coding since 2011
    11:00 — The importance of coding education and no-code
    12:08 — How Codecademy keeps up with the no-code trend
    13:14 — Life-changing stories from Codecademy learners
    15:16 — Code education for kids
    16:11 — Countries that are leading the way in code education
    17:17 — The future of education
    19:18 — The user experience on Codecademy
    21:00 — The importance of community on Codecademy
    22:20 — Zach on what he finds exciting in the education space
    24:46 — What to expect from Codecademy in the coming months: international markets and Codecademy for Business 
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 26 min
    Why Startups Shouldn’t Raise Funds Just Because They Can

    Why Startups Shouldn’t Raise Funds Just Because They Can

    Fundraising has become a rite of passage for any startup that claims to be ambitious. It is perceived to be a must by many founders, especially those who are building SaaS products that need to grow fast and want to acquire a large market share.
    However, fundraising is not always the only way for such a company to succeed.
    In this episode, we catch up with Guillaume Moubeche, co-founder and CEO of Lemlist, who bootstrapped his company with $1000 to reach $5M ARR in less than 3 years. Guillaume recently turned down a $30 million offer from a private equity that included a $15 million cash-out for the three co-founders of Lemlist. That meant saying "no" to receiving $5 million straight into each of their bank accounts. What was the thinking behind this decision? Listen now to learn more.
    Lemlist is STATION F alum, part of Zendesk program alum and our list of Future40 companies in 2019.
    Topics:
    00:22 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza
    01:13 — Guillaume on why he publicly turned down €30 million
    02:22 — Investment offers that Lemlist received from VC and PE funds
    03:34 — The background and growth story of Lemlist
    04:15 — Guillaume’s approach to company building: focusing on customers rather than fundraising
    05:40 — Why he recently went after fundraising
    09:18 — When fundraising is relevant for a company
    10:26 — The advantage of having constraints on building product
    11:31 — The number of offers that Lemlist got
    12:23 — Growth strategies: how Lemlist turned $1000 into $5M ARR in three years
    15:27 — Things that went wrong and learnings
    18:47 — On selling vs. not selling
    23:05 — What can we expect to see from Lemlist in the coming months 
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 25 min
    Rethinking the Future of Plastics with Xampla and DePoly

    Rethinking the Future of Plastics with Xampla and DePoly

    There could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, according to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation report. Plastic pollution is a huge problem — but it's not one that is irreversible if we act quickly enough.
    In this episode, we explore and address the issue of plastics with two founders that are striving to make a change: Samantha Anderson, CEO of DePoly, and Simon Hombersley, CEO of Xampla.
    Both companies are looking to eliminate plastic pollution but tackling the problem from two different angles. DePoly (STATION F startup in the L'Oréal Program) has developed a cutting-edge technology to recycle PET plastic. Xampla (Cambridge University spin-out) has developed a plant-protein material that provides a natural alternative to single-use plastic.
    Topics:
    01:16 — What made Samantha and Simon want to go into plastic?
    05:11 — The recycling technology behind DePoly
    05:46 — How plastic recycling currently works
    07:30 — Xampla’s plant-protein material
    09:22 — How Xampla compares to existing plant-based solutions
    10:37 — Can Xampla’s material be eaten?!
    10:46 — Xampla targeting consumer markets
    11:56 — Samantha on where we use plastics today and how to address the plastic problem
    13:15 — Simon and Samantha on what’s necessary for large-scale change to happen
    16:15 — Samantha on the role of startups in the new plastic economy
    17:03 — Simon on the big companies’ change of attitude towards plastic
    18:30 — Simon’s background: serial cleantech entrepreneur
    19:54 — Samantha’s academic background and the DePoly team
    22:10 — The importance of practicality in solutions
    24:25 — Other exciting companies in the new plastics  
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 26 min
    Interview with Ivan Zhao, co-founder and CEO of Notion

    Interview with Ivan Zhao, co-founder and CEO of Notion

    Ivan Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of Notion, the all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. Entrepreneurs rave about it, VCs chase after it, and we simply cannot stop hearing about it.
    Notion bundles multiple use cases into one tool and helps teams cut down on their number of applications used. For many users, Notion sparks inner joy — it appeals to the Marie Kondo in all of us, helping us clear out the clutter and organize efficient workflows.
    On top of being a product that people love to use, Notion is also a company that entrepreneurs admire, especially in the SaaS space. At the beginning of COVID, it hit a $2 billion valuation after raising a $50 million round — with a relatively small team of 40 people. Notion’s approach to company-building has since been distinguished with two main elements: its lean team and its conscientious attitude towards VC funding.
    In this episode, we learn more about the Notion journey — where it comes from and where it's going — with its founder, Ivan Zhao.
    Topics:
    00:22 — Introduction with Roxanne Varza
    01:03 — Ivan Zhao on the market need for Notion
    02:13 — Notion’s mission to empower people to create their own tools
    03:16 — The 4 main use cases of Notion
    03:58 — How Notion built a product that people love so much
    05:48 — When Notion exploded in 2018
    06:43 — Notion’s approach to building a company: fundraising and team size
    09:20 — Raising $50 million at $2B valuation during COVID
    11:08 — New offices in Europe and Japan
    11:33 — Notion API launch in April
    12:02 — New languages, including French!
    13:06 — Interesting alternative use cases for Notion 🍳🐉🤓
    15:08 — Tools that Notion can replace
    16:18 — Ivan on tools that he finds exciting: Figma
    16:55 — Bundling vs. unbundling strategy for building product
    17:30 — Ivan’s advice for early-stage entrepreneurs 
    This episode is hosted by Roxanne Varza and produced by Cindy Yang. Art is by Gaëtan Lefebvre.

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    • 19 min

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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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