Every startup story has its twists and turns. But have you ever thought about the final chapter? Let’s talk about building a startup with the end in sight. Join us for a candid chat on crafting an exit strategy from the very start.
Hear from founders who’ve been there, done that – those who’ve strategically built their startups not just to thrive, but to catch the eye of big players for potential buyouts or to set the stage for a smooth sale.
Curious about the behind-the-scenes of startup exits? Whether you’re just getting your feet wet or knee-deep in the entrepreneurial waters, come dive into the nitty-gritty of startup endgames with us.
Grab a seat, and let’s unravel the intriguing world of building with an exit in mind.
As a sports enthusiast, Joel made it to the volleyball men’s national team of Switzerland while pursuing a Master degree in Robotics, Systems & Control at ETH Zurich. Combining his passions for sports and technology, he funded VAY soon after finishing his studies. VAY built technology to analyze human movement in real-time from normal camera videos. Think of a digital personal coach!
In 2021, he sold VAY to Nautilus, a leader in connected fitness located in the US. At Nautilus, he leads the digital product management to further pursue his vision of bringing professional personal training to everybody. Joel invests in startups as an angel investor and partner of QBIT Capital and Backbone Ventures. He also still plays volleyball, but just for fun.
Ville Heimgartner is an entrepreneur and innovator with practical experience in industry and consulting. With ImagineCargo, he built a LogTech start-up in the field of flexible and sustainable parcel logistics. The company operated in the DACH region and had an international development team. He sold the platform to DPD Switzerland before the Corona pandemic. He stayed with DPD and is responsible for sustainability and electrification of the entire fleet. On the side, he invests in and advises early stage start-ups. His entrepreneurial spirit never left him and he is currently building his next venture with Popup Sauna.
Max Wirz co-founded Fairwalter in 2017 after working for almost a decade in finance and consulting. At that time, founding Fairwalter presented a great opportunity to establish the first SaaS platform for property management in Switzerland.
In January 2023, he sold Fairwalter to W&W Immo, the Swiss market leader for property management software. He continues to serve as Chairman at Fairwalter and advisor at W&W, closely follows trends in technology and entrepreneurship, and cannot wait to start his next startup.
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