Dear fellow entrepreneurs and readers of Entrepreneurial Insights / Cleverism!

In autumn of 2014 we went to the SILICON VALLEY in order to interview leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists!

Below you will find the complete list of 37 insightful interviews with innovative and leading entrepreneurs from the Bay area who talk about how they started their business, they grew it, as well as they share their advices with early-stage entrepreneurs.

Interview Tour Silicon Valley 2014_

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Many thanks for your support of our Indiegogo campaign and nice feedback to the result of the tour! If you know other leading entrepreneurs that we should interview, we would be happy for a short introduction (see contact).

INTERVIEWS WITH ENTREPRENEURS IN SILICON VALLEY

#1: Amr Awadallah from Cloudera

In Palo Alto, we interviewed entrepreneur Amr Awadallah from Cloudera. Amr present his very inspiring and very useful 7 advices for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

#2: Dave Sifry from Technorati

In San Francisco, we meet Dave Sifry, the founder of Linuxcare, Technorati, and other companies. Dave describes his background and very exciting entrepreneurial path and learnings. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 3: Marco Zappacosta from Thumbtack

In San Francisco, we talked to Marco Zappacosta, the co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack, about the business model and history of Thumbtack. Marco is very young and successful entrepreneur and he also shares his learning and advices with young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 4: Eren Bali from udemy

In San Francisco, we meet co-founder and Chairman of udemy, Eren Bali. Eren talks about the story how udemy was founded against all skeptical thought about the potential of his company. He also explain how the current business model works (supply and demand side), as well as what the current plans for near future. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 5: Milind Gadekar from CloudOn

In Mountain View (CA), we talked with entrepreneur Milind about the business model of CloudOn. CloudOn was not the first company for Milind, but the first where his role is the CEO. Milind shares his learning from building productivity applications and his thoughts what every young entrepreneurs should keep in mind when growing his/her company. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 6: Stefan Groschupf from Datameer

In San Francisco, we meet founder and CEO of Datameer, Stefan Groschupf. He shares his story of how Datameer was founded, the current business model, and the plans for the near future. Stefan also provide some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 7: Trip Adler from Scribd

In San Francisco, we meet co-founder and CEO of Scribd, Trip Adler. Trip talks about the initial idea of Scribd and how he founded his company. On top, he also explains how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 8: Sam Chandler from Nitro

In San Francisco, we meet the founder and CEO of Nitro, Sam Chandler. Sam grew an international company using mainly bootstrapping method of financing his company. He shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded his company, how the current business model works, as well as what other entrepreneurs can learn from him. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 9: Brian Wong from Kiip

In San Francisco (CA), we meet founder and CEO of Kiip, Brian Wong. He shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded his company working in the reward based advertisement market, how the current business model works, as well as Brian provides some advice for early-stage entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 10: Vincent Yang from EverString

In San Mateo (CA), we meet the Co-founder and CEO of EverString, Vincent Yang. He shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded his company, how the current business model works, as well as Vincent provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 11: Omer Artun from AgilOne

In Mountain View (CA), we meet founder and CEO of AgilOne, Omer Artun. He shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded this company, how the current business model works, what are the current trends in predictive and descriptive analytics market, as well as Omer provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 12: Soujanya Bhumkar from Cooliris and Beam it

In Palo Alto, we meet co-founder and CEO of Cooliris (recently acquired by Yahoo!) and Beam it, Soujanya Bhumkar. Soujanya talks about his story how he came up with the ideas for Cooliris and Beam it, how the current business models work, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs.

The interview is from October 2014 (before Cooliris was officialy acquired by Yahoo!). Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 13: Martin Hack from Skytree

In San Jose (CA), we talked with entrepreneur Martin Hack about the business model of Skytree and how he started his company. Furthermore, Martin shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 14: Taher Abbasi from Cellworks Group

In San Jose (CA), we meet the founder and CEO of Cellworks Group, Taher Abbasi. Taher shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded his company, how the oncology market is currently working, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 15: Rick Marini from BranchOut

In San Francisco, we meet founder and CEO of BranchOut, Rick Marini. BranchOut was already the third startup idea of Rick. Rick describes how he came up with the idea and founded this company and how the current business model works. Rick also provides great and helpful advices for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 16: John Stanfield from Local Motion

In San Mateo, we meet CEO & co-founder of Local Motion, John Stanfield. John shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 17: Dennis Fong from Raptr

In Mountain view, we meet founder and CEO of Raptr, Dennis Fong. Dennis talks about his story how he came up with the idea and founded Raptr, how the current business model works, as well as he provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 18: John Fallows from KAAZING

In San Jose (CA), we meet CTO & co-founder of KAAZING, John Fallows. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 19: Ashutosh Garg from BloomReach

In Mountain View, we meet CTO & Cofounder of BloomReach, Ashutosh Garg. He shares his story of how he cofounded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans are for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 20: René Lacerte from Bill.com

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet founder and CEO of Bill.com, René Lacerte. He shares his story how Bill.com was founded and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 21: Sheeroy Desai from Gild

In San Francisco, we meet co-founder and CEO of Gild, Sheeroy Desai. He shares his story how Gild was founded and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans are for the near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 22: Roman Stanek from GoodData

During our interview tour in Silicon Valley, we talked with entrepreneur Roman Stanek about the business model of GoodData. Furthermore, Roman shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 23: Jochen Frey from Beckon

In San Mateo we talked with German entrepreneur Jochen about the business model and the history of Beckon. Furthermore, Jochen shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 24: Guy Nirpaz from Totango

In Palo Alto, we meet co-founder and CEO of Totango, Guy Nirpaz. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 25: Mark Lee from Splashtop

In San Jose we talked with entrepreneur Mark Lee about the business model of Splashtop. Furthermore, Mark shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 26: Niklas Lindstrom from SKOUT

In San Francisco, we meet CTO & co-founder of SKOUT, Niklas Lindstrom. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, what were the major challenges, as well as some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 27: Rob Hull from Adaptive Insights

In Palo Alto (CA), we meet Founder and Chairman of Adaptive Insights, Rob Hull. Rob shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded this company 11 years ago, how the current business model works. On top, Rob provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 28: Steve Bisset from Terrajoule

In Redwood City we talked with entrepreneur Steve Bisset about the business model of Terrajoule and the technology behind. Furthermore, Steve shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 29: Eneko Knorr from Ludei

In San Francisco, we meet founder and CEO of Ludei, Eneko Knorr. He shares his story how he came up with the idea and founded this company, how the current business model works, as well as Eneko provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 30: Masanari Arai from Kii

In San Mateo (CA), we meet co-founder and CEO of Kii, Masanari Arai. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 31: Ziv Gillat from Eyefi

In Mountain View, we meet co-founder & Evangelist of Eyefi, Ziv Gillat. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

INTERVIEWS WITH VENTURE CAPITALISTS IN SILICON VALLEY

# 32: Timothy Draper from DFJ Venture

In San Mateo, we talked with venture capitalist and the founder of DFJ Venture and Draper University of Heroes, Timothy Draper about the key investment criteria and investment process. Furthermore, Tim shares his thoughts about Bitcoin and Six Californias and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 33: Alex Taussig from Highland Capital Partners

In Palo Alto we talked with venture capitalist Alex Taussig about the investment process and investment criteria at Highland Capital Partners. Furthermore, Alex shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 34: Nicolas El Baze from Partech Ventures

In San Francisco, we talked with venture capitalist from Partech Ventures, Nicolas El Baze, about the investment due diligence process and how to raise venture capital. Furthermore, Nicolas shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 35: David Blumberg from Blumberg Capital

In San Francisco, we talked with venture capitalist and the founder of Blumberg Capital, David Blumberg. David talks about the investment due diligence process and startup ecosystem. Furthermore, he shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

# 36: Andrew Ogawa from Quest Venture Partners

In Palo Alto (CA), we talked with venture capitalist Andrew Ogawa from Quest Venture Partners about the investment process, current startup market and business models. Furthermore, David shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

 

INTERVIEWS WITH AN ENTREPRENEUR IN NEW YORK CITY

# 37: Ben Uretsky from DigitalOcean

In New York (NY), we meet DigitalOcean CEO Ben Uretsky. He shares how he came up with the idea for his fast-growing company, how the current business model works, as well as provides some advice for young entrepreneurs. Please read the full transcript of the interview here.

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1

Highly inspiring and great collection of interviews, worth my time watching these videos. Keep up the good work, Anastasia. Thanks.

2

Hi Anastasia

This is an excellent article. I wonder, though, the reason why there is not a single female entrepreneur among the 37 interviewed. Arent there good examples of female entrepreneurs in the valley? or was it a simple coincidence? It would be great to hear your comments on this.

Thank you in advance

3

Totally agree that it would be great to hear from female entrepreneurs.

4

Fantastic set of itnerviews. Also awesome that the transcripts were available so you could go back an eadily check things, or skim read ahead. Keep it up. will there be more soon?