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Interviews

a personal view on business

Interview with Tijen Onaran, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Moderator

Who wants a standstill when it comes to entrepreneurship?

Whenever people write about Tijen Onaran, it resonates with a touch of the special. Without a doubt, she is one of the outstanding minds the German digital scene currently has to offer and recently presented readers with her very own Bible. European Business spoke with her about good communication, the essence of networking in book form and her personal non-word of the year 2018.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg, Entrepreneur, Founder and Author

Soft-Skills of the future: A clear vision and the ability to juggle several balls at the same time

A mompreneur is someone who is both a mother and a self-employed entrepreneur. That can present quite a challenge. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg manages both easily. She is CEO and Cofounder of several start-ups as well as Managing Director of the International Institute for Sustainability Management. European Business spoke with Anabel Ternès von Hattburg about the strengths of a mompreneur, stereotypes mothers have to face and why gender roles are a thing of the past.

Interview with Judith Borowski, Chief Branding Officer (CBO) at Nomos Glashütte

Making up for lost time

For centuries, the small German town of Glashütte, which is nestled in the mountains south of Dresden, has been producing some of the world’s most sought-after timepieces. Employing the same techniques of mechanical watchmaking that have been passed down through generations, Nomos Glashütte has reinvigorated the town’s beloved tradition. European Business sat down with the company’s CBO, Judith Borowski, to learn more about how Nomos applies local know-how to create its world-renowned watches.

Interview with Katharina Staudacher

“We want to be THE more natural and better alternative in the snack market”

foodloose was founded by Katharina Staudacher and Verena Ballhaus-Riegler in 2010. Since then, they have revolutionized the snack market with their organic snacks. Following rebranding, a new nut bar came on the market, along with fruit hearts and a spread. European Business spoke with Ms. Staudacher about the rebranding and the features of the new products.

Interview with Meike Bambach, Director of Hotel Paradies, Club Privé «Il Paradis»

At home on holiday

With the trend for more work and fewer and shorter holidays, every second of our precious vacation counts. Discerning individuals choose to spend their time at hotels in beautiful locations, with discrete yet luxurious service. Guests of the Hotel Paradies in the stunning Swiss Alps are members of an exclusive holiday club, and experience all this surrounded by like-minded people with whom they can share common interests and engaging conversation – a true ‘home from home’ environment. Director Meike Bambach explains her unique concept to European Business.

Interview with Dagmar-Fritz-Kramer, Managing Director of Bau-Fritz GmbH & Co. KG

Good for people and planet

It is the strong desire to build houses differently – more environmentally-friendly, more sustainably and more in tune with nature. Bau-Fritz GmbH & Co KG in Erkheim, Bavaria has been designing and building pre-fabricated timber frame houses that have won prizes for their stylish design and their use of natural, environmentally-friendly and reusable materials. Bau-Fritz’s Managing Director Dagmar Fritz-Kramer represents the fourth generation of the Fritz family.

Interview with Philippe Santi, Executive Vice President of Interparfums SA

Knowing what’s hot in the world of luxury fragrances

If you have a successful brand, as the wisdom goes, you should make the most of it. For many in the fashion industry or celebrity world, that means cashing in with their own perfume. However, creating a marketable fragrance takes a lot more than having a successful brand image, although, according to the experts, that is certainly a good place to start. As hundreds of different scents and fragrances battle it out for a share of what is now a 25 billion USD market, European Business spoke to Philippe Santi, Executive Vice President of Interparfums SA in France, which holds a respectable 2% of this lucrative market, about what it takes to come out of this business smelling of roses.

Interview with Boris Kesler, Founder and CEO of MainBot

My friend, the robot

The French start-up Mainbot has developed a robot that teaches children the principles of coding and robotics in a fun way. Winky not only looks cute, but is designed to be both a teacher and a classmate for the next generations. European Business talked to Mainbot CEO and Founder Boris Kesler about a little robot that is meant to become a friend.

Interview with Gudjon Gudmundsson, Managing Director at Einstök Beer

Icelandic Beer for the Viking within you

A decade ago, a group of American entrepreneurs decided to start a craft-beer brewery in northern Iceland, not many kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. The fact that most of the ingredients had to be imported and export routes would be no easier to manage didn’t stop them. They felt certain that the crisp and clean water of the island would be worth it. European Business spoke with Einstök Beer’s managing director Gudjon Gudmundsson about the logistical challenges his company faces, the founders’ and managers’ passion for their entrepreneurial mission, and the best beer style to kick off the new year with.

Interview with Steinþór Skúlason, CEO of Sláturfélag Suðurland

Innovation based on tradition made us one of Iceland’s strongest companies

Hardly any other Icelandic firm seems to reconcile tradition and innovation as effectively as Sláturfélag Suðurlands: The company started out as a farmers’ co-operative at the turn of the 20th century and was named one of Iceland’s strongest brands in 2018. Since its founding days, it has played a leading role in Iceland’s meat-processing market and has gone on to become Iceland’s importer for world-famous brands from Barilla to Mars. European Business spoke with Sláturfélag Suðurlands’ CEO Steinþór Skúlason about his unique home market, his favorite product and how a century-old company can continue to be an innovative leader in its field.

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