53 episodes

Every week Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling) invites the most important voices from the global founders and VC network to her podcast to discuss their routes from founding or financing a startup to the peak of international success.

Guest include world renowned Silicon Valley representatives such as former Head of Retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts, Shazam founder Chris Barton, Drew Houston, the founder of Dropbox, Hollywood actor Jessica Alba and the leading voices of the European founder ecosystem including the CEOs and co-founders of Klarna, N26, Celonis, Flixbus and more.

Did you ever struggle with how to take your idea to the international markets? How to raise capital? And you never want to miss a groundbreaking idea again? Well, that's exactly what we're going to help you with on our new show!

If you enjoyed the podcast, please let us know by leaving a review or send us feedback directly at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com. Subscribe to the show for free on Apple Podcast, Spotify or Deezer to get new episodes automatically every week. Learn more on our website: bitsandpretzels.com/podcast.

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Every week Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling) invites the most important voices from the global founders and VC network to her podcast to discuss their routes from founding or financing a startup to the peak of international success.

Guest include world renowned Silicon Valley representatives such as former Head of Retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts, Shazam founder Chris Barton, Drew Houston, the founder of Dropbox, Hollywood actor Jessica Alba and the leading voices of the European founder ecosystem including the CEOs and co-founders of Klarna, N26, Celonis, Flixbus and more.

Did you ever struggle with how to take your idea to the international markets? How to raise capital? And you never want to miss a groundbreaking idea again? Well, that's exactly what we're going to help you with on our new show!

If you enjoyed the podcast, please let us know by leaving a review or send us feedback directly at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com. Subscribe to the show for free on Apple Podcast, Spotify or Deezer to get new episodes automatically every week. Learn more on our website: bitsandpretzels.com/podcast.

    B&P #53: "You have to stick to what you believe in the core"

    B&P #53: "You have to stick to what you believe in the core"

    This week’s guest is Oliver Holle, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Speedinvest, one of Europe's leading investment companies, which is working with some of the household names in the startup ecosystem such as Tier, Schüttflix or Planetly. 

    Before becoming an investor, Oliver had started a business himself which struggled quite a bit during the first years but then merged with two other startups and became 3united, a mobile content and messaging company. It was acquired by VeriSign in 2006 for 55 million Euros. 

    Together with Oliver, who has lived and worked both in Silicon Valley and Europe as a founder and investor, we’ll be taking a look back to find out what learnings he has to share especially from the past year - and we will look into the future: At major trends and developments and how to succeed as a founder or investor in 2021: 

    “As a founder in crisis, you need to be two things. You need to be ignorant. You can't listen to everybody. You can't believe all the things people tell you, because if you do that, then you throw in the towel immediately. So you have to stick to what you believe in the core. And on the other hand, you have to listen super carefully and differentiate and substance, say, be flat, open up your inner beliefs about what you think is true and really challenge that for yourself.“

    Tune in to this episode if you want to hear more about 1) Oliver’s tips for entrepreneurs on how to get through 2021 - another year which will for sure be strongly influenced by the ongoing pandemic, 2) the importance of a strong company culture and a reliable team and 3) what playing cards with his daughter has taught him about taking risks and why he recommends time offline to everyone. 

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Bits & Pretzels podcast host (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Oliver Holle (@oholle), Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Speedinvest (@speedinvest)

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    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova.

    • 30 min
    B&P #52: The race for quantum computing

    B&P #52: The race for quantum computing

    This week’s podcast guest and his team are moving quantum computing forward in Europe like no one else and they want to make it the new hotspot for the technology.

    His name is Jan Goetz and the company he co-founded and now is the CEO of is the German-Finnish startup IQM, which has just recently been all over the news because it received another 39 million Euros in funding. This round, which was led by deep-tech-investor MIG Fonds, adds the total amount of funding up to 71 million Euros. And with that support IQM as a European player enters the race for quantum computing which has so far been mostly between the big tech companies from the US and China. 

    This podcast episode is all about building up a company around a technology which is not even fully developed yet but which is expected to have a huge impact on all of us. Even if at the moment we’re still talking about research machines as Jan stresses, the vision is huge: 

    “And if this only partly becomes true, then it will really, really revolutionize society in many, many aspects. So it's still a big promise, but I think we have pretty good chances to see the impacts on society.“

    In conversation with Bits & Pretzels podcast host Britta Weddeling Jan talks about 1) what he and IQM are up to, 2) what learnings he has to share as a founder and person from IQM’s journey and 3) what potential he sees for this fascinating technology for every single one of us in the future! 

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Bits & Pretzels podcast host (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Jan Goetz (@JanGoetz6), Co-Founder & CEO of IQM (@meetIQM)

    Follow us:
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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova.

    • 46 min
    B&P #51: Did Zoom grow too fast?

    B&P #51: Did Zoom grow too fast?

    If you had to name one company that during the current pandemic quickly became an essential part of all of our lives – it would very likely have to be Zoom!

    And this week on the podcast we welcome the executive who is at the center of that crazy growth story: Harry Moseley, Zoom’s Global Chief Information Officer.

    But a sudden growth doesn’t come without a cost - Harry also shared how Zoom was dealing with the difficulties of growing exponentially during this crisis, what at times felt like putting new engines on a flying airplane, and what founders can learn from that experience:

    From 1) how to not neglect the root cause of the problem in a hectic situation and 2) how to onboard people efficiently in a crisis situation when the demand for talent is rising at your company to 3) how to navigate a completely new customer group.

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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Bits & Pretzels podcast host (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Harry Moseley (@harrymoseleyd), Chief Information Officer at Zoom (@Zoom_us)

    Follow us:
    Twitter: @bitsandpretzels
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova.

    • 50 min
    B&P #50: Kick your year off with Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno!

    B&P #50: Kick your year off with Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno!

    While the whole world is still grappling with the effects of the current pandemic, this week’s podcast guest shows how to not let yourself be defeated by uncertain circumstances:

    Jan Frodeno, the three times Ironman World Championship winner, Olympic winner, world record holder and entrepreneur who was our guest at our Bits & Pretzels Networking Week.

    He turned the obstacle into an opportunity, invented the first of its kind Ironman@home and turned it into a great success: 320 million people from 50 different countries watched Jan for eight and a half hours swim, cycle and run in his living room.

    Not only did he raise 200k Euros for charity but his accumulated PR-value was estimated at 12 Million Euros - almost the same amount he gained from his victory at the world championship.

    And after venturing into entrepreneurship himself he shared some learnings from his successful career in sports that have helped him navigate the business world: From 1) why failing and losing from time to time is necessary and 2) why a positive mindset is non-negotiable to 3) how he uses a launching rocket that is moving toward the sky as his personal mantra to focus, build his mental strength and blend out any noise around him.

    Tune into Jan Frodeno’s live conversation with Britta Weddeling to get some inspiration and motivation for the year ahead and get 2021 kickstarted on the right foot.

    More to explore:
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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Jan Frodeno (@janfrodeno), Olympic Champion and 3x Ironman World Champion

    Follow us:
    Twitter: @bitsandpretzels
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova.

    • 25 min
    B&P #49: This AI finds your startup – if you’re sustainable

    B&P #49: This AI finds your startup – if you’re sustainable

    Emission-free mobility, search engines that plant trees or clothes made from recycled materials: companies with a neutral or even a positive impact on the global or local environment, also called “green businesses”, are on the rise - and rightly so, we think.

    But what’s really sustainable and what’s just buzzword-bingo or even greenwashing?
    This entrepreneur is on a mission to find that.

    Omar Selim, the CEO of Arabesque Group, an investment company that’s focusing on sustainable investments. Omar’s team developed an artificial intelligence to crawl large public data-sets with the goal to analyze certain companies’ sustainability level.

    Before taking over that position he worked in traditional banking for 20 years at UBS, Morgan Stanley and Barclays amongst others. And in conversation with Britta Weddeling, Editor-in-Chief at Bits & Pretzels, the banker turned investor explains why he has decided to enter the entrepreneurial world.

    He thinks the finance world needs to change its operations and start to invest more in sustainable businesses. And in this podcast he explains 1) why he thinks that finance has a bigger role than just providing money or giving advice, 2) why for a founder financial transparency is key, and 3) why it’s important to “not chase everything that moves”.

    More to explore:
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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Omar Selim, CEO of Arabesque Asset Management

    Follow us:
    Twitter: @bitsandpretzels
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova.

    • 35 min
    B&P #48: Inside Slack’s growth story

    B&P #48: Inside Slack’s growth story

    This week on the Bits & Pretzels Podcast we welcome an entrepreneur who is at the forefront of the global remote work experiment that shows no sign of ending anytime soon, as Europe struggles to contain the second wave of Covid-19.

    Stewart Butterfield, the founder and CEO of communication platform Slack, which is certainly a huge winner of this crisis, even though the company is faced with incumbent competitors such as Microsoft.

    We've talked to Stewart just before he closed this year’s mega exit in tech that also happens to be Salesforce's largest ever acquisition.

    The Slack founder & CEO joined us at our Bits & Pretzels Networking Week – and discussed the future of work as well as the huge growth his company has seen since the pandemic hit with home office becoming the new normal and more than 12 million people actively using Slack every day.

    But Stewart also shared his key learnings from his 15 plus years in tech including what’s necessary to navigate the ups and downs of scaling a company and continuously pushing your firm as well as yourself to new beginnings.

    More to explore:
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    Hosts:
    Britta Weddeling (@bweddeling), Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels (@bitsandpretzels)

    Featuring:
    Stewart Butterfield (@stewart), Founder & CEO of Slack

    Follow us:
    Twitter: @bitsandpretzels
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bits-&-pretzels

    If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review. You can also send us feedback at podcast@bitsandpretzels.com.

    Production: professional-podcasts.com (Regina Körner, Migo Fecke), Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova.

    • 30 min

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