Today’s guest is Udesh Jadnanansing, Cofounder of SaaS startup Mopinion, based in Rotterdam. We talk about “pioneering or being too early to the market”, and about “avoiding the wrong kind of invesors”. Mopinion offers a reporting software for online customer feedback. It was founded in 2013 by Udesh and his cofounders Kees Wolters and Floris Snuif. They have raised € 500.000 to date, and their team is 20 people strong.
Riku Salminen is CEO of Jongla, based in Helsinki. They develop mobile messaging apps. Founded in 2009 by Riku Salminen and his cofounder Arto Boman (EVP & Founder), they have raised a total of around € 11.000.000 in funding and their team is 24 people strong. Riku is a very experienced business man, with over 16 years in various mobile, marketing and management positions. Riku will talk to us about why they pivoted after already having €2m in funding, and how they managet to convince the investors to go along. And he talks about competing with a 500-pound-gorilla like WhatsApp.
Peter Morawitz is cofounder & CEO of Dynamic Perspective, based in Vienna. they are building devices to fix cameras on drones, camera cranes and so on, and still give you a super sharp and steady image. Founded in 2011 by Peter Morawitz and his cofounder Stefan Morawitz. they have raised a total of € 3.000.000 in funding and their team is 20 people strong. Peter holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Oxford University – so you can imagine that his brain runs on high octane. Peter will talk to us about Strategic investors vs. Angel vs. VC.
Paulo Gomes is cofounder & CEO of Wizdee, based in Coimbra, Portugal. Natural Language Self-Service Data Search and Discovery. Founded in August 2, 2012 by Paulo Gomes and his cofounder Bruno Antunes (CTO). they have raised a total of € 800.000 in funding and their team is 19 people strong. Paulo came from academia. And within a few short years Gartner group named Wizdee one of four global leaders in natural language search, next to Google and Microsoft. Wow! Paulo Gomes will talk to us about why you should get a sales guy early; and the benefit of working in that industry before founding – which is also somewhat his secret of getting Wizdee from zero to global leader.
Mergim Cahani is cofounder & CEO of Gjirafa, based in Pristina, Kosovo. Founded in 2009 by Mergim Cahani and his cofounder Diogjen Elshani and Ercan Canhasi. they have raised a total of € 2.000.000 in funding and their team is 49 people strong. Mergim has a strong research background in algorithms and language processing from top US universities. Mergim Cahani will talk to us about why only Czech investors understood his business; why being a solo-founder sucks.
Nathan Rose is an expert in Equity Crowdfunding and author of the book Equity Crowdfunding – The Complate Guide For Startups And Growing Companies. His company is called Assemble Advisory. He supports startups in their crowd funding campaigns. Nathan has helped startups raise over €10.000.000 to date. Nathan will tell us all about Equity Crowd Funding, how this is different to kickstarter, indiegogo or other forms of crowdfunding. We will talk about who it is for, tips and tricks to launch your campaign, and much, much more. Mentioned on the show: His book comes out on 1. November 2016. The eBook is available for free for a few days after launch. European crowdfunding report from CrowdfundingHub: Current State of Crowdfunding in Europe
Travis Pittman is cofounder & CEO of TourRadar, based in Vienna. TourRadar is an online marketplace to compare & book group tours to over 200 countries of the world. Founded in July 1, 2010 by Travis Pittman and his cofounder Shawn Pittman, they have raised a total of € 7.000.000 in funding and their team is 43 people strong. Travis Pittman will talk to us about why you should not bootstrap too long; how he got the ex-CEO of Expidia as advisor.
Get this episode on iTunes, for Android, or on YouTube. Juho Makkonen is cofounder & CEO of Sharetribe, based in Helsinki. They offer the easiest way to create your own peer-to-peer marketplace. Founded in 2011 by Juho and his cofounder Antti Virolainen, they have raised a total of about €1 million in funding and their team is 15 people strong. Juho will talk to us about why its best not to work more than 40 hours per week; and how to get funding for a pivot.
Get this episode on iTunes, for Android, or on YouTube. Amin Shokrollahi is founder & CEO of Kandou Bus, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. They are a hightech company developing chip-to-chip link solutions. Founded in 2011 by Amin, he has raised a total of 25 million € in funding and his team is 25 people strong. Amin is a great example of how to turn research into big business. Also, Amin speaks 5 languages, which I find very cool. Amin will talk to us about why researchers make great founders; and how to lead a team through tough times. Some of Amin’s key insights shard in this episode: Leading a team through tough times How to get the team on board and stick with the mission through tough times Should a good CEO even drive taxi to keep his company afloat? How a mentor can help in tough times Visionary investors – and second-tier followers Why the VC is one of the most important positions in a company What is a visionary VC – and what are second-tier followers and “number crunchers” Why the age and size of a fund matters Why researchers make great entrepreneurs The shared qualities of great researchers and great entrepreneurs The big differentiator The challenge of transitioning from “going deep” to “going broad”
Get this episode on iTunes, for Android, or on YouTube. Francisco Webber is founder & general manager of cortical.io, based in Vienna. They develop text analysis technology for big data semantics. Founded in 2011, they have raised a total of over €4 million in funding. Francisco is an experienced entrepreneur. He has a strong background in software development, where he started out in the 80s. He also founded or co-founded a couple another companies before cortical.io. Francisco will talk to us about trust and alignment in the team; and why Angles are better than VCs.