264 episodes

The Swisspreneur Show is a podcast series of in-depth, candid conversations with some of Switzerland’s most successful founders, business leaders and innovators. By getting to the heart of these leaders’ stories - their successes, their failures, their must-have advice and greatest regrets - we hope to both inspire and guide the next generation of Swiss entrepreneurs. Each episode deconstructs and showcases one person’s personal and professional background and provides advice and recommendations for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

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The Swisspreneur Show is a podcast series of in-depth, candid conversations with some of Switzerland’s most successful founders, business leaders and innovators. By getting to the heart of these leaders’ stories - their successes, their failures, their must-have advice and greatest regrets - we hope to both inspire and guide the next generation of Swiss entrepreneurs. Each episode deconstructs and showcases one person’s personal and professional background and provides advice and recommendations for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

    EP #263 - Ash Maurya: The Lean Startup Methodology

    EP #263 - Ash Maurya: The Lean Startup Methodology

    Timestamps:

    4:20 - Reading business books in engineering school

    11:50 - The lean startup methodology

    19:30 - The lean canvas

    39:52 - The entrepreneurial renaissance

    51:54 - The lean workshop



    About Ash Maurya:

    Ash Maurya is the founder and CEO at Leanstack, a leading provider of Lean Startup and Lean Business Modeling tools, content, and coaching resources. He is also the author of the book Running Lean. Prior to Leanstack, he worked at companies like telecom technologies and Sonus Networks and founded the startup Wired Reach in 2002, which enabled the creation of simple peer to web applications that blurred the boundaries between the desktop and web. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

    The Lean Canvas came about as a way to combat the preconceived notion of business ideas as overnight successes. It helps aspiring founders take their idea and deconstruct it to learn what needs to be tackled first and how to chronicle the process. It helps you get specific (because if you try to build a product for everyone, you end up building a product for no one) and helps you find out whether the problem you’re looking to solve is big enough.

    The Lean Startup Methodology can also help you figure out things like pricing. Founders tend to want to price their product in terms of solution (meaning, based on how much it costs to produce the product/solution) instead of pricing it according to the problem (figuring out how big of a pain the problem is, and how much people are willing to pay to fix it).

    It can also help founders find paths to customers, whether that be through paid advertising or through posting original content, or through being featured on other people’s original content, like Ash just did with Swisspreneur.



    Memorable Quotes:

    "Being too early to market is almost as bad as being too late."

    "When we try to build a product for everyone, we end up building a product for no one."



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    EP #262 - Chris Bach: The Fastest Way To Build Sites, Stores & Apps

    EP #262 - Chris Bach: The Fastest Way To Build Sites, Stores & Apps

    Timestamps:

    11:20 - Giving up your salary for a startup idea

    12:58 - Moving to California

    23:25 - Marketing a solution with broad applications

    32:19 - Tweaking your pricing

    40:03 - Convincing investors to invest



    About Chris Bach:

    Chris Bach is the CSO/CCO at Netlify, a platform for building highly-performant and dynamic websites, e-commerce stores and apps. He studied film and media science at the University of Copenhagen but then pivoted to the business world, and created Netlify in 2015 together with co-founders Mathias Biilmann. By uniting an extensive ecosystem of technologies, services and APIs into one workflow, Netlify unlocks new levels of team productivity, while saving time, money and the planet.

    Their idea was to change the architecture of the web and provide a viable workflow for developers, since nowadays it’s known that the biggest overall challenge companies face is reducing time to market, and that the number 1 way of doing so is to invest in developer tools and workflow.

    They knew that Netlify would have to be venture-backed in order to have the right time-to-market and create the desired impact. Europe was much too risk averse in terms of capital, so they decided to raise funds in the US. To date they’ve taken on $212M in investment from investors such as A16Z, Kleiner Perkins, Bessemer, EQT, BOND and Menlo Ventures, and angels such as the founders of Github, Heroku, Rackspace Cloud, Slack, Yelp, Figma, and many more.



    Memorable Quotes:

    "Venture capital was much too risk-averse in Europe. What we needed was the Silicon Valley approach."

    "The mission is not money. The mission is building a better web."



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    EP #261 - Samuel Mueller: Scandit Revisited

    EP #261 - Samuel Mueller: Scandit Revisited

    This episode was produced in cooperation with the ETH Entrepreneur Club.



    Timestamps:

    3:20 - IoT 10 years ago

    20:02 - Subscription based models and high margins

    25:09 - Going international from day one

    30:02 - Picking Ariel Lüdi as an investor

    45:00 - Scaling your team



    About Samuel Mueller:

    Samuel Mueller is the co-founder and CEO at Scandit, the leading technology platform for mobile computer vision and augmented reality (AR) solutions for enterprises. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and Temporal Logics from ETH Zurich. Together with Christian Floerkermeier and Christof Roduner, he created Scandit in 2009.

    Their goal with Scandit was to create a bridge between real world objects and the digital information available about them. Barcodes were then the natural entry points, especially at a time when phone cameras were just starting to become ubiquitous.

    Nowadays they work with 4 key verticals:


    Large retail organizations
    Logistics organizations
    Big manufacturers
    Health organizations

    Scandit runs a subscription-based model which allows customers to “go as they grow”, meaning the bigger they get, the more Scandit services they can accrue. It's also a very high margin business, because a lot of the heavy lifting, the computer vision magic, is happening on the user devices, so there’s no distinct cloud need.



    Memorable Quotes:

    "As an entrepreneur, if you don’t get really good at saying ‘no’, you’re gonna get terribly distracted."

    "Today’s customers are really smart. If you don’t have an answer ready for them, they’re already on their way to check out the product somewhere else."



    If you would like to listen to our previous episode on Scandit, check out our conversation with Christof Roduner.

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    EP #260 - Elian Kool: The Holacratic Consultancy

    EP #260 - Elian Kool: The Holacratic Consultancy

    Timestamps:

    9:25 - Netcentric’s focus

    23:17 - Growing your headcount

    26:45 - Choosing holacracy

    38:36 - Getting acquired

    49:08 - Building a wine marketplace



    About Elian Kool:

    Elian Kool is the co-founder and former CEO at Netcentric, a Zurich based company that develops CX marketing solutions. He previously worked at companies like Acommit AG, Namics and Logica Deutschland.

    Elian co-founded Netcentric in 2012, right around the time that Adobe Experience Cloud (the focus of their business) was first emerging. They were quite precocious, in the sense that they always competed at eye level with big consultants like Deloitte and Accenture, and very early on set up an office in Barcelona. They were also quick to take on a holacratic organizational method, in order to create a work environment that was both extremely efficient and attractive to its employees.

    In 2017 they were acquired by cognizant in order to grow more quickly at an international level.



    Memorable Quotes:

    "In my view it’s much better to stay focused and know what you’re good at than trying to mitigate every potential risk."



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    EP #259 - Dennis Just & Mathis Büchi: Hypergrowth & Beyond

    EP #259 - Dennis Just & Mathis Büchi: Hypergrowth & Beyond

    Timestamps:

    7:21 - The right time for scaling up

    26:36 - Why hire in Belgrade

    32:02 - Scaling while bootstrapped

    42:42 - Growth engines

    53:15 - Growing towards an exit



    About Dennis Just and Mathis Büchi:

    Dennis Just is the current CEO at Smallpdf, a company offering a suite of clever document management tools for everyone. He holds a BSc in Economics and Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin and previously founded companies like Numbrs and Knip.

    Mathis Büchi is co-founder and chairman at Smallpdf and Taxfix, a digital tax accountant. He studied International Business and Global Management at the University of Hong Kong and previously founded Encounter Korea, a company organizing tours to North Korea.

    Dennis and Mathis recommend that you only scale once the following conditions are met:


    You’ve achieved product-market fit, meaning you found a problem that’s big enough and that you solve well enough for people to have recognized the value in your solution.
    There’s room to scale: either the market for the problem you’re solving is big enough or you’re able to solve different problems closely connected to the original one.
    You have either the money or the profitability to scale.
    You’ve hired the right people to scale.

    Do you always need to raise funds in order to scale up? Not always, no, but if you’re solving a problem that is too big or too complicated to make money from right away, then you need to raise funds. Or if, for instance, you need to beat your competition in a winner-takes-all market by outspending everyone, then you need to raise funds.



    Memorable Quotes:

    "Even if a problem seems boring, like PDFs or taxes, it’s still engaging to solve it, and you still get to help a lot of people’s lives." (Mathis)

    "You need to define your entrepreneurial identity: why are you doing what you’re doing? What’s your goal?" (Dennis)



    If you would like to listen to our previous conversations with Dennis Just, check out episodes 85 and 87. For Mathis Büchi, listen to episode 208.

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    EP #258 - Kevin Smith: An App To Unlock The Knowledge In Podcasts

    EP #258 - Kevin Smith: An App To Unlock The Knowledge In Podcasts

    Timestamps:

    1:44 - Falling in love with machine learning

    15:03 - Developing a prototype at HackZurich

    23:05 - Podcasts as the world’s largest knowledge base

    40:43 - Doing B2C in Switzerland

    49:15 - Benefiting from the Swiss startup mafia



    About Kevin Smith:

    Kevin Smith is the co-founder and CEO at Snipd, an AI-powered podcast player built to unlock the knowledge in the podcasts you listen to. Originally from England and Germany, Kevin came to Zurich to get his MA from ETH in Quantitative Finance. After a time working for banks like Julius Baier and UBS, Kevin decided to join the startup Contovista, where he worked up to becoming head of analytics and AI.

    In 2020, he decided to put his love for machine learning to good use and participated in Hackzurich together with his ETH friend Ferdinand Langnickel, at a time when a breakthrough in self-supervised learning had just happened. Having originally planned to create a prototype around the topic of meeting notes, they eventually pivoted to podcasts, and ended up winning that year’s Hackzurich. In 2021, Kevin, Ferdinand and third co-founder Mikel Corcuera Lejarreta created Snipd.

    The problem Snipd solves is pretty intuitive: the audio medium is great for both consuming and producing content, but not so much for interacting with it, i.e., for storing it and consulting it. It’s pretty hard to skim through a 2h podcast episode to find what you’re looking for. Through its AI algorithm, Snipd allows you to do just that: when you’re using their podcast player, whenever you listen to something which particularly interests you, you press a button in the app or you triple click your headphones, and then AI will analyze the content you just selected to determine the appropriate start and end point, provide a transcript, a summary and a title. Snipd also provides you with automatic chapters (with titles and summaries) for each podcast episode.

    By providing this service, Snipd is able to collect data about which podcast moments are interesting to each user, and this data will soon allow them to make predictions on what each specific user may be interested in listening to.



    Memorable Quotes:

    "I’ve come to the realization that creating things is something which fundamentally makes humans happy."

    "Something you should ask yourself before you start a startup is: Can you see yourself working on this for 10 years?"



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Customer Reviews

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Great guests, hosts, and conversations!

This podcast has it all. Interesting guests with varied backgrounds, stories, and focus areas. And interesting topics that come across in natural and conversational flow through great hosting! Thanks to the Swisspreneur team!