Interview with Nicolas Briner, Business Development Associate at Ledgy

Nico is getting off to a great start at Ledgy. I managed to catchup with him for a quick interview. Here’s the seven questions that will help you get to know him.

Nicolas Briner

Hello Nicolas, it’s been a bit more than one month since you started at Ledgy. What’s your impression so far?

Overall, I couldn’t have wished for a better start in a new company! My first impressions of working for Ledgy are pure joy and excitement. These past few weeks, I was able to get to know my fellow Ledgistas, with whom I cannot wait to continue collaborating. What an exciting journey it’s been already!

What exactly will you be doing at Ledgy?

I am part of the Business Development team which focuses on building and scaling relationships with leaders of the best companies in Europe and beyond. More concretely, my goal is to show startup founders and VCs what value Ledgy can bring to their organization. Recently I’ve been able to accomplish just that by showing two companies the power of Ledgy. I am very pleased to call them our clients now. They visibly were convinced about our mission to democratize ownership in their teams. I look forward to continuing my contribution to Ledgy’s growth and success in that way!

Your background shows unique experience in the startup environment, mainly in supporting founders and investors. How does this relate to your goals at Ledgy?

Indeed, between 2016 and 2018, I had my first glimpse into the startup world when I was the President of McGill University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship. My role there was to help other university students like me take their ideas from germination to fruition. Then I was fortunate to work for two years at Venturelab, a company designing and operating startup programs in Switzerland. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about what it takes to scale a company. Joining Ledgy is the logical next step as I hope to contribute to our growth and to the one of all the companies we work with.

Everyone at Ledgy gets a unique emoji, can you tell us the story behind yours?

Nico Scores!

Of course! My emoji is a small puppy playing ice hockey. For our readers out there, I am a HUGE ice hockey fan which is why Jahlela, our Chief Emoji Officer assigned this GIF to me. She even went as to name it “Nico Scores” because every time I will close a new deal it equates to me scoring a goal for Ledgy. I love it and use it with pride!

That’s a cool emoji story. Tell us a little bit about your hobbies and interests outside of work.

Outside of ice hockey, I love to spend time in nature hiking, skiing, cycling, climbing or doing anything else that keeps me active. I am fortunate to live in Switzerland which offers ample opportunities to be outside. Photography has also been a big part of my life. I love discovering the world through my lens and immortalizing unique landscapes I encounter when travelling.

And what does the future hold for you? Where do you see yourself in the next three years?

Today, the Business Development team is only composed of Armon and myself. Over the next three years, we will have the exciting opportunity of building a team of exceptional business developers. My role in three years will probably revolve around making sure every individual can perform to its best within the team. Hopefully, this will help Ledgy grow both geographically and as a company. In any case, I am excited to see where the next three years will bring me.

Ledgy is on a mission to democratize equity, why does this matter to you?

I share Ledgy’s view that entrepreneurship is the best way to drive effective and sustainable change in the world. This is why I’m passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in their quest to building successful ventures. However, to thrive in the long-run, I believe companies need to have the proper tool to manage what is their most precious resource: their equity. This is where Ledgy enters. By democratizing equity, I hope we can help founders attract and retain the talent and investors needed to grow their company.

Thank you Nico, it’s been great getting to know you, really looking forward to our work together.

19 Mar 2021
Ermias Giovanni
Ledgy Alumnus