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The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation

Host Andrew Berkowitz interviews startup founders, ecosystem builders, investors, emerging market players, and economic development thought leaders about the startup ecosystems in their cities.
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Aug 29, 2017

Say hello to Rune Thiell, CEO and Co-founder of the Rockstart accelerator in Amsterdam. Rockstart, one of Europe's first multi-vertical startup accelerators, was founded in Amsterdam in 2011 with a goal to provide startups with access to the market, capital, knowledge, and community. Since then Rockstart has become the specialist in building entire ecosystems around specific domains—such as Digital Health, Smart Energy, and Artificial Intelligence. Rockstart is actively building up entrepreneurial infrastructures around the world with its acceleration verticals, as well as early-stage startup programs, Rockstart Impact and Rockstart Launchtrack. Since the inception, Rockstart has invested in more than 100 startups and supported them in their journey to raise more than €45 million and hire more than 600 people. Rockstart is an international team of 40+ professionals dedicated to support and empower startups to become scalable and change their world for the better.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

With Oracle’s acquisition of Wercker, Rockstart now has 5 alumni startups that have been acquired, how has perception and the attention towards deal flow coming out of Amsterdam changed since Rune started Rockstart?

What different traits of the leadership team does Rune think are needed in the early stage vs later stage as the company's scale?

What lessons has Rune learned when it comes to hiring during a state of hyper growth at Rockstart?

What has Rune the most excited when looking forward at the next couple years in Amsterdam tech?

Aug 22, 2017

Say hello to Eitan Bienstock, Founder and CEO of Everything IoT. Eitan is an experienced executive, investor and entrepreneur. He founded Everything IoT in 2015 to provide focus and global perspective for the Internet of Things in Australia. With the mission to propel IoT innovation, Everything IoT quickly became a global platform for IoT innovation connecting corporates with startups. Before founding Everything IoT, Eitan spent over 20 years working for fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms, incubators as well as founding couple of startups in Israel, the US and Australia. An ex Intel Capital, Eitan is highly involved in the Australian startup ecosystem as an investor, mentor and startup builder. A recipient of the “Intel Achievement Award”, he was responsible for the development and management of Intel Israel’s incubator program in the late 90’s that resulted in 100’s Million dollars of economic value to the participating companies and a successful NASDAQ IPO ((NVMI). Eitan was Israel rowing champion for a period of 10 years competing in world championships. Currently, he lives in Sydney Australia often enjoying his morning's paddle on Sydney's beautiful harbor.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

Does Eitan see IOT companies as disruptors similar to Uber or Airbnb or does he think partnership with incumbents will be the pathway to success for IOT startups?

What are Eitan’s thoughts on the current market opportunity of consumer IOT vs. B2B?

With this next wave of companies, IOT, drones, etc. What does Eitan think is the appropriate level of regulatory involvement by governments?

What’s an up and coming startup scene in Australia that the rest of the world might not know about?

Aug 15, 2017

Say hello to Kago Kagichiri, CEO and Co-founder at Eneza Education. Kago is an internet-less space advocate, having built technologies for last mile mobile handsets. Eneza Education is preparing the next generation of leaders in rural Africa. They deliver affordable, high quality education as interactive lessons, live tutoring and a gamified personal experience to over 1.8M learners irrespective of the mobile device they own in their home. Eneza's learners access nationally aligned primary and secondary, financial and teacher training content for as little as $0.50 per month.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How does user acquisition for Eneza differ between a market like Nairobi and more rural parts of Kenya?

With the speed of innovation happening in African education, what does Kago see as the future of education in Africa? Will Edtech be a collaborative or a competitive force?

How was Kago’s experience raising capital from Impact Funds different than the Venture Capital he’s raised

What have been some of the toughest challenges Kago faced while scaling to African countries outside of Kenya?

Aug 8, 2017

Meet Bill Liao, entrepreneur, philanthropist, diplomat and author, is a co-founder of the social network service XING and CEO of Finaxis AG, a privately held company in the financial services industry. Bill is a special diplomatic envoy for St Kitts and Nevis, with a special interest in sustainable development and the environment. He is also founder and co-ordinator of Neo.org, a global citizenship initiative, and WeForest, which will reforest twenty million square kilometers of stripped land. Bill is dedicated to the vision that business and enterprise, conducted fairly and with respect for the environment, can and will create a better environment for work, life and the world that we all share. This vision is captured in his book: Stone Soup; a Secret Recipe for Making Something from Nothing. Bill Liao is also a European Venture Partner at SOSV, and a co-founder of Coder Dojo.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

As a founder, what value do I get from a specialized VC like a Biotech or Fintech focused fund that I might not get from a more general fund?

How is investing in Biotech Startups different than software or hardware, and what are the important KPI’s in the industry?

Besides Ireland’s corporate tax rate of just 12.5% why does Bill think a large amount of Silicon Valley’s Unicorn are so attracted to Ireland when opening up their international offices?

How are the Cork and Dublin scenes different and which is the bigger ecosystem?

 

 

Aug 1, 2017

Meet Karen Boers, founder of the European Startup Network and Startups.be. Karen holds a degree in German philology and started her career with View Interim. She went from an interim consultant to office manager and HR consultant, before making the transition to iMinds (formerly IBBT) in 2005. In January 2013, Karen joined forces with Dirk Peusens and became fully self-employed. She now specialized in team dynamics and organizational development from a people angle. She believes allowing teams to develop while working efficiently and effectively towards a common goal is a key success factor that is all too often overlooked. That’s exactly why Karen is also actively involved in Startups.be, as a founder and managing director, developing this non-profit organization into a unique platform allowing tech starters to meet coaches, investors and all kinds of experts who can help them jumpstart their business. She is also a certified Pimento Map consultant.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What’s the current sentiment towards failure in the Belgium business culture?

What are some of the common challenges that all entrepreneurs face when scaling across Europe outside of their home markets?

What does Karen think is the best way for European countries to encourage and catalyze angel investment into their tech ecosystems?

What sort of things are Europe’s startup community leaders doing to move their communities forward?

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