Matthijs has had a fascinating journey in business, working for multiple companies that he has gone on to sell, and working in both startups and then corporate environments after selling those businesses.
It has given him a hugely informed view of what makes successful businesses (and startups in particular) tick, and he delivers it with an incredibly calming tone as you would expect from a man who has been there and done it!
This conversation covers a wide variety of those learnings, from growing a successful team to how you should establish your mission as a company and how that should then flow down into all elements in the business structure.
We also discuss how Matthijs satisfies his desire to learn (and specific ways he goes about that), along with insight into working with investors, tips for bigger thinking, leadership and hiring approaches he uses.
This one is packed with value from top to bottom, so make sure you’ve got your notepad at the ready…
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Did you think you were going to be an entrepreneur?
Moving into the startup world and running a marketing agency
Changing from the agency to launch a new startup
Selling the business and everything it entailed, then starting corporate life
Benefits of smaller business versus larger organisations
Methods of ongoing learning
Joining WithLocals and growing a team
Investment – what to look out for and how to approach it
Advice for bigger thinking
The importance of having a mission and how it impacts the wider business
How to build an engaged team
Recommendations for hiring good people
Effective (and ineffective) marketing strategies
Building the brand
Where does he get inspiration from
Advice to someone starting their own travel business
“Every day you learn something new, and you also make lots of mistakes. You hope they go away at some point but I’m afraid they’re part of the deal.”
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