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Daniel Graf (Head of Marketplace, Uber | Founder, Kyte)

What it takes to build a great company culture and how to overcome your fear of failure

Episode #5: Daniel Graf (Head of Marketplace, Uber | Founder, Kyte)

What it takes to build a great company culture and how to overcome your fear of failure

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Episode #5: Daniel Graf (Head of Marketplace, Uber | Founder, Kyte)

Interview Timestamps

  • 01:48 – Why he lives in San Francisco where he goes during weekends
  • 03:50 – Daniel’s early days growing up in Switzerland
  • 05:39 – Education in Switzerland and why he left to the USA
  • 08:46 – His first award-winning startup and how he launched it within 11 months
  • 14:11 – How he started Kyte, a live video platform, in 2007
  • 16:59 – Why he sold Kyte in 2011
  • 18:23 – Finding product/market fit with Kyte
  • 20:23 – Kyte’s success factors
  • 22:39 – How it is to work at Google
  • 24:14 – About the open and transparent culture at Google
  • 25:31 – How Daniel manages the teams
  • 26:17 – Google’s OKR planning and implementing an effective process
  • 31:18 – Bad culture and Daniel’s experience at Twitter
  • 32:26 – How to drive the company culture as a founder/CEO
  • 33:04 – Daniel’s advice to first time entrepreneurs
  • 34:16 – Working as an entrepreneur at a large tech company
  • 36:24 – Developing confidence and overcoming the fear of failure
  • 37:51 – What Switzerland can learn from Silicon Valley & Berlin
  • 41:00 – How Daniel supports Swiss startups
  • 41:32 – What it takes to start a company nowadays
  • 42:54 – One of Daniel’s favorite gadgets
  • 44:00 – Habits that make Daniel more productive
  • 45:50 – Daniel’s morning routine
  • 47:34 – Daniel’s physical activities
  • 49:56 – Why now is the best time to start a company
  • 50:35 – How to get in touch with Daniel (please don’t abuse it)

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Biography

Daniel joined Uber in 2015 as the Head of Marketplace, the team that works on Uber’s dynamic pricing model. Before joining Uber he did a short stint at Twitter as the Vice President of Consumer Product. Prior to Twitter Daniel was in charge of leading Google’s Maps & Local teams. After Apple ousted Google Maps from iOS in 2012, Daniel led the development of an award-winning Google mapping experience that shot to number one in the iTunes store. Fast Company recognized Daniel for this achievement as one of the Most Creative People in Business 2013. Prior to Google, Daniel was the CEO of Kyte, which he founded in 2005. Kyte became a leading platform for live and on-demand video content. Daniel sold Kyte to KIT Digital in 2011. Before Kyte, Daniel joined Philips Consumer Electronics in 2001 where he developed the world’s first Internet audio stereo system and the first wireless Home Entertainment System with Internet video services. In 1999 and 2000 he was the Chief Software Engineer of ReQuest Multimedia, an award-winning Consumer Electronics startup, based in New York. There he created the world’s first MP3 Hard Disk Jukebox, the predecessor to Apple’s “iPod”. Daniel earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs (NTB) and an MS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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