Christoph Gerber: “If you have an idea, just do it. Don’t let others stop you from following your own path. It’s OK to fail. But never let business take over your whole life. And, most importantly: Rather under-promise and over-deliver. Too often it’s the other way around in the startup scene.”
From Founding Lieferando to Starting All Over Again with Talon.One
In his early twenties, Christoph Gerber dropped out of university to join a friend in turning his idea of an online food delivery company into reality. Together they founded Lieferando in 2009 and sold their company to the Takeaway Group for €62.9M only five years later — one of the biggest exits of the German startup scene ever. After successfully participating in the insanely intense competition in the online food delivery market and Takeaway’s IPOs at a valuation of almost $1B in 2016, Christoph could have easily retired. But being only 31 years old, he is not done yet. With his new startup Talon.One he wants to help companies to better manage their promotional marketing. Talon.One has quietly developed a one-stop SaaS solution since the end of 2015 and only recently left its stealth mode creating some buzz in the startup scene.
Christoph Gerber on Startup Notes
In this episode, Christoph describes how him and his co-founders got started with Lieferando back in the days, why there is so much luck involved in success cases like theirs and what made him do it all over again with his new venture. He explains why great entrepreneurs are the ones that won’t quit and will keep on pushing even when the road gets rocky. Lastly, Christoph makes some sceptical comments about the whole hype around the Berlin startup scene and explains why ‘company builders’ like Rocket Internet are outdated by now.
Here are the topics that we cover in this podcast with one of Europe’s most unique entrepreneurs who exemplifies how to stay humble and hungry even after a big exit:
[02:00 – 02:46] On the blurred lines between private and business life as a founder
[02:47 – 04:32] On the definition of an ‘entrepreneur’ and founders being the ’rock stars’ of modern times
[04:33 – 06:08] The difference between him starting as a founder and being an entrepreneur today
[06:09 – 08:30] On the early days of Lieferando and the competitive food delivery market
[08:31 – 13:01] How to push through the hard times of being an entrepreneur
[13:02 – 19:32 ] Why he started a new company after Lieferando’s successful exit
[19:33 – 20:45] The story behind his new startup Talon.One
[20:46 – 23:11] On the difference between the scalability of B2C and B2B companies
[23:12 – 26:05] The difference between German and Anglo-Saxon investors
[26:06 – 27:00] What he fundamentally disagrees on with the startup scene in Berlin
[27:01 – 29:59] On why the company builder model is not succeeding anymore
[30:00 – 34:00] Three top advices to first time entrepreneurs
Podcast host: Ignacio
If you want to get more insights about German success stories like Lieferando, make sure to also listen to our podcasts with Philipp Hartmann (Rheingau Founders) and Alexander Graubner-Müller (Kreditech). We also interviewed two young founders that try to reach the same levels of success with their startups that have already created some buzz – Alessio Avellan Borgmeyer (Jodel) and Jonathan Kurfess (Appinio).
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