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"You have to stick to what you believe in the core"

Oliver Holle, Co-founder & Managing Partner at Speedinvest, shares his key takeaways from the past for founders and investors for a successful 2021


How the New AgriFood Economy is shaping a sustainable Future of Food

Dr. Julia Köhn, CEO & founder of PIELERS and president of the German AgriFood Society on the three main focuses of the green revolution


The race for quantum computing is on

Jan Goetz, CEO of IQM, about how he wants go beyond competitors like IBM and Google and make Europe the hotspot for the technology

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Rethinking our innovation paradigms

Julia Kloiber, partner at Ashoka, a social entrepreneurship network, on the core ingredients of social innovation and how founders can contribute


How Blockchain technology empowers farmers in Indonesia

Our partner Ashoka on how the innovators of the social startup HARA could effect 500 million lives and build a new data ownership model


Did Zoom grow too fast?

Harry Moseley, Zoom’s Chief Information Officer, about how the video communication platform dealt with a sudden growth overnight due to Covid-19, as well as the related challenges

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Kick your year off with Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno!

The exceptional athlete about how to turn a challenge into an opportunity and why focus beats uncertainties all the time


Here’s what you need for a good idea

The founders of Hamburg-based creative agency Rocket & Wink share their top five features that will help you develop good ideas from now on


This AI finds your startup – if you’re sustainable

Omar Selim, CEO of investment firm Arabesque, about buzzword-bingo, green tech investing & why capitalism needs to change


Inside Slack’s growth story

CEO Stewart Butterfield, who just sold his communication platform to Salesforce for $27.7 billion, on dealing with setbacks & fighting incumbents


Building a brand is a marathon, not a sprint

AUDI AG board member for Sales & Marketing Hildegard Wortmann about the Dos and Don’ts of crisis communication and how she’s turning around the brand of her company


“Downtime is not a bug, it's a feature”

Arianna Huffington about the importance of self care for founders, why she started her second company at the age of 66 & what it takes to be a good leader


Silicon Valley entrepreneur & Lean Startup Guru Eric Ries

Operating with a long-term philosophy is necessary for sustained growth explains the founder of Long-Term-Stock-Exchange


The time to build your startup is right now

Roxanne Varza, Director at Station F, one of the largest global accelerators hosting 1000 startups on how founders can benefit from a crisis and use it to their advantage


Meet Index Ventures' Masters of Scale

Sarah Cannon and Martin Mignot, partners at Index Ventures share why European founders are ditching their “US or nothing” mentality


How social innovators design value chains

Bringing medicine where it’s needed, making coffee farmers the winners: Learn from Social Entrepreneurs how to design serving value chains


The future of farming and food is here!

Agriculture is in need of innovation and new technologies as the challenges for farmers keep on growing due to climate change and other obstacles


Anne Boden: “Keep knocking on those doors”

The CEO & founder of Starling Bank on how to build a challenger bank from scratch to conquer the Fintech world


Changing the world: 7 Social Innovators you should know

Get inspired by these seven social entrepreneurs from Ashoka’s global network and find out how they want to make the world a better place


Austria’s startup ecosystem is carefully optimistic

If you’d describe Austrian mentality, you’d expect that our pessimistic nature would thrive in recent developments. But things look quite hopeful though


Want to have social impact? Think of icebergs!

Laura Haverkamp & Odin Mühlenbein, partners at Ashoka Germany, a global network for social entrepreneurship, about creating change in the world


Dirk Nowitzki: “Never be satisfied & always try to improve”

The former NBA player on how to maintain motivation and inner strength despite failures and what startups he’s looking for now as an investor


How to empower women in entrepreneurship

Boosting & connecting female investors for more diversity: That’s the goal of primeCROWD's Female Investors Network & ONE MISSION


Be the best at preparing for the worst

Operating partner at VC firm a16z Margit Wennmachers about how to make it through a crisis with your startup at #bits20


Eric Schmidt: “Hire for intelligence, not for experience”

The long-term Google CEO about how to build a culture of excellence to how to systematically harnessing world-changing ideas in your company


“It’s all about believing in what you can do”

Ironman World Championship winner & entrepreneur Jan Frodeno about how he turned the worst year for athletes around at #bits20


“Don’t put a ceiling on your limit. Always keep working!”

He’s one of the world’s most famous Bavarians: Basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki about failure as an opportunity to grow at #bits20