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    Questlog mastered individualized mass production

    Questlog mastered individualized mass production

    Media Partnership

    This interview is in media partnership with the CONTENTshif accelerator program (https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/programme/for-startups/), which we follow since its inception. CONTENTshift is the accelerator program of the German Book Publishers and Printers Association. Below you will find more interviews from past batches. We used to record the interviews directly at Frankfurt Book Fair, but since it is canceled this year due to Corona, we resorted to remote only interviews. At the time of the recording, we did not know who won the final award. The winner of this year’s batch is SciFlow https://www.contentshift.de/en/contentshift/news/congratulations-to-sciflow/. We will publish the exclusive interview with them as the last of our series this year.

    I did Erasmus for Entrepreneurs and already had the business plan for Questlog in my suitcase.

    Frederic Geiger, Founder and CEO Questlog  

    The Founder

    Frederic Geiger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederic-geiger-0a951b89/ ) is the founder and CEO of Questlog (https://questlog.eu/?lang=en), one of the finalists in the 2020 batch of the CONTENTshif accelerator program (https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/programme/for-startups/). Frederic set up Questlog, after graduating with a master’s degree from Technical University Munich, which also took him to Taiwan (https://www.ntu.edu.tw/) and UC Berkley (https://www.berkeley.edu/).

    Originally Frederic studied management technology, with a focus on entrepreneurship.  The EU program Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (https://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/) took him to Sweden.

     

    Many people collect small things on their travels. They see it as really precious things. … My idea was to combine these two things.

    Frederic Geiger, Founder and CEO Questlog  

     

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    Right from the beginning I put a form on my website saying “You did not find what you are looking for, send me a message here” … I block out two hours a week, where I do the designs for all the new requests.

    Frederic Geiger, Founder and CEO Questlog  

     

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    Bookshops are really the place to go for inspiration for a thoughtful present.

    Frederic Geiger, Founder and CEO Questlog  

     

    The Startup

    Questlog is a wooden box, with the shape of a country on the outside (https://questlog.eu/). You can keep all the memories from a trip inside like entrance tickets, little collectibles and so on. You can also hang the wooden boxes on the wall and display them. Every time you take them in your hand again you associate memories with the items. The box is also a great place to keep memories.

    The startup also runs individualized mass production. The wooden box is always the same and the map is printed on it at the client request. The startup also keeps a small stack of frequent tourist destinations on their inventory. All other boxes are stored without a map.

     

    My dream would be a configurator on my website, where the customers could design their product and get it shipped to them.

    Frederic Geiger, Founder and CEO Questlog  

     

    Future plans

    The company is currently only selling in Germany and is looking for a partner to expand. In the next step, you can also contribute digital content to the box, which will be financed by a crowdfunding campaign in 2021, likely Q2. It is likely that the campaign will gather supporters from North America, and this should be the start of international expansion. Right now, they are completely bootstrapped and intend to stay that way.

     

    Right now, I am only selling in Germany. We are in the process of re-designing the product for an easier production.
    Frederic Geiger, Founder and CEO Questlog  

     

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on October 22nd 19.00 CET (Frankfurt/Zürich/Milano)

    https://youtu.be/JdUau9jcGP8

     

    Other batches of CONTENTshift

    Find the article on the website here: https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/review/

    And here are our interviews from 2018 and 2019 – recorded at Frankfurt Book Fair:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96T9oRC8XO8&list=PLUbiCAQc22WsdxEzE7iASbXD4_rAAVQbx&ab_channel=Startuprad.io

     

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    The Interviewer

    This interview was conducted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder and host of Startuprad.io. Reach out to him:
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    doks. innovation enables indoor drone flights for next level digital logistics

    doks. innovation enables indoor drone flights for next-level digital logistics

    Inside a building GPS does not work. We use a combination of global mapping and local mapping… it is very very complex.

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

    The Founder

    In this interview, we talk to Benjamin Federmann (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjaminfedermann/) the CEO and Co-Founder of Kassel-based drone startup doks. innovation (https://www.doks-innovation.com/). D oks.innovation is not a hardware startup, they only provide  Benjamin has spent some time after university in marketing and consulting for some smaller and also well-known companies like Leica.

     

    The feedback from the interviews I conducted was so good, I was sure I needed to found the company

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

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    The customer can ask almost any question and find the answer in our data.

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

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    When we started with our first prototype, we crashed 30 to 40 drones.

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

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    Our drone is a flying camera to collect data for the inventory management.

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

    The Startup

     

    The startup doks.innovation enables companies to monitor their warehouses via drones, which can fly indoors without smacking on any shelf or wall. Doks is not a hardware startup. doks.innovation provides only the ai software for the drones to enable them to fly indoors. On the other hand, they are also working closely with hardware providers, since they have very specific requirements for their drones. The drones are using cutting-edge drone hardware, which is not yet publicly available.
    The company is still small, but they have reference customers like Mars and BMW.

    Our clients have to press a button and come back 3 or 4 hours later. The data collection is totally automated. The customer can ask almost any question and can find the answer in our data.
    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

    Venture Capital Funding

    doks.innovation is open to talking to new investors from Europe and the US. They are looking for the next financing round in Q1 2021 and to expand to the US in 2021.

     

    When we stared there was no hardware available for what we have been looking for.

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on October 15th, 2020 19.00 CET Frankfurt/Paris/Zürich/Milano

    https://youtu.be/yi8SmEMuuj8

     

    Drones are good for land surveying, but are there areas where drones are currently not working? So I made more than 100 interviews in one and a half year.

    Benjamin Federmann, CEO and Co-Founder doks.innovation

     

    Further Readings / Additional Resources

    Learn more about Kassel here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187342-Kassel_Hesse-Vacations.html

     

    Feedback

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    The Interviewer

    This interview was conducted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder and host of Startuprad.io. Reach out to him:
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    Emporion Innovations helps startups and corporates with anonymized testing of product ideas

    Emporion Innovations helps startups and corporates with anonymized testing of product ideas

    Many startups want to solve a whole array of problems with their product, but in the start, they are just solving a small aspect.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation
     

    The Founder

    Alexander Kuchta is the co-founder and CEO of Emporion Innovations (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-kuchta/), a small boutique agency in the Rhine-Main area (https://emporion.technology/). Alex is an economist by training, who started first with the idea of an online flee market like craigslist. This did not work, but he started working with his co-founder.

    Instead of going with their MVP to an investor, they instead decided to set up a digital agency, what they now call a digital product studio. 

    If you realize, what you do does not work, either iterate – or try something else. Maybe you learned something along the way to solve another product.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

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    Never never build a product without testing if you have a problem worth solving.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

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    If you don’t like Patreon, there is DueDash. DueDash is a Social Network, for startups and investors. We have a group of supporters there as well. You can join the group there:  https://buff.ly/2R90PYp

     

    The most crucial part of your business model is your demand. If there is no demand, your business is worth nothing.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

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    Creating a web agency on a green field is a super super bad idea.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    The Web Agency

    The team behind Emporion Ventures originally came together to set up something similar to Craigslist, a retail market place. They then decided to turn into a web agency, primarily designing UX and graphics for websites and apps. This turned over time into what they call Emporion Innovation, where they help to launch, build, and accelerate new startups and corporate startups. They focus on the product during all of the phases and help with the complete design and development of digital products. You can learn more about them here:  https://emporion.technology/

     

     Marketing personas can be done in a good way, but also in a very bad way. The good way is to understand what you are using them for.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

     

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on October 12th, 15.00 CET (Frankfurt/Milano/Zürich) – This is our Columbus Day special

     

    https://youtu.be/aQF4_XBlxjU

     

     

    Fail early, fail fast and fail very hard. This is what we have learned. Do not waste time on something that will not work.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    The Audio Interview

    The Audio Podcast will be published at the same time and be posted here, after release. Subscribe to our podcasts here

     

    Your idea is worth nothing. Ideas have no value, execution has.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Further Readings / Additional Resources

     

    Ebay Kleinanzeigen: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ebay-kleinanzeigen

    Marketing Persona: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/buyer-persona-definition-under-100-sr

     

    Even if you go out [with your product] you come to the point where you realize: What I thought would work, does not work and you want to notice this early.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

    Feedback

    Reach out to us, here is our audience survey, to give us feedback, suggest topics, interview partners or just to say “Hallo!” https://forms.gle/mLV6mVKwGwKuut8BA

     

    The Interviewer

    This interview was conducted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder and host of Startuprad.io. Reach out to him:
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Email

    Emporion Innovations helps startups and corporates with anonymized testing of product ideas

    Emporion Innovations helps startups and corporates with anonymized testing of product ideas

    Many startups want to solve a whole array of problems with their product, but in the start, they are just solving a small aspect.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation
     

    The Founder

    Alexander Kuchta is the co-founder and CEO of Emporion Innovations (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-kuchta/), a small boutique agency in the Rhine-Main area (https://emporion.technology/). Alex is an economist by training, who started first with the idea of an online flee market like craigslist. This did not work, but he started working with his co-founder.

    Instead of going with their MVP to an investor, they instead decided to set up a digital agency, what they now call a digital product studio. 

    If you realize, what you do does not work, either iterate – or try something else. Maybe you learned something along the way to solve another product.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Patreon

    Learn about our interviews hours before they are released, help in the selection of the startups we interview or even suggest startups to be interviewed, by becoming a Patron: https://buff.ly/32bZ4zW

     

    Never never build a product without testing if you have a problem worth solving.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    DueDash

    If you don’t like Patreon, there is DueDash. DueDash is a Social Network, for startups and investors. We have a group of supporters there as well. You can join the group there:  https://buff.ly/2R90PYp

     

    The most crucial part of your business model is your demand. If there is no demand, your business is worth nothing.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Affiliate Links

    Is your startup in need of a bank account in Germany? Try our partner affiliate Penta http://bit.ly/3bdHX3d

    Looking to open a bank account to shift between crypto and fiat? Try our partner Bitwala with this affiliate link here http://bit.ly/2w01Zye

    Creating a web agency on a green field is a super super bad idea.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    The Web Agency

    The team behind Emporion Ventures originally came together to set up something similar to Craigslist, a retail market place. They then decided to turn into a web agency, primarily designing UX and graphics for websites and apps. This turned over time into what they call Emporion Innovation, where they help to launch, build, and accelerate new startups and corporate startups. They focus on the product during all of the phases and help with the complete design and development of digital products. You can learn more about them here:  https://emporion.technology/

     

     Marketing personas can be done in a good way, but also in a very bad way. The good way is to understand what you are using them for.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

     

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on October 12th, 15.00 CET (Frankfurt/Milano/Zürich) – This is our Columbus Day special

     

    https://youtu.be/aQF4_XBlxjU

     

     

    Fail early, fail fast and fail very hard. This is what we have learned. Do not waste time on something that will not work.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    The Audio Interview

    The Audio Podcast will be published at the same time and be posted here, after release. Subscribe to our podcasts here

     

    Your idea is worth nothing. Ideas have no value, execution has.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Further Readings / Additional Resources

     

    Ebay Kleinanzeigen: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ebay-kleinanzeigen

    Marketing Persona: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/buyer-persona-definition-under-100-sr

     

    Even if you go out [with your product] you come to the point where you realize: What I thought would work, does not work and you want to notice this early.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

    Feedback

    Reach out to us, here is our audience survey, to give us feedback, suggest topics, interview partners or just to say “Hallo!” https://forms.gle/mLV6mVKwGwKuut8BA

     

    The Interviewer

    This interview was conducted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder and host of Startuprad.io. Reach out to him:
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Email

    Emporion Innovations helps startups and corporates with anonymized testing of product ideas

    Emporion Innovations helps startups and corporates with anonymized testing of product ideas

    Many startups want to solve a whole array of problems with their product, but in the start, they are just solving a small aspect.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation
     

    The Founder

    Alexander Kuchta is the co-founder and CEO of Emporion Innovations (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-kuchta/), a small boutique agency in the Rhine-Main area (https://emporion.technology/). Alex is an economist by training, who started first with the idea of an online flee market like craigslist. This did not work, but he started working with his co-founder.

    Instead of going with their MVP to an investor, they instead decided to set up a digital agency, what they now call a digital product studio. 

    If you realize, what you do does not work, either iterate – or try something else. Maybe you learned something along the way to solve another product.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Patreon

    Learn about our interviews hours before they are released, help in the selection of the startups we interview or even suggest startups to be interviewed, by becoming a Patron: https://buff.ly/32bZ4zW

     

    Never never build a product without testing if you have a problem worth solving.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    DueDash

    If you don’t like Patreon, there is DueDash. DueDash is a Social Network, for startups and investors. We have a group of supporters there as well. You can join the group there:  https://buff.ly/2R90PYp

     

    The most crucial part of your business model is your demand. If there is no demand, your business is worth nothing.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Affiliate Links

    Is your startup in need of a bank account in Germany? Try our partner affiliate Penta http://bit.ly/3bdHX3d

    Looking to open a bank account to shift between crypto and fiat? Try our partner Bitwala with this affiliate link here http://bit.ly/2w01Zye

    Creating a web agency on a green field is a super super bad idea.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    The Web Agency

    The team behind Emporion Ventures originally came together to set up something similar to Craigslist, a retail market place. They then decided to turn into a web agency, primarily designing UX and graphics for websites and apps. This turned over time into what they call Emporion Innovation, where they help to launch, build, and accelerate new startups and corporate startups. They focus on the product during all of the phases and help with the complete design and development of digital products. You can learn more about them here:  https://emporion.technology/

     

     Marketing personas can be done in a good way, but also in a very bad way. The good way is to understand what you are using them for.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

     

     

    The Video Interview is set to go live on October 12th, 15.00 CET (Frankfurt/Milano/Zürich) – This is our Columbus Day special

     

    https://youtu.be/aQF4_XBlxjU

     

     

    Fail early, fail fast and fail very hard. This is what we have learned. Do not waste time on something that will not work.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    The Audio Interview

    The Audio Podcast will be published at the same time and be posted here, after release. Subscribe to our podcasts here

     

    Your idea is worth nothing. Ideas have no value, execution has.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

     

    Further Readings / Additional Resources

     

    Ebay Kleinanzeigen: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ebay-kleinanzeigen

    Marketing Persona: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/buyer-persona-definition-under-100-sr

     

    Even if you go out [with your product] you come to the point where you realize: What I thought would work, does not work and you want to notice this early.
    Alexander Kuchta, CEO and Co-Founder Emporion Innovation

    Feedback

    Reach out to us, here is our audience survey, to give us feedback, suggest topics, interview partners or just to say “Hallo!” https://forms.gle/mLV6mVKwGwKuut8BA

     

    The Interviewer

    This interview was conducted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder and host of Startuprad.io. Reach out to him:
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Email