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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

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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.

    Episode 26: Anjali Raja Beharelle - Path from academia into entrepreneurship, and how Collabree helps people to make lasting habit changes thanks to behavioral economics

    Episode 26: Anjali Raja Beharelle - Path from academia into entrepreneurship, and how Collabree helps people to make lasting habit changes thanks to behavioral economics

    Dr. Anjali Raja Beharelle is the CSO (Chief Science Officer) and one of the founders of collabree.com. Collabree is a Swiss eHealth / digital adherence start-up focusing on improving therapy compliance of chronically ill patients by applying behavioural economics principles. Collabree is helping patients to make lasting behavioral changes and stick to their therapy regimen by combining human engagement with scalable algorithms and using the most relevant gamification factors: fun, friends and feedback.


    Anjali is responsible for the clinical track and integrating insights from behavioral economics and neuroscience into the app. Before founding Collabree, Anjali worked as a neuroscientist. Her research focused on the neuro(chemical) and behavioral components of decision making between short-term and long-term rewards (e.g. should I have a candy bar or some broccoli) and how to optimize these decisions.


    We discuss:



    How behavioral economics can help us to make long-lasting positive habit changes
    Taking the leap from Academia into the world of startups
    Why medication adherence is so important
    Collabree’s mission and future plans
    Tips for forming habits


    Show notes:



    03:41 -- Intro of Anjali
    04:19 -- Why Anjali decided to leave academia and to join a startup
    05:38 -- Anjali’s academic research focus and how it links to her role at Collabree
    08:55 -- How Anjali joined Collabree / found her co-founders
    10:45 -- What is Collabree’s mission and what problem is the startup trying to solve
    15:52 -- Development status of Collabree
    17:18 -- More info about the Collabree app
    17:36 -- Deep dive into scientific results from behavioral economics and how it can help us to form healthier habits
    22:15 -- Pricing model of Collabree
    24:26 -- Broader focus of Collabree - healthy habits
    25:19 -- Deep dive into what habits are and habit formation from a scientific perspective
    31:11 -- Practical & actionable tips for forming positive habits
    34:49 -- Future plans for Collabree and status of fundraising
    37:04 -- Learnings from switching from academia to the world of startups
    40:43 -- Anjali’s favorite book
    42:43 -- Role model of Anjali
    43:35 -- Advice to your younger self
    44:28 -- What courage means to Anjali
    45:09 -- How to find out more about Collabree


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    Special Guest: Anjali Raja Beharelle.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Collabree WebsiteCollabree BlogCollabree LinkedInOliver Sacks, M.D., Author, Neurologist | Official Website | On The Move, Hallucinations, Musicophilia, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatUniversitätsspital BaselBehavioral economicsPresent biasLoss aversionEndowment effectCommon neural value representations of hedonic and utilitarian products in the ventral striatum: An fMRI study | Scientific ReportsHabit FormationThe Habit LoopAtomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James ClearPhilip Seymour Hoffman USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences" rel="nofollow">Professor Wendy Wood > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and SciencesA Prayer for Owen Meany - John IrvingJocelyn Bell Burnell

    • 47 min
    Episode 25: Hugo Amsellem - The creator economy tsunami and “The Family” - building a leading fellowship for founders in Europe

    Episode 25: Hugo Amsellem - The creator economy tsunami and “The Family” - building a leading fellowship for founders in Europe

    Hugo Amsellem [@HugoAmsellem] is a thought leader covering the world of the creator economy and writes the blog “Arm the Creators”. The Creator Economy enables an entire generation to bypass traditional gatekeepers for the 1st time in history. Anyone can learn anything online, build something new and distribute it all over the world—without asking anyone's permission


    In 2013 he jumped the fence and joined The Family as part of the founding team. The Family is one of the world’s leading fellowship programs for founders. Twice a year, The Family selects 50 startups from around the world. In exchange for 5% equity, they provide everything you need to build a scalable business: advice, mindset, network & a world-class investor demo day.With the Family he backed hundreds of founders across Europe.


    Previously, he co-founded oocto, a decentralized music label to help artists bypass the record labels and keep ownership of their projects.


    Hugo recently joined Jellysmack, a “creator accelerator” to educate & empower the next generation of ambitious creators.


    We discuss:



    Why the Creator economy will change everything
    Lessons from startup failure
    The origin story of The Family
    Developments in the European startup ecosystem
    Investing in creators and creator accelerators


    Show notes:



    03:09 -- Intro of Hugo
    05:31 -- Hugo Amsellem’s path into entrepreneurship / disrupting the music business
    08:32 -- Learnings and reflections from startup failure
    13:00 -- Unit economics - Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) and Customer LifeTime Value (CLTV)
    15:30 -- Does risk mitigation in startups work? Should you start a startup?
    19:30 -- Ideas are worthless - true or not?
    20:39 -- The origin story of The Family and the startup ecosystem in Europe in the early 2010’s
    27:51 -- Structure of The Family fellowship program
    31:52 -- Who should apply to The Family program
    33:26 -- Intro to the Creator Economy and why it matters
    38:43 -- Jellysmack - the accelerator for creators
    43:09 -- Investing in creators
    47:43 -- Hugo Amsellem’s favorite book
    50:25 -- What courage means for Hugo
    53:32 -- Hugo Amsellem’s contact details and outro


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    Special Guest: Hugo Amsellem.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Jellysmack - The Global Creator CompanyThe Family - Building Ambitious Startups | — The Family is a fellowship of founders.
    Twice a year, The Family selects 50 startups from around the world.
    In exchange for 5% equity, we provide everything you need to build a scalable business: advice, mindset, network & a world-class investor demo dayArm The Creators - Researching & Investing in the Creator EconomySpotifyYouTubeThe Creator Economy Explained: How Companies Are Transforming The Self-Monetization Boom - CB Insights ResearchSteve BlankIncome-Share Agreement (ISA) DefinitionNassim Nicholas TalebFooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas TalebThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility" (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas TalebThe Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas TalebSkin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life (Incerto) - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    • 55 min
    Episode 24: Patrick Gobonya - Building a sustainable eSports organization with Ovation eSports to deliver the next-generation fan experience

    Episode 24: Patrick Gobonya - Building a sustainable eSports organization with Ovation eSports to deliver the next-generation fan experience

    Patrick Gobonya is one of the co-founders of Ovation eSports. Ovation was founded in Zurich / Switzerland in February 2020, and is the first sustainable eSports organization. Ovation is "a lit, young & dynamic pioneer which combines professionalism and fun in one team. A network platform of champs and eSports enthusiasts."


    Ovation accompanies and develops athletes on their journey to become leading eSports players. The company is committed to provide their athletes with support to protect their mental and physical well-being and offers an environment to master a successful future following a career in eSports. Ovation eSports AG is a Swiss team consisting of players from the DACH region and with partnerships all over Europe. Ovation is one of the fastest growing and up-and-coming esports teams in Europe and currently competes in the games of Fortnite and Valorant.


    In March 2021, Ovation announced that it has raised a seed round investment from billionaire twin brothers Maurice and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.


    We discuss:



    The origin story of Ovation
    Tips for starting an eSports team & scouting talent
    Sustainability in eSports and gaming as a career track
    Fundraising advice


    Show notes:



    02:23 -- Intro of Patrick Gobonya
    03:12 -- What is eSports and why is it relevant
    05:54 -- Ovation’s fundraise from Maurice und Kyril Louis-Dreyfus
    06:56 -- How the investment from the Dreyfus twins in Ovation came to be
    11:06 -- How Patrick for the first time got the idea to start his own company and the origin story of Ovation
    15:52 -- How Ovation came up with the name for its team
    17:16 -- How to start an eSports team, recruiting players, getting into the community
    19:50 -- How to scout talent in eSports
    22:18 -- Progress of ovation in 2020
    24:55 -- Stats and further info about Ovation
    28:15 -- Revenue streams of Ovation and eSports teams - how the sponsorship model works
    31:48 -- What sustainability means in the context of eSports
    34:01 -- Patrick’s learnings from building an eSports brand
    35:22 -- Trends in the eSports space
    36:58 -- Patrick’s favorite game
    37:42 -- Patrick Gobonya’s advice to younger self
    38:22 -- Open browser tabs
    39:20 -- What courage means to Patrick


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    Special Guest: Patrick Gobonya.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Ovation eSports — A lit, young & dynamic pioneer which combines professionalism and fun in one team. A network platform of champs and eSports enthusiastsFortnite | Free-to-Play Cross-Platform GameValorantClan (video games)TwitchRiot GamesLeague of LegendsRome II - Total WarFIFA Video Games - Official EA SiteCall of DutyReal Madrid CFOvation eSports (@ovationesports) - InstagramOvation eSports (@OvationEsports) - TwitterOvation - TwitchPatrick Gobonya

    • 41 min
    Episode 23: Arman Anatürk - Food trends and the founding story of FoodHack - a global platform for the FoodTech industry

    Episode 23: Arman Anatürk - Food trends and the founding story of FoodHack - a global platform for the FoodTech industry

    Arman Anatürk [@ArmanAnaturk] is the founder and CEO of FoodHack. FoodHack is a community-driven platform that inspires, highlights and connects food entrepreneurs and innovators. With FoodHack Arman is is building the 21st century media / events company for the foodtech industry. The platform's offering includes a weekly food & food tech newsletter, ambassador run meet-ups, an annual FoodHack Summit, as well as a newly launched Food Discovery board (think of the “Product Hunt of Food”) where innovative food tech startups are featured.


    Arman’s goal with FoodHack is to make it easier for impact driven food founders to access the resources, network and knowledge they need to successfully launch and grow their Food (tech) business. The FoodHack newsletter has over 100+ editions sent and over 5k+ happy readers.


    Arman also hosts "The Secret Sauce" Podcast, where he provides insights from food industry leaders.


    We discuss:



    How Arman founded and grew a 21st century media company focused on food & technology
    Cold outreach tips
    Newest trends in the FoodTech space
    Tools to run an emerging startup / platform
    The origin story of FoodHack


    Show notes:



    02:33 -- Intro of Arman
    03:20 -- How Arman Anatürk got interested in startups and food tech
    07:04 -- Next steps after working for a coding school
    08:16 -- Cold outreach tips
    13:17 -- How Arman got his first client
    14:50 -- Description of FoodHack and its mission
    17:50 -- Sources of revenue for FoodHack / a 21st century media business
    20:13 -- The story of FoodHack and its different products
    23:51 -- Stats of FoodHack
    25:33 -- Arman’s favorite tools to run FoodHack / a media startup
    28:05 -- Tips to grow your newsletter
    30:31 -- Latest trends happening in the FoodTech space
    37:30 -- Book with the biggest impact for Arman
    37:54 -- Area in FoodTech that Arman is most excited about
    38:27 -- Lessons for other (aspiring) entrepreneurs
    40:44 -- What courage means for Arman


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    Special Guest: Arman Anatürk.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    FoodHack | Global Community for Food InnovatorsFast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)OneRoof AgencyAgrinorm - Machine learning for quality predictions of fruitsDaria ReischFoodHack MeetupsWebflowZapier | The easiest way to automate your workEventbrite - Discover Great Events or Create Your Own & Sell TicketsCanva: Collaborate & Create Amazing Graphic Design for FreeZoom: Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen SharingActiveCampaign - #1 Customer Experience Automation PlatformGoogle Docs: Free Online Documents for Personal UseSlack: Where work happensHunter.io - Find email addresses in secondsSubstack: Email Newsletter PlatformGhost: Turn your audience into a businessBexio: Business Software for Small Businesses and StartupsEat Just to sell lab-grown meat in Singapore after gaining ‘world first’ regulatory approvalJosh Tetrick (@joshtetrick)Baze | Personalized Supplements That Work. We'll Prove It.Mixfit: Your personal nutrition journey starts now! – Mixfit Inc.Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil KnightGregory Logan

    • 43 min
    Episode 22: Job van der Voort - From first employee at GitLab to founding Remote.com and shaping the future of work

    Episode 22: Job van der Voort - From first employee at GitLab to founding Remote.com and shaping the future of work

    Job van der Voort (@Jobvo) is the CEO and one of the founders of Remote.com.


    Remote makes it possible to employ anyone, anywhere in the world. Their mission is to simplify how companies employ the best talent globally and to help remote organizations do their best work. They offer services such as international payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for businesses big and small - so that they can hire anyone in the world - while outsourcing all the admin & legal work to Remote. Remote's vision is to become the "stripe for (remote) work".


    Remote is also among the fastest growing startups globally and is backed by some of the best venture capital investors in the world, such as Index Ventures, Sequoia, General Catalyst, Two Sigma, and many more very accomplished angel investors. Remote recently raised their Series A financing round of $35M.


    Before founding Remote, Job worked as neuroscientist, and he was one of the first engineers that joined GitLab. In his role as VP of product, Job was responsible for GitLab's product development and he helped grow the company from 5 to 450+ employees. Today GitLab is one of the largest distributed companies in the world.


    We discuss:



    How Job entered the world of tech at GitLab
    The advantages of remote work
    Second order effects of remote work on the world
    Best practices for working from home
    The origin story of Remote.com
    Tips for aspiring entrepreneurs and much more


    Show notes:



    00:50 -- Intro
    03:49 -- Personal intro from Job van der Voort
    06:59 -- How Job started as one of the first engineers at Gitlab
    07:37 -- Background to Gitlab - What is Gitlab?
    08:05 -- Job’s first touchpoints with working for a fully distributed / remote company
    10:07 -- Insights into Job’s role at Gitlab as VP of product
    11:37 -- Gitlab’s growth and scaling up
    12:40 -- Collaboration tools
    14:06 -- Advantages of remote work
    16:33 - The shift to remote-first from employers perspective
    17:56 -- Second order effects of shifting to remote work
    20:30 -- Best practices for remote work
    24:59 -- The origin story of Remote.com - How remote.com was started
    27:45 -- Introduction to what remote.com does
    30:35 -- Remote.com’s venture capital fundraise
    32:00 -- Customers of Remote.com
    33:23 -- Remote.com as stripe for remote work
    36:09 -- Job’s vision for remote.com in 5 years
    37:19 -- Job van der Voort’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaptakers
    40:39 -- Labor market and demand for remote roles
    42:36 -- Book that had biggest personal impact
    43:08 -- Job’s favorite remote collaboration tool
    44:42 -- Advice to younger self
    45:03 -- What courage means to Job


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    Special Guest: Job van der Voort.
    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    GitLab - DevOps Platform Delivered as a Single ApplicationRemote - Global HR Solutions for Distributed TeamsHacker NewsGoogle Docs: Free Online Documents for Personal UseAeron - Office Chairs - Herman MillerKey Light Air | elgatoRemote Jobs - Find awesome remote engineering, designer, product and marketing jobs | The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales - Oliver SacksFigma: the collaborative interface design tool.Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.Bitcoin - Open source P2P money

    • 47 min
    Episode 21: Christmas Giveaway & Best Startup Books

    Episode 21: Christmas Giveaway & Best Startup Books

    Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄


    This episode is going to be a small experiment. In this Christmas special, I'm introducing you to 5 of my personal and my podcast guests favorite business & startup books. Hence, I give you a crowd-sourced reading list from some of Europe's top up-and-coming entrepreneurs and VCs. I'm convinced that these books can help you to bring your business / startup to the next level, or to get motivated to "take the leap" yourself! It's also the perfect activity to read on a cold wintery day at home.


    Since it’s Christmas, I'm also doing a little giveaway and will send to some lucky winner a book of his or her choice from this list. All you got to do is to review the Leap Takers Podcast on Apple Podcast (or your favorite podcast app), give it a 5 star rating, and send me proof (screenshot / link) to remo.kyburz1[at]gmail.com.
    I'll then randomly draw a lucky winner. Deadline is January 1st 2021.


    This is just a little thank you & Christmas gift from me to the listeners of the Leap Takers Podcast. 🎁
    Thank you for your continued support and I hope you get some benefit and motivation from listening to this podcast.


    I'm wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021!


    Remo


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    Support Leap Takers
    Links:
    Leap Takers Podcast — Leap Takers Podcast Website. View previous guests on the podcast, with a focus of up-and-coming entrepreneurs and VCs in Europe.
    Check out the show notes for their favorite books and resources to support aspiring entrepreneurs in Europe. Principles: Life and Work - Ray Dalio — Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses - Eric Ries — Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future - Chris Guillebeau — Lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose—and earn a good living.The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz — Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Phil Knight — In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh — In Delivering Happiness, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more.

    • 14 min

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A worldly perspective for the American listener

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.

This is a newer podcast, but make no mistake: the show's relaxed format, diversity of topics, and ability to not pander (i.e., to stay focused on entrepreneurs, just like you and me) are the reason you'll come back for the next episode :)

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