Investment Strategy

I’m investing in Scale-Up and Startup companies. Here is my investment focus, selection schema and overall strategy:

Industry Focus

TECH SPACE  |  Since I want to not only invest capital but also time, I’m only investing in tech and tech related companies. This is the space where I feel I can be helpful. My main focus includes Technology such as  AI, Blockchain, Energy, FinTech, ICT, Platforms & Marketplaces, Robotics, Supply Chain, and tech related spaces.

Selection Schema

DREAM TEAMS  |  Brilliant and obsessed minds.

  1. TEAMS  |  My top three selection criteria are: Teams, teams, teams. Diverse teams, Brilliant minds, all invested to the last penny. I’m looking for a great attitude, open minded, fearless, bold, mindful, respectful, caring about natural resources and long term consequences of their doing (sustainability). Sorry, I’m not investing in solopreneurs or teams with one dominant investor.
  2. GOING GLOBAL  |  I’m looking for teams who have a clear growth focus to bring their solution to global markets and take their company all the way to the top.
  3. IPO  |  Taking a company to the top means getting to be a public company or similar schema. If you already have an exit strategy and looking to be purchased in the next few years, I have no interest at all.

Investment strategy

ACCELERATOR GRADUATES ONLY  |  For the ‘startup asset class’ which represents some of the highest investment risks, I’m looking for a very long term investment (5-7 years).  I’m investing only in teams who I worked with for about 3 month during our accelerator program, the San Francisco Accelerator. It’s the best due diligence and also the best way to get to know each other. During that program we get a feel for each other’s sense of urgency and execution speed, see how it feels under stress, and eventually getting to a point where we really want to work together for the next 7 to 10 years.

CO – INVESTING  |  I will always co-invest with others. In order to be able to maintain my investment strategy standard, I will only co-invest with like minded investors.

Rigorous Investment Strategy

Why an I so rigorous with my investment strategy? My 20 years Silicon Valley taught me and I experienced it myself, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor: The only way to be a successful investor is by following several rules that the history of startup investment wrote. Between 1950 and 2018 almost all successful tech companies came from Silicon Valley and no foreign investor has been even close to the success rate of Silicon Valley Startup Investors.

I don’t want to be the smartest investor in the world – but an investor investing in the smartest teams.