Silvan Krähenbühl

Hi, I’m Silvan, an entrepreneur and podcast host based in Zurich, Switzerland. I love to put ideas into action with great teams and hit goals we didn’t think were possible. 

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1993

Emmental

My parents run a veterinary practice together, so entrepreneurship was a topic familiar to me. But I had neither the interest nor the talent to become a veterinarian myself.

2010

First Venture

The Young Enterprise Switzerland program I participated in during highschool changed my life.  I got the startup virus and found my passion - I know this sounds cheesy :)

2013

YEC

Became president of the Young Entrepreneurs Club with the goal to position entrepreneurship as career path. Got to know a lot of people and fancy startup terms.

2015

Gymhopper

Walked the talk and started Gymhopper right after university. Made a lot of mistakes but also learned a ton.

2016

Unicorn

Started a Unicorn Ventures with a friend: first it was just a playground, but then we actually started investing in early stage startups.

2018

Exit

Three years after founding, Gymhopper was acquired by the Austrian company myclubs.

2018

Swisspreneur

The same year I took over as host of the Swisspreneur show from my friend Christian Hirsig. Today, we’re Switzerland's #1 business podcast.

2019

bookasleeper

Together with Chris and João, I started a booking platform for night trains. Our marketing results were strong, but COVID-19 was stronger.

2020

Rentouch

Joined as enterprise account director to close b2b enterprise deals with clients from all over the world. An amazing team and great learning curve.

Passion for Entrepreneurship

Already as a teenager, I discovered my passion for entrepreneurship and started my first company during high school. I love the process of creating something out of nothing, growing an idea into a real business and making plans with a skilled team which actually work out.

I also like to help others to start and grow their companies: on one hand, by releasing weekly podcasts episodes with Switzerland’s most talented founders and innovators through the Swisspreneur podcast; and, on the other hand, as a startup coach for be-advanced, Impact Hub and other organizations.

Sales Enthusiast

Sales was definitely not my passion when I started. It was difficult, uncomfortable and frustrating. Thanks to some small first wins, I didn’t give up and got better at it. Today, sales feels like a beautiful and very rewarding craft. I love to think about new ways of closing a deal, generating more leads or optimizing an already existing sales process. Whatever your challenges are, “sales cures it all” (Marc Cuban).

Building Ecosystems

I am driven by efficiency and want to connect the right people with each other to generate more value for everyone. A strong community, especially for founders, is crucial to make this happen. That’s why we try to contribute by hosting regular events and an online community for founders: to connect, learn and support each other.

Gym Learnings

  • In my spare time I love hitting the gym 3-5 times a week: it allows me to calm down and sleep better at night.
  • I am convinced that we can only perform well in the long run if we take good care of both our physical and mental health.
  • The gym is also a good reminder that persistence and consistency pay off. It's astonishing how far you can get by improving a little bit every day.

Things I write

From time to time I like putting thoughts to paper. Browse through this selection of articles to get a feel of what’s been on my mind. Topics range from startups to personal finance and self-development.

Swiss Scaleup Cruise Event

September 1, 2021
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How to sell 4-6 figure deals remotely (Podcast)

I was recently interviewed by Manuel Hartmann for the B2B Startup Sales Podcast and shared my best tips and learning from the past 6 years.

August 21, 2021
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Adapt Or Die: Lessons In Learning

“What do you look for in the startups you invest in?” Many investors, when asked this question, say they look for coachability, because...

February 22, 2021
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WHOOPS: You’re Sleeping Poorly

There’s no denying that sleep is crucial for our lives. While I didn’t pay too much attention to my sleep quality when I began my startup career with Gymhopper...

January 25, 2021
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