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49 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Xenia Muntean About Content Marketing And Building Planable
Special Guest: Xenia Muntean.
70 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Bogdan Nicoara About Leasing Commercial Real Estate Spaces
Bogdan is an entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in tech. 3 years ago he co-founded and became the CEO of Bright Spaces, the end-to-end digital leasing solution for commercial properties. Bright Spaces was one of the 5 startups participating in the 2020 PiLabs accelerator and already has important clients in Romania and the UK. *In this episode you can learn more about: * How does a high-school fashion business look like The role of mentorship and building new entrepreneurial talent in tech The effect of accelerators and competitions in the tech industry Moving real-estate spaces into the digital 3D space How to find your product niche in proptech Doing smart fundraising Listen to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify: https://bit.ly/BogdanSpotify Apple: https://bit.ly/BogdanApple Google: https://bit.ly/BogdanGoogle Special Guest: Bogdan Nicoara.
58 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Andrei Stoica About Collaboration, Feedback and Building Products
For the past 10 years, Andrei has been a digital marketer and designer, freelancer, and at last he claimed the role of an entrepreneur. He developed projects and managed teams for clients all over the world and today he is building a startup called BRUNCH. Brunch is a software-as-a-service web app targeting digital experts building and optimizing live websites. In short, it saves you time and money if you are going through the feedback loop nightmare when you’re building a new website or upgrading a live one. Special Guest: Andrei Stoica.Links:Seedblink Crowdfunding CampaignBrunchAndrei on Linkedin
45 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Michael Chaffe About the Future of Events and Innovation in CEE
Michael Chaffe is the CEO of Wolves Summit. He spent a decade working up to 250m under the Ocean as a Saturation Diver in the Oil & Gas industry, before entering the European VC industry in 2017. Initially assisting UK-based startups in closing their funding rounds, he went on to acquire Central & Eastern Europe’s flagship innovation conference, Wolves Summit in 2019. Together with a rapidly expanding team, he is leveraging the summit to build valuable bridges between the CEE innovation ecosystem and global partners & investors.Special Guest: Michael Chaffe.Links:Distributed by Romania-Insider.comWolves Summit
46 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
David Timis On How The Workforce Will Develop In The Future
David Timis is a keynote speaker focused on the impact that AI will have on the future of work. He has Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Management and Public Policy, and work experience in the private, public and NGO sectors. He has guest lectured at renowned universities, such as Cambridge University in the UK and the College of Europe, and delivered presentations for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the European Commission, and AIESEC. David has been recognised as an Influential Leader by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Romania for his continuous work to promote education and digital skills. If you are interested in the future of work and skills then you shouldn’t skip this conversation: The Effect of Automation Today And In The Future What Skills We Need To Stay Competitive Covid And Its Impact On The Workforce The Role Of Institutions In The Workforce Reskilling And Upskilling Opportunities The Multilateral Effect Of Having A Job Unemployment And Its Impact How The European Market Will Change Enjoy my talk with David!
39 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Episode 23: Max Gurvits And The World Of Startup Investments
Max is an entrepreneur turned investor, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. After co-founding and exiting an online legal services company in The Netherlands, Max was on the founding team of Eleven Startup Accelerator in Bulgaria, after which he turned to angel and private investments by co-founding an angel investment syndicate, called Teres Angels and he also pioneered several leading ecosystem initiatives like EIR Tribe, TRACTIONCamp, and SummitSummit. Currently he is a managing partner at Vitosha Venture Partners. He mentors with Seedcamp, LAUNCHub, Happy Farm, and other accelerators, and is passionate about expanding the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem in the CEE. Max started his career at the European Commission and worked in the publishing sector before launching his first venture. Raised in Russia, USA, Latin America, and Netherlands, and currently residing in Bulgaria, Max is fluent in six languages, loves to blog about start-ups, and is frequently found in art and creative circles. Max holds a Masters degree in International and European law from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and also attended Universita di Bologna (Italy) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States). Get ready for a conversation full of insights: What Max Gurvits Does The Importance of Accelerators How Max Got Into The World of Investments Why Max Relocated to Bulgaria How Max's Business Operates What Matured The Eastern European Scene Eastern European Startups Relocating To Grow What Makes Investors Put Their Faith in A Startup Innovation And Changes During Covid Enjoy my talk with Max :)
61 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Episode 22: Louis Havriliuc And Innovation in Digital Learning Platforms
Louis Havriliuc is the founder and owner of Simbound, a digital marketing learning platform. While on the lookout for ethically designed technology, he has pioneered a simulation method for digital marketers to hone their skills. His work is inspiring, and his experience helped him learn the ins and outs of our startup ecosystem. *In this episode, you can hear us talking about: * What Simbound does; How understanding of the digital marketing world changed throughout the years; Why different cultures to business differently; Customer Care in the SaaS industry; Why learning by practice is important; Why Simbound is bootstrapped; How investments affect a company; How CoVid affected Simbound. And a lot more. Make sure you subscribe and drop a review if you liked what you heard today!
67 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Episode 21: Boris Hristov And The Presentation Market
Boris is the Founder of presentation agency 356labs and a PowerPoint MVP. He has presented in more than 25 countries and has been rated as the top speaker numerous times. Boris has years of experience as a trainer, mentor and consultant and his team is working with companies like Deutsche Telekom, KPMG, Renault, Societe Generale, Roche, Publicis, Experian, Bosch, VMWARE, Adidas and many, many more to help them write, design and deliver truly effective presentations. His agency is also the only presentation agency in the world speaking at Microsoft Ignite – the biggest yearly event of Microsoft, attended by more than 25.000 people. In this episode you'll hear about: How Boris found the perfect niche; What 356 Lab does; How the presentation scene can be improved; How the first big contract felt; Tips for a succesful presentation, powerpoint, and pitch deck; How to find information for an upcoming presentation, whether it's an investment deck or a simple powerpoint; How to Present; Apple's presentations and why Q&A's are missing from them; The different types of presentations; What happens with the human body on stage; How psychology comes into play in a presentation; The importance of mingling before a presentation; Interesting events from presentations. Enjoy this episode! :)
47 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Episode 20: Florin Grozea Despre MOCAPP Și Ce Înseamnă Influencer Marketing În România
This is our first episode in Romanian, and our guest is Florin Grozea. Florin calls himself simply an entrepreneur, yet he is the Founder and CEO of MOCAPP an Influencer Marketing Platform, Author of the ”Hit Yourself” book, and over 22 years experience in the media and entertainment industry. MOCAPP is a tech startup that has its own technology and the largest database in Romania and the Republic of Moldova: over 700 influencers. Companies and agencies use MOCAPP to automate processes and cut costs by 45% to 70%. This saves our most important resource: time. Currently, MOCAPP intends to invest 200,000 euros in accelerating business development, investment that will be financed through an active equity crowdfunding campaign starting yesterday, October 27 on SeedBlink. So, we promise we will bring back Florin and do one episode in English too, and discuss more about influencer marketing in Europe and their experience with SeedBlink. Until then, here is what you'll hear about in this episode: Ce este MOCAPP; Pe cine și cum ajută; Valorile MOCAPP; Descentralizarea lumii influencerilor; Piața de Influencer Marketing din România; MOCAPP vs Casting; Ce este un influencer; De ce companiile aleg MOCAPP; Calitate vs Cantitate; Elemente principale pentru un influencer bun; Următorii pași MOCAPP For all my fellow Romanian followers, bucurați-vă de discuție, eu unul sigur am învățat multe despre influencer marketing și nu uitați să dați subscribe pe platformele preferate de podcasting. Enjoy!
51 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Episode 19: Emmett King And Building Businesses In US And Europe, Part II
Emmett King is COO and a minority shareholder at Wirtek, a publicly traded European software and electronic engineering solutions company. He is responsible for implementing strategic growth and professional development plans, as well as all of their operations. He is a businessman from US, with over 17 years of practical experience in Romania. He loves living and working in Cluj-Napoca and has traveled to most of the regions of Romania. Enjoys a good knowledge of the country and its history, and is working to improve his proficiency in speaking Romanian. Emmett is an entrepreneur with many decades of proven success in: business creation and startups, strategic planning and execution, business development and management, sales and negotiations, client relations, operational excellence, marketing and branding, team development, training and staffing. He has implemented those successes worldwide, within a wide range of industries, including: software development, business consulting, training and development, international logistics, solid waste management, recycling, public accounting and auditing. Emmet is a good friend and I always learn new things when we talk. In this part two of our chat, you'll learn about: How to Go To Market The Right Way; Employee Stock Options; Emmett's experience with investments; Investments and how Romanians see them; What do Romanian startups do wrong; Why you shouldn't take more money than you need; How Business Angles And Investors Think in Romania; What Emmett wants to invest in. This is Part TWO of the podcast. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the conversation.
52 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Episode 18: Emmett King And Building Businesses In US And Europe, Part I
Emmett King is COO and a minority shareholder at Wirtek, a publicly traded European software and electronic engineering solutions company. He is responsible for implementing strategic growth and professional development plans, as well as all of their operations. He is a businessman from US, with over 17 years of practical experience in Romania. He loves living and working in Cluj-Napoca and has traveled to most of the regions of Romania. Enjoys a good knowledge of the country and its history, and is working to improve his proficiency in speaking Romanian. Emmett is an entrepreneur with many decades of proven success in: business creation and startups, strategic planning and execution, business development and management, sales and negotiations, client relations, operational excellence, marketing and branding, team development, training and staffing. He has implemented those successes worldwide, within a wide range of industries, including: software development, business consulting, training and development, international logistics, solid waste management, recycling, public accounting and auditing. Emmet is a good friend and I always learn new things when we talk. In this part one of our chat with Emmett, you'll learn about: What moving to Romania was like for Emmett; Why Emmett chose Romania; How he sees the differences between different Romanian regions; What being an American businessman in Romania is like; What Romania needs in order to grow; What was Emmett's career path back in the States; How Emmmet made a lot of money out of waste management; Why friendly competition is lucrative; How reverse mergers work; The differences in business structure and opportunities between Romania and the US. This is Part ONE of the podcast. Enjoy the conversation and make sure you go to your favourite podcast platform and subscribe to the show, thanks :)
86 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Episode 17: Adrian Cernat On How To Dream Smarter
Adrian is the CEO & founder of SmartDreamers, a VC backed recruitment and marketing automation company, boasting clients such as L’Oreal, Siemens, Temenos, Infosys, UiPath, and others. Prior to building SmartDreamers, Adrian was part of another HR tech startup, cumulating over 8 years of experience in the recruitment tech space. Adrian has started SmartDreamers business back in 2014, as a regional player in the recruitment industry. In 2018, the business was pivoted to a scalable SaaS model, with a global footprint. When starting the SmartDreamers business, Adrian’s experience was mainly in sales and extending in product and fundraising. Today, we sat down and talked about: What Smartdreamers is and how it helps; What raising money is like; How Business Angels bring both money and validation; What churn is and how to analyze it; What Adrian's journey was like; Why Adrian chose Cluj; What targeting the US market is like; How sales can be improved upon in startups; The numbers behind startups; Different startup ecosystems; VC funds and what they want; Leading a team and working better; And a ton more. Enjoy our conversation, and if you like the episode please share it with your friends and subscribe to the podcast. :) Here is Adrian from SmartDreamers.
77 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Episode 16: Vlad Sarca On Investment, Romania’s Economic Intricacies, and How To Rise Above as a Startup Founder
Vlad Sarca is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is also one of the board members at Sparking Capital, a venture capital fund focused on pre-seed & seed investments. Previously he has managed to develop a niche recruitment company in over 10 countries and has made an exit after 12 years. Vlad has been interested in strategic management since he was a student, and has obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is passionate about supporting promising startups with his knowledge and skills. What you'll hear about in this episode: Why it's important to use your skills in the service of others How Romania's past affects its entrepreneurial scene today What we need to improve our country How Vlad Sarca became the person he is today EU funds and how they should be used Romania's economic status Business development tips for startup founders And a lot more. I learned so much from him, I hope you do the same by listening to this episode. Enjoy our conversation and don't forget to subscribe to the podcast!
53 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Episode 15: Gerald Pollak On Investments, Startups and Being A Team Player
Gerald Pollak is an associate at Vienna based venture fund capital300. capital300 is a European Series A venture capital fund backing disruptive technology companies run by ambitious entrepreneurs. capital300 has established innovative co-investment partnerships with global leaders in venture capital and together with the best VCs in the world like Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures und Draper Associates, capital300 provides portfolio companies with a substantial leverage for conquering the US market and building a significant global presence. Gerald has previously worked for Apple’s Western Europe sales department and engaged with the international tech and entrepreneurship scene while completing a double masters degree at London Business School and Fudan University Shanghai. If you listen to this podcast, you'll hear about: Gerald’s rowing passion; Does competitiveness help you in your career; How to defuse conflicts; Why and how networking mattered for Gerald; What was the takeaway from university for Gerald; What is Capital 300; How does Capital 300 choose who they invest in; When will Capital 300 start looking at the Romanian market; What eastern european businesses should change about themselves; Why hiring matters so much for investors; Due diligence and how Capital 300 does it. Enjoy!
77 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Episode 14: Thibaut Vanderhofstadt On The Importance Of Culture Differences, A Powerful Team and the Growth of Sortlist
Thibaut is a 32-year-old passionate entrepreneur, deeply involved in his projects. Scout leader at heart, for him human relationships and team spirit are the 2 ingredients of success. At 18 years old, after living for 1 year in a Finnish entrepreneurial family, he realized the importance of taking action to succeed. Questioning is a daily practice for him, he likes to learn and share what he learns; And if you are looking for a good business book, he recommends "E-Myth, Why small businesses do not work, and what to do about it". After an Erasmus year in Mexico, he imagined creating a chain of Mexican restaurants; but after months of work he decided to do a "small" pivot with his associates and with them created one of the first B2B marketplace for marketing services in Europe: Sortlist. He says, and I quote: For me there is no such thing as failure, it is simply a more or less long success, which requires more or less pivots and time. By questioning themselves regularly, with enough energy and a united team, any entrepreneur can succeed;). What you’ll hear in this episode is: Vacation and Digital Detox; Tourism in France during a global pandemic; Interesting facts about Thibaut’s name origin; What is Sortlist and Why you should use it; Insights on culture differences in business; Advices on how to expand your business in a healthy way; Fundraising and the importance of a good, motivated team; Why Cluj from all the cities in Romania? Challenges to working with teams all across Europe; Tips on entering new markets; Next point on the Sortlist’s road-map. I just loved our conversation and learned so much from him, I hope you do the same by listening to this episode. Enjoy our conversation. :)
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