EPISODE #35: MARKUS OKUMUS (FOUNDING PARTNER CANOPEI)
1:53 – How Markus got involved with students.ch
21:49 – How to manage several business at the same time
25:13 – How to scale up very fast
38:25 – Why Markus started his investment company
47:12 – When should you actually move your startup to San Francisco
Markus Okumus is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits in Switzerland. In 2007, his first venture, students.ch (part of Amiado Group) was acquired by Axel Springer. Only a year later, he started Fashion Days which came to be one of the leading fashion e-commerce businesses in Eastern Europe and was acquired by Naspers in 2015. In 2016, Markus started Baze, a provider of personalized nutrition supplements. Baze closed their series A round with $ 6m in August of this year.
Next to his own ventures, Markus is also active as an investor in his role as founder and partner at Canopei, an investment firm focusing on early-stage preventive, and consumer-centric health and wellness companies.