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Start-up Learnings
My adventure for 10+ years
Remo Uherek
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30 years
BA in Business (Uni Basel)
Entrepreneur for 10+ years
13y flea markets / paper r...
Why Entrepreneur?
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Teenage naivity ;-)
Looking for shortcut, avoiding rat race
No money, thirst for (financial...
Once upon a time...
First Experiments
Idea „Trigami“ 2006
Idea „Trigami“ 2006
First Office
First Employees
Team Lunches
Second Office
Team 2007
Team 2011
Trigami-Event
Ebuzzing 2011
Ups and Downs
Year

Employees

Motto

2006

from 0 to 2

„Lets do it!“

2007

from 2 to 7

„Yeah!“

2008

from 7 to 3

„Oh...
Success Factors
• I have learned to learn (thanks Uni Basel),
books and audio books very important,
applied stuff diligent...
Things I would do differently
• 1-2 years internship/business experience with
company I admire, e.g. ricardo.ch
• Laser fo...
Things I would do differently
• GmbH instead of AG if not enough cash for AG
Grateful for
• Alain, best Co-Founder ever (!)
• Moritz, best intern ever (!) moved from
Northern Germany to Basel and qui...
My personal university...
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Leadership
Productivity
Life Balance
How I Simplified my Life:
http://remo.fm/2010/03/21/how-i-simplified-my-life/
My Street Living Experiences:
http://remo.fm/2011/07/15/street-living-experiences/
kthxbye
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Start-up Learnings / My adventure for 10+ years

  1. 1. Start-up Learnings My adventure for 10+ years
  2. 2. Remo Uherek • • • • • • • • • • 30 years BA in Business (Uni Basel) Entrepreneur for 10+ years 13y flea markets / paper routes 16y ricardo.ch certified merchant 19y founded Small-n-Tall GmbH 23y founded Trigami AG 28y sold Trigami AG Practicing meditation Currently sabbatical, looking for „What‘s next“
  3. 3. Why Entrepreneur? • • • • • • Teenage naivity ;-) Looking for shortcut, avoiding rat race No money, thirst for (financial) independance Thirst for realizing my full potential Fame, recognition, wanting to be important Success stories e.g. StudiVZ
  4. 4. Once upon a time...
  5. 5. First Experiments
  6. 6. Idea „Trigami“ 2006
  7. 7. Idea „Trigami“ 2006
  8. 8. First Office
  9. 9. First Employees
  10. 10. Team Lunches
  11. 11. Second Office
  12. 12. Team 2007
  13. 13. Team 2011
  14. 14. Trigami-Event
  15. 15. Ebuzzing 2011
  16. 16. Ups and Downs Year Employees Motto 2006 from 0 to 2 „Lets do it!“ 2007 from 2 to 7 „Yeah!“ 2008 from 7 to 3 „Oh boy!“ 2009 from 3 to 12 „Saaaales!“ 2010 from 12 to 16 „Recurring revenue!“ 2011 from 16 to 15 „Ebuzzing!“ 2012 from 15 to 0 „Integration/ consolidation“
  17. 17. Success Factors • I have learned to learn (thanks Uni Basel), books and audio books very important, applied stuff diligently • Stubbornness, will to survive, giving up no option, despite enough reasons to do so • Tremendous amount of luck • Social media hype saved us, in „traditional“ industry we probably gone broke • Idealistic values, business ethics, frugality
  18. 18. Things I would do differently • 1-2 years internship/business experience with company I admire, e.g. ricardo.ch • Laser focus on customer acquisition from day 1 • More very simple calculations, e.g. what minimum budget a campaign has to have to make sense? • Stronger focus on one/few things • Stronger focus on value for society, purpose • Career is not everything, more balance
  19. 19. Things I would do differently • GmbH instead of AG if not enough cash for AG
  20. 20. Grateful for • Alain, best Co-Founder ever (!) • Moritz, best intern ever (!) moved from Northern Germany to Basel and quickly became a very important key employee • Regular team reunion‘s despite „Post-merger integration“ • Helping inspire Annina and Bea to become entrepreneurs • Surviving despite numeous challenges
  21. 21. My personal university...
  22. 22. Entrepreneurship
  23. 23. Entrepreneurship
  24. 24. Leadership
  25. 25. Productivity
  26. 26. Life Balance
  27. 27. How I Simplified my Life: http://remo.fm/2010/03/21/how-i-simplified-my-life/
  28. 28. My Street Living Experiences: http://remo.fm/2011/07/15/street-living-experiences/
  29. 29. kthxbye

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