The #MakerZone | Fintech & Corporate Innovation Podcast
B2B Software Startups: You Have to Dig in and Work! (w/Oliver Freigang, Founder Qashqade)

B2B Software Startups: You Have to Dig in and Work! (w/Oliver Freigang, Founder Qashqade)

January 28, 2021

Oliver Freigang, co-founder Qashqade is the only person I know who exited a corporate startup from one of the world’s largest banks for a $nine-figure number and lived to tell the tale. Founders like this are a special breed, having transcended the corporate minefield and brought their own personal leadership up to an industry level.

Qashqade is the digital backbone for fund managers to compute extremely complex carry, waterfall and valuation models 100% accurately. This team regularly find million-dollar errors in their very first client test, ones the audit firms missed. As a fund manager, you should care about getting this right since your paycheck and business model depends on it.

My prediction: Qashqade will blow up because of 1. a focused, experienced founding team, 2. a great product the market is pulling for, and 3. the right timing as the private investment industry explodes this decade.

Red Planet Ventures is a private accelerator for founders that secures angel investment, validates product-market fit and exits to Series A in 18-24 months.

What’s Better to Write a Book or do a TED Talk?⎜#MakerZone EP.55 (w/ Bryan Mattimore, Co-Founder@GrowthEngine)

What’s Better to Write a Book or do a TED Talk?⎜#MakerZone EP.55 (w/ Bryan Mattimore, Co-Founder@GrowthEngine)

December 10, 2020

If you’re launching any type of new business in 2021:

✅ You can write a Book

✅ You can get on Webinars

✅ You can do a TED Talk

💰💰But it’s about how you use that content to engage and promote your network that leads to doing actual business.

Today’s episode features Bryan Mattimore Co-Founder @Growth Engine with the secrets to business growth hacking using your original thought leadership as a toolset to generate sales.

Bryan says, Two valid reasons to write a book are:

👩🏼‍🏫 I want to share original thought leadership

👩🏽‍💻 I want to scale my contribution to exponentially more people

Two tips on the book-writing process are:

📢 Write 35 articles and sign a publisher

🎧 Cover a diverse set topics that can become your eventual customer services

He also says Be open-source, actively seek partners and mix up skills. Do not worry about your own intellectual property. “The more IP you share and thought leadership you get out there, the more work you’re going to have.”

“Covid will be seen a great creative renaissance.” Where people took the time at home to write down their thought leadership and this will propel us for decades to come.

“Solving Impossible Business Challenges” is the next book coming-soon from Bryan Mattimore so be sure to follow him on LinkedIn for news.

By David Bruno, Venture Partner at Red Planet Venture, we help 1st-time founders secure angel funding ($150-750k) and create demand for product sales.

📆 Free consultations Mon & Fri 8am-1pmEST:  https://meetings.hubspot.com/superdave

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Could Blockchain Help Solve the Gun Crisis? ⎜#MakerZone EP.54

Could Blockchain Help Solve the Gun Crisis? ⎜#MakerZone EP.54

January 4, 2020

No matter where you stand on gun safety, gun control, gun violence or guns in general, this article presents some fresh thinking material, by addressing an intractable societal problem through the neutral lens of technology. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with David Noble, Director of UConn Werth Institute for Innovation and Co-Founder at GunClear. This team founded out of UConn’s innovation space envisions a world in which we actually have privacy in the internet. To them, GunClear is even bigger than gun safety. It is about personal privacy and freedom. 

My name is David Bruno, I build things as entrepreneur and startup coach.

Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno

Music by Melvins - "Youth of America" .

To learn more, see:

- The Trace "ATF Non-searchable databases"

- ABC news "Here's Why the Government Can't Study of Gun Violence"

- GQ "Inside the Bureau of Way Too Many Guns"

Video version of this episode available at https://youtu.be/8hFdHXRP6ec

Should you quit your job to start a business? ⎜#MakerZone EP.53

Should you quit your job to start a business? ⎜#MakerZone EP.53

November 26, 2019

Summary: People in their 40s and 50s inside corporations have built up tremendous domain expertise and in combination with new technologies and business models they are well-positioned to still do some pretty incredible things. This article will help manage your Professional Pivot like a boss.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno

Startup Funding Options: How to Find first Angel Investors and Venture Capital ⎜#MakerZone EP.52

Startup Funding Options: How to Find first Angel Investors and Venture Capital ⎜#MakerZone EP.52

December 13, 2018

What is the path to raising funding for your startup? How can you find suitable angel investors? How does the founder and angel team transition into venture capital investment? Business transformation expert and startup coach Matt Lanfear, PhD takes us through the process, from your first founding capital (family & friends) to angel investors (local networks and stages) to your first venture capital round.
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This is the MakerZone podcast with more than 50 episodes to-date, a colourful look at what's happening in FinTech and how we are building a new world of finance. Subscribe to get new monthly episodes in 2019 - I feature real makers, founders and wisdom in 10-minute digestible lessons.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music: “Back to da Awe” by Luc and Doc via Freemusicarchive

How to start a Startup from inside a Corporation: Staying Positive! | #MakerZone EP.51

How to start a Startup from inside a Corporation: Staying Positive! | #MakerZone EP.51

November 28, 2018

How to start a Startup from inside a Corporation: Staying Positive! | #MakerZone EP.51

In 2016 senior insurance executive Kai Kunze was told he was part of the past and would have to seek another job. By 2018 he was being called startup hero and CEO of the future company. What happened in only two years that could make such a personal turnaround possible? Kai's story is one of positivity, of staying ahead of change, and ultimately of forming a talented team and listening very carefully to customers to create an entirely new market for one of the world's oldest products. Here are Kai's key lessons learned in building Lings, the fastest-growing insurance company in Switzerland.

Here's the truth: Corporations can be a fantastic source of innovation and startups. It's the job of senior management to strip away layers of complexity, blockers, politics and to create a safe environment culturally to unlock that potential. Your talented people will shine through and do the rest for you!

Here’s what Banks and FinTechs need to know about working together in the Cloud⎜#MakerZone EP.50

Here’s what Banks and FinTechs need to know about working together in the Cloud⎜#MakerZone EP.50

November 21, 2018

Today I am joined by Marcel Holdener, Head IT Innovation & Digital and Henrik Czurda, Head Bank driven Innovation, both at SIX Group. Their views crystallise the key things FinTech founders need to know about working with banks and choosing which cloud services to use for what parts of their business.
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If you like what you heard - please Subscribe to MakerZone! I am a venture builder advising Fintech startups on working with banks, and with banks who are accelerating their pace of change by leveraging new business models.

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You are most welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music: Chris Zabriskie “There’s Probably No Time” via FreeMusicArchive

EP.49 How Programmers can use APIs to create New Web Services in Banking and Finance ⎜#MakerZone

EP.49 How Programmers can use APIs to create New Web Services in Banking and Finance ⎜#MakerZone

November 15, 2018

How are APIs, Open Interfaces and Personal Data Regulation Changing the Future of Banking and Financial Services? An interview with Dejan Juric, ETH Computer Scientist and Head Connectivity at SIX Banking Services - Europe's largest financial services infrastructure provider.
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My name is David Bruno and I am an entrepreneur, startup coach and investor.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno

Startup Couples: Should you Start a Business together? Important Relationship Advice for Founders⎜#MakerZone EP.48

Startup Couples: Should you Start a Business together? Important Relationship Advice for Founders⎜#MakerZone EP.48

November 7, 2018

EP.48 Should you Startup a Business as a Couple?⎜#MakerZone

They met in France
They moved to Poland
They started a business
They got engaged
They traveled the world 
They lived for months in a van
All while running a business
…What Happened Next?

I don’t know exactly when "Couples Who Do Startups" got to be a thing but it seems to be pretty commonplace. Today’s episode explores the phenomenon - Are Startups a warmup to kids? What titles should you give each other? How (or should you even) separate business and personal life?  This and more with a young couple who lived through the highs and lows and survived it: Together.

EP.47 Pitching vs. Presenting (for Startup Founders)⎜#MakerZone

EP.47 Pitching vs. Presenting (for Startup Founders)⎜#MakerZone

May 16, 2018

To All Startup Founders! At some point you will be on a stage and have to make a "pitch". This is not a "presentation" as you learned in school or see on TEDx talks, its a sales opportunity. You need to understand who is sitting there, what their organization and personal goals are - and directly make a pitch to them to do something specific that you've thought through / researched beforehand. Here's how to win that next sales meeting - in only 6 minutes.
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My name is David Bruno. I create jobs by building new companies. I currently work at SIX (Swiss Stock Exchange) as Head Company Builder and as a hands-on Coach at F10, a startup Accelerator in Zurich. I also work with nViso, an AI startup based in Switzerland with offices in US, Australia and Japan. I formerly was Head Innovation at the world's largest wealth manager.
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Twitter: twitter.com/@SuperDaveBruno
LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/david-bruno
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Music by Jahzzar - "Please Listen Carefully" via https://freemusicarchive

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