Berliner Zinner featuring Mehlhose

International Kiez Talk with Daniel and Olaf
30 minutes – uncut

Lucia Peraza Rios #Persönlich

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Berliner Zinner featuring Mehlhose

It is fascinating how different everyone’s life journey can be – and how several different life choices can still all lead to happiness and success. From our guests we find out the influences they had and the decisions they made that have significantly impacted their professional careers. The Berlin Zinner symbolises a place of exchange – with its many doors, trusting atmosphere and open minded people. It is our hope that in this environment interesting and stimulating discussions will take place that will inspire our listeners and, ideally, provide them with guidance for their own ventures or careers.

Background

Our podcast is the result of a range of conversations with entrepreneurs and creative people from our community. Our primary goal is to understand what a successful strategy looks like for our guests – and what factors, skills and processes have contributed to their success in business. This is why we decided to regularly invite and speak with entrepreneurs from Berlin in order to find out the hows and the whys of their success.

Berlin is on the move. The city is known throughout the world for its creative spirit, entrepreneurial courage and a strong hands-on mentality. Beyond that, Berlin stands for values such as internationality, sharing ideas and cooperation. We have combined these unique features in a single model.

Berliner Zimmer

The Berliner Zimmer (Berlin Room) is a unique characteristic of a Berlin apartment from the 19th and 20th centuries. It connects either the front or the rear of the building with its wings. Although it is a large room, there is only one corner window to the courtyard.
Traditionally, this room was used as a lounge or reception area. Noble families used it as a library, or a dining or music room. If the flat was small, it would sometimes serve as both the living room and the study in one. It is said that the idea for this room in Berlin came from Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
To this day the Berliner Zimmer has remained a part of Berlin’s housing culture. In most cases it is a quiet living room with a view of the backyard garden. For this reason it is often used as a bedroom or living room. If the apartment is small, sometimes there is also a kitchen or a bathroom built into this room.
Because of its unusually large size, many entrances and the unique lighting effects, creativity in design and utilisation is sometimes required. Combined with the height of the room, the stucco ceiling, the parquet flooring and personal style, every one of these rooms in Berlin is unique. Its unique charm makes it the centrepiece of sought-after flats in old buildings.

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Olaf Mehlhose #Freestyle

I was born in Bochum in 1976. Somehow, I have made my passion for writing and for stories my profession: first as a journalist – now as a copywriter and content creator. I live with my wife and two children in Berlin. Previously, I have lived in Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam and Valencia, but Berlin has always been where my heart is. The city fascinates me with its generosity, openness and creative spirit.

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Guests

Podcasts

Main topics:

Story: Podcast from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs
Main topic: Entry into entrepreneurship
Dream: initiate positive change
Highlight: international stories from Berlin

Interview Daniel & Olaf

Main topics:

History: From Transylvania to Berlin
Main topic: Company founder and CEO of elim. App.
Dream: To successfully release a globally available app.
Special: Gender Studies – what is it?

Vicki Kormesch #CultivateRelationships

Main topics:

History: Moving from the “old” to the “new” economy
Focus: Advantages and disadvantages of remote work
Dream: financial independence
Special: Living in the U.S.

Andreas Ditsche #LeadingChange

Social Media

Natalia Kravets #DestroyTheLimits

Main topics:

US Immigration Lawyer
Advantages of life abroad
Taking the plunge in life

Ayla Kremen Adomat #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Intercultural & Expat Coach
Passionate about people
Approaching life with excitement

Lucyna Bolin #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Story: Multi-talented founder
Main focus: Adaptive and inclusive children’s clothing
Dream: Doing new things to “stay awake”
Special: Mastering the balancing act between family and self-actualization and why her camera experience helped her as a female founder

Lina Phyllis Falkner #FashionWithPurpose

Main topics:

Story: World Citizen and Procurement Ninja
Main topic: Intrapreneurship vs Entrepreneurship
Dream: become a best-in-class procurement organisation
Highlight: his career at Zalando and investing in startups

Alejandro Basterrechea #ProcurementforEveryone

Main topics:

Story: Local Café Entrepreneur
Main topic: Bringing his passion to life
Dream: To grow his business while keeping the character
Highlight: how many coffees he drinks per day!

John Kamel #CoffeeLover

Main topics:

Engineering Manager to Piano Teacher
Getting used to the way of life in Germany
Embracing the culture

Susan Warner #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Organisation and Change Consultant
Investing in Learning
Balancing Cultures

Anne-Cecile #CareerEurope

Main topics:

People Development Enthusiast
Helping international experts
Loving Germany as a German

Sarah Grötzinger #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Language trainer for technical English
Getting your profession recognised
Giving Germany a fighting chance

Mariana Ramirez #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Story: Helping women understand crypto
Main topic: FemmeCapital crypto for women
Dream: make FemmeCapital international
Highlight: Career journey

Elisa Albrecht #CryptoforWomen

Main Topics:

Story: Cultural exchange & enrichment
Main Topic: Positivity in society & business
Dream: Conquer the world with happiness
Highlight: Social responsibility of leaders

Shilpaa Chogle #GlobalMindset

Main topics:

Story: Expat child explains Global Mindset
Main Topic: Cultural awareness
Dream: Strengthen creativity & innovation
Highlight: Media diversity

Kay Hall #GlobalMindset

Main topics:

Story: what the future of work, the “new work” will bring
Main Topic: How the internet and the pandemic changed work-life
Dream: building a diverse and international work environment
Highlight: the VUCA world we live in…

Inga Höltmann #Global Mindset

Main topics:

Story: First African Consulting Platform
Main Topic: Development & Entrepreneurship
Dream: Skilling Africa’s Economy
Highlight: Political dimensions of business

Glory Enyinnaya #GlobalMindset

Main topics:

International student journey
Searching for a job in Germany
Committing to German culture

Nikola Radinovic #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Story: pursuing his vocation, the fulfilment of a dream
Main topic: Tibetan medicine: healing as a form of art
Dream: to keep body and soul in harmony
Highlight: empathy

Aleksej Zasuhin #DieKunstDesHeilens

Main topics:

Study to Employment journey
Cultural differences between East & West
Always challenge the status quo

Loukik Modi #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Mastering expat life
Benefits of employment in Germany
Understanding and integrating in German culture

Steffi Montague #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Moving to another continent
Found new passion in writing
Quality life in Germany

Simone Woods #CareerEurope

Main topics:

The challenges of looking for a job in Germany
Starting a family in a foreign country
Career opportunities in Germany

Shaun Behrens #CareerEurope

Main topics:

History: From New York to Berlin
Main topic: Insurance for expats
Dream: Mutual respect
Special: Becoming a licensed insurance professional

John Ismailoglu #ProtectorAndConnector

Main topics:

Story: Getting started without a degree
Main topic: Communication on social media
Dream: Taking responsibility
Highlight: Defiant millennial

Dina Brandt #MillenialsInTheWorkplace

Main topics:

Story: Swabia to Berlin
Main Topic: founding scene
Dream: streamlining accounting
Highlight: everything for your purpose

Bettina Fischer #Purpose

Main topics:

Startups and self-employment
Berlin is not Germany
Be clear about your goals

Wasilij Korotchenko #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Story: New horizons – motherhood & hypergrowth
Main Topic: Hypergrowth phase in a company
Dream: Diversity & safety for her child
Highlight: Working at TikTok

Anna Jakovleva #PerspectiveMatters

Main topics:

Story: Finance for a better future
Main topic: Sustainable investment
Dream: A good sleep for his son
Highlight: Acknowledge one‘s privilege

Tillmann Lang #InvestForABetterWorld

Main topics:

Story: Turkey – Russia – Berlin
Main Topic: Digital Transformation
Dream: Living in Berlin
Highlight: „F*ck-Up Nights“ & failure culture

Can Adiguzel #PeraAsperaAdAstra

Main topics:

Student life in Germany
Studying successfully during the pandemic
Perfectly preparing expat studies

Shwathi Srinivasan #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Shifting abroad as a family
The German schooling system
Language learning as a life skill

Shilpaa Chogle #CareerEurope

Main topics:

The world is an adventure
Financial Guide for Expats
Succeed in Germany

Alicia Aswani #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Story: Climate depression to climate innovation
Main topic: Climate Neutrality
Dream: Impact within a decade
Highlight: Life in the „Berlin Bubble“

Lara Obst #EmpowerImpact

Main topics:

Story: Happiness is teachable
Main topic: Happiness coaching
Dream: Experiencing joy
Highlight: Animal communication

Shilpaa Chogle #HappyForNoReason

Main topics:

Story: Mexican by choice makes art
Main topic: Creative Entrepreneurship
Dream: A cello and a hug from life
Highlight: Sustainable coffee production

Ariane Vera #ShareYourColours

Main topics:

Story: East-West Entrepreneurship
Main topic: Authenticity in business
Dream: A big family
Highlight: The power of vulnerability

Andrei Stoleriu #BusinessTransformation

Main topics:

Story: Ethnologist turned writer
Main topic: Writing as a craft
Dream: Living instead of projects
Highlight: Advice for aspiring authors

Susanne Weiss #SchreibenAlsLebenskunst

„In den USA sind die Unternehmer die Superstars“
Professor Doktor Fabian Bernhard erklärt, was er unter Entrepreneurial Spirit versteht und wieso Gründer in Deutschland keinen Rockstar-Status haben.

Doktor Irène Y. Kilubi, Marketing-Expertin, Influencerin, Unternehmensberaterin

“Freelancer-only teams are equally capable”
Katrin Ruland explains why she relies on freelancers and the advantages of the collaboration.

Katrin Ruland, Founder & Managing Director of Noah Mobility

Topic focus:

Hashtag initiative #CareerEurope
Collaboration with Berliner Zinner
What makes Europe appealing?

Intro Kristina & Anu

Topic focus:

India – Dubai – Berlin
Study & Career in Germany
Networking as an expat

Amit Herekar #CareerEurope

Main topics:

Story: Modern explorer
Main topic: Nano technology
Dream: Improving the world
Highlight: Desire to learn

Miriam Janke #BreakingOutOfSociety

Topic Focus:

Agency founder
Communication & Content
Entrepreneurship

Olaf Mehlhose #CareerEurope

Topic focus:

Founder & Entrepreneur
International HR Consultant
Career opportunities in Europe

Daniel Zinner #CareerEurope

Main topics:

History: Ukraine – World – Berlin
Focus: Intrapreneur and Women Empowerment
Dream: Learn – Disrupt – Create
Special: Cinderella Story

Nina Levchuk #Innovation

Main topics:

History: From engineer to entrepreneur
Main topic: Consulting and innovation promotion
Dream: Purpose and action in harmony
Special: Selfcare is Healthcare

Jörg Rupp #UnternehmerMitHerz

Main topics:

History: Entrepreneur with 15 years
Main topic: Intuitive management consulting
Dream: Creativity and constructiveness
Special: Music is meditation

Henri Meijer #DiscoverBlindSpots

Main topics:

History: Kiev – Ireland – Berlin
Main topic: Social Media
Dream: Strengthen women-owned companies
Special: Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe

Karolina Attspodina #Fempreneur

Main topics:

History: From rural child to federal politician
Main topic: Secretary General from the Kiez
Dream: Experience the diversity of the world
Special: Social media in politics

Lars Klingbeil #MoinHierIstLars

“In the USA, the entrepreneurs are the superstars“
Professor Dr. Fabian Bernhard explains what he understands by the Entrepreneurial Spirit and why founders in Germany do not have a rock-star status.

Fabian Bernhard, Associate Professor in Family Business at the EDHEC Business School in Paris

Main topics:

Story: French exile in Berlin
Main Topic: Working Mum in Berlin
Dream: Ironman at home
Highlight: Digitization and Mobility

Kathi Hammerschmitt #LifeLongLearner

Main topics:

Story: Indian hairdresser founds start-up
Main topic: Relocation Services
Dream: promoting human potential
Highlight: New start in Germany

Nameeta Mundra #ProblemSolver

Main topics:

Story: Austria – USA – Berlin
Main topic: Cosmopolitan becomes a self-made socialpreneur
Dream: Promoting the potential of young women
Highlight: Experience and growth

Karin Heinzl #FemaleEmpowerment

„Ein Kunde muss mich und meine Arbeit sympathisch finden“
Lisa Freudenthaler, Freelance Illustratorin und Art Direktorin

Lisa Freudenthaler, Freelance Illustratorin und Art Direktorin

Main topics:

Story: Transylvanian Business Visionary
Main Topic: Digital transformation in Eastern Europe
Dream: Expand Romania’s business potential
Highlight: Europe after socialism

Stefan Koritar #SeekForMore

Strategy Ambassador

Isabella #FoodTechie

Ambassador

Anu Kamlakar #Connect

Main topics:

Story: communicative Canadian in Berlin
Main topic: life & career coaching
Dream: to honour your authentic identity as a local as well as global citizen
Highlight: philosophy of language

Catherine Lejtenyi #AtHomeInTheWorld

Main topics:

Story: Barcelona – Hamburg – Berlin?
Main topic: Financial coaching for expats
Dream: The balance between give and take
Highlight: from a cook to a financial advisor

Alicia Aswani #RockingFinance

Main topics:

Story: from India to Berlin
Main topic: Career Mentoring for Expats
Dream: Long term happiness in Berlin
Highlight: Openness is efficiency

Arun Mahajan #CareerMentor

New Work Expertin
„Ich helfe mit, die Arbeitswelt neu zu denken“

Inga Höltmann, Gründerin Accelerate Academy

Consultant – Agentur für Arbeit
“Berlin is not only hip and edgy”

Nadja Voigt, Consultant Agentur für Arbeit Berlin-Mitte

Financial planner
Video: Introduction for freelancers

Alicia Aswani, Financial planner for expats in Germany

Main topics:

Story: Montreal – Berlin – and still here
Main topic: from veterinary medicine to pet food innovation
Dream: environmentally friendly dog food
Highlight: Founding a company as a team

Véronique Glorieux #ChampionOfSustainability

New Work Expertin
„Ich helfe mit, die Arbeitswelt neu zu denken“

Inga Höltmann, Gründerin Accelerate Academy

Main topics:

History: US-American supports expats in Berlin
Main topic: Global Mobility Industry
Highlight: International Community in Berlin

Victoria Messer #ExpatExpert

Ambassador

Steffi #InspireAdventures

Comatch-Expertin
„Freiberufler sind Innovationstreiber“

Katharina Schneider, Director Growth & Business Intelligence bei Comatch

Der Bundestagsabgeordnete erläutert den positiven Einfluss von Selbstständigen auf die deutsche Wirtschaft und warum er ein Gründerstipendium für sinnvoll hält.

Interview Johannes Vogel (FDP)

Die Senatorin für Integration, Arbeit und Soziales spricht über den Wert von Freelancer*innen für Berlin und Gute Arbeit als Leitbild für eine moderne Arbeitswelt.

Interview Elke Breitenbach (DIE LINKE)

„Ich finde den Wandel der Arbeitswelt mit den Möglichkeiten, die sich privat und beruflich bieten, toll. Wenn dann noch die Sozialgesetzgebung mit dem Wandel mitginge und agiler gestaltet werden würde,…

Sozialversicherungs-Spezialistin Nancy

„Die Abgrenzung zwischen freien Mitarbeitern und Arbeitnehmern ist wahrhaftig ein Dauerbrenner. In den meisten Fällen sind die rechtlichen Themen aber bei entsprechend vorausschauendem Vorgehen gut beherrschbar.“ Jan-Jacob Roeder, LL. M…

Law-Spezialist Jan

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Immigrations-Spezialistin Martina

„Der digitale Wandel stellt uns alle vor ungeahnte Herausforderungen, insbesondere in den mannigfaltigen Arbeitswelten. Hierbei gilt es mit flexiblen und innovativen Ansätzen die Zukunft neu zu gestalten.“ Claus Wagner Manager…

VAT-Spezialist Claus

5 questions about the Covid19 grant
It’s great to get support from the government. But international freelancers should pay attention to eligibility, tax and fraud provisions.

5 questions about the Covid19 grant

„Ich kann gefühlt 400 Prozent geben“
Kreativdirektorin Anja Michel spricht über flexibles Arbeiten als Selbstständige, Kreativität auf Knopfdruck und den Vorteil von „frischen Augen“.

Anja Michel, Freelance Creative Director

„Die Arbeitswelt braucht flexible Ansätze“
Asta Baumöller, Gründerin von MELT.MEDIA BERLIN, spricht über agile Arbeit, das Mindset von Baby-Boomern und Profile erfolgreicher Freelancer*innen.

Asta Baumöller, People & Culture Expertin

„Freelancing is my career“
Luis Artemio talks about his permanent job at a start-up in Berlin, his side hustle as photographer and video artist and entrepreneurial ambitions.

Luis, Freelance Photographer & Video Artist

„I have a big dream and I want to keep chasing it“
Dinesh Ramakrishnan explains why his freelance journey was a rollercoaster from the start and for what reason he’ll never go back to being employed.

Dinesh Ramakrishnan, Freelance Personal Trainer

„Es ist sehr interessant zu beobachten, wie sich das nationale und internationale Steuerrecht, die Sichtweisen darauf und Interpretationen der Vorschriften durch sich ändernde wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen, aber auch Arbeits- und Lebensgewohnheiten…

Tax-Spezialist Dirk

„Im Mittelstand wird noch zu oft in Prozessen statt in Projekten gearbeitet“ Beate Hild arbeitet seit über 30 Jahren als Angestellte und freiberufliche Personalleiterin in mittelständischen Unternehmen. Daher weiß sie…

Beate Hild, Personalleiterin

Video-Interview mit #free2freelance
Asta Baumöller, Claudia Wulf und Holger Eggert haben die Hastag-Initiative ins Leben gerufen, um Freelancer und Unternehmen zusammenzubringen.

Video-Interview mit #free2freelance

„Berlin is quite a freelance city“
Visual designer Joanne Ong explains her move from tech-heavy San Francisco to Berlin and why she currently prefers freelance work over being employed.

Joanne Ong, Freelance Visual Designer

Main topics:

Story: Parisian Haute Cuisine comes to Berlin
Main topic: Gastronomy is a way of life
Highlight: Berlin – Bureaucracy lite

Régis Lamazère #Bistronomy

Main topics:

Story: a Spaniard in Berlin
Main topic: sustainable dog food industry
Highlight: Party – all the time

Gema Aparicio #BelieveInImpact

Community Ambassador

Lela Griessbach #Networker

Main topics:

Story: from Husum through detours to Berlin
Main topic: Medical
Highlight: Work-Life-Science-Balance

Dr. med. Anya Miller #FrauMitMut

Lubomila Jordanova
Main topics:

Story: Founder of a Sustainable Start-up
Main topic: Stopping Climate Change
Dream: Creating a Sustainable Future
Hightlight: German Mentality

Lubomila Jordanova #NoPlanB

The Berliner Zinner stands for values such as internationality, diversity and integration. That is why we support Ania Szarmach and her “Hope” song with our expertise.

#BlackLivesMatter

Will freelancing be the work model of the future? We will be looking at the current situation from a European perspective and provide an outlook for the coming years.

#Freelance

In our interview series, we asked Berlin-based entrepreneurs about the economic consequences and any lessons they could learn from the Corona crisis.

#Covid19

Together with our neighbourhood friend Lucia Peraza Rios, we have developed a five-step consulting approach called the Berlin Model. This includes the insights and influences that we have gathered in our discussions with Berlin entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

#BerlinerModell

Ambassador

Baghdad Benchallal #Trabajo

Ambassador

Kristina Kolumbus #BeSocial

Co-founder

Olaf Mehlhose #Freestyle

Co-founder

Daniel Zinner #BerlinerZinner

Ambassador

Shwathi Srinivasan #LevelUp

Main topics:

Story:Polish Fryderyk Award participant
Main topic: Jazz music
Dream: Happy humanity means love
Highlight: International Women’s Day

Ania Szarmach #MusicIsMyDaughter

Main topics:

Story:Belarus’s social transformation
Main topic: Housing Contextualize
Dream: Free thinking and tolerant children
Highlight: Urban village

Arnt von Bodelschwingh #HousingKnowledge

Main topics:

Story: From New York to Berlin
Main topic: The Art of Framing
Dream: Integration and Freedom
Highlight: Entrepreneurship Meets Anti-capitalism

Claire D’Orsay #DreamerBerlin

Ilja Gendelmann
Main topics:

Story: From the Soviet Union to West Berlin
Main topic: Architecture
Highlight: Russian-Jewish Society in Berlin

Ilja Gendelmann #GerneBerliner

Timur Stein
Main topics:

Story: From the Soviet Union to East Berlin
Main topic: Mobility
Dream: Surfer
Highlight: Climate activism

Timur Stein #SurfingDude

Lucia Peraza Rios
Main topics:

Story: German-Cuban Friendship
Main topic: Creativity Meets Entrepreneurship
Passion: Theatre
Highlight: Berlin – The Other Germany

Lucia Peraza Rios #Persönlich

Main topics:

Story: West Berlin – Growing Up in a Divided City
Main topic: Physical and Mental Fitness
Dream: Staying Fit up until old age
Highlight: Social Change

Junia Keutel #TrainHardEatSmart

Main topics:

Story: Young entrepreneurs from Berlin
Main topic: helping Berlin’s retail trade
Highlight: the coronavirus

Karsten Kossatz #HelfenBerlin

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    The Berlin Model – a consulting concept

    We have experienced many aha-moments with creative people and entrepreneurs through numerous conversations and interviews and gained insights into their work. These insights and the influence of the Berlin metropolis have strongly impacted our personal training and consulting approach.Together with our neighborhood friend Lucia Peraza Rios, we developed the Berlin Model. This enables us to share our knowledge in a structured way. For us, consulting means supporting and developing organisations and training means developing people. Each consulting project runs through our five-step model involving analysis, strategy, implementation, follow-up and development.

    The five consulting levels of the Berlin Model:#ahamoment

    Before we can decide where to go, we need to know where we are. Through interviews, workshops and brainstorming sessions we find out together where our clients are at the moment.

    #nextstop

    Where are we going? How do we get there? Drawing on the results of the analysis, we develop an initial concept. Then we check whether this concept suits our clients and is feasible in practice. Next, we develop a concrete strategy, taking into account the specific characteristics of the Berlin Model.

    #gettingitright

    Implementation is our ultimate responsibility. It is based on two assumptions: 1 poor execution prevents an idea from reaching its full potential. 2: success is at its highest when the momentum from planning is transferred directly to implementation. This is why we ensure that the idea is at the centre of all implementation phases and that, once a strategy has been developed, its implementation begins IMMEDIATELY.

    #allright?

    It is important to us to provide our clients with competent advice and a smart strategy. However, it is even more important to us that this strategy works in practice and that the client receives the added value they expect. This is why we remain available to our clients for additional consultation and fine-tuning after a concept has been implemented.

    #nextlevel

    Goals are milestones – not end points. We believe that the exchange of knowledge regarding needs and competencies plays a decisive role in the client-consultant relationship. That is why we strive for a long-term cooperation with all our business partners. The first successful project is ideally only the starting point for a successful partnership.

    Team

    Oliver Plath

    Head of Design

    Lucia Peraza Rios

    Trainer Consultant