Today, we are speaking with Berlin-born serial entrepreneur Frederik Fleck. Over the last 20 years he has built start-ups from the ground up and led them to successful exits. He is also passing on his knowledge about entrepreneurship and scaling companies to start-ups and young entrepreneurs, whom he supports as a business angel.
Our conversation evolves about taking risks, and what it really is that one has to lose when doing so. Frederik is sharing with us that whenever he starts a new company, he doesn’t even think of it as a risky undertaking. Instead of being afraid of losing money or reputation around investing in start-ups, he says, he would be rather afraid of needing to get himself a job.
You will hear from Frederik in this episode how he from early on has been led by his “that-I-can-do-myself, and-maybe-even-a-little-bit-better” – mindset. When he was 17 years old, he set up the entire IT system for his father’s office, who is a lawyer.
Also, he is talking about how he sets himself a learning agenda: “I’m always trying to learn something new every year and never stop being in the learner position….it should never end in my lifetime that I’m learning something new”, he says.
We also hear, how he found his “WHY” and where he stands in terms of the legacy that he wants to leave behind, wondering, if this should be money at all, or if he wanted to pass on just values and principles.
We’re excited to have you as our guest on Before It’s Too Late today, Frederik Fleck!