Fresh, Ep. 1 with Co-Founder and CEO | Building a travel startup

If you are interested in tech entrepreneurship, you might like my recent experiment shooting video interviews with startup founders. For now, there is only one video, featuring my Berkeley-Haas classmate Johannes who is the Co-Founder and CEO.

Without further ado:

Audio version:

Future plans:

For the first episodes, I am planning to focus on UC Berkeley MBA classmates and friends. Unlike other tech and entrepreneurial shows online, I am going to focus on “fresh” entrepreneurs who have just got started recently and are not hugely successful to the point when they only give you boring politically correct “CEO press-conference” type of answers.

Also, in terms of style, I am planning to keep it very conversational as opposed to conducting it as a formal interview. It means that sometimes we will be talking about a bunch of things unrelated to business, such as music, books or life in general, just like we would when meeting friends to catch up.



0:00 Intro
0:23 Johannes’ Bio
01:15 Startup Idea: Finding inspiration in observing Swiss people traveling to India in a small group
6:47 Minimum Viable Product and Partners
12:42 Traveling Trends
14:52 Monetization
17:00 Travel Destinations: Traveling to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
20:35 Traveling hacks: How to get three seats for the price of two and when to buy tickets
25:58 Having Fun: Music for the mind and windsurfing in Bay Area
ABRIDGED  (only in full version of the video):
– Finding Funding
– Marketing: Leveraging underrated offline channels
– Non business-related chatting and Johannes’ definition of success, thoughts on happiness, advice to five years younger self, favorite books, documentaries and websites

Let us know if you are interested in these topics as well and we might post a longer version as well!


Get in touch with Johannes (guest): LinkedIn, Twitter

Get in touch with Max (host): Blog, LinkedIn and Twitter


If you liked the first episode, here are several ways to subscribe to updates:

1. Subscribe to the video updates: Youtube channelMail list and Twitter

2. Subscribe to the audio updates. Some of us do not have time watch video, but like multitasking when commuting or cooking food.
Podcast Mp3 RSS feed.  iTunes Podcast is possibly coming soon after another couple of episodes.

3. Subscribe to my blog and watch out for the show updates: Blog RSS and email list

4. Simply bookmark and visit the videos page from time to time

Pick what works best for you or a combination.



As it is the first episode and as I am still undecided how much time I am willing to invest in this experiment and what topics and people to focus on,  you can greatly influence the way it evolves in the future, so please share your direct and honest feedback!

Hate how I fidget? Let me know. Hate my mumbling of questions? Let me know.

Also, feel free to comment on my blog or Youtube channel.

Apologies for sound, editing and our English and our accents.

All episodes

  1. Co-Founder and CEO | Building a travel startup
  2. Teaman & Co Founder | Joining 500 Startups and selling luxury jewelry online
  3. Wefinance Co-Founder on building a P2P social lending platform
  4. Powr of You Co-Founder on building a personal data startup

Thank you for your interest!


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