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The Swisspreneur Show is a podcast series of in-depth, candid conversations with some of Switzerland’s most successful founders, business leaders and innovators. By getting to the heart of these leaders’ stories - their successes, their failures, their must-have advice and greatest regrets - we hope to both inspire and guide the next generation of Swiss entrepreneurs. Each episode deconstructs and showcases one person’s personal and professional background and provides advice and recommendations for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

Latest Episodes

EP #41 - From Consulting Partner To Startup CEO

Timestamps: 2:07 - Leaving a consulting firm 17:07 - Starting at Frontify 28:00 - Growing a company from 0 to 75k users 32:55 - Splitting development costs with his first client 36:40 - How self-explanatory products support customer growth

49 MIN3 d ago
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EP #41 - From Consulting Partner To Startup CEO

EP #40 - Q&A on Starting a Company in Zurich with Andri Silberschmidt

Your questions answered: 2:33 - Where can I find some good templates to set up my company in Zurich? 3:30 - How do I hire someone in Zurich? 5:49 - What's the most successful startup that was started in Zurich? 7:19 - Mistakes to avoid when starting a company in Zurich 10:14 - Living costs in Zurich 11:56 - Finding co-founders in Zurich 15:13 - Affordable office space in Zurich 17:48 - Looking for investment in Zurich 19:33 - How to get advisors on board 21:46 - Why start a business in Zurich? 25:08 - How startups can cooperate with universities in Zurich 26:41 - Does Zurich promote gender equality? 28:34 - Why are there so few politicians with real startup experience? 33:44 - How can we empower more startups in Zurich? 37:58 - Do cantonal taxes constitute an obstacle to new businesses? 40:20 - Can you be a political candidate and a business owner? 42:24 - How can startups reach out to politicians? 44:29 - What challenges does Andri face as a politician? 49:37 - What are Andri's str...

52 MIN1 w ago
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EP #40 - Q&A on Starting a Company in Zurich with Andri Silberschmidt

EP #39 - The State Of Female Entrepreneurship In Switzerland

Estefanía has been listed in BILANZ's Top 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland and in Forbes' 30 under 30. Timestamps: 8:02 - Should military service be mandatory for women? 12:19 - Growing up with 3 sisters and an entrepreneurial mom 18:35 - The women quota 20:58 - How can men support women? 27:18 - How do we get more women in leadership positions?

38 MIN2 w ago
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EP #39 - The State Of Female Entrepreneurship In Switzerland

EP #38 - How To Hustle In Switzerland

Estefanía has been listed in BILANZ Top 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland and in Forbes' 30 under 30. Timestamps: 2:26 - Why Estefania left research to start her own company 10:35 - Growing up in an entrepeneurial family 21:27 - If you're gonna fail, fail fast. 30:18 - How Estefania went about looking for a location 35:19 - How Estefania structures negotiations

44 MIN3 w ago
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EP #38 - How To Hustle In Switzerland

EP #37 - Q&A On Co-Founders with Michael Born

Your Questions Answered: 1:49 - Do I need a co-founder at all? 2:57 - At what stage should you look for co-founders? 3:48 - Is there an ideal number of co-founders? 4:42 - Can a company be a co-founder? 5:25 - Where do I find my co-founders? 6:52 - Friends/family as co-founders: yay or nay? 8:06 - Is it necessary to have previously known your co-founder? 10:45 - Does my co-founder need to be geographically close? 11:49 - What is a good test to figure out if a team works well? 14:32 - Should my co-founder be similar to me or completely different? 18:46 - How long should a co-founder take to decide jumping on board? Can they have a side job? 23:48 - What contracts/terms do you need to outline to manage the legal relationship with your partner? 26:11 - How do you split responsibilities with your co-founder? How does this evolve over time? 28:48 - Are there any KPIs you should watch for to achieve a good relationship with your co-founder(s)? 30:40 - On what aspects can you and your co-f...

39 MINSEP 19
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EP #37 - Q&A On Co-Founders with Michael Born

EP #36 - How To Hire And Manage Your Startup Team

Timestamps: 1:49 - What mistakes do Swiss startups make repeatedly when it comes to hiring and managing people? 13:08 - The diversity question 25:48 - Good startup communication 44:47 - How to strengthen your gut feeling, in terms of hiring 49:44 - Should you hire friends and family?

56 MINSEP 12
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EP #36 - How To Hire And Manage Your Startup Team

EP #35 - An Entrepreneur's Secrets To Selling Two Startups

Canopei founding partner Markus Okumus told us all about his students.ch success story, his health problems, and his investor's dreams. Timestamps: 1:53 - How Markus got involved with students.ch 21:49 - How to manage several business at the same time 25:13 - How to scale up very fast 38:25 - Why Markus started his investment company 47:12 - When should you actually move your startup to San Francisco

56 MINSEP 5
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EP #35 - An Entrepreneur's Secrets To Selling Two Startups

EP #34 - Q&A About Early-Stage Fundraising with Pascal Mathis

GetYourGuide co-founder Pascal Mathis answers all your burning, fundraising-related questions. Questions asked: 1:53 - What are some questions every founder should ask themselves before fundraising? 4:13 - How do you determine what is smart money for your business? 5:08 - When is the ideal time to find investors (not FFF)? 6:08 - After how much revenue did you start to look for investors? 9:17 - How can I estimate how much my startup is worth before starting the first financing round? 11:21 - What if you get a down round? 11:54 - How can you get your foot in the door with a potential investor? 15:38 - Where do I meet great investors in Switzerland if I don’t have a network yet? 16:28 - How do I best present my business idea/plan? 21:52 - Do you need a lawyer to create a term sheet? 23:28 - What are the key terms on a term sheet? 26:21 - What is the best practice of vesting schedules? 28:15 - How do you deal with uncertainty? 29:27 - How should you report to investors and work with them?

35 MINAUG 29
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EP #34 - Q&A About Early-Stage Fundraising with Pascal Mathis

EP #33 - Your Jobs As A Startup CEO

The role of a startup CEO is challenging and ever-changing. These are some of the tasks you should be ready to tackle in the initial stages of your company: Early stage Fundraising Getting the money to grow your company will probably take up the largest part of your time. While painful in the beginning, the tables can quickly turn as soon as you can show a promising funnel of clients or other signs of market traction. Sales In an early stage company, the CEO is usually the best sales person because they bring the passion needed to convince customers of a vision without a product. Hiring Aim for a good mix of experienced employees and recently graduates. Don’t be afraid to poach the talent you need from other companies Working at your company should be more than just a job for your employees. Make noise In order to be successful, you have to become part of the language for your customers, analysts, VCs, the press, etc. This doesn’t just happen but is the result of After A-round Setting up a company board of directors An ideal composition could be: 2 founders, 2 investors, 1 neutral person Increased reporting duties to investors and the company board Monthly reporting of the relevant KPIs (cash in the bank, burn rate, sales funnel, etc.) is ideal. It pays off to be well organized. Investors will usually keep asking similar questions, so having your documentation ready and up-to-date will make your life easier. Handling people and their problems As the company grows, the role of the CEO becomes increasingly managerial, which means handling employees and their issues. Managing cash for growth It is easy to overspend once there is some money in the bank. It’s the CEO’s task to keep as much money as possible in the company for growth and to keep an eye on the burn rate, in order not to miss the right moment for the B-series. After B-round Evaluate your contribution to the company After the B-round, your company will have likely grown significantly and you are ready to expand into new markets. This is usually a good time to take a step back and ask yourself if you are still the right person for the job. Some entrepreneurs prefer growing things over running them. In this case, it might be the right time to find an experienced manager from a large company to take over your role.

38 MINAUG 21
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EP #33 - Your Jobs As A Startup CEO

EP #32 - Selling Two Startups For Several $100m In The Same Year

Ecosystem Ventures founder Alex Fries tell us about his switch from entrepreneur to investor and gives his two cents on why Europe needs to catch up with America and Asia, in the startup world. Timestamps: 2:03 - Why start a company in Switzerland after studying in the U.S.? 9:15 - How to scale up within 3 years 21:22 - Going from founder to investor 30:42 - What the entrepreneurial spirit should be like 35:58 - Is age a factor, in the startup world?

45 MINAUG 15
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EP #32 - Selling Two Startups For Several $100m In The Same Year

Latest Episodes

EP #41 - From Consulting Partner To Startup CEO

Timestamps: 2:07 - Leaving a consulting firm 17:07 - Starting at Frontify 28:00 - Growing a company from 0 to 75k users 32:55 - Splitting development costs with his first client 36:40 - How self-explanatory products support customer growth

49 MIN3 d ago
Comments
EP #41 - From Consulting Partner To Startup CEO

EP #40 - Q&A on Starting a Company in Zurich with Andri Silberschmidt

Your questions answered: 2:33 - Where can I find some good templates to set up my company in Zurich? 3:30 - How do I hire someone in Zurich? 5:49 - What's the most successful startup that was started in Zurich? 7:19 - Mistakes to avoid when starting a company in Zurich 10:14 - Living costs in Zurich 11:56 - Finding co-founders in Zurich 15:13 - Affordable office space in Zurich 17:48 - Looking for investment in Zurich 19:33 - How to get advisors on board 21:46 - Why start a business in Zurich? 25:08 - How startups can cooperate with universities in Zurich 26:41 - Does Zurich promote gender equality? 28:34 - Why are there so few politicians with real startup experience? 33:44 - How can we empower more startups in Zurich? 37:58 - Do cantonal taxes constitute an obstacle to new businesses? 40:20 - Can you be a political candidate and a business owner? 42:24 - How can startups reach out to politicians? 44:29 - What challenges does Andri face as a politician? 49:37 - What are Andri's str...

52 MIN1 w ago
Comments
EP #40 - Q&A on Starting a Company in Zurich with Andri Silberschmidt

EP #39 - The State Of Female Entrepreneurship In Switzerland

Estefanía has been listed in BILANZ's Top 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland and in Forbes' 30 under 30. Timestamps: 8:02 - Should military service be mandatory for women? 12:19 - Growing up with 3 sisters and an entrepreneurial mom 18:35 - The women quota 20:58 - How can men support women? 27:18 - How do we get more women in leadership positions?

38 MIN2 w ago
Comments
EP #39 - The State Of Female Entrepreneurship In Switzerland

EP #38 - How To Hustle In Switzerland

Estefanía has been listed in BILANZ Top 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland and in Forbes' 30 under 30. Timestamps: 2:26 - Why Estefania left research to start her own company 10:35 - Growing up in an entrepeneurial family 21:27 - If you're gonna fail, fail fast. 30:18 - How Estefania went about looking for a location 35:19 - How Estefania structures negotiations

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
EP #38 - How To Hustle In Switzerland

EP #37 - Q&A On Co-Founders with Michael Born

Your Questions Answered: 1:49 - Do I need a co-founder at all? 2:57 - At what stage should you look for co-founders? 3:48 - Is there an ideal number of co-founders? 4:42 - Can a company be a co-founder? 5:25 - Where do I find my co-founders? 6:52 - Friends/family as co-founders: yay or nay? 8:06 - Is it necessary to have previously known your co-founder? 10:45 - Does my co-founder need to be geographically close? 11:49 - What is a good test to figure out if a team works well? 14:32 - Should my co-founder be similar to me or completely different? 18:46 - How long should a co-founder take to decide jumping on board? Can they have a side job? 23:48 - What contracts/terms do you need to outline to manage the legal relationship with your partner? 26:11 - How do you split responsibilities with your co-founder? How does this evolve over time? 28:48 - Are there any KPIs you should watch for to achieve a good relationship with your co-founder(s)? 30:40 - On what aspects can you and your co-f...

39 MINSEP 19
Comments
EP #37 - Q&A On Co-Founders with Michael Born

EP #36 - How To Hire And Manage Your Startup Team

Timestamps: 1:49 - What mistakes do Swiss startups make repeatedly when it comes to hiring and managing people? 13:08 - The diversity question 25:48 - Good startup communication 44:47 - How to strengthen your gut feeling, in terms of hiring 49:44 - Should you hire friends and family?

56 MINSEP 12
Comments
EP #36 - How To Hire And Manage Your Startup Team

EP #35 - An Entrepreneur's Secrets To Selling Two Startups

Canopei founding partner Markus Okumus told us all about his students.ch success story, his health problems, and his investor's dreams. Timestamps: 1:53 - How Markus got involved with students.ch 21:49 - How to manage several business at the same time 25:13 - How to scale up very fast 38:25 - Why Markus started his investment company 47:12 - When should you actually move your startup to San Francisco

56 MINSEP 5
Comments
EP #35 - An Entrepreneur's Secrets To Selling Two Startups

EP #34 - Q&A About Early-Stage Fundraising with Pascal Mathis

GetYourGuide co-founder Pascal Mathis answers all your burning, fundraising-related questions. Questions asked: 1:53 - What are some questions every founder should ask themselves before fundraising? 4:13 - How do you determine what is smart money for your business? 5:08 - When is the ideal time to find investors (not FFF)? 6:08 - After how much revenue did you start to look for investors? 9:17 - How can I estimate how much my startup is worth before starting the first financing round? 11:21 - What if you get a down round? 11:54 - How can you get your foot in the door with a potential investor? 15:38 - Where do I meet great investors in Switzerland if I don’t have a network yet? 16:28 - How do I best present my business idea/plan? 21:52 - Do you need a lawyer to create a term sheet? 23:28 - What are the key terms on a term sheet? 26:21 - What is the best practice of vesting schedules? 28:15 - How do you deal with uncertainty? 29:27 - How should you report to investors and work with them?

35 MINAUG 29
Comments
EP #34 - Q&A About Early-Stage Fundraising with Pascal Mathis

EP #33 - Your Jobs As A Startup CEO

The role of a startup CEO is challenging and ever-changing. These are some of the tasks you should be ready to tackle in the initial stages of your company: Early stage Fundraising Getting the money to grow your company will probably take up the largest part of your time. While painful in the beginning, the tables can quickly turn as soon as you can show a promising funnel of clients or other signs of market traction. Sales In an early stage company, the CEO is usually the best sales person because they bring the passion needed to convince customers of a vision without a product. Hiring Aim for a good mix of experienced employees and recently graduates. Don’t be afraid to poach the talent you need from other companies Working at your company should be more than just a job for your employees. Make noise In order to be successful, you have to become part of the language for your customers, analysts, VCs, the press, etc. This doesn’t just happen but is the result of After A-round Setting up a company board of directors An ideal composition could be: 2 founders, 2 investors, 1 neutral person Increased reporting duties to investors and the company board Monthly reporting of the relevant KPIs (cash in the bank, burn rate, sales funnel, etc.) is ideal. It pays off to be well organized. Investors will usually keep asking similar questions, so having your documentation ready and up-to-date will make your life easier. Handling people and their problems As the company grows, the role of the CEO becomes increasingly managerial, which means handling employees and their issues. Managing cash for growth It is easy to overspend once there is some money in the bank. It’s the CEO’s task to keep as much money as possible in the company for growth and to keep an eye on the burn rate, in order not to miss the right moment for the B-series. After B-round Evaluate your contribution to the company After the B-round, your company will have likely grown significantly and you are ready to expand into new markets. This is usually a good time to take a step back and ask yourself if you are still the right person for the job. Some entrepreneurs prefer growing things over running them. In this case, it might be the right time to find an experienced manager from a large company to take over your role.

38 MINAUG 21
Comments
EP #33 - Your Jobs As A Startup CEO

EP #32 - Selling Two Startups For Several $100m In The Same Year

Ecosystem Ventures founder Alex Fries tell us about his switch from entrepreneur to investor and gives his two cents on why Europe needs to catch up with America and Asia, in the startup world. Timestamps: 2:03 - Why start a company in Switzerland after studying in the U.S.? 9:15 - How to scale up within 3 years 21:22 - Going from founder to investor 30:42 - What the entrepreneurial spirit should be like 35:58 - Is age a factor, in the startup world?

45 MINAUG 15
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EP #32 - Selling Two Startups For Several $100m In The Same Year