Beginner's Mind

Beginner's Mind

Discover the Secrets of Deep Tech Success with Christian Soschner Discover the strategies and mindsets that transform cutting-edge deep tech ideas into thriving businesses. Christian Soschner delves into the world of deep tech, exploring how entrepreneurs and investors build value and navigate the unique challenges of breakthrough industries. Each episode features candid conversations with top investors, industry disruptors, and insightful book reviews – dissecting the strategies behind success, observed through my lens, shaped by 35+ years of building organizations and insights from ultrarunning, chess, and martial arts. Expect: Investor Insights: Learn from experts who fund innovation, identifying opportunities and mitigating risk. Entrepreneurial Journeys: Go behind-the-scenes with founders turning deep tech concepts into impactful companies. Relevant Book Reviews: Discover actionable wisdom from biographies, strategy guides, and thought-provoking reads. Focus on Impact: Understand the business models, investment strategies, and market trends that fuel deep tech's potential for real-world impact. Whether you're building the next big thing, investing in it, or keen on understanding this transformative space, this podcast is your guide to success in the world of deep tech. Join the community and shape the conversation:


May 21, 2024 33 mins

What if there was a funding source that could supercharge your startup's growth without diluting your equity? It's not a pipe dream. It's venture debt – a powerful tool that many founders and investors haven't fully explored.

In this episode, we channel the spirit of learning from industry leaders, just as in the famous Harvard Business Cases. We dissect innovative financing strategies, focusing on venture debt –...

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Ever wondered what drives Elon Musk, the world's most controversial innovator?

This biography summary by Walter Isaacson dives into the complex mind of the man behind rockets, EVs, and the Twitter takeover.

In my martial arts days, a coach taught me to study exceptional role models – a strategy akin to the famous Harvard Business Cases. Analyze success, discover core principles, then adapt them to your own unique path....

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🚀 Investing with Impact: Squire Servance on Health Equity & Venture Capital

Unlock the power of venture capital to address health disparities and drive positive social change.  In this insightful episode, we speak with Squire Servance, founder of health equity fund Syridex Bio.  Discover his unique approach to investing in companies tackling underserved health needs, proving that profitability and purpose can coexist.


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Venture capital funding is drying up, but is this a crisis or an opportunity?  Squire Servance, founder of Syridex Bio,, explains the "denominator problem," why savvy investors are targeting overlooked assets, and how his fund addresses health disparities.

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Witness the raw truth as Squire Servance, founder of Syridex Bio, a healthcare impact investor, sheds light on the glaring health disparities in the US.

In this exclusive clip (full episode coming this week!), Squire dives deep into the root causes –  from social determinants to systemic issues – and why a concerted effort across sectors is crucial for achieving true health equity.

This conversation matters to investors and C-level e...

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Ever wondered how Apple became a trillion-dollar empire, even after the loss of Steve Jobs? 

This Tim Cook biography summary reveals the operational genius and the ethical leadership strategies that redefined the company. 

Discover secrets of Apple's growth, innovation, and Cook's unwavering commitment to privacy.

Problems This Solves:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by market volatility? Discover Cook's calc...
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🚀 Navigating the Future: Owen Reynolds' Blueprint for Venture Capital Success!

Join us in this riveting episode as we explore the visionary mind of Owen Reynolds, a leading figure at Teklas Ventures, renowned for his strategic foresight in the venture capital arena. Delve into how Owen's innovative approach is not just navigating, but pioneering new pathways for startups to scale from groundbreaking ideas to glo...

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🚀 Revolutionizing the Game: Dan Bowyer's Vision for the Future of Venture Capital!

In this compelling episode, join us as we unravel the insights and strategies of Dan Bowyer, a pioneering force in the venture capital world with SuperSeed VC. Discover how his unique approach is not just reshaping, but revolutionizing how startups navigate the journey from conception to global impact.

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Venture capital is the lifeblood of innovation, transforming bold ideas into groundbreaking realities. 

Yet, navigating this high-stakes world is fraught with challenges that only the daring overcome. "The Power Law" by Sebastian Mallaby reveals the untold stories of the mavericks who dared to invest in the improbable, shaping our world with technologies once deemed impossible.

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🚀 Europe's Tech Transformation: David Dana's Vision for the Future!

In this episode, join me, Christian Soschner, for an enlightening conversation with David Dana, a leading figure in the European tech investment landscape. Discover how his strategic approach at the European Investment Fund (EIF) is driving innovation and shaping the future of technology in Europe.

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Ready to make 2024 your best year ever? 

If so, this episode is tailor-made for you. We've hand-picked the five most impactful, insightful, and exhilarating pieces of advice from various episodes of 2023, each poised to help you navigate the coming year with greater clarity and confidence.

First and foremost, a heartfelt thank you to every speaker who graced my show. Each conversation was a journey, each insi...

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Dive into the future with 'Beginner’s Mind' as I unveil the 2024 vision, a groundbreaking journey through the world of deep tech. In this special episode, join me for a riveting exploration into the minds of tech giants like Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Elon Musk. Discover exclusive insights that are shaping the future of technology and investment.

We're not just talking about trends; we're discussing real imp...

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In this episode, we dive into a groundbreaking conversation with Matías Peire, a trailblazer in the biotech venture capital space. Discover how his innovative approach at GRIDX is reshaping the future of biotech in Latin America.

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1️⃣ Bridging Science and Business: Matías discusses the unique challenges and opportunities in connecting Latin American scientific talent with global markets.<...

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📢 About This Memorable Moment
This festive season, I reflect on the journey we've shared through the 'Beginner’s Mind' podcast and our collective mission in the deep tech world.

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Drawing from the insights in Sebastian Mallaby’s 'The Power Law', I discuss how we’ve aimed to nurture connections within the deep tech ecosystem. My message intertwines the philo...

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Dive into a groundbreaking discussion with Matias Serebrinsky from Psymed Ventures, as we uncover the astonishing potential of psychedelic therapy in mental health. In this exclusive clip, Matias reveals groundbreaking clinical trial results for MDMA in treating PTSD, showing unprecedented remission rates and long-term healing. He also discusses the shift from traditional symptom management to actual healing, marking a paradigm shi...

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Did you know that the intersection of mental health and cutting-edge technology is paving the way for revolutionary therapies that could redefine our approach to mental health and wellness?

Imagine a future where AI and novel therapies like psychedelics work together to unlock new realms of mental health treatment. Matias Serebrinsky and Psymed Ventures are at the forefront of this innovation, not just envisioning it—they&...

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Did you know that New Jersey is rapidly emerging as a powerhouse of innovation, especially in the life sciences and technology sectors?

Join us in this enlightening episode with Kara Moore from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), as she unveils the state's strategic initiatives and opportunities for businesses and investors.

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1️⃣ Financial Incentives for G...

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Navigating the startup landscape is fraught with challenges that can make or break the boldest of visions. In this entrepreneurial climate, it's the audacious, the resilient, who rise to the top. Dive into this exclusive clip to discover the strategies that made Facebook a global phenomenon.

In a rare and revealing conversation, Mark Zuckerberg, the visionary founder and CEO behind Facebook, talks with Sam Altman, the...

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Munich, Bavaria - a picturesque city known for its rich history and Oktoberfest. But did you know it's also the epicenter of Europe's biotech revolution? Dive into this captivating conversation with Dr. Daniel Vitt, the driving force behind Immunic Therapeutics, as he unravels the secrets of Munich's meteoric rise in the biotech realm.

1️⃣ Munich's Meteoric Rise:
Discover how Munich transformed into...

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Every year, 18 million souls are diagnosed with cancer - that's akin to the entire population of the Netherlands. But what if there was a way to release a cancer medication just a month earlier? Imagine the countless lives saved. Dive into this riveting conversation with Philipp Baaske, the visionary behind NanoTemper, as he unveils the power of perseverance, innovation, and the audacious ambition to treat every ailment known ...

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