HOT SEAT - NICOLAS RÄDECKE:
What are three words to describe yourself?
Practical, witty, curious
What was your very first business or creative idea? Did that make any money?
School newspaper as competition to the official one. Written on a typewriter, copied at my fathers office. Successful only really as a chat up line...
What was your biggest challenge when you started your first business? To find good sales people.
What was the best advice in life or business you've ever received?
No matter how good you are, there is always someone better.
Which three people, famous or not famous, dead or alive, would you most like to invite to a dinner party? Why?
The Pope, Paul Krugman and John Cleese to discuss religion, economy and philosophy.
How do you define success?
Outperforming a set goal.
What makes a founder successful?
The ability to execute a (changing) plan.
What do you do in order to keep on learning and developing?
Read, discuss and try.
Which resources are you recommending to first time entrepreneurs?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Less thinking, more acting.
What's something you don't want to regret when you're older?
How I have taken care of my health.
Is there something you know you should stop doing?
Triple-checking delegated work
What character traits of other entrepreneurs have impressed you?
Entrepreneurship in the sense of sensing the best business deal.
Do you believe successful ventures require something meaningful?
Your venture need to clearly improve if not revolutionise the product, service, experience. And you need to convey that meaning to all stakeholders.
Why are you getting involved with Best of X?
There is so much knowledge and experience out there of which both new and seasoned entrepreneurs can profit from. BoX pools this while also organising an exciting competition.