Creating the next ground breaking venture is challenging. It’s fast. Demanding. A roller coaster ride.
There are as many milestones as there are road blocks. But luckily there are pioneers to learn from.
Here we share their stories and insights – told by themselves.

pioneers
Creating the next ground breaking venture is challenging.
It’s fast, it’s demanding. Luckily there are pioneers to learn from.
Here they share their stories and insights.
pioneers

The most important thing is to build a brand

Urska Srsen, founder of Bellabeat and Pioneers Festival Challenge winner 2013, raises $4.5 million from Silicon Valley angels. With us she talks about the life of their million-dollar-baby, joining YC, and taking Europe to the US.

I hired my own boss to run Shazam

Chris Barton – Founder of Shazam, former Google, today Dropbox – on hiring a CEO to run the company he founded and why he has no regrets about leaving Shazam before it really took off in the App Store.

Rule #1: Know your factory owner

Cyril on setting up the first hardware accelerator in China, cultural differences and why Shenzhen is the best place on earth for hardware.

Startups are the greatest change agent in the world

Adam Cheyer on the power of founding companies. Adam talks to us about how he got into programming, his first prototype of Siri twenty years ago and why he started three companies at the same time.

Only the paranoid survive

Roman Stanek on the value of having a ‘shared vision’, providing perspective and battling through tough times.

Hustling as my superhuman power

Steli Efti on sales, the pain of rejection, and why he tried yet failed to stop a large enterprise to buying his product.

Producing in China is not actually cheaper

Stephen Lake shares his insights on starting a hardware startup and developing the next level of human computer interaction.


The most important thing is to build a brand

Urska Srsen, Founder and COO of Bellabeat

Urska Srsen, founder of Bellabeat and Pioneers Festival Challenge winner 2013, raises $4.5 million from Silicon Valley angels. With us she talks about the life of their million-dollar-baby, joining YC, and taking Europe to the US.


I hired my own boss to run Shazam

Chris Barton, Founder of Shazam

Chris Barton – Founder of Shazam, former Google, today Dropbox – on hiring a CEO to run the company he founded and why he has no regrets about leaving Shazam before it really took off in the App Store.


Rule #1: Know your factory owner

Cyril Ebersweiler, Visionary Punk, Founder at HAXLR8R

Cyril on setting up the first hardware accelerator in China, cultural differences and why Shenzhen is the best place on earth for hardware.


Startups are the greatest change agent in the world

Adam Cheyer, Founder of Siri

Adam Cheyer on the power of founding companies. Adam talks to us about how he got into programming, his first prototype of Siri twenty years ago and why he started three companies at the same time.


Only the paranoid survive

Roman Stanek, Founder and CEO GoodData

Roman Stanek on the value of having a ‘shared vision’, providing perspective and battling through tough times.


Hustling as my superhuman power

Steli Efti, CEO Elastic Inc.

Steli Efti on sales, the pain of rejection, and why he tried yet failed to stop a large enterprise to buying his product.


Producing in China is not actually cheaper

Stephen Lake, CEO Thalmic

Stephen Lake shares his insights on starting a hardware startup and developing the next level of human computer interaction.