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We are living in a world of exponential growth, social instabilities and radical innovations. The generations coming up have the urgent responsibility to not just react, but act through digitalization in order to retain this planet earth. Technology changes and digital innovations will help to start the journey efficiently. In order to document which technologies will change the way how we enjoy living and which leadership tactics will be needed, Max and Mike interview different thought lead ...
 
Startups, Sparks and Serendipity is a product of two good friends talking about issues they are passionate about, namely the Startup world, Self-Improvement and life-altering epiphanies. Due to the interesting combination of Max being very deeply integrated in the European Startup scene and Mike having shifted his focus towards the US in recent years, the two combine the best practices and learnings from Silicon Valley with those of Berlin and Zurich. The conversations are unfiltered and int ...
 
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Everyone's talking about it. The economy has not been looking good. Max and Mike discuss the current macro situation and what it means for startups, employees, and society as a whole. Recommendations READ Andreesen Horowitz: https://future.a16z.com/framework-valuation-navigating-down-markets/ Y Combinator: https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/19/yc-advis…
 
"There was so much pain that just went into this and so much blood, sweat, and tears, personal commitment, you know, working really for three, four years, not sleeping, not having a personal life in that sense. And suddenly this whole thing, that's to fall apart." It didn't take long for founder and entrepreneur Stephan Heller to move on and start …
 
As the population grows exponentially and the demand for meat grows, producing meat has become increasingly unsustainable. Hungry to change that, Planted Foods has been revolutionizing the food chain. Pascal Bieri, one of its founders, joins us today and inspires us to rethink what we eat as he shares with us the whys and hows of producing meat fro…
 
Is getting a novel published comparable to getting a startup funded? Saket Kumar answers this question in this week’s episode. He freely takes us on an unexpected journey, from creating a novel to founding his current company. We also find out why he went from being a venture capitalist to becoming a founder and why he intends to stay for the long …
 
“I can now focus on things that I'm more uniquely suited to and that I'm just way better at that bring me more joy.” That is one thing that effective energy management can do for you. This week, Max and Mike talk about energy management. They talk about what they do, including how they structure their day to be the most productive. In this episode,…
 
Unfortunately one of our guests needed to cancel last minute, we decided to record a duo episode with Mike and Max about things we're passionate about! We share thoughts on our morning routines, yearly goal setting, differences between NYC and San Francisco and many more things! Follow us on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and wherever you would like…
 
Jay Rosenkrantz is using the Web3 world to build a playground for writers, artists,s and collectors. With his company Heroic Story, Jay and his brother are creating a new game, where players build stories and fantasy worlds together. Before, Jay was one of the leading online poker players in the world, coached poker player all over the world, creat…
 
Our guest today tries to prevent the climate crisis using the power of Green Hydrogen. Vaitea is a co-founder of Enapter, an award-winning company that is productizing the usage of hydrogen. Enapter is hiring. If you want to help save the world and work with amazing people like Vaitea, apply here: https://www.enapter.com/careers Other things that w…
 
We have Albert Gajsak as a guest on the podcast today. Albert is a young founder who combines hardware and software with a team of 20 to develop electronic devices. Essentially with the purpose of teaching kids more about technology. Since its launch in 2017, Circuitmess has sold over 50,000 products to over 30000 customers - all over the world. Cu…
 
Everyone knows finding product market fit. But what about the Language? There's a concept which was presented by OpenView about Language-Market Fit - we found it inspiring and shared it with you through this way here. Furthermore, we talk about first insights into Web3 and our viewpoint on it. Language Market Fit Model by OpenView Beginner Guide to…
 
The nest guest is on board - Michael Bervell. MIchael is a Ghanaian-American angel-investor, entrepreneur, and author. He's the author of "Unlocking Unicorns", a book about the stories and habits of leading entrepreneurs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East (e.g. he personally interviewed Jack Ma for the book). In 2007, he co-founded the non-profit …
 
We had the chance to interview another Founder again, namely the Founder and current CTO of Passbase, Mathias Klenk. Passbase's goal is to "empower the world with a digital identity system that puts you, the individual, first". Mathias and we talked about the role of a human identitity, the importance of it in today's world, winning the first inves…
 
Welcome back to the Feed Your Brain Podcast. Max and his co-host Mike interviewed another guest this time. Eli Bressert, Co-Founder and CEO of Origin. Origin provides you with the most personalized luxury trips based on who you are and what you want to experience next. Eli was a mentor at Singularity University, Head of Siri Platform Science & Insi…
 
Hi friends! For this episode we have chosen a little different format. For one reason. Mike just raised a 6.3 million seed round with his startup Blair. Since we have a lot of founders as listeners, we thought it would be exciting to take a look behind the curtain and understand how Mike and his team made it happen. So Max took the chance to ask hi…
 
Hey listeners, Mike and I talk about the value of finding your personal mission statement and how it can help you with staying focused on the things that actually drive value and happiness for you personally - especially when building companies and products. We'd be glad to get your feedback and hear about strategies and methodologies of you findin…
 
Hey listeners, Mike and I talk about the value of finding your personal mission statement and how it can help you with staying focused on the things that actually drive value and happiness for you personally - especially when building companies and products. We'd be glad to get your feedback and hear about strategies and methodologies of you findin…
 
Mike and Max wanted to talk about a topic that has been on our minds for quite some time now: Shall we be Generalists, Specialists or generalized specialist or specialized generalists? ;) We've conducted an episode where we combine our thoughts with science and a few books that have been written about that topic. If you like it, please subscribe an…
 
Hello to all listeners! Mike and I have once again sat down together to talk about various topics: Wine-app Vivino raises 155m round - what's special about the app and the industry? Spotify was granted a patent for a technology that analyzes listeners’ voice and background noise to suggest content based on their mood, gender, age, accent, or even s…
 
Nikolaus Volk is the Founder and CEO of Kyte, a San-Francisco based Startup that delivers rental cars to your home. They help everyone to access rental cars with the simplicity of Uber. A few facts about Nik: He studied at Stanford and TU Munich He worked at Uber for a few years Kyte raised 9m for their expansion Offices in Munich and San Francisco…
 
Nikolaus Volk is the Founder and CEO of Kyte, a San-Francisco based Startup that delivers rental cars to your home. They help everyone to access rental cars with the simplicity of Uber. A few facts about Nik: He studied at Stanford and TU Munich He worked at Uber for a few years Kyte raised 9m for their expansion Offices in Munich and San Francisco…
 
This week we sat down with Semir Jahic, the lead Sales Engineer at Clari, to talk about several topics including the rigour around sales processes in America and what impact it is having on European firms. We discuss in detail the difference in sales and implementation of processes in American and European businesses. Next, we got into how to pick …
 
This week we sat down to talk about trends in the tech startup industry and introduce a new segment into our weekly podcast. We think the “News Flash” will give listeners new insights into the industry at a surface level as something to talk about with friends and colleagues. We also talk about “virtual headquarters” and how working from home might…
 
This week, we sat down to discuss things that help us get through the work day with comfort. Working from home every day can be quite taxing. We all deal with it in different ways. In this episode we share some of the things that make our home office a bit more cozy and effective such as a decent webcam, headphones, chairs and backdrops. We then di…
 
Today we sat down with the founder of Sameday Testing, Felix Huettenbach. We had a great conversation exploring his past roles and experiences including living in a monastery, founding a company at college at 18, and through the time until now where he has built a Covid-19 business that offers quick PCR testing in LA and in Washington D.C. We discu…
 
Bryan is the founder of BW Missions, a company that works with mission-driven entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, and CEOs including Nir Eyal (Author Hooked & Indistractable), Rick Smith (CEO Axon/ inventor of the TASER), Denise Gosnell (Chief Data Officer at DataStax), Dan Berger (Former CEO of Social Tables, acquired by CVENT), Allen Gannett, and man…
 
Ben Zoldan is the founder and maker behind Storyleaders. A company that transforms organizations by the power of storytelling. Ben has helped organizations such as Salesforce, Tableau, Lightpath, Oracle and others to be leading organizations through storytelling in sales and is widely renowned through his expertise. He also is the co-author of one …
 
This week, we have a nice conversation all about startups and the startup environment. We explore topics related to what startups focus on, including accelerating growth, sales and winning customers. Likewise, we discuss different ways founders fund their startups, such as through VC, loans and government grants. Do you consider your business a sta…
 
This week, we dive into our tricks for productivity and planning ahead, setting routines, and retaining focus throughout the work week. We talk about how we use our time when traveling, and how, whether you’re on a train or a long distance flight, organizing your time could save a bunch of trouble. Then we dive a bit into managing our time organiza…
 
This week we discussed dopamine and its many implications on people's lives. From understanding how dopamine can lead to addiction in drugs, we discuss similar effects from gambling to social media. We decided to open up a bit about ourselves and share coping mechanisms we use and what can help us get through to the next day. We also shared some ti…
 
This week we interviewed Jeff Gothelf about employability and entrepreneurship. Jeff talks about how he switched his job search model from a push model to a pull model where he attracts opportunities by building a platform of expertise and experience and broadly giving it away through content marketing. He talks a bit more about getting better with…
 
Micro-entrepreneurship is the new normal. Platforms such as Uber, Shopify, Food Delivery providers and others create completely new opportunities for entrepreneurial activity. What micro-entrepreneurship is and what is really behind it, you can hear in this podcast. Book: Go Giver: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1873060.The_Go_Giver…
 
This week we end the first season by reflecting on the past fifteen episodes and by hinting at what is to come in the next seasons. Additionally we ask you, our listeners to offer some feedback for what you want to hear in coming episodes. This is a short one, but we will be back next week with a new season and cool new topics! Recommendations: Boo…
 
This week we met with our first guest, Christian Busch and had a special conversation about serendipity. What is serendipity? How can we actively manage situations to make them more serendipitous? Does luck favor the prepared? How can we increase the surface area of luck? This episode gives a look into how to connect dots to access the serendipitie…
 
On this week’s episode of Startups, Sparks & Serendipity, we have a bit of a changeup. Mike is alone this time. You know how synching schedules can be when business is picking up, and that is just where we are. So Mike takes some time to talk about two very important mental models he uses. Inversion - solving problems by working backwards. Instead …
 
On this week’s episode of Startups, Sparks & Serendipity, we are at last together, recording an episode in person! We discuss long-term goal setting, necessary tech knowledge for creating a startup, issues with a European Fintech company, and more! How do we stay healthy and creative? Listen out this episode to find out. Recommendations: To Read: U…
 
On this week’s episode of Startups, Sparks & Serendipity, Max and Mike discuss audio and Voice as the user interface of the future. From his start with podcasts and confounding an audio tech startup, Max discusses the beginnings to his fascination with audio technology. Audio, as a frictionless medium, can be more convenient while traveling, commut…
 
Hi all! We were intrigued by the positive feedback we have gotten on our mental model episode and therefore wanted to deep-dive in two very specific mental models that are helping us day-by-day. Feel free to listen in, while you are enjoying the sun, sitting on the couch or going for a run. And don't forget to subscribe. See you next time! Book rec…
 
This week our hosts dive into the WHY of startups. From the desire of autonomy to the need of solving real world problems, and the freedom to solve problems on your own terms, this podcast is filled with useful information for entrepreneurs and future startup founders. Whether you want to pick who you work with or feed your curiosity, starting a bu…
 
Branding is one of the most important and yet elusive concepts in business. This Week Mike and Max dive into a recent Brand Intimacy study exploring which brands different generations (Gen Z, Millennials, Boomers) feel the most connection to, and are surprised by some of the results. Then there is some discussion about the process that brings custo…
 
This week our hosts explore the fundamental concepts of startups and give helpful tips on how to get started with the process. Speaking from experience, the hosts describe some important must-do actions for bringing a product or service to market. From having a MVP and being able to engage with your target to getting feedback and evaluating risks a…
 
Finally, we dive deeper into one of our favorite topics: Mental Models. There are few concepts as powerful and few topics as intriguing as going on a journey towards finding the most reliable patterns this universe has to offer. Sadly, we were busy. So this is a short one. Expect more on this in the future Books: Elliott Hulse - KING (4 Layer Appro…
 
This week our hosts dive deeper into the Y Combinator process and discuss the interview. It is good to know that even if you are not accepted, the process helps you to think clearly about your startup. It forces you to ask yourself important questions that you may otherwise overlook. Some useful tips from this episode include the following: Know yo…
 
This week our hosts start a discussion about the process of applying for YC startup acceleration. Companies like AirBnB, Stripe and many others benefitted from these accelerators and have built great fortunes. What are some of the limitations of Y Combinators? Who should apply? What are Y Combinators looking for in terms of applicants? This episode…
 
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