The Leap Takers podcast features up-and-coming European entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Every episode retraces the journey of a featured guest, with the goal to uncover the origin story of their projects, and to extract advice , resources & tips for (aspiring) entrepreneurs, makers, and anyone that wants to "take the leap" in their life.
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.
Episode 12: Vedika Jain - Hustle your way into VC, picking your boss, from Stripe to Weekend Fund, and More
Episode | February 11th, 2020 | 35 mins 12 secs
career, consumer product, entrepreneurship, passion economy, reading, silicon valley, startups, venture capital
Vedika Jain is an investor and Chief of staff at Weekend Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that is backing your next favorite thing. In this episode you will hear how Vedika "hustled" her way into VC, get general career advice for picking the right companies and startups to work for, learn more about Weekend Fund, Vedika’s favorite books & blogs, and much more!
Article | February 8th, 2020
By Remo Kyburz
career, millennials, passion economy, tools, work
A great article by a16z about creator platforms and changing consumer behaviors, which allow people to puruse their interest as a job with a "100 True Fans" model.
Episode 11: Sebastian Wahl & Carl-Philipp von Polheim - The story of mybacs and how to start a direct-to-consumer company
Episode | December 31st, 2019 | 35 mins 24 secs
consumer product, direct-to-consumer, entrepreneurship, germany, health, reading, startups, switzerland, travel
Sebastian Wahl and Carl-Philipp von Polheim are the founders of mybacs.
Mybacs is a direct-to-consumer (D2C), research driven, biotechnology company for gut-health products based in Zug (Switzerland) and Munich (Germany).
Episode 10: Holger Seim - The origin story of Blinkist, growing to 11 million users, and creating a unique company culture
Episode | November 18th, 2019 | 48 mins 34 secs
berlin, blinkist, books, culture, entrepreneurship, germany, marketing, reading, startups, travel
Article | October 30th, 2019
By Remo Kyburz
blog, entrepreneurship, investing, keaptakers, seed fund, venture capital
Intro of a startup company that I like and which is the first "investment" of my virtual seed investment portfolio.
Episode 9: Alisée de Tonnac - Leaving the corporate world to travel the globe and run startup competitions in emerging markets
Episode | October 16th, 2019 | 29 mins 54 secs
emerging markets, entrepreneurship, forbes 30 under 30, investing, startups, switzerland, travel, venture capital
Episode 8: Andri Silberschmidt - The 25 year old that sells poké bowls, manages an equity fund, and runs for national parliament
Episode | October 2nd, 2019 | 47 mins 56 secs
business, entrepreneurship, food, politics, startups, switzerland
Episode | September 10th, 2019 | 51 mins 14 secs
community building, entrepreneurship, movies, studying, switzerland, university
Article | September 9th, 2019
By Remo Kyburz
blog, entrepreneurship, investing, leaptakers, venture capital