Head of the MediaTech Hub Accelerator at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam / Berlin, Germany. Before I worked at APX by Axel Springer & Porsche and Rocket Internet in Berlin.
Over the past years, I have advised more than 100 early-stage startups on fundraising and helped them to raise Venture Capital successfully.
Founder Library (Database & Toolkit)
Providing founders with curated Venture Capital fundraising resources available in one place. The toolkit & database contains 1.900 articles and 3.000 investors from the startup & investor community.
01. Questions Before You Start Fundraising
02. Founder Mindset & Traits
03. Venture Capital Dynamics
04. Fundraising Benchmarks & Statistics
05. Fundraising Preparation
06. Fundraising Materials & Tools
07. Connecting With Investors
08. Investor Startup Selection Framework
09. Due Diligence, Deal & Closing
My Mentoring Topics
- Public Funding
- Investor Database
- Pitch Deck
- Venture Capital
Secrets of Sand Hill Road - Venture Capital—and How to Get It
'Worth far more than its cover price ... I wish I’d had it available to me when I was first looking for startup funding' -- Eric Ries Every startup needs capital, and ambitious startups seek it on Sand Hill Road – Silicon Valley’s dream street for entrepreneurs. That’s where you’ll find the biggest names in venture capital, including the famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor serves as managing partner. Whether you’re trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how VCs think. Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the first book that shows you exactly how VCs decide where and how much to invest. It will help you get the best possible deal and make the most of your relationships with VCs. You’ll learn, for instance: -- Why most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category -- Why the talent you need most when raising venture capital is your storytelling ability -- How to handle a 'down round', when you have to raise funds at a lower valuation than in your previous round -- Why bridge financing (reopening your last round to existing investors) is generally a bad idea -- What to do when VCs get too entangled in the day-to-day operations of your business -- Why you need to build relationships with potential acquirers long before you decide to sell Filled with Kupor’s firsthand experiences, insider advice, and practical takeaways, Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the guide you need to turn yourstartup into the next unicorn.View
Venture Deals - Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson
Help take your startup to the next step with the new and revised edition of the popular book on the VC deal process—from the co-founders of the Foundry Group How do venture capital deals come together? This is one of the most frequent questions asked by each generation of new entrepreneurs. Surprisingly, there is little reliable information on the subject. No one understands this better than Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. The founders and driving force behind the Foundry Group—a venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage information technology companies—Brad and Jason have been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings. Their investments range from small startups to large Series A venture financing rounds. The new edition of Venture Deals continues to show fledgling entrepreneurs the inner-workings of the VC process, from the venture capital term sheet and effective negotiating strategies to the initial seed and the later stages of development. Fully updated to reflect the intricacies of startups and entrepreneurship in today's dynamic economic environment, this new edition includes revisions and updates to coverage on negotiating, gender issues, ICO’s, and economic terms. New chapters examine legal and procedural considerations relevant to fundraising, bank debt, equity and convertible debt, how to hire an investment banker to sell a company, and more. Provides valuable, real-world insights into venture capital structure and strategy Explains and clarifies the VC term sheet and other misunderstood aspects of capital funding Helps to build collaborative and supportive relationships between entrepreneurs and investors Draws from the author’s years of practical experience in the VC arena Includes extensively revised and updated content throughout to increase readability and currency Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is a must-have resource for Any aspiring entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or lawyer involved in VC deals as well as students and instructors in related areas of study.View