Mostly Awesome – a podcast by cdtm

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What is it about?

Mostly Awesome is a podcast about the personal journeys of innovators. We talk to the doers and thinkers of our time to understand what motivates them and why they do what they do. Together we reflect upon their decisions, wins and setbacks. Meet our inspiring yet relatable guest from the world of entrepreneurship and technology to find out what may help you to become an innovator of tomorrow!

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LATEST Episodes

Episode 13

Hana Milanov is a Professor of International Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Munich and an active board member and mentor at CDTM. Hana studied management in Croatia, earned her PhD in Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the U.S. and worked as a professor at IE Business School in Spain for 5 years. In the beginning, Hana talks about her career in academia. She explains why she decided to do research and teach instead of being an entrepreneur. She also shares her initial challenges as an academic and how she stays motivated to keep researching. In the second block, Hana speaks about teaching and mentoring. She tells us about the first question she always asks her classes, why she doesn't give advice to her mentees and what she has learned from them. She also talks about particular challenges that women entrepreneurs are facing. In the last block, Hana shares her international experiences from Croatia, Spain, the U.S. and Germany and how the different cultures have shaped her.

Episode 12

Jakob is the founder of Greengas Concepts and Polarstern Energie, which are pioneers in developing sustainable energy and heating solutions. He is also the co-owner and managing director of Impact Hub Munich, which supports sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation. Before entering entrepreneurship, Jakob studied business administration and earned his PhD at LMU Munich. In the first part, we talk about Jakob's career path. Jakob tells us about his journey to earn a PhD and how this gave him time to reflect and figure out what he really wanted in life. He also shares his experience as a founder of two sustainable startups and explains his perspective on measuring impact. In the second part, Jakob shares his rather critical thoughts about the future and the climate crises and tells us why he thinks you should become an entrepreneur.

Episode 11

Veronika Riederle is the Founder and CEO of Demodesk, an intelligent meeting platform for remote sales that was supported by Y-Combinator. Veronika studied in Munich and New York and is an alumna of the CDTM. After graduating, she spent five years in consulting at Bain & Company before starting her own company. In the beginning, Veronika talks about her career choices. She explains why she initially decided to go into consulting and what she learned from that experience. She also shares her thoughts on the impact you can have in consulting vs. entrepreneurship. In the second part, Veronika's talks about her founding experience. She explains how she started with the right person at the right time and tells us how she assembled a great team that shares their company values. Veronika also talks about women in leadership. She shares why she thinks we need more successful role models for young women and how she manages to be a founder and have a family at the same time.

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