Headergrafik - Alumni

Benjamin Bilski

30 Under 30 // Europe 2018: Technology

Benjamin Bilski is a former German professional swimmer and Internet entrepreneur. Back in 2015, he set up the social trading app SwipeStox, a social network for stock exchange traders with several hundred thousand users. At the same time Bilski founded the FinTech company The Naga Group AG together with Yasin Sebastian Qureshi and Christoph Brück. The listed company has more than 100 full-time employees and the value of the Naga Group is estimated at more than 280 million US dollars.

What advice would you give to young entrepreneurs?

It is extremely important to work with the right people. Many say the team is everything and I agree more and more after the years in high-growth Start-Ups (where you have so much firing and hiring). You often do not know at the beginning who are the right ones, but here I have two advices: KPIs plus personality profile. First, it is extremely important to measure employees/colleagues right from the beginning. How much is achieved, how much transparency is provided and how much is documented. If someone resists this transparency and review, this is wrong and an important sign. On the other hand, you have to know particularly close colleagues or co-founders or key people better than just from the office. In the end you still work with people who have their own personality profile. The more one knows about the background of the personality, the more helpful the cooperation becomes. Therefore: communication, outside meetings, team building. These basics can be essential later on, when it comes to going downhill or uphill!

What mistakes would you have avoided?

Too much to deliver or develop for investors or outside than for clients.

What brought you to EBS Universität at the time?

My dream was to make it to EBS Universität when I was 16 years old. I heard a lot of respect for this university and knew that it would be an important step in my business career.

To what extent did your studies at EBS Universität add value to your practice?

I built up a great network, got to know good people, set up start-ups together and got another good polish in my master’s degree.

Your most beautiful memory of EBS Universität?

I met my best friend at EBS Universität. The best were the Consulting Field Studies, the Star Club and Vinea visits together. Some funny stories have been created already…

What does the alumni network offer you?

I am always in contact with alumni and have been able to find talents for NAGA.

Do you have (a daily) continuous routine(s)?

I have been living in sunny Limassol (Cyprus) for some time now. I usually go swimming in the morning or go jogging on the beach promenade before going to office. Otherwise every day is different than the previous one - and for that I love what I do very much.

Who is your big role model?

For me there is no direct name or person. I see all successful entrepreneurs who have created a company with over a billion dollars in shareholder value as role models.

**What are your goals for 2019?

Starting this year, I will focus very strongly on growth and quality. We had a rapid growth phase with an IPO and have built a strong trading brand with NAGA. Now we have to open up several markets and improve every day.


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