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Podcast The Scale Lab

This podcast series aims at asking real questions and getting honest answers from the most renowned entrepreneurs in the Netherlands to help other Dutch CEOs and founders in their scaling.
  • 12 things you should know about Adyen’s success story - podcast with Pieter van der Does, CEO at Adyen.
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    12 things you should know about Adyen’s success story - podcast with Pieter van der Does, CEO at Adyen.

    We couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up season #1 of The Scale Lab than having Pieter van der Does, CEO at Adyen, in our podcast studio. In our latest episode, Pieter shares his founder journey - from selling BiBit to founding Adyen. Listen to the full episode to unravel the key factors that make Pieter a scale icon of our age.

  • The success story of Booking.com: Interview with Gillian Tans, former CEO & chairwoman
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    The success story of Booking.com: Interview with Gillian Tans, former CEO & chairwoman

    In this episode, we talk with Gillian - former CEO & chairwoman of Booking.com - about the company’s scaling story: from its early growth stages to its first billion in revenue. Tune in for some key entrepreneurial lessons from Gillian on making the right strategic decisions at the right growth phases.

  • How Robert Vis elevated MessageBird to over $3 billion valuation
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    How Robert Vis elevated MessageBird to over $3 billion valuation

    Episode #10 of The Scale Lab is dedicated to the entrepreneurial story of Robert Vis - the founder & CEO of MessageBird. Together with our hosts we dive into the origins of MessageBird, and follow Robert’s learnings about raising funding, building a sustainable company culture, and thinking globally from day one. What did Silicon Valley teach Robert? We’ve summarised the key points raised within this episode below.  

  • From a submarine engineer to a successful CEO: How Sid Sijbrandij redefined the world of SaaS with GitLab
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    From a submarine engineer to a successful CEO: How Sid Sijbrandij redefined the world of SaaS with GitLab

    In the first episode of season #2 of The Scale Lab, our hosts - Constantijn and Joe - welcome Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder of GitLab, at the studio. Some highlights of the discussion: Sid shares his entrepreneurial journey from being a submarine engineer to becoming the CEO & co-founder of GitLab; he discusses the importance of strong company values in a remote work environment, and how transparency plays a crucial role in GitLab's competitiveness. 

  • The scaling journey of a tech legend: How Corinne Vigreux made TomTom a leading global brand
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    The scaling journey of a tech legend: How Corinne Vigreux made TomTom a leading global brand

    In episode 19 of The Scale Lab podcast, we welcome a special guest. One who can be rightly considered a legend within the Dutch tech ecosystem. With more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Corinne Vigreux, founder and CMO of TomTom, joins Constantijn and Joe to share the scaling journey of TomTom as well as the business learnings she has gained throughout the years.

  • How Vinted became a global fashion marketplace with Thomas Plantenga
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    How Vinted became a global fashion marketplace with Thomas Plantenga

    In episode #20 of The Scale Lab, Constantijn & Joe meet Thomas Plantenga - CEO of Vinted, who shares his exciting entrepreneurial journey before he joined the company as well as sheds light on the key strategic decisions he made as a consultant that placed Vinted back on the global tech scene. Check out some of the highlights of this discussion below and listen to the full episode for the full story.       

  • VanMoof revolution: How Taco Carlier changed the world of ebikes
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    VanMoof revolution: How Taco Carlier changed the world of ebikes

    In this episode Taco Carlier shares his entrepreneurial story - how his past experiences shaped his vision for VanMoof, what were the obstacles of finding the right product-market fit for VanMoof e-bikes, and why Taco believes in hybrid financing. 

  • How Joelle Frijters brought transparency into the advertising space with Improve Digital
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    How Joelle Frijters brought transparency into the advertising space with Improve Digital

    In this episode, Joelle Frijters - cofounder of Improve Digital - uncovers the important moments of her entrepreneurial journey: from bootstrapping until €80 million revenue to selling 85% shares of Improve Digital to Swisscom in 2016. 

  • How Marleen Vogelaar is conquering the US market with Ziel
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    How Marleen Vogelaar is conquering the US market with Ziel

    In episode #8 of The Scale Lab podcast, Marleen Vogelaar - founder of Ziel & co-founder of Shapeways - shares Ziel's scaling journey. 

  • Chris Hall, founder of Bynder: “Even the best hires of the time might not last more than a year or two”
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    Chris Hall, founder of Bynder: “Even the best hires of the time might not last more than a year or two”

    In this episode, Chris Hall - founder of Bynder - shares his expert view on what it takes to build a successful SaaS company. 

  • How Jitse Groen built Takeaway.com to become a leading food delivery player
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    How Jitse Groen built Takeaway.com to become a leading food delivery player

    In this episode, we discover how Jitse Groen - founder & CEO of Takeaway.com - taught himself to become an entrepreneur. 

  • How Manon van Essen upscaled her homemade vegan pizza into the Magioni brand
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    How Manon van Essen upscaled her homemade vegan pizza into the Magioni brand

    Listen to Manon van Essen sharing her inspiring entrepreneurial story, defined by strong dedication and determination to succeed. Find out how she made Magioni a successful business despite all the difficulties that came her way.

  • Michiel Muller on how Picnic disrupted the supermarket industry
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    Michiel Muller on how Picnic disrupted the supermarket industry

    Michiel Muller takes us through his entrepreneurial learnings and shares his vision for the future of Picnic and the online supermarket industry. 

  • How Mark de Lange is revolutionising the eyewear industry with Ace & Tate
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    How Mark de Lange is revolutionising the eyewear industry with Ace & Tate

    Mark reveals his management style and how he is working with his team to offer to his customers high quality, thoughtfully designed glasses at a fair price.

  • Welcome to The Scale Lab podcast: Intro episode
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    Welcome to The Scale Lab podcast: Intro episode

    Listen now to the intro episode of The Scale Lab podcast. Our hosts Constantijn van Oranje & Joe Wilson explain the 'why’ behind this podcast and reflect on their expectations from their honest conversations with renowned entrepreneurs.

  • How Ali Niknam changed the world of banking with bunq
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    How Ali Niknam changed the world of banking with bunq

    In this episode of The Scale Lab, we deconstruct the journey of Ali Niknam - the founder & CEO of bunq. Together with Ali, we go back in time to the roots of bunq and Ali’s beginnings as a founder. We discuss bunq's company culture and what the company stands for. Find out how bunq managed to raise $228 million and reach a $1.9 billion valuation. 

  • How Dinko Valerio became a Dutch biotech icon with Crucell, ​​ProQR Therapeutics, & Leyden Labs
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    How Dinko Valerio became a Dutch biotech icon with Crucell, ​​ProQR Therapeutics, & Leyden Labs

    We wrap up season #2 of The Scale Lab with a special guest - Dinko Valerio, scientist-turned-entrepreneur; co-founder of Leyden Labs & ProQR Therapeutics; founder of Crucell; and startup mentor. In this episode, we discover the secrets of building a successful biotech venture and securing funding within the health sector. To all the healthtech founders out there - tune in for a valuable discussion full of founder learnings and advice. 

  • How Rob van den Heuvel built Europe's #1 shipping platform with Sendcloud
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    How Rob van den Heuvel built Europe's #1 shipping platform with Sendcloud

    In this episode of The Scale Lab, Constantijn & Joe meet CEO of Sendcloud - Rob van den Heuvel. Tune in for an honest talk about Rob’s founder learnings and advice for first-time entrepreneurs. How did Sendcloud achieve its success? We’ve outlined some scaling secrets shared by Rob within the following blog. 

  • How Maxim Romain transformed the shared micro-mobility industry with Dott
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    How Maxim Romain transformed the shared micro-mobility industry with Dott

    In episode #21 of The Scale Lab podcast, we welcome Maxim Romain -  the co-founder of Amsterdam-founded micro-mobility startup Dott. In his chat with Constantijn and Joe, Maxim shares his journey as a founder and his biggest learnings. Get a feel of what this episode is about with this blog highlights.

  • How Yorick Naeff transformed the investing experience of new generations with BUX
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    How Yorick Naeff transformed the investing experience of new generations with BUX

    In this episode of The Scale Lab, we unravel the entrepreneurial story of Yorick Naeff, CEO at BUX. Read our blog where we highlight the key takeaways: how owning every single critical part in the value chain will give you that competitive edge, why it's the investors' job to keep pushing the management team & why Yorick thinks Dutch entrepreneurs are not aggressive enough.

  • Shaping the future of global employment and reinventing the culture of scaling with Job van der Voort, CEO of Remote
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    Shaping the future of global employment and reinventing the culture of scaling with Job van der Voort, CEO of Remote

    In episode 18 of The Scale Lab, Constantijn & Joe are meeting Job van der Voort - CEO of Remote. Job is sharing his unique professional path - from a neuroscientist to a SaaS entrepreneur. To give you a feel of what this conversation was like, we’re sharing with you some key excerpts from this podcast episode