100 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 #99 - Nicholas Hänny: Swiss Sustainable Fashion

    EP #99 - Nicholas Hänny: Swiss Sustainable Fashion

    Timestamps:

    5:40 - Why go through college?

    10:08 - Going from idea to execution

    21:15 - Building a startup part-time

    35:33 - Building a community behind a brand

    48:54 - Turning investors down



    Biography:

    Nicholas Hänny is the co-founder and CEO of Nikin, a sustainable fashion startup. Nicholas started Nikin in 2016 together with his childhood friend Robin Gnehm. Within only 4 years, the startup grew to 30 employees and CHF 7.2 m revenue. In 2019, Nicholas received the “Aargauer of the Year Award” as recognition for his work with Nikin. Nicholas has a background in marketing and business administration. He holds a Master of Arts in Business Innovation from the University of St. Gallen and was part of the CEMS program.


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    EP #98 - Phil Lojacono: Q&A - The Peace And War-time CEO

    EP #98 - Phil Lojacono: Q&A - The Peace And War-time CEO

    Timestamps:

    4:00 - Hiring the best people

    23:28 - The management team

    28:02 - Dealing with investors

    41:04 - Being Chief Culture Officer

    45:04 - Are great CEOs born or made?



    Biography:

    Phil Lojacono is the co-founder and CEO of Advanon, one of Switzerland’s formerly fastest growing fintech startups. Advanon offers a platform for SMEs to bidge long payment terms by providing them with liquidity through financial investors. Phil started Advanon in 2015, shortly after his internship at Google, where he also met his co-founders. In January 2017, the company closed a financing round of CHF 13,5 m with investors such as Daniel Gutenberg, Partners-Group co-founder Urs Wietlisbach, Eric Sarasin und Moneypark founder Stefan Heitmann. In 2018, Advanon was confronted with a significant fraud case on its platform. Under Phil as their CEO, Advanon recovered, and in 2020 successfully sold to CreditGate 24. Phil has now started his own blog where he reflects on the learnings of his tumultuous 5 years at Advanon.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    EP #97 - Dorina Thiess: Founders In Love

    EP #97 - Dorina Thiess: Founders In Love

    Timestamps:

    0:58 - Starting a company with your significant other

    2:08 - How to evaluate the potential of a founding team

    7:55 - Added pressure to your relationship

    17:10 - Splitting roles

    21:14 - Challenging situations



    The episode in 60 seconds:



    Starting a business with your significant other can be a rewarding experience. In this episode, Dorina shared her insights about how to make it work.



    Rules and communication

    -  Starting your business is a 24/7 endeavor and it can become overbearing if you also spend your free time with your business partner. Set clear rules about when you plan to take breaks from work.

    -  Set more rules than you think are necessary because you’ll likely underestimate the temptation of wanting to talk about your business on your date night out.

    -  Be realistic about the chances to succeed with your business and don’t make your relationship dependent on business success.



    How to know if your partner would make a great co-founder

    -  As with all co-founding relationships, complementary skill sets are crucial.

    -  Working together on smaller projects (like building an IKEA shelf) is probably a good indicator on whether you function well in a business context or not.



    Advantages of starting a business with your partner

    -  Studies show that family businesses on average are more sustainable than other businesses although with lower growth rates.

    -  Being able to share the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship with your partner can be very valuable and rewarding.

    -  In tough times, you won’t have to put on a brave face for your partner because they’ll know what’s going on.


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    • 29 min
    EP #96 - Dorina Thiess: From Grad School To The Startup World

    EP #96 - Dorina Thiess: From Grad School To The Startup World

    Timestamps:

    1:27 - Becoming an entrepreneur after an impressive student CV

    8:48 - Discovering the vet market

    19:47 - Convincing investors about your hardware tech

    25:45 - Winning American clients remotely

    31:19 - The trickiness of raising Swiss funds



    Biography

    Dr. Dorina Thiess is the CEO and co-founder of Piavita AG, a medtech startup that develops and distributes digital veterinary diagnostic systems. Previously, Dorina worked for the innovation team at BHS in Munich and in the US while completing her doctorate in entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen, where she also served as the Managing Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship. She started Piavita in 2016 together with her partner Sascha Bührle. Within three years Piavita has grown to over 30 employees and has obtained financing from renowned investors, among them Fyrefly Venture Partners and Investire.


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    • 39 min
    EP #95 - Fabrice Aeberhard: Building Brands That Last

    EP #95 - Fabrice Aeberhard: Building Brands That Last

    Timestamps:

    0:55 - Branding mistakes Swiss startups make repeatedly

    5:56 - Building a brand as a group

    10:02 - Steps to creating a strong brand

    15:03 - Target client vs your personal startup story

    20:14 - Rapid fire questions



    The Episode in 60 Seconds:



    Getting inspired for your brand

    - Building a recognizable brand is like building a character - it can come with its own edges and quirks.

    - Your brand is probably not the first thing you need to worry about but if you move beyond the proof of concept phase, you should invest some time into it.

    - Get your inspiration from the how, what and why of your company.

    - Looking around for inspiration is good but your brand needs to be unique and recognizable, so don’t just copy paste from someone else



    Getting real with your brand

    - Getting the branding right is important - and hard. If you can, work with specialists in your surroundings - friends, board members, investors...

    - Your brand follows your purpose and mission, so make sure to have that defined first.

    - Your brand is not just your logo and color palette. Take a holistic approach and include everything from the language you use to how you present yourself in pictures (and of course make sure those pictures are high quality).



    5 steps to your first brand set up

    - Choose a short, simple name.

    - Add some simple and concise messaging (a claim).

    - Define your core audience and how you’ll address them with visual, spoken and written language.

    - Connect the dots between the three first steps.

    - If you can, work with a specialist in the field to fine tune your branding work.


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    • 24 min
    EP #94 - Peter Käser: Disrupting Swiss E-commerce

    EP #94 - Peter Käser: Disrupting Swiss E-commerce

    Timestamps:

    2:57 - Splitting roles between 5 co-founders

    10:05 - Testing the market

    19:24 - Having net promoter score as your main KPI

    25:40 - Disrupting the market and facing opponents

    35:31 - Starting to hire people full-time



    Biography:

    Peter Käser is the Founder and COO of VIU Ventures AG, a Swiss eyewear brand. He started VIU in 2013, together with his co-founder Kilian Wagner, both of them bespectacled. VIU was originally conceived as an online-only store, integrating the entire eyewear supply chain and therefore offering higher quality at a lower price. But the founders soon realized that their customers like to physically try on their glasses before buying them. Today VIU has over 50 physical stores in 6 countries and several hundred employees. Peter holds a Masters in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).


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    • 43 min

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