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SEASON 1 FINALE: How not to validate your idea, with Nerd Entrepreneur hosts Daniel and Michel
<p>This final episode of season 1 we discuss our own projects, a mindset trainer “Leadmind” and the Airbnb for desk space “FreeDesk”, and the mistakes that we went through along the way. Both projects didn’t survive the idea validation phase and have taught us a lot about what it means to be an entrepreneur.</p> <p> </p> <p>In this episode we discuss:</p> <ul> <li>Why having a long term vision is important</li> <li>The difficulties of solving a big problem</li> <li>How we deal with the lows in motivation</li> <li>much more!</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>We appreciate the support of all our listeners, and the time and openness of our guests. Thank you so much for keeping this show going and sharing your experiences with the world.</p> <p> </p> <p>Please give us feedback and improve our podcast by answering our questions: <a href= "http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback">http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p>
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#10: Leadership in startups, with cofounders Séverine Chardonnens and Simon Bachmann
<p>“It’s a challenge to give enough input, but not too much, and not feel like you’re doing the other person’s job” - Séverine</p> <p> </p> <p><a title="Simon Bachmann" href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonbachmann/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Simon Bachmann</a> and <a title="Séverine Chardonnens" href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/s%C3%A9verine-chardonnens-07a81167/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Séverine Chardonnens</a> met at <a href="https://www.ethz.ch/en/the-eth-zurich.html" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">ETH Zurich</a> studying health sciences and technologies. They founded <a href="https://iduntechnologies.ch" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IDUN Technologies</a> in November 2017 with the vision to produce the best electrodes for improved health and performance monitoring. To provide accurate data and be accepted by the user, a wearable device needs to have two main attributes: excellent signal quality and user comfort, and IDUN Technologies’ electrodes build on exactly that. With a team of eight people - most of them engineers - the duo is thinking long term and envisioning a future where their company focuses on brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality, among other exciting things.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>In this episode we discuss:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Learning how to lead a team of engineers</li> <li>Raising CHF 100k from family and friends (spoiler alert: use WhatsApp!)</li> <li>The importance of stable relationships for entrepreneurs</li> <li>The advantages of founding a company together</li> <li>and much more!</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>Our favorite quotes were:</strong></p> <ul> <li>“I would never do a startup on my own…when you’re two people you discuss and take decisions together.” - Séverine</li> <li>“There’s no other way than being direct when it comes to money.” - Severine</li> <li>“The customers are comprehensive that we’re not perfect yet.” - Séverine</li> <li>“The problem with bigger companies is that they don’t customize anything.” - Simon</li> <li>“We’re engineers in the heart, creative people, and we still want to have the flexibility to be creative and to innovate.” Séverine</li> <li>“You always need a balance [in the team]. Engineers love their problems and circle around them, and that is awesome but you also need to channel it in a certain way.” - Simon</li> <li>“Now we hired real engineers, and they really want a perfect product before they go anywhere near a customer. And it’s our challenge to tell them that nobody will hate them just because it doesn’t look like a serial product.” - Séverine</li> <li>“I think there’s so much potential for our technology, and that’s what makes it exciting.” - Simon</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>Please give us feedback and improve our podcast by answering our questions: <a href= "http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback">http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p>
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#9: From perfect team to deadly pivot, with entrepreneur Fabian Bollhalder
<p>“Get ready to fail. In reality it’s business, and it’s going to hurt.” - Fabian Bollhalder</p> <p>After graduating from University, Fabian gave himself one year to work on his business ideas. He started with a startup in the legal sector and had to experience his team falling apart because of equity issues between the founders. Next, he joined the renowned Swiss Startup Factory in Zurich, built a new team up from the ground based on his learnings, and acquired his first clients. The new product, an app called Shout, helped companies get qualitative feedback from their customers via video. When the team decided to pivot, things started to go downhill. Listen on to learn more about his experience working on the new product Yelloh, and his time in the Finnish accelerator called Startup Sauna.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>In this episode you will learn:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Why it’s better to talk about equity distribution before starting to work with your team</li> <li>How to build the perfect team</li> <li>How a pivot can kill your startup</li> <li>The importance of product-market-fit</li> <li>The importance of defining and testing hypotheses</li> <li>What to look out for when applying to a startup accelerator<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>How to create a good customer description</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>Our favorite quotes:</strong></p> <p>“When we pivoted we didn’t take into consideration that our target audience would not appreciate the new value proposition we created with our product.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“Before you’ve found product-market-fit nothing else is important.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“If you don’t have focus, you’re going to waste all your resources.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“When you’re first starting out, you really have to know who your customer is, to the detail.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“Get ready to fail. In reality it’s business, and it’s going to hurt.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“If you can’t get your team right, you can’t really get anything right.”</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Other useful links:</strong></p> <p>What is an MVP - <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_viable_product">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_viable_product</a></p> <p>What is a Lean Canvas - <a href= "https://canvanizer.com/new/lean-canvas">https://canvanizer.com/new/lean-canvas</a></p> <p>What is a SaaS business model - <a href= "https://empireflippers.com/saas-business-model-explained/">https://empireflippers.com/saas-business-model-explained/</a></p> <p>What does NPS mean - <a href= "https://blog.capterra.com/what-is-nps-net-promoter-score-explained/"> https://blog.capterra.com/what-is-nps-net-promoter-score-explained/</a></p> <p>What’s OKR - <a href= "https://www.slideshare.net/HenrikJanVanderPol/how-to-outperform-anyone-else-introduction-to-okr"> https://www.slideshare.net/HenrikJanVanderPol/how-to-outperform-anyone-else-introduction-to-okr</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Accelerator programs:</strong></p> <p>Swiss Startup Factory - <a href= "https://www.swissstartupfactory.com">https://www.swissstartupfactory.com</a></p> <p>Startup Sauna - <a href= "http://startupsauna.com">http://startupsauna.com</a></p> <p>Kickstart Accelerator - <a href= "https://kickstart-accelerator.com">https://kickstart-accelerator.com</a></p> <p>YCombinator - <a href= "https://www.ycombinator.com">https://www.ycombinator.com</a></p> <p>Axel Springer - <a href= "http://www.axelspringerplugandplay.com">http://www.axelspringerplugandplay.com</a></p>
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#8: From 5 - 100 meals a day, working 12 hour days and spending $15k on a website w/ Tim Schmid, entrepreneur and cofounder at Earlybird
<p>“We look like pro cooks these days, [but] the first time we were in the production kitchen we thought we could never make it.” - Tim Schmid</p> <p> </p> <p>Right after graduating from business school in 2017, Tim called up his two cofounders to join him, and they went live with <a href= "http://www.earlybird.ch">www.earlybird.ch</a> - a food delivery startup - in December of that year. Starting with 5 bowls of healthy food every evening, they would deliver the bowls to their customers in Zurich in the mornings. Today, Earlybird delivers 100 bowls of healthy lunch and breakfast every single day, to your office and for a lower price than the market has to offer.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>You will learn:</strong></p> <ul> <li>How Tim went from business studies to a food startup and working in a kitchen</li> <li>How Earlybird got a competitive edge over its competitors</li> <li>How not to build a website for your startup</li> <li>How to launch your website in 2 days</li> <li>How to convince your friends to join you as cofounders</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>Our favorite quotes:</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>“You just have to jump in, do it every day, invest time and at the end you’ll be a pro.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“You have to have the mentality to try and do your best.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Freelancer platforms to help you build your website:</p> <p><a href="http://fiverr.com">fiverr.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://upwork.com">upwork.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://freelancer.com">freelancer.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Please give us feedback and improve our podcast by answering our questions: http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback</p>
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#7: Quitting his job, glueing chips into shoes and revolutionizing the sneaker resale market - The story of Founder and CEO of Collect-ID David Geisser
<p>“If you don’t follow your own idea, you will definitely regret it.“ - David Geisser</p> <p> </p> <p>In 2014 David bought a Nike shoe in San Diego (US) that he really loved. Fast forward to 2017, David is researching the same shoe on the internet to buy it again. It was a special edition, and after trying to buy it on many different platforms he ended up getting it on a platform from Hong Kong. The shoe arrived, but it didn’t look the way David expected it to look. He realized had spent $100 on a fake pair of shoes. That’s when the idea for Collect-ID was born.<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>You will learn:</strong></p> <ul> <li>How Collect-ID will revolutionize the sneaker resale market</li> <li>Why you should first build a minimum viable product (MVP)</li> <li>What the blockchain technology is about</li> <li>How you can deal with the uncertainty that comes with being an entrepreneur</li> <li>Why David was 100% sure he wanted to quit his job</li> <li>How he got the first people to join his team</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Bomb-shell quotes:</strong></p> <p>“On the one hand I feel very free, but at the same time I feel an immense pressure to be successful.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“I think nowadays becoming an entrepreneur is safer than having a corporate job.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“There are a lot of fakes in this market, sometimes they even look better than the originals.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“You should quickly start to build something. I just bought some NFC chips online, glued them into my shoes and realized, WTF it’s not that easy!”</p> <p> </p> <p>“I would not spend too much time with research. Until you build something you cannot say if it works or not.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“The things I learn right now will make me more attractive for a future employer.”</p> <p> </p> <p>“Everyone else is trying to beat you or be better than you.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Please give us feedback and improve our podcast by answering our questions: http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback</p>
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#6: Letting people go, throwing spaghetti at the wall and pivoting to a business-to-business model - The PapayaPods rollercoaster with cofounder & CEO Alex Just
<div><strong>“It was brutal. H</strong><span style= "font-family: 'Lucida Grande';"><strong>avin</strong>g to let those people go was absolutely brutal.” - Alex Just</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>When Alex Just cofounded <a href= "http://papaypods.com/">PapayPods.com</a> in 2016, the vision was to digitize the entire rental housing journey and replace property management agents. From getting a lot of initial exposure, to presenting their startup at the WebSummit finals in front of 10’000 people, the beginning seemed glorious. From that moment on, everything seemed to go downhill.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>In this episode Alex shares more about this tipping point, when everything stopped working as planned, how he had to let go most of his team, and how a new opportunity allowed the team to pivot and build a new positioning.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>These are just a few of the awesome insights you’ll get from this episode:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <ul> <li> <div>What it feels and means to have to let your team go, from taking the decision to sitting in front of your team members, delivering the message</div> </li> <li> <div>How to keep your positivity up, even when everything seems to go downhill</div> </li> <li> <div>How to focus on your core problem and validate the most important hypotheses, e.g. by using landing pages like Wordpress (www.wordpress.com), Wix (www.wix.com), Unbounce (www.unbounce.com) or any other landing page builder out there</div> </li> </ul> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Not intrigued yet? Here are just a few of the bomb-shell quotes from this episode:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <ul> <li class=""> <div>"I’m lucky enough to have failed in every single aspect, and these failure give context. It’s become so much easier to clarify."</div> </li> <li> <div>"It was hindsight and being lucky enough to have made all these different mistakes, that gave that clarity."</div> </li> <li> <div>“What we did was kind of like throwing spaghetti at the wall with different ideas, and praying something sticks, and the realization that this was not working was when nothing stuck.”</div> </li> <li> <div>"I guess there’s always a little bit of insanity in everyone who becomes an entrepreneur.”</div> </li> <li> <div>“If you’re naturally curious and enjoy learning…that’s kind of the mindset that I would be applying to this situation.”</div> </li> <li> <div>“The more failures you have, the more experience you have.”</div> </li> <li> <div><span style= "font-family: 'Lucida Grande'; font-size: small;">“Entrepreneurship is fun, it’s exciting, but it’s business at the end of the day."</span> </div> </li> </ul> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Please give us feedback and improve our podcast by answering our questions: <a href= "http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback">http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback</a></div>
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#5: Raphael Tobler - From hotel management to the 'Tripadvisor for Education'
<p>"When you are 80 years old, you don't want to regret not having pursued your idea." - Raphael Tobler</p> <p>Raphael Tobler is cofounder of Eduwo, the 'TripAdvisor for Education'. In this episode he shares his experience going from an education of hotel manager to launching his own startup in the education sector.</p> <p>KEY TAKE AWAYS</p> <p>1) See how Raphael decided on the idea of Eduwo<br /> 2) Learn the story of Eduwo, the main platform in Switzerland that helps aspiring students choose their university<br /> 3) Understand the three reasons why you should start your own startup while studying</p> <p>If you liked this episode, please give us a share and review on iTunes and let us know what you think by answering some quick questions: http://bit.ly/nerdentrepreneursfeedback</p>
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#4: Marco Righetti - Successes and failures of social businesses
<p>"With 20 cents or one sold product, we could provide 47 days of fresh drinking water to one person in Mali." - Marco Righetti</p> <p>Marco Righetti is cofounder of PROJECT AQUA and RE-COFFEE. In this episode he shares his experience working on two social startups that have both had an impressive impact on people in developing countries, e.g. by providing 47 days of fresh drinking water for a person in Mali, with just 20 cents.</p> <p>KEY TAKE AWAYS</p> <p>1) See how Marco and his business partner decided on the idea of their first project<br /> 2) Discover a new social concept called "micro-sharing" that has already impacted the lives of many people in need<br /> 3) See how Project Aqua evolved into Re-Coffee, a socially cold brewed coffee that is being sold around Switzerland and includes micro-sharing / micro-donations to Ethiopia<br /> <br /></p> <p> </p> <p>If you liked this episode, please give us a share and review on iTunes and let us know who we should talk to next by sending us a short message at nerdentrepreneurs@gmail.com</p>
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#3: CARPASUS - How Cofounder René Grünenfelder built a new clothing brand around sustainability
<p>CARPASUS cofounder René Grünenfelder shares why he started the sustainable clothing brand Carpasus with his friend, how he tackled the challenges of becoming independent and why he prefers to the option of failing (or 'tripping' as we call it) as an entrepreneur.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you like our show, please leave us a comment or review on iTunes, it really helps us improve the podcast and help more aspiring entrepreneurs like you.</p>
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#2: LEGI - The beginnings of Switzerland's biggest student discounts platform, with cofounder Marco Bruderer (SWISS GERMAN)
<p>LEGI cofounder Marco Bruderer (@marco_bruderer) shares how his team tested their first assumptions and went to become the biggest student discounts platform in Switzerland, and how he deals with the challenges of leading a startup.</p>
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#1: Building a software startup, with entrepreneur Johannes Weiss
<p><a href="http://www.conode.io" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Conode</a> cofounder Johannes Weiss (<a href= "https://twitter.com/jo_weiss" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">@jo_weiss</a>) shares how he went from having an idea to launching a software product. This interview touches on subjects such as how he keeps his motivation up during tough times, how he finances his startup, how he deals with risk, uncertainty and failure and who he thinks should become an entrepreneur.</p> <p>This episode is brought to you by Nerd Entrepreneurs (<a href= "https://twitter.com/nerdpreneurs" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">@nerdpreneurs</a>). We interview young entrepreneurs and share insights into their mindsets, tactics and tools, inspiring you to take the first step on your own entrepreneurial journey.</p> <p>Feel free to check out the videos for this podcast on our <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmlnvVMNdbolBPQnthJd0Gg?view_as=subscriber" target="_blank" rel="noopener">YouTube channel.</a></p> <p>Also check out our <a href="https://www.nerdentrepreneurs.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new website</a> and get to know like minded people that can help you answer any questions you might have when building your own startup.</p>
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