Building the Dream

Personal Stories of 12 Dutch Tech Titans

Explore the inspiring journeys of these tech entrepreneurs uncovering personal stories, lessons, and the human side of tech innovation.


S01 / E07 - 28 May 2024

Michel did everything to nurture his start-up for > 5 years before it could pay him a first salary. Another 7 years later (+- 3 million ARR, + 175 clients and +-3,8 million end users) he did a massive textbook exit.No external startup capitalNo sales & marketing

S01 / E06 - 14 May 2024

Ever wondered what those VC’s, business angels or Private Equity guys are looking for and how they operate? Then listen to my latest podcast with Frank Appeldoorn, managing partner at Arches Capital.Arches Capital is a fast growing group of business angels that is bridging the gap between...

S01 / E05 - 04 March 2024

I had the honor to sit down and interview Feike Groen, VP of Product & Tech at Channel Engine and former IT-director at Bol.com 🎙️This podcast is a MUST listen for every serious scale-up. We took a deep dive into his story, from growing up in a small village to becoming a key leader...

S01 / E04 - 09 February 2024

What a pleasure to learn this time from Mees van Velzen, founder and CEO of MrWork.MrWork, based in Rotterdam, is the nr1 Recruitment Marketing Automation platform.We talked about his very inspiring journey of the last twelve years building MrWork and dealing with all the ups and do...

S01 / E03 - 25 January 2024

This time I had the honor to dive deep with Martijn Beumer, co-founder and CPO of Producthero!Producthero currently serves >10.000 webshops and + 500 online marketing agencies, has an Ad Spend of a staggering +1.5 billion (!!) euro over their platform and works for brands like Nike, Ikea,...

S01 / E02 - 01 November 2023

Ruben scaled Ticketscript to over $100 million in revenue; earning the title of Europe's nr1. online ticketing site before he and Frans sold it in 2017 to Eventbrite. Now he spends his time as an investor and also works as the CEO of LeadingCourses

S01 / E01 - 25 September 2023

After a successful launch in the United States, Daniel, CEO of GoPhoto shares some of his insights, and know-how for scaling his business. From paparazzi in the bushes to SaaS powerhouse conquering the USA: Daniel is building his dream!Growing up as the son of a successful bus...

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About Building the Dream

Rome was not built in a day, and neither are successful tech scale-ups. Join us on a captivating journey as we delve into the personal stories of 12 Dutch Tech Titans who transformed their tech startups into industry giants.

In "Building the Dream," we take you on an exploration of their remarkable journeys, filled with challenges, triumphs, and life-changing experiences. These tech pioneers share their intimate stories and insights into the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship. Who are these extraordinary individuals, and what valuable lessons do they have to offer?

Get ready to be inspired by the real-life stories of resilience, vision, and determination in the world of Dutch tech entrepreneurship.

Host of the podcast: Leopold van Oosten, CEO & founder of Amsterdam Standard.

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