In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Chris Langwallner whose international career in the food industry led him to launch his own business manufacturing flavourings for big food manufacturers such as Frito-Lay. He exited the business and moved with his family from Shanghai to Singapore where he then worked in a senior corporate job again before setting up a new company focussed on sustainably sourced natural flavourings.

I talk to him about his entrepreneurial journey which has taken him from Austria to Singapore, via Bristol in the UK, Moscow, India and China - the ups and downs, what he has learnt, and advice he can pass on to others starting their entrepreneurial journey.  I've known Chris a long time and it was a real pleasure to catch up with him and find out how he's doing. He's incredibly open and honest, and he laughs a lot! It was a fun interview and I think you'll really enjoy it.

In this session you’ll find out about: 

  • How Chris got funding and how his network allowed him to develop his businesses and his career
  • What he thinks is the most important thing to get right in your entrepreneurial venture
  • How he controls his mindset when things get tough
  • Why he turned away from pursuing Private Equity backing for his latest venture
  • How an innovative corporate structure allows him to retain control while attracting new investors
  • How his MBA helped him in his entrepreneurial journey

Success Quote

"Launching a business is essentially an adventure in problem-solving"
Richard Branson

Productivity Tip

Email yourself things to do

Best Business Books

Essential Drucker, by Peter Drucker

Other links


Click below for a full transcript of the interview (PDF):

Transcript of interview with Chris Langwallner


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Thanks again to Chris for joining us today on The Mission Driven Entrepreneurs Podcast.

Next time...

I'm really excited to be talking to Paul Easto who left a career in surveying to found Wilderness Scotland, an environmentally conscious travel company introducing people to outdoor activities in magnificent scenery. Until then, have a great week.