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Daniel Kollmann
CEO and founder of
Junge & Kollegen

FIRST OFF, CAN YOU GIVE US A BIT OF BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am Daniel, 33 years old and based in Berlin Germany. Before becoming an entrepreneur I went to Grad School for International Relations and was with the UN and World Bank. Besides working on my companies I am most passionate about running, crossfit and travelling the world.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS.

In 2014 I co-founded a stationary service company in the health industry. Together with my co-founder who is a psychotherapist we provide different services surrounding the treatment of patients. When my friends with online businesses ask me what I do I tell them I have created an offline marketplace... Most recently I co-founded a social business to help with the current refugee crisis in Europe.

HOW DID THE IDEA FOR YOUR BUSINESS COME ABOUT?

After selling my last venture I wanted to create a company with an even more sustainable business model which would be less influenced by fast market changes.

I found that once you have certain experience as an entrepreneur, it is easier to recognise potential in ideas. A friend told me about challenges in her industry as a psychotherapist. After crunching some numbers I asked her to become my co-founder.

WHAT THREE PIECES OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS?

- Start with a small idea. It´s less of a risk, yet you will have a great learning experience
- Surround yourself with entrepreneurs
- Walls are there to keep the ones out who don´t want it badly enough

HAS EYES PLAYED ANY ROLE IN YOUR VENTURE?

EYES provides an excellent platform for exchanging ideas between entrepreneurs. When starting a new venture and bringing it up to solid speed I find it essential to get feedback from other entrepreneurs who face similar challenges.

HOW DO YOU GENERATE NEW IDEAS?

I talk to like-minded entrepreneurs and get advice from people who are experts in the field.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Keep on doing.

WHAT HABITS HELPED MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL?

Keep on doing.