Podim DX Satellite #4 – Beneath the surface of successful companies

Tuesday, 6th of April 2021 at 18.50 – 20.00

Event partner: Silicon Gardens

Media partner: Der Brutkasten

There are many factors one should consider when discussing why a certain company is successful. Some are more apparent than others.

This event is all about revealing the not-so-obvious drivers of success. One of the big ones, that branches out into others, is leadership.

 Our guests are going to discuss topics such as:

  • What does it mean to be a good leader? Especially when you are wearing different hats as a founder, businessman and leader?
  • When in the lifecycle of the company does the importance of good and strong leadership come into play?
  • Has leadership become a buzzword and why (not)?


Join Gregor Rebolj from Silicon Gardens, Florian Gschwandtner from LEADERS 21 and Maja Mikek from Celtra and hear them reveal how various types of leadership impact a business and other success factors that stem from it. They’re all leaders with a great deal of experience they are willing to share!

The discussion will be moderated by Sara Grasel from Der Brutkasten.

The event is going to be streamed on Podim’s Facebook page and on Der Brutkasten Facebook page.

If you want to participate in the discussion and ask questions, you can join our special Zoom call! Once you register, we’ll send you an email with the Zoom link.

There are 50 Zoom spots and once they’re gone, they’re gone. So don’t hesitate and grab yours.





Gregor Rebolj, founder at Klika, Silicon Gardens Fund I and II and Kyuriosity Inc., is a serial entrepreneur and investor with excellent technical, analytical and communication skills demonstrated by 20 years of experience. He is a versatile professional and hands-on leader who motivates, trains and coaches entrepreneurs to progress toward business milestones.

Gregor founded and grew Klika from the initial 5 members to 100 members, adapting his role as required at each growth stage. He sold the company to Sportradar and formed an internal innovation lab within the Sportradar Group.

He is currently focusing on connecting and growing the local startup ecosystem and is a General Partner of a founders for founders investment fund, adding value by providing experience, coaching and business connections to entrepreneurs in early-stage technology start-ups. Founder of Kyuriosity Hub, helping startup founders grow their business from the idea stage up.


Florian Gschwandtner is a founder of Leaders21, an entrepreneur by heart and a serial founder based in Linz and Vienna, Austria.

In 2009, he co-founded Runtastic and grew the company without any funding from 0 to 250 employees from more than 40 countries. Runtastic apps reached 300+ million customers and got acquired by Adidas only six years after it was founded.

In 2012, Florian co-founded Tractive, the world market leader for GPS tracking for dogs and cats. Florian is their Chief Growth Officer since 2020.

In 2014, he started an investment company 8eyes.io together with his former co-founders. Now they have over 30 start-up investments (most early stages) and they invested into 6 start-up funds (e.g. 468 capital, Visionary Club, Speedinvest, etc.).

In 2019, Florian started his own investment company and is trying to support “young” founders and help them on their way to success. In 2021, he started his newest endeavor, Leaders21, which is all about improving leadership skills.


Maja Mikek is the Co-Founder and CFO of Celtra, a creative technology company with the purpose of redefining digital advertising through its most important aspect, the creative.

She is responsible for Celtra’s Finance operations which she built from the ground up, helping to scale the business to its current success. A master of planning and managing companies’ financial resources while balancing bold investments with profitable year-end results is just one of her talents.

Her underlying passion for social work comes to life on a daily basis; from overseeing the HR function, to helping to develop key policies and wellness programs, to discovering employees’ hidden talents and helping to develop those further, and integrate them as part of an employee’s day to day work.

In 2016, Forbes named Maja amongst the top 100 Most Successful European Female Founders while Business Insider appointed her as one of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising.


Sara Grasel is the editor-in-chief of Der Brutkasten, Austria’s leading medium for the designers of the future. 

Sara previously worked as an editor for the renowned daily newspaper “Die Presse” for 11 years, where she covered the topics of business and tech in print and online editions. Later she was the editor-in-chief at Trending Topics, a digital media company and the fastest-growing innovation portal in Austria. 

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