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.
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 :)
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.
Walked the talk and started Gymhopper right after university. Made a lot of mistakes but also learned a ton.
Started a Unicorn Ventures with a friend: first it was just a playground, but then we actually started investing in early stage startups.
Three years after founding, Gymhopper was acquired by the Austrian company myclubs.
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.
Together with Chris and João, I started a booking platform for night trains. Our marketing results were strong, but COVID-19 was stronger.
Joined as enterprise account director to close b2b enterprise deals with clients from all over the world. An amazing team and great learning curve.
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 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).
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.
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.
Dealing with hiring struggles is something all leaders learn along the way. Here is my personal advice on managing a less-than-ideal hire, and what you can do to avoid future mistakes.
Als Silvan Krähenbühl sein Startup Gymhopper aufbaut, hört er oft amerikanische Business-Podcasts. Jedoch fehlt der Bezug zur Schweiz. Nachdem er sein Startup an MyClubs verkauft hat, übernimmt er den Swisspreneur Podcast und schafft damit ein Schweizer Pendant.
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.