As an electrical engineering graduate Sebastian started his career as automation engineer within a brown coal mining facility.
When he moved to software development he started to work for a medium-sized IT company, as engineer, team lead and later as project lead. A few years ago, he transitioned to Axel Springer and started living the agile way. Within Axel Springer, as CTO of Ideas Engineering, Sebastian is one of the key drivers to transform this historic corporation to become a modern tech company.
This challenge and his passion for a great team culture motivates him every single day!
Tune in to hear the story about his awesome journey!
#12 How to create a world-class product
Lennart completed his B.A. at the design college, the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd in product design, and passed his bachelor's thesis with a 1.0. During his studies, he also worked in design studios in Ulm, Hamburg, and Chicago as he studied Interior Design at the Ohio State University in the US. Directly after graduating in spring 2015, Lennart founded a design agency (THINKS Design GmbH) together with his Co-Founder Florian Goecke and shortly afterward them two founded a sports brand (STRYVE GmbH). While the agency also offers design as a service the agency now also develops products for the company's own sports brand. From anti-vandal lights for public spaces, advertising campaigns and user interface design to lifestyle and sports products, THINKS is always dedicated to new customers and projects. The style is mostly timeless, minimal with high demands on aesthetics, function, and attention to detail. THINKS already won the iF and Red Dot Design Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019. STRYVE GmbH has partners all over the world. Its products are now available in 24 countries (as of December 2018) and with several thousand shops worldwide.
In this episode, we will talk with Lennart about the beginning of this entrepreneurial journey and about creating a world-class product. Lennart also shares the exciting story how a TV show helped him boost sales to an incredible amount of orders.
#11 How TIER Mobility grew from 20 to 320+ employees
Julian Blessin is Co-Founder of TIER Mobility - the Berlin based micro-mobility company. TIER was founded in summer 2018 and is already active in 35+ cities in 12 countries. Before founding TIER, Julian was with the Berlin team of BCG Digital Ventures as a Lead Venture Architect where he launched and scaled COUP - a BOSCH owned eScooter-Sharing Company. Prior to joining BCG DV, Julian invested in Tech Startups for an international VC fund. Julian studied Business Administration and Technology Management at LMU Munich, CDTM and UC Berkeley and holds a PhD in BA.
In this episode, we will talk with Julian about the massive growth of TIER to 5 Mio. rides per month and what led to it, the challenges of a hyper-growth startup and much more!
#10 How to grow an agency organically
Serhat Kaya is a German Entrepreneur and Founder of the digital agency XPERIENTS. He is also Initiator of the Hamburg Chapter of Startup Grind and Host of the podcast "The Growth Show". Serhat's passion is supporting entrepreneurs in changing the world. The digital agency XPERIENTS supports entrepreneurs in designing great products with an amazing UX as well as with conversion optimization. With Startup Grind Serhat connects the startup scene in Hamburg with knowledge transfer from founders for founders. He also explores growth topics in his podcast with practical insights for innovators. Last but not least he supports innovation processes within tech events & corporate innovation events as a facilitator, whenever he as the time for that.
In this episode, Serhat's co-host Sebastian Kunz is having a casual talk with him, so that you have the chance to get to know your hosts a little bit better. He shares some of the remarkable stories he heard in interviewing other entrepreneurs in fireside chats as host of Startup Grind Hamburg, his challenges at the beginning of his agency, how he got his first clients and much more!
#09 How to 4x revenues with YouTube
Jan Sapper grew up in Guatemala, did his Bachelor in engineering in Vienna, completed his Master's degree in Business Management in London and is currently working on optimizing the iPad.
In 2012 Jan started "Sapper Limited" with the intent of creating the MacDock; the most awesome docking station for the MacBook – ever. This journey brought him through all stages a startup goes through market research, building a community, filing patents, managing teams remotely, sourcing components in Europe and Asia, launching and managing a successful Kickstarter campaign and so on. All in all; Jan built an awesome product and in that process acquired competencies and gathered insights that anyone freshly out of the uni can only get by having his own startup. This adventure ended in tears, but what Jan learned in the process defined some essential foundation blocks for his later entrepreneurial path.
Jan joined Protonet's ranks in the Marketing & Sales team by the end of 2013 and ended up becoming Product manager there. As product manager at Protonet he created a product he is pretty proud of: Protonet's On-Premise-Warranty program. He also managed pricing & HW-product line and brought Protonet's private cloud servers to market. In his last months at Protonet he managed the phase-out the Indiegogo campaign for the ZOE home automation hub. The campaign hadn't run as hoped and Jan was assigned to refund 300k USD to over 1000 worldwide supporters. A side from crowdfunding he hadn't experienced before.
In 2017 Jan launched the PaperLike crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising 2.000€, which ended up raising over 60k€. This "Hobby" back then has now grown to be Jan's main job, and he and his small team of decentralized people make PaperLike work.
In this episode, you will hear more about Jan's best practices on winning crowdfunding campaigns, how to multiply sales with YouTube marketing and much more!