The Family

The Family

By The Family
At The Family, we believe that anyone can become a great entrepreneur.

Why? Because information is accessible, tools are cheap and capital isn't as necessary as it used to be years before, especially when you start.

So, if you want to build your own startup, all you need is... to get your hands dirty and work on your ambition!

This Podcast is made exactly for that, to help you learn and take action ;)
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#16: Learn to learn by Oussama Ammar, The Family
ABOUT THE EPISODE: One of the things we’ve noticed amongst ourselves at The Family is that the entrepreneurs who impress us the most are the ones who have the steepest learning curve, the ones who have the most to learn and who are able to push that curve upwards as fast as they possibly can.  Learning quickly is about believing wholeheartedly that you are able to do it, focusing on what you are good at & trying to learn all the time. Plus, if people understand how to look for answers in today’s world, their rate of learning can go way up. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Oussama Ammar is the Co-Founder of The Family. He got his first taste of the startup world when he was 12 years old and launched one of the first web agencies in France. He spent a few years working on it with multiple spin-offs and independents platforms, including one of the first online antique shops. In his early 20’s, after a quick detour through the social sciences, law, logic and philosophy at La Sorbonne, Oussama created Hypios that became, in less than 3 years, one of the few open innovation leaders in the world. Angel Investor for over 2 years with 21+ active deals (most of them Silicon Valley-based). *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Learn to learn by Oussama Ammar, The Family  Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
49:39
October 17, 2019
#15: Chat with Travis VanderZanden, Founder & CEO at Bird
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mobility is a word Travis VanderZanden is definitely familiar with. Before founding Bird, he co-founded Cherry, an on-demand car-wash service, was the COO of Lyft and VP of Global Driver Growth at Uber. Quite a resume. ABOUT THE EPISODE: Travis is interviewed by Martin Mignot, Partner at Index Ventures, one of our favorite VCs at The Family. A really nice and smart guy, advocate of a healthy ecosystem, backing courageous entrepreneurs such as the founders of Blablacar, Captain Train, Deliveroo and… Bird. They will came to discuss why the emergence of new transportation options presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make cities radically more liveable. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Chat w/ Travis VanderZanden, Founder & CEO at Bird Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
37:47
October 10, 2019
#14: Bootstrap your startup like a boss by Verena Hubertz, Co-Founder of Kitchen Stories
ABOUT THE EPISODE: If you are an entrepreneur you know how straining the whole process of building a startup can be, especially financially. But there are many ways to build something without fundraising straight away. An amazing example is Kitchen Stories. Co-Founders Verena and Menting were straight out of business school when they decided to launch an app to help everyone learn how to cook. They had no coding skills, no particular cooking ones either. They had never started a company before and of course had no way to get money. So they did what they had to do: roll up their sleeves and learn everything from scratch. Fast-forward 10 months after the launch: the app already had millions of downloads and served 120 countries. And they did it with zero marketing spending. Kitchen Stories has since grown to over 15M users with top-class VCs like Cherry Ventures and Point9 on board. So we invited Verena at The Family to share her secret sauce with us, the one that helped them become the largest food publisher on the App store practically overnight. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Bootstrap your startup like a boss by Verena Hubertz, Co-Founder of Kitchen Stories Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
1:06:53
October 3, 2019
#13: Scaling on-demand photography with Thomas Rebaud, CEO at Meero
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Thomas Rebaud is the CEO of Meero. An on-demand photography service that is going massive right now, aiming to become the #1 professional photography company in the world 🏆And it would be no surprise if this unicorn succeeds. One word describes them: hypergrowth. 270M€ raised in total, almost 1k employees, 100+ countries. This is Thomas’s third company, and he’s starting to have a pretty good idea of what he’s doing.  ABOUT THE EPISODE: He was interviewed by Emilie Maret from The Family and they talked about his background, culture, how to start and more broadly about mindset for success. Come listen to his amazing story and get precise insights about how to sail such a fast-changing ship, inspiration guaranteed. 🚢 *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: The Meero story: Scaling on-demand photography, Thomas Rebaud, CEO Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
42:58
September 26, 2019
#12: Founders, don’t fuck up your cap tables by Oussama Ammar, The Family
ABOUT THE EPISODE: Are you trying to raise €250k to start building your company? Stop everything and listen to this podcast.  Your cap-table (% of ownership of your company between founders, investors, employee) is one of the most important asset you have. Don’t fuck it up. Why?  Because if you’re raising money without leverage (traction, previous exit), you’ll most likely get a bad deal. You’ll end-up raising money from Angels that will take 15 to 25% of your company. Then your nightmare starts. We’ve seen it over and over again at The Family. One of our obsession is to keep our companies virgin. Because fucking-up your cap-table % is like getting a face-tattoo when you’re drunk. It’s an irreversibly bad idea. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Oussama Ammar is the Co-Founder of The Family. He got his first taste of the startup world when he was 12 years old and launched one of the first web agencies in France. He spent a few years working on it with multiple spin-offs and independents platforms, including one of the first online antique shops. In his early 20’s, after a quick detour through the social sciences, law, logic and philosophy at La Sorbonne, Oussama created Hypios that became, in less than 3 years, one of the few open innovation leaders in the world. Angel Investor for over 2 years with 21+ active deals (most of them Silicon Valley-based). *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Founders, don’t fuck up your cap tables by Oussama Ammar Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
1:44:17
September 19, 2019
#11: Lessons learned from Flickr, Etsy & Yes VC with Caterina Fake
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Caterina Fake is an investor at the American fund Yes VC. Going through her amazing career would take HOURS, but the highlights were being the cofounder of Flickr (the photostorage website, acquired by Yahoo) and on the board of both Etsy and Creative Commons. What is really impressive about her path is that she never let herself be constrained by her environment. With a background in art & literature, she is always able to reinvent herself & learn new things to achieve upcoming milestones 🏆 ABOUT THE EPISODE: This Silicon Valley figure is a role model, an example of dedication & creativity, able to enter and master the tech world both as an accomplished entrepreneur and now as an investor. Her curiosity and pragmatism constantly shine through, like with her latest podcast: Should This Exist? We were super excited to welcome her on stage with our Director Mathias Pastor. They talked about her journey from the early days of the web, Himalaya, homeschooling, the future of technology... A lot of ground has been covered here! *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Lessons learned from Flickr, Etsy & Yes VC 💎 Caterina Fake Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
57:11
September 12, 2019
#10: Inside Zalando: From Startup to IPO in 6 years by Boris Radke, ex. CCO at Zalando
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Boris Radke joined Zalando at an early stage when the startup was hitting the ground running to stay ahead of its hyper-growth. With no prior experience for this size of project, he was assigned to build the logistics footprint from scratch. He is now the Chief Information Officer of ProSiebenSat. 1 where together with his team, he is taking care of the technical and digital infrastructure, and transforming the enterprise application landscape for the entire group.   ABOUT THE EPISODE: From its launch in 2008 as a small Rocket-backed startup, Zalando grew to become Europe’s #1 e-commerce platform and a €10B publicly-listed company... in 6 years.  And it did so rather quietly, keeping a low profile on its internal operations. So what's the story behind this huge success? We’re glad to welcome Boris Radke to give us a peek behind-the-scene! *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Inside Zalando: From Startup to IPO in 6 years by Boris Radke, ex. CCO at Zalando Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
1:04:15
September 4, 2019
#9: Startup Ideas 101 by Oussama Ammar, The Family
ABOUT THE EPISODE:  Don’t fall in love with one single brilliant idea. As an entrepreneur, you’re fighting against a problem, you’re not worshiping ideas. Problem first, idea second.  You’re about to dedicate all of your time & energy to tackling this problem, so make sure it’s a good one. A good problem is real, you can clearly acknowledge and define it, and it’s getting worse every day.  Leave your ideas behind and concentrate on the problem that obsesses you 👾 ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Oussama Ammar is the Co-Founder of The Family. He got his first taste of the startup world when he was 12 years old and launched one of the first web agencies in France. He spent a few years working on it with multiple spin-offs and independents platforms, including one of the first online antique shops. In his early 20’s, after a quick detour through the social sciences, law, logic and philosophy at La Sorbonne, Oussama created Hypios that became, in less than 3 years, one of the few open innovation leaders in the world. Angel Investor for over 2 years with 21+ active deals (most of them Silicon Valley-based). *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Startup Ideas 101  Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
1:04:12
July 25, 2019
#8: Aditya Agarwal, former CTO at Dropbox
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Aditya was CTO at Dropbox, leading every innovation and managing the engineering teams. New product development? He oversaw that. Tech ops? He was in charge of that too. He joined the company when his own startup Cove was acquired by Dropbox. Before that, Aditya was one of the first engineers and Director of Product Engineering at Facebook. Over there, he led the development of core products like news feed, search, profile, and photos. ABOUT THE EPISODE:  Key things he told us when he came to The Family: - Working with people you love is more important than finding the perfect or industry project for you. - Patience is needed to build a LT company. - How do you maximize impact during your career? - How do you balance professional & personal life? He did a presentation of his entire career, showcasing what he learned in the process before being interviewed on stage by our Director, Erika Batista. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Fireside Chat with Aditya Agarwal, CTO at Dropbox Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Join us at one of our events: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
36:15
July 18, 2019
#7: An evening with Claire, Founder & CMO of Ada Health
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Claire Novorol’s career has been guided by her deep interest in developing creative solutions to tackle real world problems.  At Ada, she is responsible for overseeing medical affairs, clinical partnerships and for ensuring Ada's products are tailored to support patient needs.  She has advised several health startups throughout her career, and also founded Doctorpreneurs - a global community of over 10,0000 medical professionals who share an interest in health entrepreneurship. Prior to Ada, Claire worked as a Paediatrician and Clinical Geneticist within the NHS. She also has a degree in Pathology and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. ABOUT THE EPISODE:  If you take the U-Bahn in Berlin you must have noticed those huge posters saying “Hi I’m Ada I can help if you are feeling unwell”. And Ada actually does just that-it puts an AI doctor in your pocket. Anytime you feel unwell you can indicate your symptoms in the Ada app and it gives you direction on how to proceed. Awesome no? What’s even more awesome is that Ada raised $69.3M to push full steam ahead and influence the health system for the better. We are overly excited to have had Dr. Claire Novorol at The Family for a fireside-chat lead by Balthazar De Lavergne, Director at The Family. She is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada and shared valuable insights with us.  *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: An evening with Claire Novorol, Founder & CMO of Ada Health Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
1:05:32
July 11, 2019
#6: The Airbnb story by Riley Newman, former Head of Data Science
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Riley Newman is Airbnb's former Head of Data Science. He actually joined the company as the first data scientist and as one of the first employees. 9 years later, millions of guests & hosts have been connected. Airbnb reached a $35 billion valuation. Riley decided to move on in the summer of 2016, at a time when the data science organisation had over 100 members. He is now General Manager at Wave, an early-stage venture firm that specializes in marketplaces. ABOUT THE EPISODE:  Have you already heard the Airbnb story from the inside? 🚀 In this episode, we get a global overview of the journey. Riley presents us they way they came across many critical challenges startups commonly face - jumpstarting, competition, product development, and scale. He also describes us how they were able to solve problems by using data science and how that changed their overall strategy. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: The Airbnb story by Riley Newman, former Director of Data Science @Airbnb Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Join us at one of our events: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
39:11
July 4, 2019
#5: Mercenaries VS Missionaries by Oussama Ammar, The Family
ABOUT THE EPISODE:  The only reason you're in the startup game is to quickly get rich & successful? 💸 Too bad! The mercenary era is over, we're now looking for missionaries! 😈  Learn how to fight on the war to sucess thanks to TheFamily's cofounder Oussama Ammar! ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Oussama Ammar is the Co-Founder of The Family. He got his first taste of the startup world when he was 12 years old and launched one of the first web agencies in France. He spent a few years working on it with multiple spin-offs and independents platforms, including one of the first online antique shops. In his early 20’s, after a quick detour through the social sciences, law, logic and philosophy at La Sorbonne, Oussama created Hypios that became, in less than 3 years, one of the few open innovation leaders in the world. Angel Investor for over 2 years with 21+ active deals (most of them Silicon Valley-based). *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Mercenaries VS Missionaries  Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
57:49
June 27, 2019
#4: SEOs Lie by Luigi Perri, Global Head of SEO at Delivery Hero
ABOUT THE EPISODE:  SEO is magic because it’s a kind of automated sales prospecting. Leads & opportunities come to you. But beware! If you’re a startup, SEO is a long-term investment. There are many variables that have to be taken into consideration: the structuring of the platform, the proper usage of keywords, adequate content creation Luigi will share with us why SEOs basic principles are rarely absolute. He will see how to assess the impact of the most common SEO factors in each and every market niche and shape our SEO strategy accordingly. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Luigi Perri has been doing SEO for the past 11 years. He is currently Head of SEO at Delivery Hero SE HQ in Berlin. He’ll never stop talking about SEO. And football. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: SEOs Lie by Luigi Perri, Global Head of SEO at Delivery Hero Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
28:32
June 20, 2019
#3: Ron Conway, the Godfather of Silicon Valley
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ron Conway is the man. He is THE investor. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb... He was an early backer of all of these companies and the list keeps going. Ron has been an active angel investor since the mid 90s and is the founder of SV Angel. He has invested in hundreds of companies & talked to thousands and thousands of startups in Silicon Valley. Angel and seed investments aren’t hiding any secrets from him. ABOUT THE EPISODE:  We’re in love with what Ron did for the Internet industry. He truly is a rockstar and it was a honour having him talking at The Family for a unique fireside chat with Mathias Pastor, Director at The Family. They talked about which traits of greatness he observed in entrepreneurs, what makes an investment profitable + how he started and what he sees is coming next. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Ron Conway, the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” 💸 at The Family Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
49:49
June 12, 2019
#2: Building a 1st-class team by Charles Gorintin, CTO at Alan
ABOUT THE EPISODE:  This episode is part of D-code (https://www.d-code.thefamily.co/), our series of events where the best startup CTOs talk about their entrepreneurial adventures: Tech challenges converted into clear stories. Alan is a digital health insurance platform. They built a first-class engineering team and the credit goes mainly to Charles. He did it by getting rid of old managerial principles and by giving ownership & responsibility to his team.  They work as a network of individual contributors whose unique goal is to build the best tech to support Alan’s awesome mission: Simplifying health insurance for all of us. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Charles Gorintin worked as a data-scientist for years at Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. He was already leading teams & proved high-level skills in analytics and product.  He came back to France in 2016 to start Alan with his cofounder Jean-Charles Samuelian. The insurance service they offer is 100% digital service with no administrative hassle, 5 minutes to register, a beautiful dashboard & a reactive customer support. By focusing that much on user-experience, building a world-class tech team is essential and Charles does it perfectly. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Building a 1st-class team based on transparency, ownership & trust Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
40:35
June 5, 2019
#1: European toxicity by Oussama Ammar, The Family
ABOUT THE EPISODE:  Europe is toxic for entrepreneurs.   Does that mean nothing can survive? Nope. It means some startups that should succeed don't.   People think that creating accelerators and incubators can create another Silicon Valley. But those things weren't the cause of Silicon Valley's success - they were a consequence of it, a way to allow people that work hard and have the right mindset to be really close to each other.  Europe isn’t Silicon Valley, and trying to copy it without really understanding it is a waste of time. And yes, in Europe we like to waste time. But as an entrepreneur, there are three things that you need: capital, talent, and time.    So what about all those incubators and accelerators across Europe, created to help entrepreneurs but that just...don't? ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Oussama Ammar is the Co-Founder of The Family. He got his first taste of the startup world when he was 12 years old and launched one of the first web agencies in France. He spent a few years working on it with multiple spin-offs and independents platforms, including one of the first online antique shops. In his early 20’s, after a quick detour through the social sciences, law, logic and philosophy at La Sorbonne, Oussama created Hypios that became, in less than 3 years, one of the few open innovation leaders in the world. Angel Investor for over 2 years with 21+ active deals (most of them Silicon Valley-based). *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: European Toxicity Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood  Check out our events here: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium 
1:16:27
May 28, 2019
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