Hi,

Hope you're doing well?

I'm Alex from Munich, Germany 🇩🇪 Co-Founder, Startup Mentor, and Commercial Specialist (Sales/Marketing/Business Development) with 10+ years in digital Startups (SaaS and marketplaces).

WHAT I OFFER:

I would love to share some of the learnings I acquired along the way and help you avoid some of the mistakes I had to make to learn them. This includes:

- How to evaluate your business idea

- How to find product-market fit

- How to create a powerful go-to-market strategy (GTM)

- How to find your first paying customers

- How to hire the RIGHT first 10 employees around the founding team

- How to motivate yourself

- How to close your first funding (Business Angels & Seed)

...

WHAT I CARE ABOUT:

👉 Brainstorming new business ideas 💡

👉Sustainability, healthy food, and barista coffee ☕.

👉 Traveling, well-being, and all kinds of sports like skiing, beach volleyball, yoga, and fitness 🧘‍♂️

👉 Books & podcasts about startups, leadership, personal development, & positive mindset 📚

MY PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND 💻:

I'm currently at the beginning of my second startup after I left my previous startup (www.strydal.com and www.classcamp.com) in March 2021.

👉 studied business administration (Master) and sports science (Bachelor) at TUM

👉 from 2014 till 2019:

- one of the first 3 employees of Eversports (www.eversports.com) and growing to 100+ employees

- head of sales

- led the European expansion

👉 from 2019-2021: CEO and Co-Founder of Strydal www.strydal.com (rebranded to www.classcamp.com)

I am looking forward to great conversations and inspiring mentoring sessions!

P.S. Receive bi-weekly Startup Business Tips

📩 Subscribe to my free Startup Business Tips Newsletter: https://startupbusinesstips.substack.com/

My Mentoring Topics

  • Startup
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sales
  • Marketing & Growth
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising (Early Stage)
  • B2B SaaS
  • B2B2C models
  • SaaS
  • Marketplaces
  • Motivation
O.
5.August 2022

Meeting with Alexander was great! Alexander can offer expertise in various fields. We talked about fundraising and due to Alexander fundraising experience in his own venture he shared some special insights u won't be able to get to know by reading books. We'll stay in touch!

S.
27.July 2022

Session was great. Alex provided advised based on previous experience that I as a first time founder I really appreciate

S.
27.July 2022

Session was great. Alex provided advised based on previous experience that I as a first time founder I really appreciate

M.
22.July 2022

The session with Alexander was really helpful. He had lots of ideas to share and was able to give me specific advice on how to move forward with my startup. I would definitely recommend him to people looking to start or scale their organisations.

B.
8.July 2022

Alexander was very welcoming. We both shared our experiences and he answered specific questions i had. His startup journey was interesting and learning about the pro/con was valuable. I believe that knowledge is power and the insight i got from this session definitely was a great start. Thank you again for your time!

J.
27.June 2022

It was a good session! Alex has a lot of knowledge in the B2B SaaS area and was able to share good inputs and experiences!

J.
30.April 2022

Amazing. Great expertise with the right attitude and patience. A pleasure to met him; and totally thankful for the tips and data.

J.
27.April 2022

Amazing. Great expertise with the right attitude and patience. A pleasure to met him; and totally thankful for the tips and data.

M.
22.April 2022

Hi Alex, thank you very much for your time and the opportunity to learn from you. Talking with you, I had the feeling that you immediately understood me and my vision. I really had the feeling that you took the time to understand my situation before giving advise. Your feedback will help me building my startup, I'm sure about that :) Thank you again! Best, Max

P.
1.April 2022

Yes, the session was very helpful!

Alex helped me with very precise information, and he understood immediately what my goal was. The way to answer the questions and offer different possibilities was also very well explained.

Another cool aspect for me was his relationship to sports, what in my case was very needed.

F.
29.March 2022

Hallo Alexander,

vielen Dank für die gemeinsame Session letzte Woche. Deine Anreize und Ideen haben mir dabei geholfen neue Handlungen anzugehen und meinem Topic näher zu kommen. Gerne wieder!

LG

T.
26.March 2022

Great session.

Alexander listened to my situation and provided views from his experience.

Now I have a broader perspective and a couple of practical ideas I can test.

I highly recommend scheduling a session with Alexander.

P.
18.March 2022

It was really insightful and fruitful speaking with Alexander. He provided me lots of resources & tips about the startup ecosystem & how to get involved. I can feel his entrepreneurship passion just by talking to him & his drive to add value to people. For anyone of you who are interested in the startup ecosystem, get in touch with him.

A.
9.March 2022

Thank you for the mentoring session, we learned a lot, and we

appreciate the time you took to make sure everything was well

understood. really we are happy with amount of information and

feedback we got form a session.

B.
2.February 2022

Alex was very patient and understood my project challenges. I liked the fact that his experiences were relevant to what any early stage founder would face and was able to provide unique insights to think about aspects I haven't thoroughly considered before.

K.
24.January 2022

Vielen Dank für Deine Zeit! Ich fand es ein super angenehmens Gespräch auf Augenhöhe, und hatte von Anfang an das Gefühl, meine Herausforderungen offen ansprechen zu können. Während des Gesprächs habe ich mir super viele Notizen gemacht. Danke für die Inspiration und die guten Gedankenanstöße! Ebenfalls ein guter Mix aus Erfahrungen von Dir und "key facts" und guten Fragen, die mich selbst auf die richtigen Gedanken bringen.

super: klare Kommunikation & Erklärung warum man direkt in das Thema einsteigen sollte (wenig small talk)

Feedback:

- für eine kurze session finde ich es immer super als "Coach" eine klare Fragestellung pro Session zu formulieren. So kann man nach 60 minuten rückfragen, ob man das Ziel gemeinsam erreicht hat.

A.
23.January 2022

Very insightful sessions, as always! Alex has a really cool approach to understanding and challenging ideas and asks very relevant questions! Would definitely recommend him as a mentor! You will learn a lot!

F.
18.January 2022

Alex asked me a lot of questions that helped me think through and eventually get to what I was looking for. He shared his experience and knowledge which is very enriching. Thanks, Alex!

D.
14.January 2022

Das Gespräch mit Alexander hat mir sehr weiter geholfen. Er konnte mir gute Hinweise und Anregungen dazu geben, womit ich jetzt weitermachen werde.

R.
3.January 2022

A.
9.December 2021

I had a great session with Alex. The insights and advice that he gave me helped me to view the problem I am solving from a different angle. I know I am on a better path after the session 👍

A.
24.November 2021

Thank you very much for the sparring session Alex! It was indeed great for me to hear your perspective as a fellow cofounder and got me a step further in my decision making process about my startup career.

S.
21.November 2021

Alexander was great! He gave me such useful insight

O.
13.November 2021

Das war eine sehr coole Mentoring-Session mit Alexander! Er hat viel Erfahrung im Start-up Bereich und konnte mir gute Inputs mitgeben. Es hat viel Spaß gemacht! Vielen Dank!

W.
31.October 2021

The session was extremely helpful, he helped me identify the problems stopping me from growing my business. He helped me set up an actionable plan to grow my business and identig=fy the areas I had neglected.

Overall, it was an amazing session and I highly recommend him, you won't regret it!

O.
12.October 2021

Super helpful to say the least.

Alexander is a phenomenal and resourceful mentor who listens well to you and find creative ways to guide you through your career/ entrepreneurial journey

M.
6.October 2021

Great chat! I think you gave me great insights and points to work on mixing your experience with market knowledge.

N.
1.October 2021

The session with Alexander was very valuable for me. He not only understands the challenges of building a product, but also knows how to challenge your assumptions about product/market fit of your idea. As a technical founder, it is my blind spot to find the ways to validate ideas without spending a lot of effort on building the product. Definitely appreciated his insights! Thanks!

J.
29.September 2021

Die Session war hilfreich. Aleksander hat mich auf einige interessante Ideen gebracht, die ich in meinem Business ausprobieren könnte. Vielen Dank dafür, Aleksander!

P.
19.September 2021

The session with Alex was very helpful, where he took time to help me with all my questions with detailed answers and offered me a new preceptive to approach the challenges I was facing. Highly recommend Alex as a mentor!

M.
13.September 2021

Die Session war super hilfreich. Alexander war nach 20 Minuten in der Lage sich in unsere internen Prozesse einzudenken und unmittlbar Lösungsansätze auf strategischer Ebene zu lierfern. Auch persönlich hat alles gestimmt. Danke!

E.
24.August 2021

Very helpful. Thank you Alexander!

M.
17.August 2021

It was a great session with you. You challenged some of my thoughts and helped me to get a better understanding of what I actually want and need in my business.

J.
11.August 2021

Thanks for taking the time to volunteer your time and very professional knowledge about IT-Startup.

The session was amazing and I found a lot of value from it. The mentor was well qualified to advise me on how to progress in my app startup.

I really appreciate your dedication and effort. Looking forward for our next session together.

T.
4.August 2021

Alexander, thank you for a interesting conversation! We could immediately create a very relaxed and trustworthy relationship by sharing some of our previous entrepreneurial learnings. I got lots of valuable insights, and some great guidance on the topics I wanted to discuss. I would recommend Alexander to anyone that is interested to exchange thoughts and learnings on startups, sales, entrepreneurship, fundraising and go to market strategy.

s.
30.June 2021

good session. lncreased knowledge about sales & business dev

S.
23.June 2021

It was a very smooth, friendly and easy discussion with Alexander. He shared his learning and gave me advice on how to set up a founding team. It helped me to redefine my criterias and how to go about the process.

Think Like a Monk - Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. When you think like a monk, you’ll understand: -How to overcome negativity -How to stop overthinking -Why comparison kills love -How to use your fear -Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it -How to learn from everyone you meet -Why you are not your thoughts -How to find your purpose -Why kindness is crucial to success -And much more... Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, one of his teachers told him that he would have more impact on the world if he left the monk’s path to share his experience and wisdom with others. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents. Shetty reconnected with old school friends—many working for some of the world’s largest corporations—who were experiencing tremendous stress, pressure, and unhappiness, and they invited Shetty to coach them on well-being, purpose, and mindfulness. Since then, Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. In 2017, he was named in the Forbes magazine 30-under-30 for being a game-changer in the world of media. In 2018, he had the #1 video on Facebook with over 360 million views. His social media following totals over 38 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos which have amassed more than 8 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk.

View
Start with Why
Simon Sinek

The inspiring, life-changing bestseller by the author of LEADERS EAT LAST and TOGETHER IS BETTER. In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time. Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it. START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

View
Happy Sexy Millionaire - Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success
Steven Bartlett

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER We are losing ourselves. We're chasing the wrong things, asking the wrong questions, and polluting our minds. It's time to stop, it's time to resist and it's time to rethink the fundamental social blueprint that our lives are built upon. 'As an 18-year-old, black, broke, lonely, insecure, university drop-out, from a bankrupt family, I wrote in my diary that I wanted to be a 'Happy Sexy Millionaire' by the age of 25. By 25 I was a multi-millionaire having created a business worth over $300m dollars. Ironically, in achieving everything I set out to, I learnt that I was wrong about almost everything... The world had lied to me. It lied to me about how you attain fulfilment, love and success, why those things matter, and what those words actually mean. In this book, I'll dismantle the most popular, unaddressed lies about happiness that we've been led to believe. I'll expose the source of these lies, examine the incentives that fuel them and replace them with a practical set of scientifically proven and unconventional ideas that will help you to live a truly fulfilled life, a life full of the love you seek and the success you deserve.' 'This book will change your life if you let it.' - Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder/CEO of Impact Theory & Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition

View
Zero to One
Peter Thiel

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself. Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

View
The Big Five for Life - A Story of One Man and Leadership's Greatest Secret
John P. Strelecky

'The Big Five For Life' is a story of great leadership, of savvy decision-making, and a powerful reminder that successful leaders are not just in the business of business - they are in the business of life.

View
Nudge - Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we all are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself. Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society. Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful “choice architecture” can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take—from neither the left nor the right—on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative books to come along in many years.

View
Start Something That Matters
Blake Mycoskie

In 2006, while travelling in Argentina, young entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie encountered children too poor to afford shoes, who developed injuries on their feet that often led to serious health problems. Blake knew he wanted to help, but rather than start a charity, he went against conventional wisdom and created a for profit business to help the children who he met. With the help of a local shoemaker, Blake struck out to merge activism and fashion in the form of a local canvas shoe worn by farmers and gauchos alike, called the alpargata. Blake called his creation TOMS Shoes (which stands for "Tomorrow's Shoes") and promised to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair that he sold. Starting with only two hundred pairs of handmade shoes, optimism, and entrepreneurial charisma, Blake successfully launched TOMS into the high fashion world. They can now be seen adorning the feet of celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson, and Tobey Maguire. Blake's mission is to prove that you can achieve financial success and make the world a better place at the same time. In this book, he shares the six counterintuitive principles that have guided the growth of TOMS for the past three years: Make business personal Be resourceful without resources Reverse retirement Keep it simple Stay humble Give more, advertise less The result is an inspiring account of a young man whose entrepreneurial spirit was able to affect change in the world, and a call to others to be inspired to do the same. As part of the One for One initiative, Random House will provide a new book to a child in need with every copy of Start Something That Matters purchased.

View