Fred Joye: Enabling Startup Growth through Innovative Outsourcing and Investment – 618


Fred Joye, Arcanys Ventures.

Our guest in this episode is Fred Joye, co-founder of Arcanys Ventures, a visionary entrepreneur transforming the tech landscape from Cebu, Philippines. With a background that spans across continents, Fred’s journey from corporate finance in Switzerland to pioneering software development outsourcing in the Philippines is both inspiring and instructive. At the heart of his work is a passion for leveraging technology to improve lives, whether through Arcanys Ventures, his ad tech venture, or even a CrossFit gym aimed at enhancing employee well-being.

Fred’s conversation with Jürgen Strauss delves into the intricacies of navigating the tech startup world, the challenges of software development outsourcing, and the innovative investment model that sets Arcanys Ventures apart. Key points discussed include:

  • Embracing the Shift: From a stable career in finance to the unpredictable waters of entrepreneurship, Fred shares his transformative journey into the tech startup ecosystem.
  • Innovative Outsourcing and Investment: Insights into Arcanys Ventures’ unique approach to supporting startups, blending technical outsourcing with strategic investments to fuel growth.
  • Cultivating Culture and Community: Beyond business, Fred’s initiatives to foster a positive work environment and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs underscore the holistic vision of his entrepreneurial endeavours.

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Show Notes from this episode with Fred Joye, Arcanys Ventures

In the bustling world of technology and startups, it’s the stories of relentless innovation and personal transformation that truly resonate. Fred Joye, co-founder of Arcanys Ventures, embodies this spirit. From the tranquil Swiss landscape to the vibrant tech scene in Cebu, Philippines, Fred’s journey is a testament to the power of embracing change. Arcanys Ventures, renowned for its Swiss-quality software development and startup support, reflects Fred’s vision of leveraging technology to make meaningful impacts.

The Entrepreneurial Journey: From Corporate to Co-founder

Fred’s narrative begins in the structured world of finance, where a decade of experience couldn’t quell his yearning for something more—something impactful. It was a serendipitous holiday to Hong Kong that turned the tides, transforming him from a corporate stalwart into a tech entrepreneur. This pivotal moment wasn’t just about leaving a job; it was about embracing a calling that resonated with his core. Fred’s transition underscores the value of seizing unexpected opportunities and the courage required to dive into the unknown.

Embracing Challenges in Software Development Outsourcing

The evolution of Arcanys Ventures is a masterclass in innovation. Fred and his team navigated the complexities of software development outsourcing, turning challenges into stepping stones. From ensuring staff retention to bridging cultural differences, they crafted strategies that not only solved problems but also fostered a sense of community and belonging. Their approach illustrates the importance of adaptability and the relentless pursuit of excellence in the tech industry.

Cultivating a Positive Work Culture and Community

At the heart of Arcanys Ventures lies a culture that transcends work. Initiatives like the establishment of a CrossFit gym for employees are a reflection of Fred’s belief in holistic well-being. This isn’t just about physical health; it’s about creating a space where employees thrive, connect, and grow. Such efforts highlight the role of empathy and care in building a successful company, emphasizing that business success and employee well-being are inextricably linked.

Investment in Startups: A Novel Approach

Fred’s innovative spirit shines through in Arcanys Ventures’ unique investment model—providing technical resources to startups. This approach not only offers practical support but also a vote of confidence in the potential of these ventures. By sharing stories of success and the lessons learned, Fred illuminates the path for future entrepreneurs, showcasing a blueprint for sustainable growth and innovation in the startup ecosystem.

Mentoring the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Beyond business, Fred’s passion for mentoring underscores his commitment to nurturing the next wave of entrepreneurs. His efforts to guide young minds, whether through personal mentorship or strategic investments, are a beacon of hope and inspiration. It’s a reminder of the transformative power of sharing knowledge and resources, highlighting the importance of giving back to the community that fosters our growth.

Reflections and Future Aspirations

Reflecting on his journey, Fred emphasizes the significance of slowing down and introspection. The challenges of 2023 taught him the value of pausing, allowing for growth and clarity. Looking ahead, Fred envisions a future where Arcanys Ventures continues to break new ground, driven by innovation, empathy, and a commitment to making a difference.

Investment isn't always financial. Investing knowledge and mentorship can be the key to startup success. @whereisfredagain on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Fred Joye’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.

  1. No. 1 thing to be more innovative – Embrace curiosity, unplug regularly, and allow your brain to process challenges and opportunities.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Slow down, engage with nature or activities like motorbike riding to free your mind and foster creativity.
  3. Favourite resource – Motion AI, an AI tool that helps with productivity by organizing tasks and scheduling effectively.
  4. Keep project/client on track – Ensure clear requirements, utilize structured processes, and encourage shared accountability within the team.
  5. Differentiate – Be authentic; embracing your unique self is the ultimate differentiator in any field.


Fred encourages listeners to take a moment to reflect on the importance of giving themselves the time to slow down and think. This practice, he notes, has been transformative for him, especially after a challenging year, and believes it could offer valuable insights and benefits to others as well.

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Fred on LinkedIn. He’s open to connecting and engaging with listeners interested in tech entrepreneurship, software development outsourcing, and innovative investment models.


Cool Things About Fred

  • Fred is a Crossfitter and rides motorbikes as well as being a big healthy living advocate.
  • He has a diverse and international background, with experience in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
  • Fred’s dedication to mentoring young entrepreneurs and engaging in adventures showcases his willingness to share knowledge and experiences while seeking new challenges.
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Jürgen Strauss

Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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