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

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[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/chris-barton-shazam-rising” author=”Chris Barton: Shazam Rising” place=”2″]#2 Challenges [/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/chris-barton-shazam-rising” author=”Chris Barton: Shazam Rising” place=”3″]#3 You need great People [/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/chris-barton-shazam-rising” author=”Chris Barton: Shazam Rising” place=”4″]#4 Simplicity [/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/chris-barton-shazam-rising” author=”Chris Barton: Shazam Rising” place=”5″]#5 Delighting Users [/ypg]

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[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/roman-stanek-the-road-to-success” author=”Roman Stanek: The Road to Success” place=”7″]#1 Role Models [/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/roman-stanek-the-road-to-success” author=”Roman Stanek: The Road to Success” place=”8″]#2 What Market to Tap Into [/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/roman-stanek-the-road-to-success” author=”Roman Stanek: The Road to Success” place=”9″]#3 Scaling B2C [/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/roman-stanek-the-road-to-success” author=”Roman Stanek: The Road to Success” place=”10″]#4 Fail Fast[/ypg]

[ypg url=”https://pioneers.io/blog/roman-stanek-the-road-to-success” author=”Roman Stanek: The Road to Success” place=”11″]#5 How to Compete[/ypg]


Pioneers Ventures: Cloudo becomes first investment

Pioneers Ventures is the investment arm of Pioneers. Announcing the signing of first investment: Slovak based, cloud startup.

Pioneers sends your European Startup on the ultimate tour to grow.

Pioneers gives European Startups wings.

Is this the Future of Food?

An open-sourced approach to developing science-based food products.

The Rangelov Brothers win Pioneers Challenge 2015

Bulgarian startup Dronamics takes home the grand prize of the Pioneers Challenge at this year's Pioneers Festival.

10 Reasons Why Corporates Should Attend Pioneers Festival 2015

Need some advice why it will be a good idea for you and your corporation to join Pioneers Festival?

Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones) to DJ at afterparty

Famous for his role as Hodor in Game of Thrones the "Actor/DJ/Musician/Gadgets and Tech Nerd" Kristian Nairn will join Pioneers Festival 2015 as DJ

100 more Investors joining Pioneers Festival 2015

Now is the right time to join Pioneers Festival on May 28 - 29, Vienna, Austria.

10 Reasons Why Investors Should Attend Pioneers Festival 2015

Not sure if Pioneers Festival is for you? Let's help you here.

10 reasons why your startup should attend Pioneers Festival 2015

Not sure if Pioneers Festival is for you? Let's help you here.

Pioneers Challenge Winner Will Get €100,000

The winner of our annual startup competition at Pioneers Festival will receive a €100,000 seed investment!

Entrepreneurs: Your Invitation to Innovate with Cisco in Europe

Second Season Application Now Open – Application Deadline: April 3, 2015

Pioneers Challenge Winner 2011 closes $4.8M Funding Round!

An interview with mySugr – the rising stars in health tech.
6 question for Swedish entrepreneur and co-founder Fredrik Debong.

Let's Play! High-tech meets Gaming

The founders of Pioneers – Andreas and Juergen – showcasing Anki Drive, the most advanced racing cars on earth, combining gaming with AI and robotics!

The 1st Closing: €58 Million of Venture Capital

Speedinvest and Pioneers team up to raise the leading seed fund in Central Eastern Europe – 100 investments to be made in next 5 years!

Startup Campus Vienna opens at Pioneers HQ

Pioneers Vienna, March 3: An evening full of groundbreaking news for CEE startups and networking with the region's leading investors and startups.

Here Are the Next 5 Investors (Part II)

Investors Day 2015: DFJ Esprit, XL Health, Credo Ventures, Inventure, and Launchub complete the second batch of judges.

The First 5 Judges: Index, Balderton, Accel (Part I)

Investors Day 2015: Index Ventures, Accel Partners, HTGF, HightechXL, and Balderton Capital complete the first batch of judges.

18 Pioneering Areas We Love!

These are the areas we'd love to see disrupted by startups!

The Pioneers Startup Programs

Startups at Pioneers Festival 2015 - Here is an overview of this year's Startup Programs

Growth Hacking: Q&A with Neil Patel

Neil Patel teaches you all about growth hacking and gives you actionable tips for your business.

Surviving the Startup Life: Q&A with Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna answers all questions that remained open after his session on the Academy Stage at Pioneers Festival 2014 - watch his talk and check out his sides below.

Pioneers Challenge Winner 2014 – An Interview

An Interview with Julian Oehrlein, Co-founder and COO of Oradian, winner of the Pioneers Challenge 2014

World Premiere: AeroMobil 3.0 at Pioneers Festival

The new prototype of the flying car AeroMobil lands at the Pioneers festival in Vienna

Pioneers Brings Cisco’s EIR Program to Europe

Pioneers is extremely proud to announce our partnership with Cisco to bring their Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program to Europe.

I spent my first year absolutely paranoid

Emily Brooke about how she became a single female founder and ended up with getting Sir Richard Branson to invest in her startup.

Beef jerky potato chips: $10M to Grow Meat in Labs

Modern Meadow raises a $10M Series A with Horizons Ventures. The Brooklyn-based startup was founded in 2011 by some of the leading tissue engineers. We met up with CEO Andras Forgacs to get some exclusive insights on the deal.

Technology is supposed to make us better and faster

Michael Buckwald on how molding clay inspired the two co-founders to start Leap Motion. Michael tells us about their mission to break down the barriers between technology and humans.

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.


Pioneers Ventures: Cloudo becomes first investment

Cloudo, Pioneers Ventures

Pioneers Ventures is the investment arm of Pioneers. Announcing the signing of first investment: Slovak based, cloud startup.


Pioneers sends your European Startup on the ultimate tour to grow.

Pioneers Festival,

Pioneers gives European Startups wings.


Is this the Future of Food?

,

An open-sourced approach to developing science-based food products.


The Rangelov Brothers win Pioneers Challenge 2015

The Rangelov brothers, Founders Dronamics

Bulgarian startup Dronamics takes home the grand prize of the Pioneers Challenge at this year's Pioneers Festival.


10 Reasons Why Corporates Should Attend Pioneers Festival 2015

Corporations, Pioneers Festival 2015

Need some advice why it will be a good idea for you and your corporation to join Pioneers Festival?


Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones) to DJ at afterparty

Kristian Nairn, ''Actor/DJ/Musician/Massive WoW Gadgets and Tech Nerd''

Famous for his role as Hodor in Game of Thrones the "Actor/DJ/Musician/Gadgets and Tech Nerd" Kristian Nairn will join Pioneers Festival 2015 as DJ


100 more Investors joining Pioneers Festival 2015

VCs, BAs, CVCs, and LPs, Pioneers Festival – Investors Day

Now is the right time to join Pioneers Festival on May 28 - 29, Vienna, Austria.


10 Reasons Why Investors Should Attend Pioneers Festival 2015

Investors, Pioneers Festival 2015

Not sure if Pioneers Festival is for you? Let's help you here.


10 reasons why your startup should attend Pioneers Festival 2015

Startups, Pioneers Festival 2015

Not sure if Pioneers Festival is for you? Let's help you here.


Pioneers Challenge Winner Will Get €100,000

Pioneers Festival 2015, Startup Competition

The winner of our annual startup competition at Pioneers Festival will receive a €100,000 seed investment!


Entrepreneurs: Your Invitation to Innovate with Cisco in Europe

Mala Anand, Senior Vice President – Cisco Services Platforms Group

Second Season Application Now Open – Application Deadline: April 3, 2015


Pioneers Challenge Winner 2011 closes $4.8M Funding Round!

Fredrik Debong, Co-founder at mySugr

An interview with mySugr – the rising stars in health tech.
6 question for Swedish entrepreneur and co-founder Fredrik Debong.


Let's Play! High-tech meets Gaming

Pioneers Festival, A review and an outlook for 2015

The founders of Pioneers – Andreas and Juergen – showcasing Anki Drive, the most advanced racing cars on earth, combining gaming with AI and robotics!


The 1st Closing: €58 Million of Venture Capital

Pioneers & Speedinvest, The Leading Seed Fund in CEE

Speedinvest and Pioneers team up to raise the leading seed fund in Central Eastern Europe – 100 investments to be made in next 5 years!


Startup Campus Vienna opens at Pioneers HQ

Pioneers Vienna:, Startup Campus Opening

Pioneers Vienna, March 3: An evening full of groundbreaking news for CEE startups and networking with the region's leading investors and startups.


Here Are the Next 5 Investors (Part II)

Pioneers Festival, Investors Day 2015

Investors Day 2015: DFJ Esprit, XL Health, Credo Ventures, Inventure, and Launchub complete the second batch of judges.


The First 5 Judges: Index, Balderton, Accel (Part I)

Pioneers Festival, Investors Day 2015

Investors Day 2015: Index Ventures, Accel Partners, HTGF, HightechXL, and Balderton Capital complete the first batch of judges.


18 Pioneering Areas We Love!

The Pioneers Challenge, The verticals we look for.

These are the areas we'd love to see disrupted by startups!


The Pioneers Startup Programs

Startup Programs, Pioneers Festival 2015

Startups at Pioneers Festival 2015 - Here is an overview of this year's Startup Programs


Growth Hacking: Q&A with Neil Patel

Neil Patel, Co-founder at CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics

Neil Patel teaches you all about growth hacking and gives you actionable tips for your business.


Surviving the Startup Life: Q&A with Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna, CEO coach and CEO at Reboot.io

Jerry Colonna answers all questions that remained open after his session on the Academy Stage at Pioneers Festival 2014 - watch his talk and check out his sides below.


Pioneers Challenge Winner 2014 – An Interview

Julian Oehrlein, Co-founder and COO at Oradian

An Interview with Julian Oehrlein, Co-founder and COO of Oradian, winner of the Pioneers Challenge 2014


World Premiere: AeroMobil 3.0 at Pioneers Festival

Stefan Klein, Co-founder Aeromobil

The new prototype of the flying car AeroMobil lands at the Pioneers festival in Vienna


Pioneers Brings Cisco’s EIR Program to Europe

Cisco EIR, Pioneers Festival Startup Programs

Pioneers is extremely proud to announce our partnership with Cisco to bring their Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program to Europe.


I spent my first year absolutely paranoid

Emily Brooke, Founder and CEO at Blaze

Emily Brooke about how she became a single female founder and ended up with getting Sir Richard Branson to invest in her startup.


Beef jerky potato chips: $10M to Grow Meat in Labs

Andras Forgacs, Co-founder and Chief Executive at Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow raises a $10M Series A with Horizons Ventures. The Brooklyn-based startup was founded in 2011 by some of the leading tissue engineers. We met up with CEO Andras Forgacs to get some exclusive insights on the deal.


Technology is supposed to make us better and faster

Michael Buckwald, Founder and CEO at Leap Motion

Michael Buckwald on how molding clay inspired the two co-founders to start Leap Motion. Michael tells us about their mission to break down the barriers between technology and humans.


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.