We had quite a big team at Speed Dating – 4 people!
Sometimes we had too few chairs and this year we might come with a bigger crew, so watch out.
We represent a „hands-on” approach – we get involved in the life of the project.
After signing the investment agreement, we roll up our sleeves and start helping the startup’s founders to build the business.
What triggers a positive decision about a meeting and what makes you turn down an invitation?
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We met Livespace at the info Share party, a day before the conference.Don’t turn into a startupper who swaps university parties for startup industry parties. IS: The beginning of a year is a good time for assessments.What was the most positive surprise for you in 2017? I'm very positive about the Softbank fund with its USD100bn capitalization and the size of their investments per project.I often stress that we don’t only want to hear about success - we also want information about the challenges, especially potential upcoming difficulties – to react, advise and prevent.I’m very happy when I get a message from a startup founder or a team with a description of the problem and a request for help.If I’m to advise anything, I’d tell startups not to forget about communication.Brag about your progress from time to time – simply to leave an impression online in case times change and you become interested in finding additional capital for your development.What should they have done to prepare a productive meeting? We want to hear about the monthly revenue, the invested capital, the cap table and the number of users.There are 3 scenarios of what might happen after the meeting: (1) there’s chemistry, we approach the startup again, keep talking to get more details; (2) the project is OK, we send an email 2 weeks after we return to office – something might come of it; (3) forget it.Unfortunately, some startups hadn’t prepared hard enough and 90% of the invitations were without profile descriptions, or they were incomplete or simply messy.Some startups sent invitations to all funds from A to Z without considering their investment strategies. In the end we printed company profiles of all Speed Dating participants. We searched their websites, registered for free trials and explored the products. IS: I bet there are many startups who are hoping for similar results after info Share 2018. They have 15 minutes to show us the product, their plans for development and expansion.