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Job profile! Setting up a business as a floating snack bar: Fail Forward as a business idea

Fail Forward is a term for a fault-tolerant approach in the development of alternatives, products or solutions. Alexander Käppler is an example of how to use it when developing business ideas.

Riversnack Alexander Käppler

Realize your own idea

School wasn't what he wanted. Part-time jobs were also not “his thing”, as Alexander Käppler calls it. "I was in a bad mood every evening and had the feeling that my work was giving a stranger free time." That left me with independence!

Because to realize his own idea, that was his thing. And the thing is called Riversnack - a kind of floating snack bar that Berliners use day in and day out on the Havel and Wannsee for sausages, drinks and other snacks sell. At least in summer when the weather is good. In winter he prefers to go fishing and works as a voice actor in Spandau.

Market gap recognized

The unusual idea came to the then twenty-year-old exactly where he works today: “One day off I was sitting on the Havel and I was almost dried up from thirst!” Says Käppler, who quickly recognized the niche in the market: “I asked myself in what a country we live in, in which there are places where you can relax wonderfully but no one comes and brings you something to drink. And whoosh, I knew what I wanted to be! "

Unfortunately, the implementation did not go as “whoosh” as Käppler imagined, because the basic requirement was missing: the right boat on which a floating snack bar could also be installed! So it was time to do part-time jobs for two more years and save money.

With tenacity and negotiation sent

But then the Berliner was lucky and showed negotiating skills: “While fishing, I saw a family that was sitting on a floating platform and barbecuing! I just had to pull up and ask if I could buy this thing from them. Incredibly, they really sold it to me - and that cheap too, because expensive couldn't be! I didn't have a lot of money! "

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The capital came from “the little that Manager previously left ”- and from his mother, reports the young entrepreneur. Because in addition to money, she also gave him “Live your dreams” and a trusting “Cool, do it, you’ll do it” on the way. And Alexander Käppler did: In his own work, he equipped the floating platform with a railing, a grill, refrigerators and a roof.

Sit out criticism and obstacles

Not everyone around him was enthusiastic about the idea: “Most of the people I told about my idea asked me what I wanted to do in winter. I immediately thought of fishing! ”'Yes no, don't you want to learn something?' ,I will do! Issue bills, pay rent, and I also learn to appreciate how to manage my time myself. ' “Reports Käppler with a smile on how he dealt with his critics. He thinks that it is faster to try it yourself than to study and criticize!

The bureaucracy also put all sorts of obstacles in his way: “I ran from office to office and presented my idea. But how could it be otherwise, of course nobody knew who was responsible! "But persistence sometimes pays off:" Apparently you were so surprised and probably so annoyed by me because I was very clear clear makes how important this idea is to me that everyone sat down at a table with me and considered how my dream can be realized. And so, at the age of 23, I started selling bratwurst and drinks with my boat on the Havel between Spandau and Wannsee! "

Dreamjob found!

Riversnack - Alexander Käppler

For Alexander Käppler this is the ideal job today: “I'm in the fresh air, can go boating all day, make people in a good mood happy.” And yet there is of course a catch, as he self-critically notes: “If that If the weather is right, everything is good, if not everything is bad! It is the same with an outdoor swimming pool and the flea market and the zoo and also the beer garden! "

Even if the snack-bar captain “actually only wants to live with a dog on a houseboat at some point and feed fish all day”, he is already working on a second career: “I thought that I would get old too will and it maybe Sense to become a well-known comedy star - and started my acting training. "

The second stand

Even if Käppler says of himself that his roof is damaged, he implemented this idea with the same determination as his boat snack bar: “I discovered a dubbing studio while walking in Berlin-Spandau and decided to just say 'hello' . I got on well with everyone immediately and offered to start right away! Said and done! They gave me three texts and I was in the studio! ”His advice to everyone who wants to try something is therefore:“ If you want something, go where you can get it and don't be afraid! Nobody can say more than 'no'! "

He is now writing a comedy program. His self-promotion, at least, is already ready for comedy: “So if someone needs a speaker or is in the mood for a bratwurst, that helps me a lot! And the money is in good hands with me! ”In return, he offers help for similar business ideas:“ Just write mine Email-Address with in, then people can contact me! Maybe someone wants a riversnack too, then I'll be happy to help, ”he says when he leaves.

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10 responses to “job profile! Setting up a business as a floating snack bar: Fail Forward as a business idea ”

  1. Business start-ups, but please be disruptive - Part 2: Fear of success | PROFESSIONAL PICTURES says:

    […] Alexander Käppler is one of them: the twenty-three year old tours the waters of Berlin with a floating snack bar, sells drinks and sausages to the bathers on the banks and delights his customers with little comedy performances. [...]

  2. Simone Janson says:

    Hello johan, since I would suggest you try it directly even with the grill boat operator, which can certainly say the best: riversnack1@web.de.

  3. johan says:

    wolte mall wisen. what is necessary for a grill boat to operate?
    lg

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