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Bootstrapping a Decacorn on $15k with Celonis CEO Alexander Rinke

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Last week, we sat down with Alex Rinke (, Co-founder & Co-CEO of Celonis, to explore how AI and automation are transforming business operations at large enterprises.

Celonis is the pioneer of "process mining" - the technology that uses graph databases, AI, and automation to analyze processes, find inefficiencies and their root causes, and solve them.

Most recently valued at $13B, Celonis is one of the most valuable startups globally. But Alexander and his two co-founders started Celonis while still in college on a $15,000 budget.

In this conversation, we talked about the early days of Celonis, how Alex acquired his first enterprise clients without inside industry connections, how Celonis navigates go-to-market for a product with an expansive scope, and much more.


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00:00 - Intro

02:02 - What is Process Mining?

05:20 - How Celonis got started

07:42 - “We had our first prototype in three weeks”

09:36 - Pivotal partnership with ACP

12:12 - How did Celonis find product-market-people fit?

14:14 - Penetrating the global market

16:19 - Technical deep dive into the Celonis’ product

19:29 - Celonis finds process gaps completely automatically

21:15 - Who is the average user of Celonis inside companies?

22:11 - How Celonis uses Generative AI

24:54 - Acquisition of Symbio

25:56 - How to keep the fire of innovation inside the team?

27:49 - How to bring a very horizontal product to market?

32:24 - Scaling yourself as a leader

34:15 - Glimpse into the future of Celonis

35:37 - Outro

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