Role Model Start-up

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Bundesadler-ueber-Gruender

Start-ups sind hip… Egal zu welcher politischen Farbe man sich hingezogen fühlt, Start-ups sind irgendwie immer und für jeden „geil“ und für alles gut, was wir mit Modernität, Fortschritt, Trendiness und Zukunft verbinden.   Ulf Poschardt schrieb am Wochenende in Welt am Sonntag, die CDU müsse „wieder zu dem die Mitte beglückenden Start-up werden, das sie einst war.“ Das Handelsblatt … Read More

Der Business Angel – Ein Hans Guck-in-die-Luft? Teil 1 von 3

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Der-Business-Angel:Ein-Hans-Guck-in-die-Luft?

Bei den drei „typischen“ Angel – Fehlern, die ich in diesem und in den beiden Folgeblogs abhandeln werde, schließe ich von mir selbst auf andere. Das ist natürlich eigentlich unzulässig – ein logischer Fehlschluss vom Besonderen, dem Einzelfall, auf das Allgemeine. Nachdem ich mich aber mit nicht wenigen Angels in dieser Sache ausgetauscht habe, halte ich diesen illegitimen Schluss dennoch … Read More

Do VCs and Angels Sit in the Same Boat? 

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Should-all-eggs-go-into-one-basket? When-it-comes-to-start-ups-you have-no-choice

Part 1: “Diversification” From time to time people ask me whether investing selectively in start-ups as a “profession” is not quite an irresponsible gamble, especially if, like in my case, you have practically no other current sources of income. This question is meant rhetorically, because the people who ask and I, we know that the risk I am prepared to … Read More

Was VCs und Business Angels verbindet – und was sie unterscheidet

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Should-all-eggs-go-into-one-basket? When-it-comes-to-start-ups-you have-no-choice

Teil 1: „Diversifikation“ Hin und wieder werde ich gefragt, ob denn das selektive Investieren in Startups als „Beruf“, nicht ein unverantwortlich riskantes Vergnügen darstelle, insbesondere dann, wenn man, wie ich, über praktisch keine anderen laufenden Verdienstquellen verfüge. Dies ist eine rhetorische Frage, denn die Fragenden und der Befragte wissen  beide a) dass dieses Risiko tatsächlich ziemlich hoch ist und b) … Read More

Ludwig Wittgenstein on Business Process Management

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Wittgenstein-on-Business-Process-Management

  Those familiar with the Anglo-Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein know that one usually distinguishes two Wittgensteins: The earlier one who wrote the “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus” (1921) and the later one who is best known for his “Philosophical Investigations” (1953). Both oeuvres contradict each other. The later Wittgenstein distanced himself from the earlier one. Put in a nutshell (grossly oversimplifying and distorting … Read More

Angel Fallacies 3.1: Neglect of Target Market Imponderables (“Competitors”)

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Typical Angel Fallacies: Neglect Typical Angel Fallacies: Neglect of Contrarian Market Forces

  “So, who are your competitors?”  Within the start-up ecosystem this hypertrivial question is asking for a routine answer. It is one of those questions that usually does not raise any serious worry among start-ups asking for money. But it should. Because these standard responses follow a pattern which can be easily anticipated and usually is astoundingly poor. Variant 1: … Read More

Confirmation Bias and Neglect of Contrarian Market Forces

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Marginalization-of-Startup-Competition

Start-ups need a USP for their products and services that is not just unique but also in demand. There lies a structural tension in this: Whatever is really novel or unique cannot be in demand, because nobody as yet knows about it. So, frequently you can only guess or assume or hope that the new feature of a new product … Read More

Angel Bias and Angel Vanity

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Angel Bias and Vanity - An Almost Unavoidable Mistake

Investors and serial entrepreneurs usually entertain some good and many not so good investment memories respectively. Angel investors, who usually previously either worked as VCs or (serial) entrepreneurs therefore tend to be biased towards certain investment targets, certain technologies, certain types of business model etc. Their previous roles as investors (fund managers) or (serial) entrepreneurs make angels believe they have … Read More

“The Only Thing that Matters for a Start-Up”? Product Market Fit or: When Truisms and Misnomers Replace Judgement

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Like everybody else in the venture scene, I do admire Marc Andreessen for his remarkable achievements in both the tech and venture territories. Yet, admiration is no adulation. If justified, criticism might pay a better tribute to the man than endless quotations of some of his more questionable thoughts. On October 12, 2009 Marc posted a, now famous, article to … Read More