Christian Reber

Founder & CEO of 6Wunderkinder

What a year so far! While writing this, I had one of those moments realizing how fast time has flown by. I turned 28 last month and today we are finally releasing the product that kept me busy the last 10 months: Wunderlist 3. It’s a big milestone for us as a company. A new design direction, new apps, new features, and an entirely new real-time sync architecture. As with all big projects, it has been an intense process getting to this point. I am incredibly proud of our team, thanks to… » Continue Reading

This is the last part of my blog series about starting your own tech business. This part is about finding mentors and advisors to build your business, being ready for constant change and a general reminder of how to deal with success. Here are all parts one more time: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. I hope you enjoyed the series and I am happy to hear your feedback in the comments, or via Facebook and Twitter! 13. Find advisors and mentors to build your business Throughout this series I’ve… » Continue Reading

Fred Wilson mentioned this morning that he has never managed to adopt a task manager. He tries them occasionally, and just started using Wunderlist. It wasn't until we released Wunderlist that I was able to stick with a task manager myself. It's not just me, though. Let's look at the engagement numbers for Wunderlist 2: 45% are active on a monthly basis (of all users) 22.5% are active on a daily basis (of all users) Daily actives grew 4.5 times so far this year We’ll follow up with a much… » Continue Reading

So far I have shared with you 9 simple steps to start your own tech business. To date I have primarily focused on finding your way into an entrepreneurial environment Part 1, identifying a good idea Part 2, as well as starting your own business with purpose and style Part 3. Today, in steps 10-12 I want to discuss with you raising your first round of money, hiring to develop and maintain your company culture, as well as defining your role in the management of your startup. 10. Raise your first… » Continue Reading

This is the third part of my blog series about launching your own startup in Europe. You can read the first part here, and the second here. 7. Think like an athlete – Define your mission When I talk about entrepreneurship, I often talk about athletes. Athletes always train with a clear objective, like participating in a competition, or more specifically winning it. If you want to be an entrepreneur, think like an athlete and define your own mission. Why do you want to build a business?… » Continue Reading

This is the second part of my blog series about launching your own startup in Europe. You can read the first part about Dream Big and Start Small, Work to Learn Not to Earn, and Join the Community is here. 4. Find the right location When I started my first company in Berlin, I lived and worked in my apartment with one of my co-founders. There was no need for an office, we built our product right from our living room. The apartment was incredibly cheap, and we had such a fun time. We were living… » Continue Reading

I was only 19 when I moved to Berlin to study Computer Science and International Management. My big dream was to start a global tech company that would have a lasting impact in Europe. Now, 6Wunderkinder is almost three years old and looking back, things have turned out so much more differently than what I had expected. So far it has been the best time of my life – What a ride! As founder and CEO of 6Wunderkinder, I am living my dream. With Wunderlist we are building an international product… » Continue Reading

Today, we are announcing the business model behind Wunderlist, with the first version of Wunderlist Pro. For a young business like 6Wunderkinder, this is an incredibly important milestone. So much so that today I would love to take this opportunity to reflect on the last 2.5 years. I want to share with you some insights and key learnings, as well as talk a little bit about our future. Let’s start at the beginning... In November 2010, six people (two designers and four engineers – including… » Continue Reading

This year has been the most exciting in my career as an entrepreneur, but it’s also been the most challenging. We launched our new product Wunderkit after actively working on it for roughly a year, and just months after launch we decided to halt development and focus only on Wunderlist. Why? To put it simply - our users. Wunderlist currently has almost three million active users who have favoured it over Wunderkit. That’s the short story, but there’s a lot more to it. The beginning of… » Continue Reading

For months I've been struggling to find the perfect solution for a simple centralized wiki (or similar) for 6Wunderkinder. My goal was to have a central place to document everything about our company: a simple onboarding-process for new employees, product documentation for both designers and developers, processes, development resources and a lot more. Even our internal API documentation should live there. We trialled various tools over the last few months, yet nothing remained simple enough for… » Continue Reading

If you run a startup, you'll often get asked "Why are you doing this?". What's your motivation behind taking risks, raising capital, launching products, hiring people and making or losing money? My usual answer is passion, fun and opportunity, but last week a journalist once again asked me the same question and I tried to give a more detailed answer. I responded that I think a startup is like an entrance pass to Disneyland. If you want to enter Disneyland you need to invest time and money, but… » Continue Reading

Hey Internet. Today I refurbished my blog again, and I think it's the 5th time since I started blogging. I started with Posterous years ago, which was awesome to auto-post content to other services. I especially loved the feature to post stuff via email, as I'm a heavy-emailer. But it also was too complex to tweak the template, or to post little HTML-snippets. Wordpress is the most obvious tool to use for a personal blog, but for me it feels simply too heavy, I really don't want to deal with… » Continue Reading