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Kitchen Talks can be both educational and entertaining. Published once per month, we cover various issues challenging startup founders, operators, C-levels, investors, or corporates. Offering points from apprentices and master chefs, community influencers and not-so-famous experts. In our Talks, we jump from work-related news to the weirdest meals one has ever tasted – together it brings spicy educational value that listeners remember.

#20: Linda Voreas (KARMA VC) on how education can also be deep tech and how advancing defence should be called "innovating peace"

Linda is an Associate at Karma Ventures, supporting the team with c-suite and board recruitment, market research, and a strong international executive network.

She came to the studio on a scooter eventhough there is -1°C and it’s snowing outside. Linda Võeras has wet hair and a huge smile. She shakes the snow off and is ready to shoot in 30 seconds, explaining how education can also be deep tech and how advancing defense should be called “innovating peace.” 🛡️ Then she hits the sauna. 🔥

#19: Alain Wildanger & Laurent Hengesch (IVC) about Gin, Pre-Seed to series C/D and Luxembourgh”

Ilavska Vuillermoz Capital – now say it three times quickly in a row! Let’s think about a bottle of gin becoming a unicorn – together with Alain Wildanger & Laurent Hengesch & OTTO. From pre-seed to series C/D – ain’t the same league; it ain’t even the same sport! Or is it? Why are grandmas important? What can Luxembourg VC bring to Czech and CEE startups? Why does a VC firm own half of the volcano? How is fundraising in the Czech Republic going? All that in the latest podcast/videocast/eruption of motivation with our Katerina Syslova.

#18: Karolina Mrozkova from Credo Ventures about Runways, Trans-Atlantic journey and the principle of “survival of the fittest”

Karolina Mrozkova, General Partner at Credo Ventures, & our latest master chef in the Startup Kitchen Talk! From fashion runways to startup runways and airport runways, Karolina’s trans-Atlantic journey is a hell of a flight. Why is “Respectible Fighting” crucial in the VC fund? From White Star Capital -> Credo Ventures; Does the European modesty work better than American-boosted culture? Is the principle of “survival of the fittest” more pronounced in the modeling industry or the startup world?

Why does she still feel like an imposter?

#17: Harvey Ma, founder at Aedge Ventures, about sneakerhead, 1st step when scaling to APAC or common mistakes EU / USA startups do when scaling to Asia

Harvey Ma, Ex Rocket Internet, now founder at Aedge Ventures and Managing Partner at BlackStorm Consulting with experiences from Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Mainland China. And sneakerhead. What should be the 1st step when scaling to APAC? How deep should the founder study the complexity of loucal soup & entaglend relationships and historical grudges? What are the common mistakes EU / USA startups do when scaling to Asia? Listen to find out!

#16: Zoe Reich (Octopus Ventures) and 50M DeepTech fund, her own exit, volcanology and mountain climbing

How many VCs do you know are mountain climbers? And how many of them are competitive weightlifters? Last question: How many of them studied volcanology? Sounds improbable?

Then meet our next precious guest; Zoë Reich from Octopus Ventures in London! She’s an experienced VC investor, successfully exited her own startup (hint crypto market), did research on the Science, Research and Innovation Department at the British Government and now manages a 50M EUR fund focused on DeepTech.

#15: Marvin Liao (Diaspora Ventures) and Jan Krahulík (DEPO Ventures) about CEE startups still aspiring for the “big fish in a small pond”

Why should guinea pigs be careful around Marvin Liao and Jan Krahulík? Are CEE startups still aspiring for the “big fish in a small pond” award? How does the rolling fund roll out? Why does Marvin think VCs didn’t learn a thing? What mistakes do they repeat like guinea piggies in a wheel? What are the unsexy verticals VCs overlook? Are Jan or Marvin Assholes?
Listen to the latest episode with Marvin Liao from Diaspora Ventures and Jan Krahulik from Depo Ventures hosted by our Katerina Syslova.

#14: Technology Incubation and Czechinvest (Matous Kostlivy) helping Czech startups, represented by Tolgee (Jan Cizmar)

Grandma asks why her kitchen robot isn’t an AI: and Matous Kostlivy, director of AI Hub, and Jan Cizmar, founder of an AI startup, answer. What is the difference between this and the previous meta and crypto hypes? Is there an AI winter coming…ever? Why is state support crucial? Isn’t private money enough? How does Technologicka inkubace works with startups? Was longboarding ever really cool?

That and much more in our podcast with Matous Kostlivy from CzechInvest, Jan Cizmar from Tolgee.

#13: Startup Cinema & Theranos: Blood, Money and Ego Event

Tento díl našeho podcastu bude speciální, jedná o záznam z našeho eventu #Startup Cinema s podtitulem Theranos: Blood, Money and Ego, kde jsme nejen hledali recept na úspěch, ale také se pídili po tom, proč se tolik lidí Theranos polívkou otrávilo.

Do panelu přijali pozvání Honza Husták z Hustakomunkejšn (který nám podal úhel pohledu PRisty), Ondřej Zemek ze Sparring Legal (úhel pohledu právníka), Petr Štěpánek z Macromo (úhel pohledu Foundera) a v neposlední řadě také Jana Dusheke ze Seed Starteru České Spořitelny (úhel pohledu VC investora). Užijte si poslech a zjistěte si svou krevní skupinu 🙂

#12: Peter Lasinger (3VC) about managing the largest Series A-focused fund in Austria, multinational team and beer.

Managing the largest Series A-focused fund in Austria of €150m – investing in the CEE and DACH region – why didn’t they (like Pet Shop Boys) GO WEST? With several investments in Czech companies (GAMEE or TATUM) and leading a diverse team of 8 nationalities, Peter Lasinger sees the regional (startup) cooking differences. He knows who has the best food & beer.

Are we experiencing a Bear or just a Teddy-Bear market?

#11: Adam Kocik about the Perfect-looking Investment, NYC Subway and Hyped Investors

Who is hungrier: New York City subway’ rats or a hyped investor? Listen to our newest Startup Kitchen Talk with Adam Kocik from J&T Ventures to find out! What is J&T Venture’s relationship with their bank mothership? Do they cook independently?

We also chat about M&A, MBA, and MMA. What a podcast goal!

#10: Kristýna Minářová o startupech v korporátech, oxymorónech, štikách i převodovkách

Banka konající pro společnost, nikoli pro zisk – je to oxymoron, nebo vůbec ne? Pusťte si náš nejnovější podcast s Kristýnou Minářovou a dovíte se třeba Proč je někdy v korporátu dobře a občas prší nebo jak se bude jmenovat startupové oddělení Raiffaisenbank?

Poslechněte si a pak nám dejte vědět, jestli jste v tématu work-life balance spíše Kristýna, nebo Ondra Bartoš!

#9: Ondrej Bartos (2nd Part) about VC sheeps, deceptive founders, and better to burn out (than to fade away)

Do investors make “Woo”  or “Baa”? ?
In Part 2 of our podcast with Ondrej Bartos, we furtherly discuss the ZOO of CEE startup ecosystems.
How is the Bear doing? Is he staying long?
How to let down your investor – examples included.
Downsizing of your fund – clever move or a lack of LP money?
How superficial is the unicorn hunt, and what rising stars is Ondrej sorry he missed?
Was it possible to “burn out” in the 90s, and what would Curt Cobain think?
Listen to Ondrej Bartos’s podcast, part 2, with our Kate Syslova.

#8: Ondrej Bartos (1st Part) about Unicorn–Kentaurs, hypes, and the dark side of startup incentives

Ondrej Bartos, the devil, and angel, the father of the CEE startup ecosystem. He doesn’t want to be called Gordon Ramsay of the Startup Kitchen and doesn’t like flat white, yoga, and European Investment Fund money.

Founder of Credo Ventures, who prefers questions instead of answering them, joined our podcast to answer some nevertheless. This episode is the 1st part of our unusually high 2-episode-long talk about CEE startup history and Ondrej’s views on life, the kitchen, and everything.

#7: Lucie Bresova about Scaling Tech Startups, TravelTech, The Future of VR and Eating Healthy

Scaling, Scaling and Scaling! Meet our new podcast guest Lucie Brešová who has a remarkable CV (Ernst & Young or JIC Brno) and is an expert on scaling tech startups. She managed the exponential growth of the travel tech disruptor, taking the company from 10 to 2000 people globally and setting the financial systems to sustain growth from 0 to 1bn€ in turnover in 4 years. She’s also a Board Member at Pocket Virtuality which develops a unique VR technology.

#6: Michael Schuster about managing multi-million dollar Speedinvest and Eating Bulls balls

Michael Schuster is a Former Managing Partner of multi-million dollar VC fund Speedinvest with offices in Berlin, London, Paris, Vienna, and Munich, more than 390 investments, and recently closed €500M new fund to help even more early-stage European tech startups scale to global success. In our newest Episode, hosted by lovely Kate Syslova, Michael discusses  and also being a Chef or eating Bulls balls (no kidding 😀 ). What does Michael think of convertible loans? Are they as useful and powerful as Founders think?


Opening a cowork sounds lovely right? How about opening a cowork with deadly deadlines and no floors? The Opero team made it on time!
Kudos to Pavel Přikryl, Hanka Kučerová, Bára Seidlová & co. Hanka described the tasty struggles in our brand new podcast episode hosted by Kate Syslova. It is called Startup Kitchen Talk and here is a sneak peek!

#4: frank salzgeber and why we need more space

This episode was recorded at the beginning of the pandemic, during WeAre Summit 2020. As Head of the Innovation and Ventures Office, Frank is overseeing the largest Space Entrepreneurship network in the world. His team has initiated over 360 industry transfers and supported nearly 1000 start-ups. He supports the exploitation of the ESA patent portfolio and promotes the ESA BA (Business Applications) offer of ESA which has supported an additional over 600 business cases. In the next 3 years, ESA Space Solutions will invest 220 Mio Euro in the seed.

#3: Katherine maher on the modern age of information

This episode was recorded at the beginning of the pandemic, during WeAre Summit 2020. Katherine Maher is a former chief executive officer and executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, positions she held from 2019 to April 2021 and from 2016 to April 2021 respectively. Previously, she was a chief communications officer. She has a background in information and communications technology.

#2: esther wojcicki on the future of education

This episode was recorded at the beginning of the pandemic, during WeAre Summit 2020. Esther Wojcicki is an American journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons advisory council. She has studied education and technology and is the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program in Palo Alto, CA., and the Co-Founder of TractLearning, Inc publishes the website, a peer-to-peer, project-based, gamified learning platform for kids 8 years and over.

#1: guy kawasaki on the art of innovation

This episode was recorded at the beginning of the pandemic, during WeAre Summit 2020. Guy Kawasaki did not invent secular evangelism, but he popularized it. This goes back to 1983 and his work with the Macintosh Division of Apple. He is currently the chief evangelist of Canva, an online, graphics-design company from Australia.

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[CZ] provdat dvanáctiletou dceru rodiče bolí, ale zařídí jí tím budoucnost. Amerika je hrozně drsná.

S Kateřinou Syslovou o zkušenostech se životem v Indonésii a Severní Americe: studium v Indonésii a nahlédnutí na místní společenské a ekologické problémy vzniklé příchodem západních společností, práce na Aljašce, pobyt v USA a setkání se s překvapující přátelskostí i zpátečnickým smýšlením.

[CZ] pracovala jsem na baťově farmě v brazíli. článek mi odmítli vydat, chtěli fotky pláží, ne mrtvol.

S Kateřinou Syslovou o zkušenostech se životem v Brazílii a Indonésii: práce na Baťově farmě v Brazílii, muslimsko-česká svatba, indonéská filmová kultura, tradice mrtvých na ulici.

[CZ] Adam Cironis - Digitalizace zdánlivě nemožného

Státní instituce a digitalizace. Výzva sama o sobě. Nové rozměry to ale dostává pokud pracujete pro Národní muzeum. Čím je vlastně specifické a jaké zvolit obecně nástroje, aby to všechno fungovalo? Nejen o tom v dnešním díle s Adamem Cironisem z Národního muzea.

[CZ] 1. stereotyp – programování není pro staré (Hugo mrázek)

V našem prvním díle jsme si pozvali našeho staršího kamárada Huga. Stereotyp ohledně stáří programátora jsme si nevybrali jen tak náhodou, jelikož Hugo patří mezi dinosaury programování a podával si ruku se samotným Janem Žižkou při navrhování jeho vozové hradby. Z nějakého důvodu jsme se dozvěděli, že by Hugo rád chodil venku úplně nahý, ale to už si musíte poslechnout sami.

[CZ] Czechinvest startup backstage #11 – Existuje recept na úspech? Tomáš cironis ho zná

Hostem jedenáctého dílu seriálu CzechInvest Startup Backstage je masterchef Tomáš Cironis! Místo kuchyně ale tvoří divy v Startup Kitchen. A to není vše, také působí jako Director, Head of Community a boří zajeté hranice s Disraptors. Probereme s ním řadu témat, dozvíte se více o Startup Kitchen a Investiční akademii, kterou jsme si pro vás s našimi partnery připravili v CzechInvestu, řeč padne také na Disraptors a změny, kterými si prošel a zjistíte také to, jestli Tomáš má ambice založit si vlastní startup.

[ENG] Helping first-time founders find the recipe for the success

Tomas Cironis is the Master Chef of the Startup Kitchen. He and his team are helping first-time founders to raise their first funding rounds and guide them on their journey to build successful startups.

In this podcast episode, Tomas shares his journey and the reason behind starting the community of the Startup Kitchen, what type of services and help they are providing to founders, lessons learned from his conversations with successful people like Steve Wozniak, and his expectations towards the startup ecosystem in the Czech Republic.