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Innovators Can Laugh is for anyone who is interested in Startups from the European Tech Scene. Unlike ordinary entrepreneurial related podcasts, Eric Melchor is the only American host who interviews fresh faces of European entrepreneurship and innovation. The cultural aspect is unique (along with the guests’ accents) but the content around building a startup is universally viable. The podcast consist of a fun and casual interview style discussions with visionary leaders and founders from Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, France, and other European countries. You can listen to new episodes every Thursday.

Innovators Can Laugh with Eric Melchor Eric Melchor

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Innovators Can Laugh is for anyone who is interested in Startups from the European Tech Scene. Unlike ordinary entrepreneurial related podcasts, Eric Melchor is the only American host who interviews fresh faces of European entrepreneurship and innovation. The cultural aspect is unique (along with the guests’ accents) but the content around building a startup is universally viable. The podcast consist of a fun and casual interview style discussions with visionary leaders and founders from Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, France, and other European countries. You can listen to new episodes every Thursday.

    Marc Schillinger: Digitalizing Account Receivables

    Marc Schillinger: Digitalizing Account Receivables

    Remember when those guys who had slicked back hair and carried a bat paid you a visit about a debt you owed? You know debt collectors.
    Well times have changed and March Schillinger, founder of eCollect is transforming the way debt collection and account receivables takes place. eCollect is a fully digitalised receivables management FinTech startup with best-in-class AI and machine learning technology. They’re currently operating in several European countries, provide services for more than 13 languages, and are approaching 10 million in ARR. This is a very fun conversation with Marc as we learn about eCollect and Marc’s passion for Michael Jordan as I believe he’s Jordan’s number 1 fan. Listen to his story to see why. 


    Highlights:
    0:32 – who is Marc Schillinger?
    1:42 – what has changed in the field of debt collection?
    2:55 – are there differences in the methods in how people pay their debts by country?
    4:34 – are you servicing specific types of industries?
    5:45 – what are some of the main tactics you use to grow eCollect?
    7:40 – how are you managing workers who are in three separate countries?
    9:30 – what is your projected revenue for 2022?
    9:45 – what do you wish you had known before you started eCollect?
    10:55 – what is one hire you made that really made a difference in the company?
    13:30 – what changes do you anticipate five years from now in this industry?
    16:32 – is there something else that clients get excited about when they discover eCollect?
    19:50 – what was one of the hardest obstacles you had to overcome in growing eCollect?
    21:50 – does corn belong on pizza?
    22:30 -  a favorite tv show you can watch again and again?
    24:55 – what is something that most people don’t know about you?
    Be sure to stick around for the Innovators Can Laugh segment! You won’t want to miss Marc’s hilarious answers!


    Do you wish to connect with our special guest?
    Visit Marc’s website: ecollect.net
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    Past Guests:
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    Past guests on Innovators Can Laugh include Yannik Veys, Ovi Negrean, Arnaud Belinga, Csaba Zajdó, Dagobert Renouf, Andrei Zinkevich, Viktorija Cijunskyte, Lukas Kaminskis, Pija Indriunaite, Monika Paule, PhD, Vytautas Zabulis, Leon van der Laan, Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė.
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    #55 Yannik Veys - From creating the Uber for service professionals to growing Hypefury
    #53 Tzvete Doncheva - Overcoming barriers to get into a VC with Tzvete Doncheva
    #50 Vidmantas Šiugždinis - Personalized Approach to Employee Benefits with MELP

    • 30 min
    From Boston Consulting Group to Creating Bulgaria’s First Kids’ Subscription Service

    From Boston Consulting Group to Creating Bulgaria’s First Kids’ Subscription Service

    I chatted with Boryana Levterova, co-founder of Infinity Toy Box. Infinity Toy Box is the first subscription service for kids where you can rent games, toys, and books. Prior to launching her startup, Boryana was working as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. We dive into how she came up with Infinity Toy Box during maternity leave, what challenges they’ve faced because of Covid, and some of her life experiences. 

    Time Stamps:
    0:35 – Eric tries to speak Bulgarian
    1:25 – which city did you like best / work to live or live to work?
    4:16 – what kind of projects did you work on at BCG?
    6:25 – do you have any embarrassing moments when working with a client?
    8:08 – when did you get the idea for Infinity Toy Box?
    10:25 – what did your day look like juggling kids and starting Infinity Toy Box?
    12:00 – maternity leave benefits in Europe vs USA and daycare discussion     
    14:20 – before you started Infinity Toy Box, what is something you wished you had known before?
    15:23 – are there any tools or accelerators that have been essential for your growth?
    17:13 – what’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome?
    17:58 – does corn belong on pizza?
    18:48 – what is something interesting that people don’t know about you?



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    Past guests on Innovators Can Laugh include Yannik Veys, Ovi Negrean, Arnaud Belinga, Csaba Zajdó, Dagobert Renouf, Andrei Zinkevich, Viktorija Cijunskyte, Lukas Kaminskis, Pija Indriunaite, Monika Paule, PhD, Vytautas Zabulis, Leon van der Laan, Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė.
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    #55 Yannik Veys - From creating the Uber for service professionals to growing Hypefury
    #53 Tzvete Doncheva - Overcoming barriers to get into a VC with Tzvete Doncheva
    #50 Vidmantas Šiugždinis - Personalized Approach to Employee Benefits with MELP
    #49 Markus and Daniel - The Digital Memory Album for You and Your Family
    #48 Arvid Kahl - Bootstrap Startup Lessons
    #45 Dagobert Renouf - Brand design for your Startup in 5 minutes
    #42 Csaba Zajdó - Top Startup in Europe for E-commerce: OptiMonk
    #30 Andrius Rimkunas - The smart, wireless, GPS-powered alarm system
    #28 Monika Paule, PhD - Trailblazing discoveries in Gene Editing Solutions

    • 20 min
    Combining financial services, data-driven insights, and travel APIs to help people afford global travel with Alejandra Fernandez

    Combining financial services, data-driven insights, and travel APIs to help people afford global travel with Alejandra Fernandez

    I chatted with French startup founder Alejandra Fernandez of Flywallet. Flywallet is an all-in-one digital wallet and flight aggregation tool that makes it easy for users to save monthly for future travel. But the platform does more than that. It keeps track of flights within your budget, and can help offset travel related carbon emissions when you book a flight. Alejandra is from the Dominican Republic, but relocated to France after being accepted into Station F.
    In this conversation we learn:
    What is the average savings that someone can expect by booking through Flywallet instead of another travel booking siteHow FlyWallet helps offset carbon emissionsWhat users really like about the platformWhat was one of the hardest obstacles Alejandra had to overcomeProjected revenue and employee countBest advice that her mom ever gave her

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    Links & Past Guests:
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    https://www.tiktok.com/@innovatorscanlaugh
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    Past guests on Innovators Can Laugh include Yannik Veys, Ovi Negrean, Arnaud Belinga, Csaba Zajdó, Dagobert Renouf, Andrei Zinkevich, Viktorija Cijunskyte, Lukas Kaminskis, Pija Indriunaite, Monika Paule, PhD, Vytautas Zabulis, Leon van der Laan, Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė.
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    #55 Yannik Veys - From creating the Uber for service professionals to growing Hypefury
    #53 Tzvete Doncheva - Overcoming barriers to get into a VC with Tzvete Doncheva
    #50 Vidmantas Šiugždinis - Personalized Approach to Employee Benefits with MELP
    #49 Markus and Daniel - The Digital Memory Album for You and Your Family
    #48 Arvid Kahl - Bootstrap Startup Lessons
    #45 Dagobert Renouf - Brand design for your Startup in 5 minutes
    #42 Csaba Zajdó - Top Startup in Europe for E-commerce: OptiMonk
    #30 Andrius Rimkunas - The smart, wireless, GPS-powered alarm system
    #28 Monika Paule, PhD - Trailblazing discoveries in Gene Editing Solutions
    #23 Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė - Mindletic: a mental gym for your emotional balance

    • 18 min
    Powering the AI Industry with Humans in the Loop Workforce with Iva Gumnishka

    Powering the AI Industry with Humans in the Loop Workforce with Iva Gumnishka

    I knew very little about the field of AI data annotation until I chatted with Iva Gumnishka, co-founder of Humans in the Loop. Humans in the loop is a social enterprise that provides ethical human in the loop workforce solutions to power the AI industry.  
    Many companies that advertise their products as AI-driven are not entirely AI-driven. Some of them have real people working in the background to answer or do things machines are not capable of.
    If you’re interested in AI and want to know how we can use a more human-centric approach so that AI doesn’t displace us, this is the episode for you!


    Highlights:
    0:00 – Eric speaks Bulgarian
    2:10 – Google fires AI engineer
    4:05 – stereotypes around AI
    5:40 – Foxomation and ghost work
    8:00 – Ghost workers in Colombia
    10:17 – Why it’s a good idea for companies to keep using humans
    11:30 – the opportunity Humans in the Loop provides
    13:03 – how and where they recruit people
    14:25 – hardest obstacle to overcome
    18:03 -what Iva has read lately that has changed her perspective on AI
    20:18 – AI in the home
    22:16 – best advice Iva received from her dad


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    Past guests on Innovators Can Laugh include Yannik Veys, Ovi Negrean, Arnaud Belinga, Csaba Zajdó, Dagobert Renouf, Andrei Zinkevich, Viktorija Cijunskyte, Lukas Kaminskis, Pija Indriunaite, Monika Paule, PhD, Vytautas Zabulis, Leon van der Laan, Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė.
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    #55 Yannik Veys - From creating the Uber for service professionals to growing Hypefury
    #53 Tzvete Doncheva - Overcoming barriers to get into a VC with Tzvete Doncheva
    #50 Vidmantas Šiugždinis - Personalized Approach to Employee Benefits with MELP
    #49 Markus and Daniel - The Digital Memory Album for You and Your Family
    #48 Arvid Kahl - Bootstrap Startup Lessons
    #45 Dagobert Renouf - Brand design for your Startup in 5 minutes
    #42 Csaba Zajdó - Top Startup in Europe for E-commerce: OptiMonk
    #30 Andrius Rimkunas - The smart, wireless, GPS-powered alarm system
    #28 Monika Paule, PhD - Trailblazing discoveries in Gene Editing Solutions

    • 23 min
    On a Mission To Be The Global Leader in the Refurbished Market for Tech Products with Reynold Simonnet

    On a Mission To Be The Global Leader in the Refurbished Market for Tech Products with Reynold Simonnet

    Imagine you’re in England and walk into a vegan restaurant. While looking at the menu, you notice that each dish shows its carbon footprint. You’re thinking about ordering a hamburger, but see that the beef burger’s carbon emissions are a whopping 3 kilos! Or, ten times the amount of the vegan alternative. Would you still order the beef burger?
    This episode isn’t about going vegan, but rather, the rapid and high consumption of electronics and one man’s journey to simplify the supply chain of secondhand products. AKA: The circular economy.
    In this conversation, we learn how French startup founder Reynold Simonnet was forced to decide if he should buy the company that employed him (it was bankrupt),  how he turned things around by focusing on B2B instead of B2C, and other interesting things like the time he was a driver for a top ten futbol player.  
    For the Innovators Can Laugh newsletter in your inbox every week, subscribe to our newsletter.
    Links:
    Do you love Innovators Can Laugh and want to see Eric’s smiling face? Subscribe to my YouTube channel or TikTok or Insta.
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    Past guests on Innovators Can Laugh include Yannik Veys, Ovi Negrean, Arnaud Belinga, Csaba Zajdó, Dagobert Renouf, Andrei Zinkevich, Viktorija Cijunskyte, Lukas Kaminskis, Pija Indriunaite, Monika Paule, PhD, Vytautas Zabulis, Leon van der Laan, Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė.
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    #55 Yannik Veys - From creating the Uber for service professionals to growing Hypefury
    #53 Tzvete Doncheva - Overcoming barriers to get into a VC with Tzvete Doncheva
    #50 Vidmantas Šiugždinis - Personalized Approach to Employee Benefits with MELP
    #49 Markus and Daniel - The Digital Memory Album for You and Your Family
    #48 Arvid Kahl - Bootstrap Startup Lessons
    #45 Dagobert Renouf - Brand design for your Startup in 5 minutes
    #42 Csaba Zajdó - Top Startup in Europe for E-commerce: OptiMonk
    #30 Andrius Rimkunas - The smart, wireless, GPS-powered alarm system
    #28 Monika Paule, PhD - Trailblazing discoveries in Gene Editing Solutions
    #23 Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė - Mindletic: a mental gym for your emotional balance

    • 33 min
    How Branding and Design Can Create a Deep Emotional Connection with Lucie Baratte.

    How Branding and Design Can Create a Deep Emotional Connection with Lucie Baratte.

    Can branding and design create a deep emotional connection with an audience?
    Well according to Lucie Baratte, designer and co-founder of Logology, the answer is yes. Logology is a website where in 10 minutes, you can get a logo that you love all based on a brand discovery questionnaire to help figure out what you need. If you’re wanting to get a better understanding of how powerful a brand identity can be, this is the episode for you! 
    Links:
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    Past guests on Innovators Can Laugh include Yannik Veys, Ovi Negrean, Arnaud Belinga, Csaba Zajdó, Dagobert Renouf, Andrei Zinkevich, Viktorija Cijunskyte, Lukas Kaminskis, Pija Indriunaite, Monika Paule, PhD, Vytautas Zabulis, Leon van der Laan, Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė.
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    #55 Yannik Veys - From creating the Uber for service professionals to growing Hypefury
    #53 Tzvete Doncheva - Overcoming barriers to get into a VC with Tzvete Doncheva
    #50 Vidmantas Šiugždinis - Personalized Approach to Employee Benefits with MELP
    #49 Markus and Daniel - The Digital Memory Album for You and Your Family
    #48 Arvid Kahl - Bootstrap Startup Lessons
    #45 Dagobert Renouf - Brand design for your Startup in 5 minutes
    #42 Csaba Zajdó - Top Startup in Europe for E-commerce: OptiMonk
    #30 Andrius Rimkunas - The smart, wireless, GPS-powered alarm system
    #28 Monika Paule, PhD - Trailblazing discoveries in Gene Editing Solutions
    #23 Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė - Mindletic: a mental gym for your emotional balance

    • 41 min

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