A-Players by ACELR8
Listen to interviews with founders, venture builders, growth managers, and everybody that is involved in the scaling of a startup. Learn why getting the hiring strategy right is key to the successful growth of your company. Hosted by ACELR8 team.
How To Identify Great Startup Talent — Founder & CEO of Back, Christian Eggert
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed COO & Co-Founder of solarisBank, Andreas Bittner. In this episode of A-Players, Michael spoke to Christian Eggert, Founder & CEO of Back, a product that untangles your workplace, by organizing and automating employee requests. Christian is a tech entrepreneur and advisor. He built out several startups successfully, by putting a focus on the product team and growth. During the episode, Michael and Christian go through the challenges of making the first hires, identifying startup talent, and scaling a company. Listen to the episode to hear Christian’s insights based on many years of his experience working in the startup industry. You will also learn how ACELR8 helped Back in identifying and hiring a great startup talent in Berlin. If you want to find out more, you can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts. - blog.acelr8.com - acelr8.com - Back - Christian's LinkedIn
April 02, 2020
COO & Co-Founder of solarisBank, Andreas Bittner — Hiring For a Fin-Tech Company
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed a Founder of MyCareerPath — Kave Bulambo. This time, Michael had a chance to interview a founder of one of the most interesting fin-techs in Berlin — Andreas Bittner. He is a COO & Co-Founder of solarisBank, a Banking-as-a-Service Platform that enables digital companies to create custom solutions for their unique financial needs. With his leadership experience and previous role at Finleap as a Venture Advisor, Andreas from the beginning of solarisBank was deeply focused on building the right team for the company. Gathering experts from the financial sector as well as from the tech one, allowed his company to acquire a German banking license in a record time of just eight months. His main goal in hiring is to look for people who have certain knowledge about banking, but also have an idea of how to translate the Centuries-old industry's processes into the digital world. Listen to the interview to find out more about Andreas' approach to hiring, including hiring best business-matching leaders. If you want to find out more, you can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts.
December 11, 2019
Kave Bulambo — Founder of MyCareerPath — Employer Branding and Hiring
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed Lucas Bremer and Namir Sayed-Ahmad Baraza from quantilope. This time, Angela Ndagire talked with Kave Bulambo, Founder of MyCareerPath, a career coaching platform. She's an expert when it comes to leadership, people development, diversity, and inclusion. In the past, she worked for companies such as N26 and Zalando, building their teams and strengthening their employer branding efforts. In the episode, Kave shares more about her company as well as her experience hiring for both well-established startups, like Zalando and N26, vs early-stage ones, like Hibooks. Besides that, Angela and her go deeper into a topic of employer branding. Listen to the episode to hear some tips on how can you implement employer branding practices in your own company. If you want to find out more, you can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts.
November 26, 2019
Lucas Bremer & Namir Sayed-Ahmad Baraza from quantilope — Finding Tech Talent and Scaling Overseas
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed a Founder of Moonfare — Alexander Argyros. Michael had a chance to talk with Lucas Bremer (CPO & Co-Founder) and Namir Sayed-Ahmad Baraza (Head of Software Development) and learn more about how quantilope brought their first employees on board, how they identified startup talent in Hamburg, and how they expanded to the New York City. On top of that, Namir shared his thoughts regarding transitioning from an Engineer to a leadership position. Quantilope was founded in August 2014 and is on a mission to optimise professional decision making, by offering a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) that digitally provides and connects all steps of professional market research on a single insight platform. If you want to find out more, you can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts.
November 12, 2019
Alexander Argyros, Founder of Moonfare — How To Make Your First Hires
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed a CPO of Gtmhub — Jenny Herald. In this episode, Michael had a pleasure to talk to Alexander Argyros, Founder of Berlin-based fin-tech Moonfare. He started his career working in Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan in New York and London later on. After that, he co-founded a startup Somuchmore, acquired by Urban Sports Club. He founded Moonfare in 2016 with a goal of giving individuals access to top-tier global equity funds and building a team that will help to grow the business. Alexander says that at his company, they believe that potential is much more important than experience. Listen to the episode to find out more about it. On top of that, Michael asked him about building the team from scratch, getting the early talent on board, and adjusting a hiring strategy with time. If you want to find out more, you can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts.
October 15, 2019
Jenny Herald, CPO at Gtmhub — How to Build Out a Product Team From Scratch
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed the Founder of FAKE AGENCY — Marie-Louise Sadakane. This time, we had a pleasure to talk to Jenny Herald, CPO at Gtmhub. She gained a technical background working for the US Airforce and moved to product development afterwards. She lead teams in companies such as 6Wunderkinder (creators of the Wunderlist app), later acquired by Microsoft, Hubrick, Techstars, and currently Gtmhub. Jenny gives advice on how to build your product team in relation to the growth of your startup. She shares her experiences on how to identify great startup talent, hire for an early-stage startup vs corporate, keeping an eye on the culture when you grow and looking beyond just the CV. If you want to find out more, you can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts.
August 27, 2019
Marie-Louise Sadakane, Founder & CEO of FAKE AGENCY — How to Build Out a Successful Marketing
Previously on A-Players, we interviewed Co-CEO & Founder of door2door — Tom Kirschbaum. In this episode, Michael had a pleasure to talk to Marie-Louise Sadakane, who is a Founder & CEO at FAKE AGENCY. She has over 15 years of work experience in the creative field, with the main focus on digital transformation of companies and organisations. She is pioneering unique marketing solutions, products, and business models that effectively engage customers at every touch point. She has build a successful career, by building out two agencies: Aperto and B-reel and heading up the marketing for Spotify in the DACH region. Now, Marie-Louise is running her own agency, helping businesses in their marketing efforts. In this interview, she shared more details on starting her own company. You can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts.
August 13, 2019
Tom Kirschbaum, Co-CEO & Founder at door2door — How to Build a Smart Mobility Startup From Scratch
In the previous episode of A-Players podcast, we talked with Anton Marinovic, VP Sales at HoloBuilder, about building a sales team. This time we wanted to learn more about building a whole company from scratch. We reached out to Tom Kirschbaum, Co-CEO & Founder of one of the most successful startups in Berlin, door2door. The company is working closely with local authorities to deliver smart mobility services that can improve cities' public transport networks. We talked with Tom about building the hiring structure in the first days of the company, making people stay for a longer term, and operating within the public sector. You can listen to the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Apple Podcasts. - blog.acelr8.com - acelr8.com - door2door.io - Tom Kirschbaum's LinkedIn PS. We are sorry for the sound quality of the episode. We are going to improve in the future episodes!
July 02, 2019
Anton Marinovic, VP Sales at HoloBuilder — Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building Out Your Sales Team
Welcome to the first-ever episode of A-Players – a podcast about how startups scale, where we interview founders, venture builders, growth managers, and everybody that is involved in the scaling of a startup. Learn why getting the hiring strategy right is key to the successful growth of your company. Hosted by Michael Varley, founder of ACELR8. A native of Mountain View, California, Anton kicked off his professional career by working on the first incarnation of the Google Shopping platform. Combining data-driven decision-making with strong interpersonal skills helped him grow into a highly effective sales executive consistently beating sales targets. In the last ten years, Anton has led sales teams across the globe at Meltwater, Equilar, Aon, and Contentful, developing deep expertise in SaaS sales. Anton holds degrees from University College Dublin & San Diego State. - blog.acelr8.com - acelr8.com - holobuilder.com - Anton Marinovic's LinkedIn
April 25, 2019