Episode 15

Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work

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About this Episode

Gonzalo (@gonsanchezs) runs and writes Seedtable, one of the leading newsletters focused on European tech. Seedtable is read by tens of thousands every week, and his work has been featured in Wired and Sifted. Gonzalo's writing always provides unique perspectives of developments in technology in Europe and its impact on society. Seedtable is one of my all-time favorite newsletters and I'm super excited that Gonzalo decided to come on the LeapTakers Podcast.

In addition to Seedtable, Gonzalo is Head of Growth at Jobbatical, an Estonian Relocation Service for Tech companies, and he is mentoring startups. His previous experience includes having founded two startups, being a Content Specialist at Piktochart, growing EVELO from $1.2m to $4m as Director of Marketing, and helping to bring The Martec from 2,000 to 50,000 monthly visitors.
Gonz likes to read and to fly. He speaks 4 languages and lifts heavy things, plus he seems to be into the occasional burger or ramen.

In today’s episode we talk about practical tips for remote work and working from home, how Gonzalo started Seedtable, what makes a successful newsletter & advice on how to grow your own content, the impact of Covid-19 on various startup sectors, and more.

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Show notes:

  • 01:53: Who is Gonzalo & introduction
  • 04:52: Is a certain personality type required to be able to work remotely?
  • 06:25: Tips & tricks for remote work
  • 10:08: Gonzalo's favorite city to work from remotely
  • 12:22: How did Gonzalo become interested in technology and entrepreneurship?
  • 15:40: How does website flipping work
  • 16:53: Learnings from his experience as a founder & failed startups
  • 19:11: How to pick and find your co-founder
  • 22:21: The beginnings of Seedtable
  • 24:09: How Seedtable got traction
  • 27:18: Tips to produce good content and to grow your audience
  • 30:19: How to separate a job and a side project
  • 33:30: Key facts about Seedtable
  • 36:32: Gonzalo's predictions for 2020 and the impact of COVID-19
  • 39:18: Discussion of startup sectors that are positively or negatively affected by COVID-19
  • 44:20: Gonzalo's understanding of courage
  • 45:14: Wrap-up

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