Startup Kitchen is a community supporting founders who operate early-stage technology companies who are overlooked and provide them resources, network, a safe place, and connections to scale their business. We put startup founders together with investment analysts, associates, and talented students curious about innovation, entrepreneurship, and networking in the CEE region. We are demystifying the Venture Capital. It's not Rocket Science. It's about people.
#17: Harvey Ma, founder at Aedge Ventures, about sneakerhead, 1st step when scaling to APAC or common mistakes EU / USA startups do when scaling to Asia
49:39Harvey Ma, Ex Rocket Internet, now founder at Aedge Ventures and Managing Partner at BlackStorm Consulting with experiences from Silicon Valley, Taiwan, and Mainland China. And sneakerhead. What should be the 1st step when scaling to APAC? How deep should the founder study the complexity of loucal soup & entaglend relationships and historical grudges? Would Rocket Internet’ ctrl-c & ctrl-v startup model work today? What businesses stand a chance in Mainland China? Is it tech? What are the common mistakes EU / USA startups do when scaling to Asia? Is turtle soup any good? Listen to find out!
#16: Zoe Reich (Octopus Ventures) and 50M DeepTech fund, her own exit, volcanology and mountain climbing
31:42🧗♀️ How many VCs do you know are mountain climbers? And how many of them are competitive weightlifters? 🏋♀️🌋 Last question: How many of them studied volcanology?Sounds improbable? 🙌 Then meet our next precious guest; Zoë Reich from Octopus Ventures in London! She's an experienced VC investor, successfully exited her own startup (hint crypto market), did research on the Science, Research and Innovation Department at the British Government and now manages a 50M EUR fund focused on DeepTech.💥 That's Zoe Reich! And you may look forward to our next Startup Kitchen Talk with Katerina Syslova, directly from London.
#15: Marvin Liao (Diaspora Ventures) and Jan Krahulík (DEPO Ventures) about CEE startups still aspiring for the “big fish in a small pond”
44:48Why should guinea pigs be careful around Marvin and Jan?Are CEE startups still aspiring for the “big fish in a small pond” award?How does the rolling fund roll out?Why does Marvin think VCs didn’t learn a thing? What mistakes do they repeat like guinea piggies in a wheel?What are the unsexy verticals VCs overlook?Are Jan or Marvin Assholes? Listen to the latest episode with Marvin Liao from Diaspora Ventures and Jan Krahulik from Depo Ventures hosted by our Katerina Syslova.
#14: Technology Incubation and Czechinvest (Matous Kostlivy) helping Czech startups, represented by Tolgee (Jan Cizmar)
1:14:12Grandma asks why her kitchen robot isn’t an AI: and Matous Kostlivy, director of AI Hub, and Jan Cizmar, founder of an AI startup, answer. What is the difference between this and the previous meta and crypto hypes? Is there an AI winter coming...ever?Do we need Erupean ChatGPT? Or has that ship already sailed? Why is state support crucial? Isn’t private money enough? How does Technologicka inkubace works with startups? Was longboarding ever really cool? What will the festival Dny AI bring? That and much more in our podcast with Matous Kostlivy from CzechInvest, Jan Cizmar from Tolgee, and our own Katerina Syslova.
#13: Startup Cinema & Theranos: Blood, Money and Ego Event
1:24:00Tento díl našeho podcastu bude speciální, jedná o záznam z našeho eventu #Startup Cinema s podtitulem Theranos: Blood, Money and Ego, kde jsme nejen hledali recept na úspěch, ale také se pídili po tom, proč se tolik lidí Theranos polívkou otrávilo. Do panelu přijali pozvání Honza Husták z Hustakomunkejšn (který nám podal úhel pohledu PRisty), Ondřej Zemek ze Sparring Legal (úhel pohledu právníka), Petr Štěpánek z Macromo (úhel pohledu Foundera) a v neposlední řadě také Jana Dusheke ze Seed Starteru České Spořitelny (úhel pohledu VC investora). Celým panelem i večerem nás provedla Kateřina Syslová a my tímto děkujeme více jak 225 účastníkům, kteří se akce zúčastnili! Užijte si poslech a zjistěte si svou krevní skupinu :)
#12: Peter Lasinger (3VC) about managing the largest Series A-focused fund in Austria, multinational team and beer.
52:38Managing the largest Series A-focused fund in Austria of €150m – investing in the CEE and DACH region – why didn’t they (like Pet Shop Boys) GO WEST? With several investments in Czech companies (GAMEE or TATUM) and leading a diverse team of 8 nationalities, Peter Lasinger sees the regional (startup) cooking differences. He knows who has the best food & beer. Are we experiencing a Bear or just a Teddy-Bear market? Listen to our podcast hosted by our @Kateřina Syslová to learn how “8-tish” due diligence feels and what talents are homogenous VCs missing.
#11: Adam Kocik about the Perfect-looking Investment, NYC Subway and Hyped Investors
1:05:08Who is hungrier: New York City subway’ rats or a hyped investor? Listen to our newest Startup Kitchen Talk with Adam Kocik from J&T Ventures to find out! What is J&T Venture’s relationship with their bank mothership? Do they cook independently? Why do they have a “Rest in Peace” page? Where was Adam on 9/11? Why could “a perfect-looking investment” mean a red flag? We also chat about M&A, MBA, and MMA. What a podcast goal!
#10: Kristýna Minářová o startupech v korporátech, oxymorónech, štikách i převodovkách
50:24Banka konající pro společnost, nikoli pro zisk - je to oxymoron, nebo vůbec ne? Pusťte si náš nejnovější podcast s Kristýnou Minářovou a dovíte se třeba: Proč je někdy v korporátu dobře a občas prší? Co se musí stát, aby se země/instituce pohnula? Jak se bude jmenovat startupové oddělení Raiffaisenbank? Jako rybník, takový fintech. Jak to mají jinde? Je nějaká výšková hranice pro bankomat? Poslechněte si a pak nám dejte vědět, jestli jste v tématu work-life balance spíše Kristýna, nebo Ondra Bartoš!
#9: Ondrej Bartos (2nd Part) about VC sheeps, deceptive founders, and better to burn out (than to fade away)
58:13Do investors make “Woo” or “Baa”? ? In Part 2 of our podcast with Ondrej Bartos, we furtherly discuss the ZOO of CEE startup ecosystems.How is the Bear doing? Is he staying long?How to let down your investor - examples included.Downsizing of your fund – clever move or a lack of LP money?How superficial is the unicorn hunt, and what rising stars is Ondrej sorry he missed?Was it possible to “burn out” in the 90s, and what would Curt Cobain think?Listen to Ondrej Bartos’s podcast, part 2, with our Kate Syslova.
#8: Ondrej Bartos (1st Part) about Unicorn–Kentaurs, hypes, and the dark side of startup incentives
56:21Ondrej Bartos, the devil, and angel, the father of the CEE startup ecosystem. He doesn’t want to be called Gordon Ramsay of the Startup Kitchen and doesn’t like flat white, yoga, and European Investment Fund money. Founder of Credo Ventures, who prefers questions instead of answering them, joined our podcast to answer some nevertheless. This episode is the 1st part of our unusually high 2-episode-long talk about CEE startup history and Ondrej’s views on life, the kitchen, and everything. Listen and find out;Should we count VC’s life in human or dog years?How did this sector of fresh ideas change since 2010?Why does Ondrej despise public money incentives?How does Credo’s silver bullet work, and why is that a stupid name?What is startup Kentaur and what did Ondrej eat in college? Listen to Ondrej Bartos’s podcast, part 1, with our Kate Syslova.