We’ve been super privileged to talk to many exciting, inspiring young entrepreneurs recently. Over the past few months these friends and peers of ours have joined us in the Skandl office to contribute to our Skandl Talks podcast series.
The full half hour shows are full of details and essential tips. Still, we’ve managed to extract some key values from five of the podcast episodes about collaboration and creative entrepreneurship. We’ve been sharing these on our Facebook page. Below you can dig into the wisdom and those who supplied it. Be sure to check out the Talks series on YouTube or Spotify.
Skandl co-founder Kick van Doorn chatted with Constantin about what to bare in mind while you’re planning your big adventure.
“I think 95% of the time it’s just starting. And also realising that if it’s not working then that’s also fine. We also don’t know what’s going to happen with Skandl, we’re going to try our best and we’re going to make it work, but if it doesn’t work then it’s still been an experience and fun.”
Your idols stood where you stand now
A Londoner with plenty of experience starting projects and testing ideas, we love Rico Louis’ sense of perspective, a trait very useful to the budding entrepreneur.
“Everyone that starts out never knew what they know today. You just have to trust your process I think, and believe in yourself, and just be out there and be open to learning about new shit, and engaging with new things, because you never know what can happen.”
Chase happiness, not money
For our fourth episode we invited Illustrator and music consultant Dennis de Groot to talk about his journey as a creative entrepreneur in music and the art scene. He offered us this classic but an important tip.
“One reason for me to pursue a creative career and to start my own business was that I didn’t want to end up in situations where I would hate what I do. So that’s kind of like the advice I give to people too. Make sure that if you do something like that, that you won’t end up hating it. That’s not productive.”
Don’t be scared to keep it small
GINGE is a musician and performer from Utrecht. You may not have heard of her yet. That’s because she’s keeping things intimate for the time being, focusing on finding out what works for her and collaborating with friends.
“Through the small things, the small gigs that I do now, I can try to find out what is good for me, what works for me.”
Doing your part does make a difference
Monai McCallough, AKA PLANTMOM, our favourite green fingered New Yorker, spoke to us about circular economies and the benefits of looking after plants.
“A lot of sustainable activity is coming from younger people. Because of small businesses like mine, these small, tiny sustainable businesses – whether it’s zero waste, whether it’s sustainable denim for example – all of us are forcing these large companies to change their ways.”