I was recently asked to contribute to an article in Wirtschafts Woche on how to pull of the perfect startup pitch.
The result was published here today.
For me this represents a full circle of sorts, as Startup Weekend Amsterdam was the first SW I ever participated at.
Back then in 2012 I wanted to bring Startup Weekend to my town of Cologne, so I participated (a requirement to become an organizer) at SWAMS (as it came highly recommended as one of the best SWs in Europe) to become an organizer myself.
On a side note, we need to keep educating journalists on the difference between “Existenzgründung” (lifestyle business founder and freelancers mostly exchanging their hours for money) and startup founders. One doesn’t equal the other.
That the journalist writes I had a “Karriereknick” (career bend, in the negative sense) also goes to show that they have little knowledge of the world of startups. I’m a startup founder. Risk of failure is assumed as real. Not an office hero, chasing the 9-5 career. One does not equal the other. The failure I spoke of was harsh, but it was the best learning experience I’ve ever had so far. If anything, it was a career bend in the positive sense upwards and onwards.
And I was wearing a OnePiece Onesie, not a track suit. Let’s get that straight too. :)
Today I was interviewed by WDR Fernsehen, the German public-broadcasting institution, on the status of startups in the state of NRW and what the advantages are to founding in this region and trying to explain to a mass audience what a startup really is.
No word yet on when and if it will air. Stay tuned.
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