Swisspod: The Transportation Vehicle of the Future / The Startup Show Episode 184

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12.02.2023



After following this amazing startup for quite some time, we are super excited to host the CEO and co-founder of Swisspod, Denis Tudor. This Monday, we discuss his startup and where they stand with its development, EPFL, and the Hyperloop team. Denis was also happy to share more details about his experience with meeting the legendary Elon Musk and a piece of advice Elon gave him.

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Denis Tudor is a young entrepreneur who is already working on a huge project. Denis entered the Hyperloop business four years ago when he got himself involved with the Rloop team. That’s when Denis got an amazing opportunity to develop his first three capsules. Now, at the EPFL, they are creating the fourth one. Currently, Denis is doing his PhD in Hyperloop, which allows him to dig more in terms of research, not just business.

Swisspod is a BtoB company whose focus is manufacturing capsules that will be sold to operators without building the actual infrastructure. Swisspod has created a proposal for the infrastructure design to offer the operators, similar to the way countries present the plans for building motorways for cars. Swisspod’s main focus is to create an efficient, scalable mode of transportation.

Website: https://swisspod.ch/

In order to find out more about what valuable piece of advice Denis got from Elon Musk, the concept of Hyperloop, and whether the speed of light can be sustained by our bodies while travelling, don’t miss out on today’s episode!

Watch the previous episode: Oliver Freigang – QashQade
In the upcoming show: Eran Banel – DouxMatok

Skip to Questions:
00:00 Intro
01:10 Who is Denis Tudor?
01:28 How do you deal with the pressure of building something as big as Swisspod at such a young age?
02:28 How does your academic background help you in your career?
03:07 What is behind the concept of ‘Hyperloop’?
03:50 What it Swisspod?
04:54 What impact is your idea making to the ecosystem?
07:10 Where do you stand with your project development right now?
08:51 How supportive is the government at this stage?
10:08 How sustainable is your project in the long run?
12:01 How supportive are the big corporations?
13:27 What is your biggest challenge?
14:30 What is your status quo and what are you offering at this phase of your development?
15:42 What is the travel difference between flying, riding on a train, and Hyperloop when going from Geneva to Zürich?
16:30 How successful are you with raising funds by selling your merchandise?
17:55 Where do you stand with fundraising now?
18:31 What differences do you see between local and foreign investors?
19:16 When can we expect the first Hyperloop to be used as a means of transport?
20:08 How do you see Hyperloop being positioned on the market in comparison to other transportation vehicles?
21:19 How much did the university help you and how?
22:00 How supportive is the local ecosystem?
23:21 How did you solve the biggest challenge we as passengers face – the acceleration?
24:20 What was your experience like with Elon Musk?

Quick Fire Q&A
27:05 What are some tips for balancing work and life?
27:24 What do you think is the most important character in an entrepreneur?
27:29 What’s important to you in an investor?
27:34 What traits do you look for when you hire?
27:37 What is your best-selling strategy?

Expert Advice
27:47 Expert advice from Denis Tudor.

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