Leap Takers

Leap Takers

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Advice and stories from daring European entrepreneurs & investors to help you take the leap!


19: Tobias Gunzenhauser - How to build a D2C company & the story of yamo - fresh organic baby food
Oct 6 • 39 min
Tobias Gunzenhauser (@TobGunzenhauser) is the CEO and one of the three co-founders of yamo. yamo is Europe's first digital native vertical brand that produces fresh organic baby and children food. The company launched in 2017 in Switzerland with their…
18: Heidi Lindvall - From documentary filmmaker to investing in ClimateTech startups with Pale Blue Dot VC
Sep 11 • 38 min
Heidi Lindvall (@HeidiLindvall) is one of the founders and a general partner at Pale Blue Dot. Pale Blue Dot is a seed stage ClimateTech VC investing in reducing and reversing the effects of climate change and preparing for a new world. They invest…
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
Jul 27 • 40 min
Anne-Laure Le Cunff (@anthilemoon) 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. She is an ex-Googler, MSc of…
16: Ville Vesterinen - Lessons from a nordic serial entrepreneur - Slush, Grey Area, Swappie - becoming an Atomico angel investor & more
Jun 24 • 36 min
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, that attracts around 25'000 attendees every year to Helsinki. He also founded Grey…
15: Gonzalo Sanchez - Origin story of Seedtable, impact of COVID-19 on the startup ecosystem, and tips for remote work
Apr 30 • 47 min
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…
14: Christian Jantzen - Path to becoming one of the youngest VCs in Europe, starting an eSports team, and Futuristic VC
Apr 7 • 41 min
Christian (@chrjantzen) is the founder of Futuristic.vc, a micro-fund investing in Nordic pre-seed companies. He made his first investment at age fourteen when he bought shares in his favorite football club. He later started his first company, a real…
13: Mathias Ockenfels - How to start a career in Venture Capital, from Analyst to Partner at a leading VC firm, Online Marketplaces, and Speedinvest
Mar 15 • 40 min
Mathias (@ockenrock) eats and breathes marketplaces. He is a partner at Speedinvest, one of Europe’s leading Venture Capital funds. The fund has it’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria and just recently raised its latest fund of €190m. Mathias runs…
12: Vedika Jain - Hustle your way into VC, picking your boss, from Stripe to Weekend Fund, and More
Feb 11 • 35 min
Vedika Jain (@vedikaja_in) is an investor and Chief of staff at Weekend Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that is backing your next favorite thing. Previously she worked for high profile startups like Stripe and True Layer. Weekend Fund was…
11: Sebastian Wahl & Carl-Philipp von Polheim - The story of mybacs and how to start a direct-to-consumer company
Dec 31, 2019 • 35 min
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). Their goal is to revolutionize…
10: Holger Seim - The origin story of Blinkist, growing to 11 million users, and creating a unique company culture
Nov 18, 2019 • 48 min
Holger Seim (@hlgrsm) is the founder and CEO of Blinkist. Blinkist is a book summary app that lets you get the key insights from 3'000+ bestselling non-fiction books that cover leadership, history, psychology and more in 15 minute summaries in text or…
9: Alisée de Tonnac - Leaving the corporate world to travel the globe and run startup competitions in emerging markets
Oct 16, 2019 • 29 min
Alisée (@aliseedt) is one of the founders of Seedstars, a global group of companies with a mission to impact people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups' activities cover over 85 cities with emerging startup…
8: Andri Silberschmidt - The 25 year old that sells poké bowls, manages an equity fund, and runs for national parliament
Oct 2, 2019 • 47 min
Andri Silberschmidt (@andrisilbi) is a 25 years old rising star here in Switzerland. He is a food entrepreneur, equity investor, and politician. At the age of fifteen, he began his banking education and is now responsible at Swisscanto Invest for the…
7: Andreas Schwarzinger - Lessons from building Switzerland’s leading student platform
Sep 10, 2019 • 51 min
Andreas Schwarzinger (@a_schwarzinger) is the founder and managing partner of uniboard AG, one of Switzerland’s largest student platforms with over 72k users. Andreas is one of the most down-to-earth people I know and with his work at Uniboard helped…
6: Stefano Bernardi - Taking the leap to Silicon Valley & How crypto governs organizations of the future
Jul 26, 2019 • 35 min
Stefano Bernardi (@stefanobernardi) is an active italian angel investor on AngelList and at “Mission and Market”, a silicon valley startup founder of a Y Combinator alumni (Kickpay), and employee nr. 1 of Betable (backed by Greylock, Founders Fund). More…
5: Nilson Kufus - From figure skating champion to building a digital mirror world
Jul 15, 2019 • 46 min
Nilson Kufus (@NilsonKufus) is one of the co-founders of Nomoko, a technology company that is building photorealistic 3D models of entire cities. Their technology enables applications for various industries like self-driving cars, gaming, or urban…
4: David Lu - Learnings from starting a venture fund
Jul 2, 2019 • 42 min
David Lu (@davidjlu) is an up & coming venture capitalist based in Sydney and Singapore, who is constantly traveling the world on the hunt for great investments. He is a Partner @256 Ventures, a global cryptocurrency VC fund, investing in a portfolio of…
3: Estefanía Tapias - Empowering entrepreneurship among women & How to get featured on Forbes 30 under 30
Jun 17, 2019 • 41 min
Estefanía Tapias (@este_tapias) is a researcher on the topic of the future of cities and entrepreneur that was listed on Forbes reputable 30 under 30 list. She is from Colombia but has been living in Switzerland for the past few years, where she…
2: Pascal Kaufmann - Experimenting with Cyborgs and Lessons of building an AI startup
Jun 17, 2019 • 24 min
Pascal Kaufmann (@PascalKaufmann) is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur, who founded Starmind - one of Europe’s leading artificial intelligence technology companies - and Mindfire - a foundation created to incentivize collaboration in AI research. Inc…
1: Daniel Naeff - Disrupting Venture Capital & How to make better decisions as a founder
Jun 17, 2019 • 62 min
Daniel Naeff is the founder of Oakura, a platform where curated startups and vetted experts engage to create next generation businesses. We’ll get into what this actually means in the episode. He also served as the COO of Teralytics, one of Switzerland’s…
0: Remo Kyburz - Introduction to The Leap Takers Podcast
Jun 17, 2019 • 5 min
Short introductory episode where Remo (@TheRemoKyburz) is introducing the podcast and what led him to start the LeapTakers podcast. In short: In each episode I’m interviewing unique founders, shapers, and makers that work on building the future, as well…