28 min

Creandum Partner Simon Schmincke Unplanned: adventures in venture

    • Entrepreneurship

In this episode, Creandum General Partner Simon Schmincke takes us on his journey from photographer to VC, and the interesting path along the way.
Simon talks about the importance of relationships, however they start.  He tells us about his connecting with Ciarán O'Leary, and how much he learned from him. He also explains the serendipitous way he met his now wife, in an American airport. 
Simon's adventures in venture took him from his native Germany to Southeast Asia, New York, Berlin, and Sweden, with stints at Hello Fresh, Earlybird, and more.  He says his decision-making process for these big life moves comes down to a simple question.  When I wake up in the morning, do I like what I'm doing?
Tara asks Simon what appealed to him about the world of VC, and what advice he'd give to someone who wants to get into the field.  Our guest also talks about the emotional side to venture capital, which is often overlooked.
We also cover the pandemic and how COVID-19 has affected both business and personal relationships, and how Creandum is working through it.  
As with all guests, we discuss work-life balance, and the ground rules Simon and his wife use in terms of business travel and time spent working from home.
Mentioned in this episode:
Creandum: https://www.creandum.com/
Hello Fresh: https://www.hellofresh.com/
Earlybird: https://earlybird.com/
OMERS Ventures Legal Disclaimers: https://www.omersventures.com/Legal-and-Disclaimers
The Unplanned Podcast is produced by JAG in Detroit Podcasts: https://jagindetroit.com/

In this episode, Creandum General Partner Simon Schmincke takes us on his journey from photographer to VC, and the interesting path along the way.
Simon talks about the importance of relationships, however they start.  He tells us about his connecting with Ciarán O'Leary, and how much he learned from him. He also explains the serendipitous way he met his now wife, in an American airport. 
Simon's adventures in venture took him from his native Germany to Southeast Asia, New York, Berlin, and Sweden, with stints at Hello Fresh, Earlybird, and more.  He says his decision-making process for these big life moves comes down to a simple question.  When I wake up in the morning, do I like what I'm doing?
Tara asks Simon what appealed to him about the world of VC, and what advice he'd give to someone who wants to get into the field.  Our guest also talks about the emotional side to venture capital, which is often overlooked.
We also cover the pandemic and how COVID-19 has affected both business and personal relationships, and how Creandum is working through it.  
As with all guests, we discuss work-life balance, and the ground rules Simon and his wife use in terms of business travel and time spent working from home.
Mentioned in this episode:
Creandum: https://www.creandum.com/
Hello Fresh: https://www.hellofresh.com/
Earlybird: https://earlybird.com/
OMERS Ventures Legal Disclaimers: https://www.omersventures.com/Legal-and-Disclaimers
The Unplanned Podcast is produced by JAG in Detroit Podcasts: https://jagindetroit.com/

28 min