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Patrick Flesner

About Patrick

Patrick has been working in PE/VC and M&A for two decades. He was a partner at business law firms focusing on PE/VC and M&A transactions and a partner at LeadX Capital Partners where he created one of Europe's biggest portfolios of companies active in digital commerce. At LeadX, he has invested in high growth businesses across Europe and helped them get from initial traction to sustainable high growth. Patrick is passionate about helping startup leadership teams lead and scale their businesses and has exited his investments successfully.

"I am working with Patrick on the supervisory board of orderbird AG, Berlin...He brings in all his expertise, speeding up processes and sharpening results orientation. His agility, passion, energy and commitment are valuable qualities in the team..."

—Oliver Kaltner, former CEO Leica AG

Throughout the years, Patrick has been translating his leadership and growth learnings into frameworks that he has been passing on in articles for the MIT Sloan Management Review, the Inc. Magazine, and I by IMD as well as leadership and growth workshops for startup leadership teams.

"Patrick is one of the most insightful and passionate leaders in scaling businesses that I've come across. His ability to understand a fast growing company's challenges and help define a structure and glide path to success is truly unique..."

—Raymond Wright, Co-Founder at Ufurnish

In 2021, Patrick published his high growth handbook and No. 1 Amazon bestseller FastScaling: The Smart Path to Building Massively Valuable Businesses.

In Q2 2023, the international publishing house Wiley will publish his new leadership book The Leadership House.  

"In this little book, you will find the tools necessary to enhance your leadership journey. Thanks Patrick for giving us such a gift.”

—Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks International

Patrick has created the online startup leadership course "Unlocking Your Leadership Potential" in which he turns founders into leaders.

Patrick received a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Cologne and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from INSEAD Business School.

With his wife and children, he lives in Cologne, Germany.

Online Startup Leadership Course

From Founder to Leader in 8 Weeks

Building a startup is difficult. But scaling a startup is even more difficult. 9 out of 10 startups fail and less than 1% of all startups manage to scale through the 10m revenue threshold. While founders seem to believe that most startups fail because they run out of cash, most startups fail to scale because their founders fail to transition from founders to leaders.

Against this background, Patrick has written his leadership book The Leadership House and created an 8-Week online startup leadership course. In his course Unlocking Your Leadership Potential, you will not only learn how to lead startups effectively. You will also develop your own personalized 180-Day leadership development plan reflecting what you and your leadership team must do in order to achieve your biggest goals. You will make the leap from founder to leader.

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Startup Leadership  Workshops

As an investor, board member, coach, and mentor, Patrick has been giving workshops on how to lead and scale tech businesses successfully.

"How to create immense value in minutes? That's Patrick's playing field. We worked together on several projects and workshops, helping tech scaleups expand internationally. With his experience in scaling and investing into companies, Patrick really understands to boil down complex matter to the essential. If you want to scale your business, improve your leadership or prepare your company for the next investment round, try to get his advice. Next to this, Patrick is a great story teller - in his books and on stage."

—Wolfgang Langeder, Senior Expansion Consultant at WeGrow International

"Patrick supported the METRO Accelerator (MXCel) as a mentor and speaker. Patrick has been one of the most valuable mentors of the program, helping founders with topics around rapid growth." 

—Laurent Kaestli, former MD METRO Accelerator

Please reach out if you think that Patrick can help you, too.

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Keynote Speaking

Patrick delivers both virtual presentations and in-person keynotes about leadership and growth topics. He wraps all topics you want him to talk about into exciting real life stories that will get your audience inspired and equipped to reach their biggest goals. 

"Patrick Flesner’s keynote at Estonian Business Angels Network investor day during sTARTUp Day was a hit – full of energy and smooth storyline to follow. His passion for leadership was contagious. His ideas to help founders transition to leaders and help leaders improve their leadership skills are pushing leadership thinking. If you are looking for someone to give a leadership keynote on your event with passion and actionable leadership insights, then I believe Patrick is your man."

 Harri Talin, Partner at CIVITTA and Co-Founder of ChallengerAccelerator.com

If you would like Patrick to keynote your event, please schedule a call with him.

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Board Advisory

As a board member, Patrick brings his growth and leadership related expertise, knowledge, and experience to the boardroom.

"I am working with Patrick on the supervisory board of orderbird AG, Berlin. Patrick is a very active colleague, who is interested in all aspects of the company and shows a high level of commitment. His expertise in finance and investment matters impresses with a very good view of the operative business. He brings in all his expertise, speeding up processes and sharpening results orientation. His agility, passion, energy and commitment are valuable qualities in the team. It gives me great pleasure to work together with Patrick on common goals."

—Oliver Kaltner, former CEO Leica AG

Please schedule a call with Patrick if you think he could add value to your board.

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FastScaling

In 2021, Patrick published FastScaling, a high growth handbook for founders. It has become a No. 1 Amazon bestseller.

"I work with fast scaling companies every day - and this book provides a 360 degree view on all scaling topics, from the foundations for scaling to its acceleration. Founders and startup enthusiasts alike (as well as investors) will value Patrick's firsthand experiences and practical views as an investor himself. 
I've put it on the required reading list of all high-growth ventures and investors from now on. 10 out of 10, thanks Patrick for condensing your learnings in this book."

—Gernot Schwendtner, CEO and Co-Founder of WeGrow International

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The Leadership House 

In Q2 2023, the international publishing house Wiley will publish Patrick's new leadership book globally.

"In this little book, you will find the tools necessary to enhance your leadership journey. Thanks Patrick for giving us such a gift.”

—Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks International

"Great storytelling alongside with the simultaneous communication of facts. In this book, the essentials of leadership are impressively presented in an unusual and memorable setting." 

—Gisbert Rühl, former CEO of Klöckner & Co SE

"Most leadership books are either too theoretic, esoteric, or complex—or all of the above. The Leadership House stands out. It conveys how to lead effectively, wrapped in an inspiring story full of leadership wisdom and actionable insights. This book is not only fun to read, but makes you learn how to lead with ease. Highly recommended for any leader and all who wish to become one.”

—Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL Group

With this leadership story, Patrick sweeps away leadership myths and shares a leadership development framework that leaders at all levels and in all kinds of organizations can apply to become highly effective leaders.

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Blog and Inc. Magazine Articles

In Patrick's blog, you will find more insights around leadership and growth. 

Patrick is also an Inc. Magazine contributor writing about leadership and growth. You can follow him there, too.

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