EP 76 – The art of balancing startups and life with Björn Maronde

EP 76 – The art of balancing startups and life with Björn Maronde

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Get ready for an inspiring conversation with successful entrepreneur Björn Maronde in the newest episode of the Most Awesome Founder Podcast!

Björn shares his personal background, the pivotal moments that led him to entrepreneurship, and the valuable lessons he learned along the way. 📚💡 You’ll discover how an executive MBA played a role in shaping his entrepreneurial career and how he navigated the challenges of starting a business with a close friend. 🤝

Björn also reveals the importance of product-market fit and the challenges of expanding into multiple markets simultaneously. 🚀

So, whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this podcast episode is a must-listen. Tune in to gain valuable insights and strategies that will propel your startup journey.



(0:20) Dries introduction to the episode

(0:40) Björn’s entrepreneurship trajectory and the influence of doing an MBA

(2:45) Capabilities and skills required for founding 

(4:00) Björn’s first entrepreneurial activities

(6:25) Real estate crowdfunding platform Exporo

(8:30) Founding a startup with your best friend

(11:40) Björn’s most recent startup Smace

(16:25) Learnings as a serial entrepreneur

(17:55) Scaling and product market fit

(21:30) Balancing private and business life as an entrepreneur

(24:30) Advantages of an experienced founder

(27:30) Generative AI in Björn’s startup

(29:25) Participating in an accelerator as a more experienced founder

(32:00) Objectives and challenges with current product market fit

(34:00) Advice for Björn’s younger self

(36:15) Björn’s book recommendation


Björn’s book recommendations:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.