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The Leap Takers podcast features up-and-coming European entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Every episode retraces the journey of a featured guest, with the goal to uncover the origin story of their projects, and to extract advice , resources & tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs, makers, and anyone that wants to "take the leap" in their life.

Leap Takers Remo Kyburz

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

The Leap Takers podcast features up-and-coming European entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Every episode retraces the journey of a featured guest, with the goal to uncover the origin story of their projects, and to extract advice , resources & tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs, makers, and anyone that wants to "take the leap" in their life.

    Episode 20: Alina Bassi - How Kleiderly creates sustainable plastics made from textile waste

    Episode 20: Alina Bassi - How Kleiderly creates sustainable plastics made from textile waste

    Alina Bassi (@alinabassi1) is the founder and CEO of Kleiderly. Originally from London, she founded Kleiderly in 2019 in Berlin with the goal of solving the problem of fashion industry waste. She has developed a patent-pending technology to recycle waste clothing into a new and sustainable material, diverting clothing waste away from landfills and incinerators. Her mission is to lower the carbon footprint of fashion and eliminate tons of CO2 emissions.


    Alina is a Google for Startups Female Founder alumna and a member of the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2020.


    In this episode you will learn about:



    Kleiderly and how they are trying to solve the problem of fashion industry waste
    The Berlin startup scene and accelerators
    How to build up confidence as a founder
    Supporting minority founders
    And much more…!


    Show notes:



    01:45 -- Intro of Alina Bassi
    02:04 -- Alina’s background before she launched her own startup
    03:13 -- Gaining first startup experience at bio-bean
    04:28 -- How Alina found a startup to work for and gather relevant experience
    05:07 -- The origin story of Kleiderly
    08:04 -- Kleiderly’s value proposition
    09:48 -- The first steps of entrepreneurship. How do you start your own company
    13:19 -- Alina’s experience with Accelerator programs
    16:42 -- Current stage and facts about Kleiderly
    19:10 -- Lessons learnt from an early-stage startup
    23:27 -- Mistakes to avoid as a founder
    24:38 -- Tips and insights into the Berlin startup scene
    26:33 -- Initiatives that Alina is involved in to support minority founders
    30:17 -- Alina’s favorite book she would recommend to fellow startup founders
    30:50 -- Alina’s best personal investment
    31:25 -- Alina’s favorite SaaS tool to help her as a founder
    32:29 -- Advice to your younger self
    33:32 -- How to build up confidence as a founder
    34:45 -- What courage means to Alina


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    Special Guest: Alina Bassi.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Kleiderly Website — Sustainable Plastic Made from Textile WasteKleiderly (@kleiderlyberlin) - InstagramKleiderly (@kleiderlyberlin) - Twitterbio-bean | The world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds.High-Tech SeedLab - AcceleratorThe Berlin Founders Fund from Silicon AlleeSilicon AlleeLafayette Plug and Play - Retail Business Accelerator in ParisFactory Berlin - The Community of Innovators and CreatorsEntrepreneur First - Find a co-founder at the world's leading talent investorAntler - Global early-stage VC enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional peopleThe Lean Startup | The Movement That Is Transforming How New Products Are Built And LaunchedAsana - Manage your team’s work, projects, & tasks onlineTrelloBiofuel - Wikipedia

    • 37 min
    Episode 19: Tobias Gunzenhauser - How to build a D2C company & the story of yamo - fresh organic baby food

    Episode 19: Tobias Gunzenhauser - How to build a D2C company & the story of yamo - fresh organic baby food

    Tobias Gunzenhauser (@TobGunzenhauser) is the CEO and one of the three co-founders of yamo.


    yamo is Europe's first digital native vertical brand that produces fresh organic baby and children food. The company launched in 2017 in Switzerland with their first product of baby purees. In the meantime, yamo is also sold in "Coop", one of Switzerland's largest retailers.


    All of yamo’s products are 100% organic, natural and free from additives. They developed every recipe together with dozens of helpful moms, dads, their little ones, nutritionists and pediatricians.


    In the summer of 2020, yamo raised a €10M Series A.


    You will hear the fascinating origin story of yamo, tips around production & manufacturing, how to find a good production partner, advice on online stores, and much more!


    Show notes:



    02:15 -- Introduction of Tobias
    02:43 -- The origin story of yamo. How the founders came up with the idea for a baby food company
    07:45 -- Starting a company on the side vs. quitting and going all in
    11:53 -- How yamo started producing their first product
    15:39 -- The benefits of a production partner vs. producing yourself
    16:55 -- How to find a good production partner
    19:42 -- How yamo solved the problem of high minimum orders combined with limited capital to manufacture their product
    20:57 -- yamo’s approach to distribution and setting up their online store
    24:41 -- The state of the eCommerce infrastructure & online store integrations in Switzerland
    26:15 -- Overview of yamo’s product offering and their newest innovative product
    30:36 -- Tobias’ key learnings from starting yamo
    33:09 -- How to test your D2C business idea
    35:01 -- Tobias’ favorite book
    35:37 -- Another favorite D2C product of Tobias
    36:01 -- Advice to your younger self
    36:58 -- What courage means to Tobias
    38:01 -- Info about yamo


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
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    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Tobias Gunzenhauser.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    yamo Websiteyamo (@yamobaby) / TwitterDirect to Consumers (D2C) Business Modelwemakeit – Crowdfunding für kreative ProjekteIndiegogo - Crowdfund Innovations & Support Entrepreneurs Kickstarter - CrowdfundingWooCommerce - Sell Online With The eCommerce Platform for WordPressShopify - Ecommerce Software | All-in-one Commerce Solution for your BusinessMagento - eCommerce PlatformShoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil Knight

    • 39 min
    Episode 18: Heidi Lindvall - From documentary filmmaker to investing in ClimateTech startups with Pale Blue Dot VC

    Episode 18: Heidi Lindvall - From documentary filmmaker to investing in ClimateTech startups with Pale Blue Dot VC

    Heidi Lindvall (@HeidiLindvall) is one of the founders and a general partner at Pale Blue Dot. Pale Blue Dot is a seed stage ClimateTech VC investing in reducing and reversing the effects of climate change and preparing for a new world. They invest tickets of €200k - €2M, in pre-seed and seed-stage companies based in Europe and US.


    Heidi Lindvall previously co-founded Storygami, an online video company that increases viewers engagement & helped monetize content. She also founded CODOC, an award winning video production company. She has a background in Media and Human Rights and has studied for two degrees in the field in London.


    In this episode you hear how Heidi made her way from being a documentary filmmaker into the world of Venture Capital (VC). We also discuss her learnings from being an entrepreneur and what areas in ClimateTech she is most excited about to help save the planet. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.


    Show notes:



    01:48 -- Introduction of Heidi Lindvall
    02:21 -- Description of Pale Blue Dot and the goal of the VC fund
    04:26 -- How Heidi got in touch with the world of startups & tech
    07:16 -- Documentary movies created by Heidi Lindvall
    07:54 -- How Storygami - a online video SaaS product - was born
    10:20 -- What is the right moment for a startup to start looking for investors
    11:33 -- From Storygami to joining accelerators, becoming an investor, and the origin story of Pale Blue Dot VC
    19:15 -- What is ClimateTech and in what areas does Pale Blue Dot invest in
    22:35 -- Investment target & fund characteristics of Pale Blue Dot
    23:50 -- Public investments of Pale Blue Dot VC
    24:41 -- The role of regulation in the ClimateTech sector
    26:27 -- Learnings from raising a VC fund in Europe
    29:35 -- Heidi’s advice and tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs
    32:03 -- Book that had a big personal impact on Heidi’s life
    33:07 -- Resources for people interested in the climate & tech space
    34:17 -- Heidi’s most worthwhile investment
    35:24 -- Advice to your younger self
    36:10 -- What courage means to Heidi


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes and share resources & tips for anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Europe.
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Heidi Lindvall.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Pale Blue DotPale Blue Dot (@palebluedotvc) / TwitterHeidi Lindvall (@HeidiLindvall) / TwitterOverstory – Creating Planet IntelligenceIPCC — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeForgive Me Mother - CODOC Documentary on VimeoMy Climate JourneyThe Weekly Climate - Michael Reibel BoesenThe Breeze - Tommy LeepScrew Business As Usual: Turning Capitalism into a Force for Good - Richard Branson500 StartupsOpen Data InstituteFast Track MalmoCarbon accountingCODOCStorygami

    • 38 min
    Episode 17: Anne-Laure Le Cunff - Mindful productivity - How Ness Labs became the leading learning platform that empowers makers to do their best work while keeping their sanity

    Episode 17: Anne-Laure Le Cunff - Mindful productivity - How Ness Labs became the leading learning platform that empowers makers to do their best work while keeping their sanity

    Anne-Laure Le Cunff (@anthilemoon) is the Founder of Ness Labs, an award-winning productivity & learning community and venture studio building products that focus on mindful productivity, wellness, creativity, and culture. She is an ex-Googler, MSc of Applied Neuroscience candidate at King's College, member of the Society for Neuroscience, and certified Mental Health First Aider accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.


    Her work has been featured in WIRED, Forbes, FT, Rolling Stone, and more. Every week, she sends a newsletter to thousands of mindful makers with practical content at the intersection of neuroscience and entrepreneurship.


    She is half-French, half-Algerian. Anne-Laure was born in Paris, sold French wine in New York, studied in Tokyo, worked at Google in San Francisco, and started her company Ness Labs in London.


    In this episode you will hear the origin story of Ness Labs, we discuss fascinating topics such as the concept of time anxiety, and you hear Anne-Laure’s advice for anyone that wants to start & grow a content community. I found this episode incredibly interesting and I hope you enjoy it as well.


    Show notes:



    01:54 -- Intro of Anne-Laure Le Cunff
    02:42 -- Anne-Laure’s personal background and travels
    04:49: -- How Anne-Laure became interested in the human mind and neuroscience
    07:12 -- Ness Labs: What is it and who is it for
    11:18 -- The origin story of Ness Labs. How Anne-Laure Le Cunff built a learning platform for mindful productivity
    14:34 -- Lessons learned from a previous startup failure
    18:41 -- Tips on growing your audience and community
    20:43 -- Working with the garage door open
    22:03 -- Positive highlight of Ness Lab’s journey so far
    23:28 -- Ness Labs as a remote-first company
    26:13 -- Time Anxiety. What is it and how do we best counteract it?
    31:22 -- Top recommended articles on Ness Labs
    32:12 -- Key learnings from starting an online learning community
    34:19 -- Ness Lab’s newest product
    35:37 -- Anne-Laure Le Cunff’s favorite book
    35:55 -- Anne-Laure's best personal investment
    37:08 -- Anne-Laure’s advice to her younger self
    38:17 -- What courage means to Anne-Laure


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes, share interesting articles I found, and blog occasionally about cool startups!
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    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Anne-Laure Le Cunff.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Ness Labs - Make the most of your mindTime anxiety: is it too late? - Ness LabsFrom FOMO to JOMO: the joy of missing out - Ness LabsHow to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence - Michael PollanGeneration effectMembership Community - Ness LabsHacker NewsIndie Hackers: Work Together to Build Profitable Online BusinessesSlackTelegram MessengerKing's College London

    • 40 min
    Episode 16: Ville Vesterinen - Lessons from a nordic serial entrepreneur - Slush, Grey Area, Swappie - becoming an Atomico angel investor & more

    Episode 16: Ville Vesterinen - Lessons from a nordic serial entrepreneur - Slush, Grey Area, Swappie - becoming an Atomico angel investor & more

    Ville Vesterinen (@vesterinen) is a serial entrepreneur from Finland. He is one of the original founders of Slush - one of the world’s leading startup & tech conferences, that attracts around 25'000 attendees every year to Helsinki. He also founded Grey Area - a gaming company that was backed by Index Ventures, LVP, Lifeline Ventures.
    Ville also serves as the chairman of Swappie, an ambitious young company selling refurbished mobile phones, which just raised $40M in June 2020. He is also on the boards of Maria 01, a 70 000 m² campus for tech companies in the heart of Helsinki as well as on the board of Startup Foundation, the organization that owns various initiatives supporting the Nordic startup ecosystem, among them Slush.


    Most recently Ville joined Atomico, one of Europe's leading venture capital investors, as an angel investor to support new aspiring entrepreneurs. Ville also just started his own podcast - The Long Map, where he explores how to live an interesting life.


    In this episode, we talk about the origin story of Slush, Grey Area, and Swappie. We cover Ville's learnings from being a serial founder and investor, as well as his tips for other aspiring entrepreneurs in Europe.


    Show notes:



    02:07 -- Intro - Who is Ville Vesterinen
    03:11 -- How Ville became interested in entrepreneurship & tech
    04:59 -- Retelling the experience of becoming an entrepreneur in the 2000’s
    07:08 -- The origin story of Slush, Europe’s leading tech conference
    10:24 -- Ville’s learnings from starting Slush and tips for founding a conference
    13:27 -- Major milestones and projects that Ville worked on so far
    15:38 -- Location-based games & Shadow Cities
    17:57 -- Swappie, refurbishing and selling second hand iPhones
    20:04 -- Learnings and advice for future startup founders
    24:46 -- Atomico Angel programme and Ville’s investing focus
    28:48 -- Ville Vesterinen’s new podcast - The Long Map
    30:32 -- Ville Vesterinen’s favorite book
    31:38 -- Ville Vesterinen’s best personal investment
    33:06 -- Advice to your 25 year old self
    34:13 -- What courage means for Ville


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes, share interesting articles I found, and blog occasionally about cool startups!
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Ville Vesterinen.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    The Long MapCompanies VIlle hopes to Back - Ville VesterinenVille Vesterinen (@vesterinen) / TwitterSlush | The World's Leading Startup Event & Community of EntrepreneursSwappie | Refurbished and affordable iPhonesShadow CitiesHow Asia Works: Success and Failure In the World's Most Dynamic Region - Joe StudwellReaktor VenturesSecond Atomico Angel Programme CohortThe Nordic WebNeil S W Murray (@neilswmurray) / TwitterSophia Bendz (@sophiabendz) / TwitterLSE - London School of EconomicsPokémon GOWorld of Warcraft

    • 36 min
    Episode 15: Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work

    Episode 15: Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work

    Gonzalo (@gonsanchezs) runs and writes Seedtable, one of the leading newsletters focused on European tech. Seedtable is read by tens of thousands every week, and his work has been featured in Wired and Sifted. Gonzalo's writing always provides unique perspectives of developments in technology in Europe and its impact on society. Seedtable is one of my all-time favorite newsletters and I'm super excited that Gonzalo decided to come on the LeapTakers Podcast.


    In addition to Seedtable, Gonzalo is Head of Growth at Jobbatical, an Estonian Relocation Service for Tech companies, and he is mentoring startups. His previous experience includes having founded two startups, being a Content Specialist at Piktochart, growing EVELO from $1.2m to $4m as Director of Marketing, and helping to bring The Martec from 2,000 to 50,000 monthly visitors.
    Gonz likes to read and to fly. He speaks 4 languages and lifts heavy things, plus he seems to be into the occasional burger or ramen.


    In today’s episode we talk about practical tips for remote work and working from home, how Gonzalo started Seedtable, what makes a successful newsletter & advice on how to grow your own content, the impact of Covid-19 on various startup sectors, and more.


    Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and my Website, where I post new episodes, share interesting articles I found, and blog occasionally about cool startups!
    Sign-up for the mailing list to stay in the loop!


    Show notes:



    01:53: Who is Gonzalo & introduction
    04:52: Is a certain personality type required to be able to work remotely?
    06:25: Tips & tricks for remote work
    10:08: Gonzalo's favorite city to work from remotely
    12:22: How did Gonzalo become interested in technology and entrepreneurship?
    15:40: How does website flipping work
    16:53: Learnings from his experience as a founder & failed startups
    19:11: How to pick and find your co-founder
    22:21: The beginnings of Seedtable
    24:09: How Seedtable got traction
    27:18: Tips to produce good content and to grow your audience
    30:19: How to separate a job and a side project
    33:30: Key facts about Seedtable
    36:32: Gonzalo's predictions for 2020 and the impact of COVID-19
    39:18: Discussion of startup sectors that are positively or negatively affected by COVID-19
    44:20: Gonzalo's understanding of courage
    45:14: Wrap-up


    Remo's Favorite Quote of the Month:



    “Discipline equals freedom”



    Jocko Willink



    If you're enjoying the podcast, the best way to support the show is by leaving a review on Apple Podcast or in your favorite podcast app.



    Special Guest: Gonzalo Sanchez.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Seedtable: Weekly newsletter on European techSeedtable edition: Interview with Matt Clifford of Entrepreneur FirstSeedtable edition: Spotify goes wildGonz (@gonsanchezs) on TwitterEntrepreneur First - Find a co-founder at the world's leading talent investorRoam Research – A note taking tool for networked thought.Flippa - #1 platform to buy and sell online businessesWIREDSifted | Telling the untold stories of European startupsJobbatical - Relocate your new hires efficiently and reliably

    • 47 min

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As an American listening to this podcast, it's refreshing to hear the perspectives of entrepreneurs from Europe. While there are differences between the two groups, their first-hand accounts illustrate surprisinging number of similarties to get to the common goal: utilize the core principles of entrepreneurship to start your own venture.

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