Tim Stracke von Chrono24
Before the semester break, the last KIT Entrepreneurship Talk of the summer semester took place on July 16, 2015. This time, Tim Stracke, co-CEO of Chrono24, was invited as a guest. Stracke entered the online marketplace for luxury watches in 2010. Today, the company is among the leading global market places in this sector. The success was recently crowned by an investment – the company will receive 21 m. EUR from Insight Venture Partners. Congratulations!
Stracke studied industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe TH (which is the KIT today) and also received his MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. After his studies, Stracke worked in consulting but founded his own company soon after. Before becoming a CEO of Chrono24, he was able to gather a lot of experience in the startup scene. At the E-Talk, he shared his lessons learned as a founder and entrepreneur and gave the audience personal recommendations and tips.
On February 12, 2015, Mirko Holzer of BrandMaker GmbH was welcomed as a guest at the KIT Entrepreneurship Talks. Holzer began a first attempt at founding while still at school. During his studies at the KIT (the University of Karlsruhe at the time), he was encouraged in his startup plans. He experimented with different ideas and is a successful entrepreneur and provider of a management system for the marketing industry today. Although Holzer “grew up” in the IT industry, his lessons learned are interesting for all founders:
Under the motto “founders report from real life”, the chair for Entrepreneurship and Technology Management presented the public lecture series “KIT Entrepreneurship Talks”, in which inspiring founder and entrepreneurial persons reported their founding experiences in different industries and faced the questions from the auditorium.
On October 30th, 2014, the event series started in the winter semester 2014/2015 with Dr. Friedrich Georg Hoepfner from Hoepfner Bräu (Hoepfner brewery). With about 120 guests, the “Talk” was well received. The full auditorium at our hosts’, the Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe, shows that there is great interest in the topic of company founding and that many young founders rely on the practically tested experience of successful founders. Dr. Hoepfner reported in a vivid and charming manner on his path as a founder and business angel. He offered informative insight into his life as an entrepreneur in a manner that was very entertaining for the audience and via instructive and funny anecdotes. All guests were able to experience that Dr. Hoepfner is a passionate entrepreneur and he likes passing on his experiences to the next generation of founders.