Entrepreneur In the Spothlight

MICHAEL WEBER
CO-FOUNDER OF SWISS INSURETECH MYLUCY

"After banking I also recognized a job or business cannot be the sole purpose – at least for me. For me stagnation is death, so always trying out new things".

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Simon specka

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF ZENMATE

"In regards to starting I’d say a really rigorous market assessment is key. Fundamentally I think by now: Market > Team > Idea, and therefore a lot of time should go into analyzing the market of your future business first. What makes me happy? Winning".

Vincent Karremans

FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR AT MAGNET.ME

"I founded a start-up when I was in university and we're now changing the way students find their dream job in two countries. My best piece of advice to someone who is just starting out is: Keep on learning and stick to your guns".

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WilL Nathan

CO-FOUNDER OF HOMEPOLISH AND FOUNDER OF THE CURRENT MUSEUM OF ART

"The ability to inspire creativity, increase beauty in people’s lives, and foster talented teams is what I enjoy most about what I do. My greatest inspiration has been David Bowie. In his words, "my policy has been that as soon as a system or process works, it's out of date."

Willem Kesteloo

CO-FOUNDER PHYSEE

"My curiosity lead me to physics. Both its philosophical nature and its analytical framework offer me perspective on things I don't yet understand.  We created and patented a technology that allows us to produce power in an economical, ecological and aesthetical way. I wish I knew that it is alright not to know everything before you start.

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Evan Wray

CO-FOUNDER OF SWYFT MEDIA

"I love the daily challenge and competitive nature of business. I’ve been an athlete my entire life and business and entrepreneurship is the ultimate competitive game. I love that I can wake up every day to do something I love and employ hundreds of people along the way".

Deniss Kairans

PARTNER, MANAGING DIRECTOR COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

"Last year, I started a company that offers property management services. Colliers is more about advising, brokerage, sales, investment transactions, whereas property management is something totally new. For example, five years ago you didn’t see all of these co working companies, which are really changing the market. There is quite a bit of innovation to keep up with".

Matthias Cuypers

CO-FOUNDER & COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR AT EFECTIV

"Entrepreneurs must have the persistence and creativity to overcome setbacks and to learn from them. Otherwise they won’t stay in the game for long".

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Filip Smet

CEO INTERHOST SOLUTIONS

"Back when we were still studying we thought “hey, studying alone isn’t exciting enough, let’s actually do something more hands-on.” My goal was to launch a meaningful and enduring company, so if someone had told me I would accomplish all of this, I would have probably been satisfied. But life is boring when you know the outcome".

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Alejandro Venegas Fontiveros

CEO MASTER FRANCHISE THE LITTLE GYM

"I have founded and managed four business startups over the last 7 years, across four different industries and three countries. My "Why" is to honorably inspire and enable people to reach their highest potential. The best advice I have ever been given is not to listen to family or friends if deep inside this is what I felt I was born to do, if this felt like the right path for me".

Fernando Sucre

CEO OF COMPARAMEJOR

"At the EYES even in Munich we started discussing different ecommerce ideas for Latam, one of which was comparison sites. My ideas usually come up in a conversation or at an unexpected moment, e.g in the shower. This happens when you’re constantly thinking about your business".

Jorge Gonzalez-Iglesias

CO-FOUNDER BLUEMOVE

"I am constantly thinking about building businesses... And whenever I have an idea that I think could have value, I write it down in my secret blue book! By now it has pages and pages of cool things that could be done. One of the habits that has helped me become successful is: focus on people that love and like you. Forget about the ones’ that don't; no one is meant to be liked by all, so don’t panic about it".

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Daniel Kollmann

CEO AND FOUNDER OF JUNGE & KOLLEGEN

"When my friends with online businesses ask me what I do I tell them I have created an offline marketplace... I found that once you have certain experience as an entrepreneur, it is easier to recognize potential in ideas".

Tarek Mueller, Nils Seebach, Alexander Graf

FOUNDERS OF ETRIBES

Nils actually met Alex on an EYES sailing trip. Alex eventually introduced him to Tarek and since these three EYES members have been building businesses together. They like to say: find a problem; have an idea. Expose yourself to many, many new industries, client problems and you will get a lot of inspiration.