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"Beginner's Mind with Christian Soschner" is your lens into entrepreneurship and investing in deep tech - the frontier of AI, biotech, blockchain, robotics, and more. The show features Christian Soschner engaging in insightful conversations with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders crafting our future blueprint.
Here's what you can expect:
In Episode 123, David Dana, Head of VC at EIF talking about European Deep Tech.BR 1 a Book Review of Sebastian Mallaby's book "The Power Law" explaining the core principles behind Venture CapitalMM 18, the Silicon Valley Investor, Matías Serebrinsky, talking about investing in Mental Health
The episodes dissect these pioneers' journeys, offering listeners valuable lessons. In addition to these insightful conversations, I also continuously unearth gems of wisdom from renowned entrepreneurs and investors like Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mohnish Pabrai. These insights and my commentary aim to help decipher the complex world of investing and entrepreneurship, providing you with actionable knowledge and strategies.Topics range from AI's role in drug discovery to the intricate science behind pharmaceutical research, offering a comprehensive deep-tech entrepreneurship and investing education enriched by practical insights from industry frontrunners.
Embark on this  journey. Be part of the conversation shaping the future of technology. The Community welcomes you: https://lsg2g.substack.com/

Beginner's Mind Christian Soschner

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"Beginner's Mind with Christian Soschner" is your lens into entrepreneurship and investing in deep tech - the frontier of AI, biotech, blockchain, robotics, and more. The show features Christian Soschner engaging in insightful conversations with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders crafting our future blueprint.
Here's what you can expect:
In Episode 123, David Dana, Head of VC at EIF talking about European Deep Tech.BR 1 a Book Review of Sebastian Mallaby's book "The Power Law" explaining the core principles behind Venture CapitalMM 18, the Silicon Valley Investor, Matías Serebrinsky, talking about investing in Mental Health
The episodes dissect these pioneers' journeys, offering listeners valuable lessons. In addition to these insightful conversations, I also continuously unearth gems of wisdom from renowned entrepreneurs and investors like Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mohnish Pabrai. These insights and my commentary aim to help decipher the complex world of investing and entrepreneurship, providing you with actionable knowledge and strategies.Topics range from AI's role in drug discovery to the intricate science behind pharmaceutical research, offering a comprehensive deep-tech entrepreneurship and investing education enriched by practical insights from industry frontrunners.
Embark on this  journey. Be part of the conversation shaping the future of technology. The Community welcomes you: https://lsg2g.substack.com/

    EP 124 - Dan Bowyer: Revolutionizing Ventures: Dan Bowyer's Blueprint for Disruptive Success

    EP 124 - Dan Bowyer: Revolutionizing Ventures: Dan Bowyer's Blueprint for Disruptive Success

    🚀 Revolutionizing the Game: Dan Bowyer's Vision for the Future of Venture Capital!

    In this compelling episode, join us as we unravel the insights and strategies of Dan Bowyer, a pioneering force in the venture capital world with SuperSeed VC. Discover how his unique approach is not just reshaping, but revolutionizing how startups navigate the journey from conception to global impact.

    🎙️ What's in the Episode:
    1️⃣ Disrupting Traditional Enterprises: Dan shares his mission to challenge the status quo, focusing on startups that enhance productivity and efficiency.
    2️⃣ The SuperSeed Approach: Learn about SuperSeed VC's innovative strategy in investing early in technical founders, transforming how the world works.
    3️⃣ Building Impactful Businesses: Insights into how Dan Bowyer and SuperSeed VC are fostering companies that prioritize both profitability and positive societal impact.

    👨‍💼 About Dan Bowyer:
    With over 20 years of entrepreneurial and investing experience, Dan Bowyer is a co-founder and partner at SuperSeed VC, focusing on B2B, European AI-first startups. His passion lies in aiding technical founders to navigate the early stages of their journey, ensuring they not only achieve financial success but also make a meaningful impact in their sectors and beyond. Dan's philosophy is centered around making money and doing good, setting a new standard in the venture capital ecosystem.

    🎥 Tune in to this insightful episode to delve into the visionary world of venture capital with Dan Bowyer. Discover the future of startup success and innovation with SuperSeed VC.

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    Host: Christian Soschner

    📌 Quotes:
    (00:06:18) "My passion is reflecting to founders the realities of raising capital."
    (00:20:55) "I discovered a thousand ways not to build a lightbulb."
    (00:36:52) "I just want to mess with enterprise, to truly disrupt the productivity and efficiency."
    (01:02:49) "We care that it transforms sectors, not about the sector itself."
    (01:04:24) "We use client engagement as a diligence process to gauge market pull."
    (01:22:37) "Solve problems. If you're not solving problems every board meeting, it's wrong."
    (01:32:02) "Make money and do good. Whether you're a founder or investor, improve the world."

    ⏰ Timestamps:
    (00:03:00) The Genesis of a Venture Capitalist: Dan Bowyer's Diverse Path
    (00:10:31) Tech Transformation: From Pop Star to Tech Savant
    (00:18:57) The Paradox of Success and the Joy of Building
    (00:21:17) Navigating Failures: The Pathway to Innovation
    (00:27:16) Europe's Reluctance to Risk and Its Global Impact
    (00:32:56) Harnessing European Talent and Innovation for Global Leadership
    (00:40:01) Bridging the Gap: Venture Capital and Societal Change
    (00:46:24) Defining True Entrepreneurship: Disruption and Transformation
    (00:51:49) Transforming Enterprise: Beyond Destruction to Innovation
    (00:59:23) The Evolution of Industry Giants: A Look Ahead
    (01:04:24) Validating Market Pull Through Founder Diligence
    (01:09:55) Deep Tech: Defining the Future Beyond Traditional Business Models
    (01:14:11) Betting on World-Class Teams to Solve AI Challenges
    (01:22:37) The Core Role of a Board: Problem Solving for Growth

    Dive into
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    BR 1: From Zero to Billion: How Venture Capital Shapes Our World | 'The Power Law' Review

    BR 1: From Zero to Billion: How Venture Capital Shapes Our World | 'The Power Law' Review

    Venture capital is the lifeblood of innovation, transforming bold ideas into groundbreaking realities. 

    Yet, navigating this high-stakes world is fraught with challenges that only the daring overcome. "The Power Law" by Sebastian Mallaby reveals the untold stories of the mavericks who dared to invest in the improbable, shaping our world with technologies once deemed impossible.
    Why This Summary is a Must-Watch:
    Decipher the DNA of Venture Success: Understand the principles that have propelled companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook to astronomical heights.Learn from the Masters: Insights from legendary investors and firms like Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.Navigate the Highs and Lows: Real-life tales of venture capital hits and misses, including the meteoric rise of unicorns and the cautionary tales of Theranos and WeWork.Purchase "The Power Law" now and embark on a journey to mastering the art of venture capital

    🎙️ Here's what you'll discover in this summary:

    The Architect Behind 'The Power Law': A look into Sebastian Mallaby's background and how his insights offer a unique perspective on the VC world.
    Decoding "The Power Law": Explore the main concepts that govern venture capital success and failure.
    Quick Guide: The 7 Key Takeaways from the book for those short on time.
    Chapter Summaries: A detailed walkthrough of each chapter, highlighting crucial lessons, from the origins of VC to the latest trends shaping the future of technology and investment.
    Personal Reflection: My personal journey through the lens of Venture Capital and how "The Power Law" has reshaped my understanding of what it takes to succeed.

    Don't miss out on this essential guide that could very well dictate the success of your next big venture or investment. Click to watch the episode now and step into the world of Venture Capital as you've never seen it before.

    ⏰ Timestamps:
    (00:00) Opening words
    (02:00) Sebastian Mallaby’s background 
    (05:00) Main Concepts in “The Power Law”
    (08:33) Too long did not listen: The 7 Key Takeaways from the book
    (14:30) Chapter: Introduction
    (18:55) Chapter 1: Arthur Rock and Liberation Capital
    (23:01) Chapter 2: Finance without Finance
    (26:05) Chapter 3: The Genentech story
    (30:00) Chapter 4: The Whispering of Apple
    (34:04) Chapter 5: Silicon Valley’s culture of open collaboration and mutual support – Metcalfe’s Law
    (37:36) Chapter 6: Chance favors only the prepared mind combined with character and discipline
    (40:45) Chapter 7: Softbank’s 100 Million for everybody
    (44:00) Chapter 8: How to Build a Startup in a Saturated Market
    (47:20) Chapter 9: How Y-Combinator Redefined Early-Stage Investing
    (51:00) Chapter 10: The Rise of the Chinese Dragon
    (54:10) Chapter 11: Redefining Global Communication
    (57:20) Chapter 12: The Principle of Incremental Margins in Growth Investing
    (01:01:34) Chapter 13: Community fostered by Sequoia Capital
    (01:04:50) Chapter 14: What would Success in Venture be Without Failures Like Theranos or Wework?
    (01:08:25) Chapter: Conclusion by Mallaby
    (01:11:30) My conclusion
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    EP 123 - Navigating the New Era of European Innovation with David Dana

    EP 123 - Navigating the New Era of European Innovation with David Dana

    🚀 Europe's Tech Transformation: David Dana's Vision for the Future!

    In this episode, join me, Christian Soschner, for an enlightening conversation with David Dana, a leading figure in the European tech investment landscape. Discover how his strategic approach at the European Investment Fund (EIF) is driving innovation and shaping the future of technology in Europe.

    🎙️ What's in the Episode:
    1️⃣ Europe's Growing Tech Influence: David Dana discusses Europe's evolving role in the global tech market and its potential to become a key player.
    2️⃣ The Art of Risk and Reward: Explore how embracing risk is essential for significant returns in the European investment scene.
    3️⃣ Quantum Tech Revolution: Insights into the burgeoning field of quantum technologies and its global impact.
    4️⃣ Collaborative Tech Transfer: Understanding the importance of openness in tech transfer to enhance ecosystem value.
    5️⃣ Beyond Investing: Learn about EIF's strategic approach to deploying capital for broader market growth.

    👨‍💼 About David Dana:
    David Dana, Head of VC Investments at EIF, is a mastermind in disruptive tech and innovation. With over a decade of experience at EIF and a profound understanding of various tech sectors, David is at the forefront of supporting Europe's tech sovereignty. His expertise in AI, Blockchain, Space, and Quantum Technologies, among others, is driving Europe's tech revolution.

    🎥 Don't miss this insightful episode where we delve into the strategies and visions shaping Europe's tech future with David Dana. Tune in now to uncover the transformative power of European innovation.

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    Host: Christian Soschner

    📌 Quotes:
    (00:06:42) "Europe has a role to play in the global market."
    (00:27:34) "If you don't take the risk, you will not get the rewards."
    (00:34:50) "Quantum technologies are at the beginning of something potentially huge."
    (00:46:25) "Opening to other shareholders helps to value and support the ecosystem more effectively."
    (01:04:16) "We need to generate returns; it's not just about deploying, it's about investing."
    (01:20:30) “Europe has the capacity, knowledge, and brains to innovate and change the world.”
    (01:27:51) "We need to empower others by trusting them, giving them autonomy and responsibility."

    ⏰ Timestamps:
    (00:03:00) Discovering the European Investment Fund: David Dana's Journey
    (00:06:10) The Evolution of the European Tech Market: Insights from David Dana
    (00:17:46) Navigating Risk in Alternative Investments: David Dana's Perspective
    (00:21:05) The Exit Market Challenge: Europe vs. US in Venture Capital
    (00:31:45) Cultural Shift for European Innovation: Breaking National Barriers
    (00:34:50) Quantum Technologies: The Potential for Revolutionary Impact
    (00:45:50) Early Stage Funding and Tech Transfer in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities
    (00:48:32) Balancing Global Expansion and European Growth: Strategies for Tech Companies
    (00:59:30) Convincing Success: The Key to Gaining EIF Support
    (01:06:11) Navigating the Investment Process: EIF's Rigorous Due Diligence Approach
    (01:12:50) EIF's Rigorous Investment Process: Ensuring Quality and Due Diligence
    (01:24:32) Evolving Role of EIF: Focusing o
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    • 1 hr 54 min
    EP 122: Change-Makers of 2023: Discovering New Paths in Health, Technology, and Climate

    EP 122: Change-Makers of 2023: Discovering New Paths in Health, Technology, and Climate

    Ready to make 2024 your best year ever? 

    If so, this episode is tailor-made for you. We've hand-picked the five most impactful, insightful, and exhilarating pieces of advice from various episodes of 2023, each poised to help you navigate the coming year with greater clarity and confidence.

    First and foremost, a heartfelt thank you to every speaker who graced my show. Each conversation was a journey, each insight a treasure. 

    As I set out to select the five most inspiring, impactful, and insightful clips from different episodes for this special 'Best of 2023' compilation, I realized how every moment was invaluable. 

    Grateful for every guest, I turned to ChatGPT to impartially choose five episodes that offer guidance, wisdom, and foresight to navigate 2024 with clarity and purpose.

    🔥 Are you ready to embrace 2024 with the wisdom of the past year? 
    Dive into this meticulously curated episode that brings together the brilliance of thought leaders from diverse fields. This isn't just another podcast episode; it's a guidebook for your journey through 2024 and beyond.

    In this episode, discover:
    The transformative tale of a biotech entrepreneur's Christmas Eve breakthrough.Insightful perspectives on the evolving landscape of mental health.Innovative economic strategies transforming New Jersey's growth.Urgent messages from the frontlines of climate change.The promising potential of climate tech in creating a greener future.Speaker in this episode: 
    Philipp BaaskeMatias SerebrinskyKara MooreKimberley MinerYair ReemEach segment is more than just a story; it's a beacon of knowledge and inspiration to guide you through the year. And to enrich your experience, we've included timestamps for each featured clip, allowing you to delve into the sections that resonate most with you.

    ⏰ Timestamps:
    (02:50) "The Christmas Eve Breakthrough: Nanotemper's Leap to Success" – Discover how a single crucial experiment on Christmas Eve catalyzed a biotech startup's journey to triumph.
    (09:26) "Redefining Mental Health: A New Era with AI and Psychedelics" – Explore Matias Serebrinsky's vision of the future of mental health treatment.
    (18:02) "New Jersey's Economic Revolution: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities" – Unveil Kara Moore's insights on New Jersey's innovative strategies for economic growth.
    (24:04) "Climate Urgency: A Scientist's Warning from Everest to NASA" – Delve into Dr. Kimberley R. Miner's compelling narrative on the immediate threats of climate change.
    (30:11) "Green Gold Rush: Yair Reem's Vision for Climate Tech" – Learn about the massive potential in climate technology with Yair Reem's forward-thinking approach.
    Join us on this enlightening journey as we explore, learn, and grow together. If this episode sparks curiosity, resonates with you, or inspires change, please like, comment, and share. Your engagement helps us continue bringing transformative conversations to light.

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    • 37 min
    SP 15: 2024 Vision: Amplifying Deep Tech Voices – Insights from Investors and Entrepreneurs on 'Beginner's Mind'

    SP 15: 2024 Vision: Amplifying Deep Tech Voices – Insights from Investors and Entrepreneurs on 'Beginner's Mind'

    Dive into the future with 'Beginner’s Mind' as I unveil the 2024 vision, a groundbreaking journey through the world of deep tech. In this special episode, join me for a riveting exploration into the minds of tech giants like Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Elon Musk. Discover exclusive insights that are shaping the future of technology and investment.
    We're not just talking about trends; we're discussing real impact and growth. As we expand and professionalize our content, each conversation becomes a beacon for entrepreneurs and investors seeking a deeper understanding of the evolving digital landscape. From invaluable book reviews to compelling dialogues with leading figures, this episode is a treasure trove of wisdom for our ambitious audience.
    Expect more than just interviews - get ready for a series of engaging, SEO-optimized discussions that not only resonate with your aspirations but also provide practical insights for your professional journey. Be part of a thought-provoking experience that connects you with the heart of innovation and investment in 2024.
    Don't forget to support us with a like, comment, or a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and subscribe on YouTube. Your engagement is our driving force in bringing more impactful content to the forefront of the deep tech world. Tune in to 'Beginner’s Mind' and transform the way you perceive the future of technology and business.
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    • 5 min
    EP 121 - Matías Peire: How Can Latin America Revolutionize Global Biotech?

    EP 121 - Matías Peire: How Can Latin America Revolutionize Global Biotech?

    In this episode, we dive into a groundbreaking conversation with Matías Peire, a trailblazer in the biotech venture capital space. Discover how his innovative approach at GRIDX is reshaping the future of biotech in Latin America.

    🎙️ What's in the Episode:
    1️⃣ Bridging Science and Business: Matías discusses the unique challenges and opportunities in connecting Latin American scientific talent with global markets.
    2️⃣ The GRIDX Approach: Discover how GRIDX is pioneering a new model for venture capitalism in biotech, focusing on nurturing startups right from the idea stage.
    3️⃣ Latin America's Untapped Potential: Insights into the rich biodiversity and scientific talent in Latin America and how they can revolutionize biotech globally.

    👨‍💼 About Matías Peire:
    Matías Peire, a visionary in the venture capital world, has a unique approach to investing in biotech startups. With a background in business administration and finance, and a deep passion for technology and science, Matías is leading GRIDX to transform scientific ideas into successful, impactful businesses. His journey is a testament to the power of visionary leadership in the biotech sector.

    🎥 Don't miss this insightful episode where we delve into the world of biotech venture capitalism with Matías Peire. Tune in now to discover the future of biotech innovation in Latin America.

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    Christian Soschner
    Matías Peire

    📌 Quotes:
    (00:06:32) "We want to transform how scientists create companies in Latin America."
    (00:34:35) "Scientists should become entrepreneurs and own their companies, licensing technology from universities."
    (00:48:07) "The only reason to become an entrepreneur is if you feel you'll regret not doing it."
    (00:57:50) "It's your responsibility to find a way to bring scientific alternatives to the table."
    (01:13:32) "You have a huge pool of talent, and almost none are working in the private sector."
    (01:32:43) "You need flexibility, ambition, and a soul in the game to succeed."
    (01:37:23) "Ambition to transform science into impact in Latin America."

    ⏰ Timestamps:
    00:03:55) Climate Change and Venture Capital: Insights from Washington D.C.
    (00:05:43) Expanding Horizons: GRIDX's Growth Strategy in Latin America
    (00:18:03) Creating a Venture Capital Fund with a Company Builder Model in LATAM
    (00:26:49) Building Confidence in Latin American Science for Global Competitiveness
    (00:35:46) Bridging the Gap: Scientists and the Private Sector in LATAM
    (00:42:05) Professionalizing University Participation in Venture Capital Processes
    (00:51:54) Navigating the Storm: Impact as a Connector in Business and Science
    (00:58:50) The Responsibility of Transforming Production with Science
    (01:07:57) Achieving Success in Latin America: The Journey of Raising Funds Abroad
    (01:14:32) Leveraging Latin America's Talent Pool and Biodiversity for Global Impact
    (01:20:49) Latin American Projects: Showcasing Competitive Science on the Global Stage
    (01:33:03) Essential Qualities for Success: Learners, Builders, and Ambitious Minds
    (00:37:00) Keep pushing, it's going to be okay. Follow what you feel and keep pushing.
    (01:37:23) Ambition to transform science into impact in Latin America
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    • 1 hr 47 min

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Christian brings an extremely intelligent mind and deep curiosity to the podcast. When he interviews his guests he digs deep to not only glean the business gems they have to offer but who, as a person, they are as well. It brings a level of humanity to an excellent podcast. Highly recommend.

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A great resources for life science entrepreneurship

If you want to be an entrepreneur in life sciences this podcast is a great way to get started. Christian knows the field well and brings on experts to help you learn.

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