The Mind Field Pod

#43: Building a Startup, How to Overcome Fears & Why Delegation / Prioritisation are Key to Becoming a Successful Founder with Karl Swanepoel

July 17, 2023 Alexi Pittalis Episode 43
The Mind Field Pod
#43: Building a Startup, How to Overcome Fears & Why Delegation / Prioritisation are Key to Becoming a Successful Founder with Karl Swanepoel
Show Notes

Karl Swanepoel is the CEO & Founder of Revolancer, a platform that aims to help independent professionals and freelancers barter skills to build their service businesses.

In this episode, Karl and I delve into the many ups and downs of founder life. Karl candidly shares his experience with burnout, providing valuable insights into recognizing its signs and proactive prevention. He explains why jumping in the deep end is the most effective way to overcome major fears and how this has helped him progress in his career. We discuss hierarchies in businesses, why delegating and prioritising is a must, and Karl shares his top piece of advice for founders.

Shortly after graduating with a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, he secured pre-seed funding from London-based Venture Capital firm SFC Capital for Revolancer. This propelled the fledgling dorm-room project into a multi-million dollar tech startup. Since then, he has successfully raised over $700,000 in funding, including investments from renowned angel investors like sporting legend Bob Skinstad and grants from industry giants Google and Amazon.


KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:

  • The freelance revolution
  • Karl’s experience with burnout & learning to spot early signs
  • Why jumping in the deep end is the best way to overcome major fears
  • Work smarter not harder
  • Why delegation and prioritisation is key to becoming a successful founder
  • Karl’s view on hierarchies in businesses
  • Karl’s top piece of advice for founders

WHERE TO FIND KARL:


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