Hey there! My name is Remo.
(Me on one of my travels )
I’m a venture investor with a passion for startups, personal growth, discovery of cool products, and exploring the world & its people!
I grew up in beautiful Lucerne / Switzerland, close to the Swiss alps, before moving to Zurich for my bachelor and master degrees in business & economics at the University of Zurich. During my studies I spent a year abroad in Vienna and Hong Kong, which lead to one of the most memorable and impactful times of my life so far.
I also spent an extensive time traveling through Southeast Asia, Australia, and the US, which opened my eyes to other aspects of life and made me a better person. I was also lucky enough that I had the opportunity to work at some amazing companies like BlackRock, PwC, and UBS during my academic years.
I’m currently working as a venture capital investment manager at Tamedia in Zurich. Previously, I founded BlockNovum, a startup scouting and investment research provider for the blockchain & cryptoasset space. Before that I advised business executives as a consultant for Accenture Strategy.
I believe in **lifelong learning and experiencing life to its fullest, while also making the world a better place! **By interviewing fascinating guests that took risks to put their own dent in the universe, I'm trying to foster and encourage entrepreneurship, as well as motivating people to follow their own path.
You can also find me on Instagram, Medium, and Twitter, where I post new episodes, share cool stuff / interesting articles I found, blog occasionally, and provide glimpses into my life!
Here are a few of my personal favorites for different categories:
Activity: Exploring a new city
Book: A Song of Ice and Fire (GoT), The 4-Hour Workweek, Sapiens
Destination: Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar)
Food: Authentic szechuan cuisine (i.e. from Chengdu region in China)
Game: Dota 2
Music: Kygo ("I See Fire")
Place I'd like to visit: South America
Quote: There are so many, but here is one: ”Somebody once told me the definition of hell: 'On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.'” - Anonymous
And much more... :)
Sport: Snowboarding, Tennis
Thinker: Naval (@Naval)
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Episode 24: Patrick Gobonya - Building a sustainable eSports organization with Ovation eSports to deliver the next-generation fan experience
Episode | April 22nd, 2021 | 41 mins 58 secs
entrepreneurship, esports, europe, gaming, media, startups, sustainability
Patrick Gobonya is one of the co-founders of Ovation eSports, the first sustainable eSports organization. Ovation is one of the fastest growing eSports brands in Europe and combines professionalism and fun in one team. Their athletes compete in games such as Fortnite and Valorant. We talk about the origin story of Ovation, tips for starting an eSports team, sustainability in the context of eSports & gaming, and more.
Episode 23: Arman Anatürk - Food trends and the founding story of FoodHack - a global platform for the FoodTech industry
Episode | February 15th, 2021 | 43 mins 28 secs
career, entrepreneurship, europe, food, media, newsletter, startups, sustainability
Arman Anatürk [@ArmanAnaturk] is the founder and CEO of FoodHack. FoodHack is a community-driven platform that inspires, highlights and connects food entrepreneurs and innovators. We talk about latest trends in FoodTech, cold outreach tips, the origin story of FoodHack, tools to run an emerging startups, and more.
Episode 22: Job van der Voort - From first employee at GitLab to founding Remote.com and shaping the future of work
Episode | January 10th, 2021 | 47 mins 59 secs
career, entrepreneurship, europe, future of work, programming, remote work, startups, venture capital
Job van der Voort (@Jobvo) is the CEO & founder of Remote.com - one of 2020's hottest new startups. Remote makes it possible to employ anyone, anywhere in the world. Job was also one of the first employees & VP of Product at GitLab. In this episode we cover the origin story of GitLab and Remote.com, remote-first and the future of work, advice for startup founders, and much more!
Episode | December 25th, 2020 | 14 mins 28 secs
books, christmas, entrepreneurship, giveaway, investing
Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄 I'm introducing you to 5 of my personal and my podcast guests favorite business & startup books. This gives you a crowd-sourced reading list from some of Europe's top up-and-coming entrepreneurs and VCs. I'm also doing a little giveaway and will send to some lucky winner a book of his or her choice from this list.
Episode | November 20th, 2020 | 37 mins 17 secs
accelerators, berlin, entrepreneurship, fashion, germany, startups, sustainability
Alina Bassi is the founder and CEO of Kleiderly. Kleiderly is converting old clothing into a new and sustainable material to reduce the world’s fashion footprint.
Episode 19: Tobias Gunzenhauser - How to build a D2C company & the story of yamo - fresh organic baby food
Episode | October 6th, 2020 | 39 mins 53 secs
consumer product, direct-to-consumer, ecommerce, entrepreneurship, health, startups, switzerland
Tobias Gunzenhauser is the CEO and one of the three co-founders of yamo. yamo is Europe's first digital native vertical brand (D2C) that produces fresh organic baby and children food.
Episode 18: Heidi Lindvall - From documentary filmmaker to investing in ClimateTech startups with Pale Blue Dot VC
Episode | September 11th, 2020 | 38 mins 33 secs
career, climatetech, entrepreneurship, europe, investing, startups, sweden, venture capital
Heidi Lindvall is one of the founders and a general partner at Pale Blue Dot. Pale Blue Dot is a seed stage ClimateTech Venture Capital firm investing in reducing and reversing the effects of climate change and preparing for a new world.
Episode 17: Anne-Laure Le Cunff - Mindful productivity - How Ness Labs became the leading learning platform that empowers makers to do their best work while keeping their sanity
Episode | July 27th, 2020 | 40 mins 15 secs
community, entrepreneurship, europe, london, mindfulness, newsletter, podcast, productivity, startups
Anne-Laure Le Cunff is the Founder of Ness Labs, an award-winning productivity & learning community and venture studio building products that focus on mindful productivity, wellness, creativity, and culture. Her work has been featured in WIRED, Forbes, FT, Rolling Stone, and her weekly newsletter is read by thousands of makers and entrepreneurs.
Episode 16: Ville Vesterinen - Lessons from a nordic serial entrepreneur - Slush, Grey Area, Swappie - becoming an Atomico angel investor & more
Episode | June 24th, 2020 | 36 mins 42 secs
entrepreneurship, europe, gaming, investing, nordics, podcast, startups, venture capital
Ville Vesterinen (@vesterinen) is a serial entrepreneur from Finland. He is one of the original founders of Slush - one of the world’s leading startup & tech conferences. Ville also founded Grey Area, a gaming company that was backed by Index Ventures, serves as the chairman of Swappie, a startup selling refurbished mobile phones, and he is an angel investor for Atomico.
Episode 15: Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work
Episode | April 30th, 2020 | 47 mins 14 secs
barcelona, covid-19, entrepreneurship, europe, newsletter, remote work, startups, venture capital, writing
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.
Episode 14: Christian Jantzen - Path to becoming one of the youngest VCs in Europe, starting an eSports team, and Futuristic VC
Episode | April 7th, 2020 | 41 mins 47 secs
entrepreneurship, esports, europe, fundraising, investing, micro vc, startups, venture capital
Christian (@chrjantzen) is the founder of Futuristic.vc, a micro-fund investing in Nordic pre-seed companies. He has invested in +20 companies across the entire region and helped founders secure follow-on funding from some of the strongest investors in Europe. Christian is viewed as one of the youngest VCs in Europe.
Episode 13: Mathias Ockenfels - How to start a career in Venture Capital, from Analyst to Partner at a leading VC firm, Online Marketplaces, and Speedinvest
Episode | March 15th, 2020 | 40 mins 29 secs
berlin, career, entrepreneurship, europe, marketplaces, reading, startups, venture capital
Mathias (@ockenrock) eats and breathes marketplaces. He is a partner at Speedinvest, one of Europe’s leading early-stage Venture Capital funds.
Mathias started his career in VC very early and made it to partner in his early30s. In this episode he shares many of his personal insights, learnings, and tips from his career path. If you are interested in online marketplaces, startups, and careers in VC, this episode is definitely for you.