By TUM Venture Labs
Entrepreneurial Realities is a TUM Venture Lab Podcast. Presenting interesting stories from leading and promising entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and other thought leaders within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Entrepreneurial RealitiesSep 03, 2023
#48 Innovation and empowerment with Katrin Redmann, the COO of SAP Paris
Join us this week with Katrin Redmann, the COO of SAP Paris, as she shares insights tailored for first-time entrepreneurs like YOU. Hosted by Svenja Enchelmaier, dive into topics from unearthing your motivation, resilience in entrepreneurship, to the transformative power of female networks and the magic of teamwork in innovation. Kickstart your entrepreneurial journey with a dose of real-world wisdom! 🚀🎧 #EmpowerHer #InnovationAtHeart #MunichTechEntrepreneurs
#47 - Meet extraordinary founders: Alexa Sinyachova from Moeco
Dive into the extraordinary journey of https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexasinyachova/https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexasinyachova/ on this enlightening episode of "Entrepreneurial Realities," presented by Antoine Leboyer, MD of the SW and AI TUM Venture Lab.
Alexa, a leading entrepreneur, community builder, and mother, shares her wealth of knowledge and insights from her dynamic career.
With her roots in Ukraine, Alexa provides a unique perspective on global entrepreneurship and her efforts to support tech ventures in her home country. As a mother, Alexa showcases how she embraces the beautiful chaos of juggling professional and personal responsibilities, serving as an inspiration to many.
Join us for an enlightening conversation filled with inspiration, realities, and lessons from Alexa's life as an entrepreneur, mentor, and mother. Don't miss this incredible episode!
#46 // Revolutionizing Healthcare: Unveiling Entrepreneurial Visions and Ventures
In this compelling episode of Entrepreneurial Realities, host Antoine delves into the world of healthcare innovation with esteemed guests Marina Leonie Moskvina and Dominik Pförringer. Join them as they explore the exciting realm of (digital) innovation in healthcare and shed light on the entrepreneurial endeavours that are shaping the future of the industry.
Marina Leonie Moskvina, Operating Director of TUM Venture Labs - Healthcare, and Dominik Pförringer, Academic Director of TUM Venture Labs - Healthcare and Medical Director of the University Hospital of TUM, bring their extensive expertise to the table. Together with Antoine, they embark on an insightful journey to uncover the latest trends, challenges and transformative technologies that are revolutionising healthcare.
Throughout this episode, Marina, Dominik and Antoine navigate a wide range of fascinating topics. They delve into the latest digital innovations and the influential role of artificial intelligence in reshaping the healthcare landscape. With a focus on visionary ideas and entrepreneurial ventures, they explore how entrepreneurs are driving change and transforming the industry.
Listen as the guests share compelling stories of successful healthcare startups, emphasising the importance of fostering an entrepreneurial mindset within the industry. They highlight the key role of academic institutions such as TUM Venture Labs in nurturing and supporting budding entrepreneurs. They also shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities specific to healthcare entrepreneurship.
#45 // Unleashing AI: A Discussion on Ethics, Regulation, and Business Models with Jacy Reese Anthis
In this captivating episode, Antoine Leboyer, MD of the SW/AI TUM Venture Lab, engages in a thought-provoking discussion with esteemed sociologist Jacy Reese Anthis, founder of the Sentience Institute.
Join them as they unravel the complexities surrounding AI, diving into the realms of ethics, regulation, and innovative business models. From exploring the societal impact of AI to dissecting the challenges of regional regulations and the evolving landscape of AI startups, this conversation offers valuable insights for entrepreneurs navigating the AI revolution. Tune in for a captivating exploration of the ethical, regulatory, and business aspects of unleashing AI.
#44 // Unleashing AI and Generative AI with Simon Greenman
Join Antoine as he engages in a captivating conversation with Simon Greenman, an AI expert with a passion for pushing the boundaries of technology. Simon, a Partner at Best Practice AI and a Global AI Council member at the World Economic Forum, shares his deep insights into the world of AI and its transformative potential. From his co-founding role at MapQuest to his expertise in generative AI, Simon's expertise will leave you inspired and enlightened. Tune in to this episode of "Entrepreneurial Realities" to explore the exciting possibilities of AI with Simon Greenman.
#43 // Thriving as an Anxious Achiever: Insights from Morra Aarons-Mele
In this episode of "Entrepreneurial Realities," host Antoine sits down with Morra Aarons-Mele, a renowned workplace mental health speaker, entrepreneur, and host of the Anxious Achiever podcast. Join the conversation as they delve into the challenges faced by anxious entrepreneurs and explore strategies for not just surviving, but thriving as an entrepreneur with anxiety. Morra shares her expertise on navigating the pressures, self-doubt, and emotional hurdles that come with the entrepreneurial journey, providing valuable insights and practical advice for anxious achievers in the business world. Discover how embracing your unique qualities can be an asset and learn actionable tips for achieving success while taking care of your mental well-being. Don't miss this engaging discussion on entrepreneurship, anxiety, and the path to fulfillment and achievement.
#42 // The Fallout from Silicon Valley Bank's Collapse and Its Impact on the Tech Industry
Welcome to another episode of Entrepreneurial Realities! Today, we're joined by Meg Langan, a seasoned professional with a diverse background in commercial and investment banking, as well as biotech and software startups. Based in New York, Meg brings a unique perspective to the table as we delve into the latest developments at Silicon Valley Bank. During our conversation with Meg, we'll be exploring the past, present, and future of the banking sector, and discussing what this means - or doesn't mean - for the world of startups. From her wealth of experience, Meg shares insights and assessments that are sure to be valuable to anyone interested in the intersection of finance and entrepreneurship. So sit back, relax, and let's dive into this fascinating conversation!
#41 // Navigating the Challenges of Entrepreneurship: Insights from Michael Eckhardt of the Chasm Institute
Welcome to the third season of Entrepreneurial Realities, the podcast for startup founders at the Munich Technical University. Our guest today is Michael Eckhardt, Chairman of the Chasm Institute, a high-tech consulting firm founded by Geoffrey Moore, author of the classic book "Crossing the Chasm." Michael is a highly experienced entrepreneur and advisor to companies in the technology industry. In this episode, we will discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing startup founders today, as well as strategies for successfully navigating the early stages of a startup's development. Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, this episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to succeed in the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship. So, sit back, relax, and join us as we explore the realities of starting and growing a business with Michael Eckhardt.
#40 // Learn from an thought leader: Disruptive Innovation in the age of Startups w/ Prof. Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Professor at Harvard Business School
#39 // Learn from an investor: Dr. Marcus Erken, co-founder and managing partner of Sunfish Partners
🔊 This week's episode of the TUM Venture Labs podcast features investor and entrepreneur Dr. Marcus Erken.
Marcus is a co-founder and managing partner of Sunfish Partners, an early-stage deep tech VC based in #Warsaw and #Berlin.
Together with Jan Mittendorf they speak about
the challenges of setting up a VC fund and the investment focus of Sunfish Partners
the peculiarity of the startup ecosystem in Warsaw and the differences with Munich
the change in the investment climate in 2022
the biggest challenges of deep-tech founders
#38 // Learn from an entrepreneur and investor: Bruce Linton, CEO and Co-Founder of Canopy Growth
We discuss a wide range of topics that go beyond Canopy Growth, how to grow companies, spot huge disruptions and the coming revolution on psychedelics for mental health treatment.
#37 // Learn from an investor: Rafael Laguna de la Vera, Director of the federal agency SPRIND
#36 // Learn from thought leaders: Web3 with Annette Doms
#35 // Learn from thought leaders and entrepreneurs: MUC.XYC and Web3
This is a special episode where we interview the organisers of this conference: Daniel Kliche, Anton Hiller, Dirk Stauder and Christoph Langewisch.
And we hope you can all join us on November 9th.
#34 // Learn from an entrepreneur: Jan Goetz, CEO and Co-Founder of IQM Quantum Computers
#33 // Learn from an entrepreneur: Zied Bahrouni, CEO and Co-Founder of Motius
#32 // Learn from entrepreneurs: Flora Geske, CEO & Co-Founder of SUMM and Miloš Zlatković, CEO and Founder of Mily Technologies
#31 // Learn from an entrepreneur: Fabian Warmdt, CEO & Co-Founder of Glocally (YC W22)
#30 // Learn from a VC investor: Andreas Goeldi, Partner at btov Partners
For the first time since many years we are in an economic downturn. This could be due to many reasons: Interest rates are rising, uncertainties in Supply Chain, the war in Ukraine, ... but whatever, this is likely to be the first time that young entrepreneurs will face such a situation.
This will impact both existing funded startups which will need to plan for uncertainty and not growth at all costs and non-funded ones will find it more difficult to raise.
To make sense of this situation, Antoine Leboyer Leboyer interviews Andreas Goeldi, Partner at Btov Partners, who wrote in Medium: The 10 mistakes most founders make in a downturn to help our listeners step back and make the right decisions in the current situation.
#29 // Learn from an entrepreneur: Jochen Engert, Co-Founder and CEO at FlixMobility
#28 // Learn form an entrepreneur: Florian Scherl, Founder at FAST AI Movies
In this week's episode, Antoine meets Florian Scherl, founder of FAST AI Movies. Florian founded his company while being 17years old and still being a pupil. Florian takes us on his journey of how he learned coding identified the opportunity for FAST AI Movies, but also of the importance of intensely listening to what your customers want.
#27 // Learn from an entrepreneur: Mathijs Heutinck, Founder at Venturelytic
#26 // Learn from entrepreneurs: Dénes Honus, CCO metr Building Management Systems
In this week's episode, Antoine and Christos, MD TUM Venture Labs Built Environment, meet Dénes Honus, a serial entrepreneur and currently Chief Commercial Officer of metr Building Management Systems. Together, they elaborate on the importance of built environment for societal challenges and the corresponding megatrends that shape the industry.
#25 // Learn from entrepreneurs: Patrick Strunkmann-Meister, Founder and CEO of BAO
#24 // Learn from thought leaders: Ravi Venkatesan and "What the Heck Do I Do with My Life?"
On this week’s podcast, Antoine interviews Ravi Venkatesan. Ravi was last on this podcast on episode #14 as the founder of GAME (Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship to illustrate how entrepreneurship can be a force for social good.
Ravi is not here in his new capacity as Chairman of The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, he is back this week to speak about his latest book: “What the Heck do I do with my life ?” and how its lessons can be of value for entrepreneurs.
#23 // Learn from Corporates: Nico Kelling and Lamin Ben-Hamdane from Infineon
Together with Antoine, we deep-dived into:
- Infineon’s Digital Agenda
- the vast potential of AI for the semiconductor industry
- how innovation cooperation works for the benefit of both: start-ups and Infineon!
#22 // Learn from a Entrepreneur: Markos Kern founder of the NGO Civil Relief Munich
In today's episode, Antoine meets Markos Kern, a serial entrepreneur, CEO of LYMB.iO, and co-founder of Civil Relief Munich. He tells us about his newest organization (Civil Relief Munich), which he co-founded to help thousands of people who had to fly due to the war in their home country. Three weeks after its creation, Civic Relief Munich has gathered a permanent team of 80 volunteers and 1,000 drivers to safely organize transportation from the Ukrainian Polish border to Germany. Around 1000 refugees have been transported to Munich as well as directly paired with host families with the best possible match.
Details and information is at Civil Relief Convoy Munich | Linktree.
You can donate at Help & donate to Ukraine - Civil Relief Munich.
This is an amazing and inspiring story which illustrates that the principles of entrepreneurship can bring the best of us during the most difficult of the times.
#21 // Learn from a VC investor: Andreas Schwarzenbrunner Partner at Speedinvest
#20 // Learn from a VC investor: Gregor Haidl Senior Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds
In this episode Antoine meets Gregor Haidl, a Senior Investment Manger at High-Tech Gründersfonds (HTGF) and TUM Alumnus. The HTGF is a German-based VC fund with public and private investors. In their discussion, Antoine and Gregor are talking about the operating model of the HTGF as well as how early-stage teams should engage with their first customer(s) and early adopters.
#19 // Learn from a VC investor: trends in Food Tech with Judith Camarcat from Five Season Ventures
We are back from our short break: Antoine Leboyer and Roman Werner, the MD of our FAB Venture Lab, discuss with Judith Camarcat, VC Associate at Five Season Ventures, the latest trends, and challenges in Food Tech. In their exciting discussion, they cover the topic from a business as well as a research angle and especially spotlight the DACH market.
#18 // Learn from a Student and VC Founding Partner: Sebastian Böhmer Founding Partner at First Momentum Ventures
#17 // Learn from thought leaders: the hype and the reality of Blockchain with Nicolas Kozakiewicz, Chief Innovation Officer of Worldline
#16 // Hear from entrepreneurs: Pascal Blum, CEO & Co-Founder from unu motors
#15 // Hear from entrepreneurs: Mark Gazecki
Entrepreneurial Realities, listen to Mark Gazeki, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, to start the year. Mark talks about his lessons learned during the founding and scaling companies and his tips for other founders.
#14 // Entrepreneurship as a force for good: Ravi Venkatesan, founder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship
We conclude this 2021 year with a thoughtful interview with Ravi Venkatesan.
On this podcast so far, we have discussed with Entrepreneurs, VCs and Thought leaders to better understand some of the aspects of building companies.
There is another aspect of entrepreneurship which is to be a force for positive societal change.This is for this purpose that Ravi Venkatesan has created India’s Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship.
He is interviewed here by Klaus Liegener from the TUM-Venture Lab Central team.
Entrepreneurial Realities will take a break for the end of year and will be back the second week of January. We wish you wonderful end of year vacations, do recommend that you all get boosted and vaccinated and wish you an entrepreneurial happy new year.
Thanks to Dominik Reuter, for doing an amazing job as producer of the podcast.
Again thanks to the magical pianist Gabriela Montero whose unique fascinating improvisational skills have created the music of the podcast and who, like our guest Ravi Vekatesan, is both an amazing talent and a force for good.
#13 // Learn from thought student: the TUM.AI team
As a Munich-based student initiative, TUM.ai aims to have a positive impact through combining AI with entrepreneurship including their Makeathons and projects such as TUM.ai Entrepreneurship Lab in Ghana. In this episode, we talked about the exciting combination of Venture and AI, as well as the Makeathon, AI4Good, and other projects of TUM.ai with Nils Jacobsen (Team Cabalytics), Sebastian Wilhelm (Team Cabalytics), David Podolskyi (AI4Good Organizer, TUM.ai), Ekin Karabulut (Makeathon Lead, TUM.ai)!
#12 // Learn from thought leaders: Richard Tedlow and the “Rise of Charismatic Leaders”
It is not obvious that all Tech Entrepreneurs are charismatic figures like some of the greatest entrepreneurs. Many aspiring students at Munich TUM need some form of encouragement and confidence. Too many believe that their technological prowess is only what they need to succeed on their ventures.
Richard Tedlow is Professor of Business History at the Harvard Business School. Immediately after his first “retirement” from HBS, he joined the Apple University where he stayed until 2018. He is an “emeritus” Professor of both institutions.
He has published several very important History Books: the complex relation between Watson father and son at IBM , the definitive biography of Andy Grove, CEO of Intel and my personal favorite "Denial, Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face--and What to Do About It".
He speaks on his last book: The Emergence of Charismatic Business Leadership and on this podcast, discusses some of the inspiring characteristics of leading entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.
#11 // Masterclass for Entrepreneurs 2: Peter Raulerson on the “Technology Adoption LifeCycle”
Peter Raulerson is a former SW CEO - Technology Consultant. He has worked on a large number of engagements related to Go-to-Market redesigns for HW and SW Companies.
Along with former Plantronics Europe GM Jean-Claude Malraison and Antoine Leboyer, Current MD of the TUM Venture Lab for Software and AI, he has co-written Building Routes to Customers: Proven Strategies for Profitable Growth.
One of the cornerstones of the book is the framework developed by Goeffrey Moore in Crossing the Chasm which explains the various stages through which new technologies go through to be adopted by consumers.
Peter gives an introduction to this framework which is fundamental for Technology Entrepreneurs.
#10 // Learn from thought leaders: Royce Yudkoff and “entrepreneurship by acquisition”
One of the many misconceptions on Entrepreneurship is that it is linked with innovation and reserved for brilliant young graduates.
At the Harvard Business School, Professor Royce Yudkoff has done a comprehensive study of different types of entrepreneurs that, at a stage in their career, want to use their experience and position to become entrepreneurs by acquiring an existing company with their means and running it.
Our discussion centers on the dynamics of such a project, the risks, and the returns. The characteristics of these are not so different from other entrepreneurs.
And Royce’s book: HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business is recommended reading to go further.
#9 // Invest in Tech: Bill Reichert from Pegasus Tech Ventures
Bill Reichert is a founder of Garage.com, a legendary Tech investor, and a current partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures.
He is also the writer of the great and essential: "Getting to Wow!" Silicon Valley Pitches Secrets for Entrepreneurs, which is simply the best book I have read to understand how to make a strong pitch to a VC.
He speaks to us from Silicon Valley about how to make a good pitch, the current state of the Venture business, and how Covid has changed investing.
#8 // Learn from thought leaders: Bill Sahlman - What is Entrepreneurship?
Harvard Business School Emeritus Professor Bill Sahlman has run several of the most influential classes on Entrepreneurship which have inspired many entrepreneurs worldwide.
His research has had an immense influence. His book on How to write a business plan is a major classic. His case studies are being taught at TUM and in every Entrepreneurial minded university worldwide.
TUM CDTM Professor Hana Milanov teaches several of his cases for this special episode and joins us to interview Professor Sahlman.
Prof. Sahlman discusses entrepreneurship, the importance of hypothesis testing, how entrepreneurship has evolved in the last years, the value of Ventures for social progress, and being financed with VCs.
This is a major episode of our series of Entrepreneurial Realities.
(and since Pr Sahlman refers to the importance of mothers for entrepreneurs, this episode is dedicated to all mothers.)
#7 // Hear from entrepreneurs: Meet Daniel Garnitz, CEO of FAAREN
FAAREN was founded three years ago. They recently closed a significant funding round which values them in the double digits range. Daniel talks about the fundraising process, which was not an easy one, and presents valuable insights, lessons learned, and best practices for founders:
- The power of teams
- The need for resiliency
- Not over-engineering your MVP
- The value of sound domain knowledge
- and how his work as a founder has evolved
#6 // Masterclass for entrepreneurs: Best practices on “Marketing for Startups” explained by Meryll Moreau
This is a crucial episode of Entrepreneurial Realities for all startups we work with at TUM. They are very strong on technology but lack marketing experience and sensitivity but need to gain visibility and market insight to get prospects and clients.
This is a similar experience I went through personally in my former company. The person who helped us overcome this challenge and build a fantastic Marketing Engine is Meryll Moreau, my former VP of Marketing.
Meryll gives us an excellent overview of Marketing for startups which is simply essential listening for every Tech Entrepreneur.
Do not miss this podcast which will ensure you will understand the principles of Marketing for Tech Startups, how to implement them practically and how to get your startups to progress.
#5 // Invest in German Startups: an interview with Andreas Unseld from UVC
Today, we speak with Andreas Unseld, TUM Alumni and partner at UVC, on a series of topics: how he became a Venture Capitalist, what he is looking for in projects he invests in … and as always, what he is looking for is his advice to students and entrepreneurs.
Music: Gabriela Montero
#4 // Hear from entrepreneurs: Meet Martin Bitzinger
This is a follow-up to last week's podcast where we interviewed Tom Eisenmann from the Harvard Business School.
In this conclusion of our two-part series, we now turn to Martin Bitzinger. Martin is Group Vice President Product Management at Canadian Telecom Giant Mitel. He is also a TUM Alumni 2001 whose personal story you simply have to hear.
Yes, Entrepreneurship is hard and even the best entrepreneurs have failures and multiple starts, but the real Entrepreneurs learn and restart.
#3 // Learn from thought leaders: Tom Eisenmann and why startups fail
We now embark on a two-part series about the challenges of entrepreneurship.
Professor Tom Eisenmann is co-Chair of the Harvard Business School Center of Entrepreneurship.
He recently wrote an important book called Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success, which is an essential complement to the “Lean Startup”.
It looks at ventures which followed this approach and yet failed. It is a fabulous book that reminds us that failure can happen even if you are a hard-working entrepreneur. It helps identify some patterns and also explains how to "fail well" and to restart.
Entrepreneurship is hard, and studying successes and failures is a source of learning and inspiration. This will be the object of next week's podcast so stay tuned.
#2 // Hear from entrepreneurs: Meet the team behind Vyoma
In a recent edition, the Economist identified Tracking Space Debris as a fast growing business.
In this interview, we hear from Luisa Buinhas, Christoph Bamann and Stefan Frey, the three founders of Vyoma who are developing innovative solutions to tackle this topic. In detail, we hear the three founders, how they met, gained their domain expertise, and raised funding.
#1 // Challenges and Opportunities of Deeptech investment in Germany: an interview with Herbert Mangesius from Vsquared
Herbert is a TUM CDTM Alumni who has very significant expertise and experience in Deeptech investing.
He speaks about various topics, from becoming a Venture Capitalist, on the challenges and opportunities of investing on Deeptech in Germany and why he recommends students consider entrepreneurship.
#0 // The TUM Venture Labs and Entrepreneurial Realities
In this session, Dominik Reuter, Operating Director of the Software and AI Venture Lab, welcomes Philipp Gerbert, General Managing Director of the TUM Venture Labs. Philipp introduces the Venture Lab and gives an outlook on the new Podcast: Entrepreneurial Realities.
You can find more information, and contact details for each Venture Lab here: venturelabs.tum.de