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Spotlight on Founders
44 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
#6: Gernot Schwendtner on intrapreneurship, career transition advice, thinking short- and long-term, and seeing opportunities in challenges
Today's guest is Gernot Schwendtner, co-founder of weGrow International. weGrow International is a hands-on advisory partner, specialised in helping tech startups and scaleups achieve fast and sustainable international growth in Europe. Alongside its core teams in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Paris, they work with a network of around 100 experienced scaling-experts, to offer a comprehensive suite of services in all areas of internationalisation and they have clients all over Europe and the USA. Previous to weGrow International, Gernot was responsible for marketing and international market expansion at a Dutch travel scale-up, managing director of an Austrian travel business, and founded and successfully ran a corporate venture-studio for a media company as intrapreneur for many years.
39 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
#4: Zeno Keilhacker on following your vision, doing business in unconventional places, and the benefits from diverse teams
Today’s guest is Zeno Keilhacker, an entrepreneur who has devoted his life to creating new businesses and doing it all on his own.With his background in international management, and speaking seven languages, Zeno is the owner and CEO of “Blue Travel Iceland”, “Blue House B&B”, and “Gròtta Northern Lights”. He is all about sustainable, and responsible businesses which is why these days he has dedicated his complete attention to SiciliaMia, a multifaceted startup he is creating with a focus on tourism, agriculture and their co-relation with developments of regions in the south of Italy.Having travelled the world and met diverse groups, Zeno has chosen to work with young international groups of people, and has every intention of guiding and pushing them towards their true potential, and moulding them into the next generation of leaders they are destined to be.
43 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
#1: Tejas Nerurkar on Idea Generation, Finding Mentors, Optimism and Gratitude
Our first guest is Tejas Nerurkar. Tejas is interesting because entrepreneurship is really the only career he has known. Today, Tejas loves thinking long term, he loves product design, and he loves software that reduces paper and material usage. As a kid though, Tejas was mostly obsessed with his computer; he was always building and tinkering. After university, he turned that tinkering into a business and today, his firm, Optimum Output, supports hundreds of companies around the world. Optimum Output's primary product is a paper-free visual training app for enterprises called The BPR. But more than the details of his business, what we want to understand about Tejas is something we are going to focus on in this podcast journey. What is the mindset of an entrepreneur as they start? And more importantly what makes them tick?
2 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
#0: Welcome to the Show!
Introduction to and Explanation of the Purpose of the Show
83 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
#3: Claudia Müller on setting small goals and big dreams, asking for help, and weighing down- and upsides of starting a business
Today’s guest is Claudia Müller. Claudia worked in the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) before starting her own company. After several years in the public sector, Claudia decided that she wanted to be her own boss. Putting into practice the knowledge from her studies in International Economics and Public Policy and the experience she gained at the Bundesbank, Claudia founded the Female Finance Forum, a company that teaches women about money management and financial products. Within three years, Claudia managed to publish a book, appear on national television, and motivate thousands of women to take their finances into their own hands. In our discussion we focused on the process Claudia underwent before taking the decision to leave the public sector’s security. What was the most important question Claudia asked herself before taking the plunge? And what are her learnings after three years of entrepreneurship?
49 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
#2: Joel Konijn on Learnings from the Corporate World, Storytelling, and Gaining Perspective through Downtime
Joel is the CEO of DatHuis, a startup he co-founded in 2017. Since childhood joel has been interested in entrepreneurship and technology and started his first business when he was 16. After his studies in Business Administration at the VU University in Amsterdam, he travelled around the world and then started management trainee in the talent program of ING Bank. During his tenure he worked as strategy consultant and IT Project Manager in Amsterdam, Brussels and New York. In 2016 he returned to Amsterdam to work as a software developer, during which time he decided to start with DatHuis.
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