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December 15, 2020

Startup Stereo Episode #05 – Culture of Failure – With Dirk Schart and Julian Leitloff

Written by German Accelerator

In this episode #05 of “Startup Stereo,” we talked to German Accelerator Alumni Dirk Schart, CMO & President U.S. of RE’FLEKT, and Julian Leitloff, Founder & CEO of Fractal about the culture of failure. In our conversation, they highlight the various angles, their learnings, and opportunities around failure. As Julian summarizes “Failure is only failure if you stop doing it, before that it’s learning!”

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November 18, 2020

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes – Learning From Failure

Written by German Accelerator

As part of our mini-series on the culture of failure, we spoke to Dirk Schart, CMO and President U.S. of RE’FLEKT who participated in our program in 2016. He shared his insights on working with German Accelerator mentors and the importance of having the proper mindset, both as an individual and as a society, when it comes to learning from failures.

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September 10, 2020

Startup Stereo Episode #04 – “Every Breakdown Is the Opportunity for a Breakthrough” – With Andy Goldstein

Written by German Accelerator

In this episode of “Startup Stereo,” Andy Goldstein shares his personal perception of crises – or as he calls them “breakdowns.” According to him, every breakdown is the opportunity for a breakthrough! We also talk about pitfalls entrepreneurs might face and tips for founders to successfully steer their business through a crisis. Towards the end of the conversation, we look at digital transformations and Andy’s personal experience as an American living in Europe for more than 35 years.

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September 8, 2020

Top 10 Tips for First-Time Leaders

Written by Katrin Grunwald

Taking over your first team can be quite a challenge: You have more responsibility, can encounter new uncertainties, question if you can handle the workload, and might feel like you need to know everything from day one. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Katrin Grunwald, a fempreneur herself and coach for first-time leaders, shares her top 10 recommendations for a successful start for your first leadership role. 

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July 30, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions

Written by German Accelerator

Florian Otto (Cedar) | Ignoring Assumptions – How Cedar Closed a $102M Series C During the Height of COVID-19 (Part 2) Florian Otto, Co-Founder & CEO of Cedar recently shared his journey from wanting to become a maxillofacial surgeon to founding a successful patient payment and engagement platform for hospitals and health systems in New York. In part two of this Coffee Session, Florian shared with Christian Busch, Program CEO of German Accelerator New York, insights about Cedar’s successful Series-C led by Andreessen Horowitz despite COVID-19, how to nourish investor relationships, the mentors alongside him, and his guiding principles as a leader.

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July 28, 2020

Managing the Coronavirus’ Impact on Your Startup: A Founder & Investor’s Perspective

Written by Sheena Cheong

Key Tips on Fundraising, Building a Business Continuity Plan, and Identifying Positive Opportunities | With startups shifting to survival mode as the coronavirus uncertainty grows, German Accelerator mentor Dr. Sian Wee Tan addresses questions from our startups around fundraising, business continuity plans, and key risk mitigation strategies. Dr. Sian is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Finaxar (a Monk’s Hill Ventures portfolio company that is reinventing business financing for small-and-medium enterprises) and Operating Advisor at Monk’s Hill Ventures (a partnership of seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies based both in Silicon Valley and Asia).

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April 7, 2020

Startup Stereo Episode #01 – Why Receiving Feedback Can Feel Like Going to the Dentist – With Jenny von Podewils

Written by German Accelerator

The very first episode of German Accelerator’s podcast “Startup Stereo” is live! In episode #01, Jenny von Podewils, Co-Founder of Leapsome, a platform for people enablement, shares her insights on the importance of feedback and how meaningful reviews can serve as rocket fuel for both learning and a healthy company culture.

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March 25, 2020

Survival Tips for Your Startup in an Uncertain Economy

Written by Sheena Cheong

Navigating the Repercussions Caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak. Nicolas Keravec, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Internet Holding Group & #GAmentor, shares his experiences and advice to help startups navigate through the current economic uncertainty due to the widespread impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Here are his top five risk mitigation strategies for startups around the globe to consider.

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March 19, 2020

How a Woman From Stuttgart Built a Global Community For Female Entrepreneurs: Meet Anne Cocquyt, Founder of The GUILD and #GAmentor

Written by German Accelerator

“The entrepreneurial journey is an exciting journey. It’s a rollercoaster with many ups and downs – be prepared, stay excited, and enjoy the ride.” Anne Cocquyt, serial entrepreneur and German Accelerator mentor, shares what it’s like to work in a male-dominated world and how she founded the GUILD, a global networking platform for female innovators and entrepreneurs.

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March 12, 2020

More Talent, Less Gender

Written by Judith Sterl

A Male Feminist and Executive Search Consultant on Glass Ceilings and Gender Disparities
Harald Fortmann is a digital expert, executive search consultant, entrepreneur, and author who chooses to support and write about female leaders and new work topics. This interview gives us a male perspective on gender bias and concrete tips on how men can support women in business.

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March 4, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions with Sophie Chung

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Sophie Chung, MD (Qunomedical) | Democratizing Access to High-Quality Healthcare (Part 1) What happens when an ambitious medical doctor and stem cell researcher quits her job, goes into management consulting and then works for a digital health startup? This #GAcoffeesession tells the founder story of Sophie Chung and her mission: Qunomedical.

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February 27, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions

Written by German Accelerator

Felix Plog (foodpanda) | Scaling to 40 Markets in Two Years (Part 2) In part two of this #GAcoffeesession interview, foodpanda co-founder and angel investor Felix Plog spills his secrets around fundraising and shares an insider take on the non-profit mentality in the U.S.

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February 20, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions

Written by German Accelerator

Felix Plog (foodpanda) | Scaling to 40 Markets in Two Years (Part 1). “We embarked on a crazy expansion that took us to 40 markets in two years”. In round two of our #GACoffeesessions, foodpanda co-founder Felix Plog talks to German Accelerator about scaling like no tomorrow.

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January 30, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions

Written by Christian Busch

Philippe von Borries (Refinery29) | From German Exchange Student to Media Entrepreneur (Part 2). “I do things that push me out of my comfort zone all the time.” In Part 2, Philippe von Borries shares the advice he would give his 20-year-old self and a sneak peek into what’s next for Refinery29.

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January 22, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions

Written by Christian Busch

Philippe von Borries (Refinery29) | From German Exchange Student to Media Entrepreneur (Part 1)German Accelerator talked to Philippe von Borries, Co-Founder of Refinery29, about how he and his team built and sold one of the fastest-growing media brands in the U.S.

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