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The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation

Host Andrew Berkowitz interviews startup founders, ecosystem builders, investors, emerging market players, and economic development thought leaders about the startup ecosystems in their cities.
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Sep 26, 2017

Oliver is a serial entrepeneur and investor in the internet/multimedia/mobile space. As founder and CEO of the Austrian startup SYSIS, Oliver and his team won a series of international innovation awards for their intelligent online community games such as Austrian national multimedia award and the Europrix Multimedia. As a small Austrian startup, SYSIS signed up customers from around the globe, including Time Inc. in the US, The Times & The Guardian in the UK and Ericsson with whom SYSIS managed to built a global strategic partnership. In 2000, Oliver sold his first business, FUNDAQ, a subsidiary of SYSIS that pioneered the field of online virtual communities, to Blue-C AG. At the end of 2008, Oliver returned to Austria and switched sides to become an angel investor in Austrian and CEE based startups. Mid 2011 Oliver launched Speedinvest, the first super angel fund in Austria fully focussed on internet and mobile startups. Speedinvest works out of Vienna, Austria and Silicon Valley, USA. 

On This Episode You'll Learn:

What were some of biggest lessons you learned or mistakes Oliver made in his first 10 million euro fund that has helped with his latest 100M Euro fund?

How did Oliver decide his initial to follow on funding ratio of 50% and what KPI’s determine which companies to double down on and which not to?

How has Austria’s startup ecosystem evolved over the course of Oliver’s career

Why does Oliver think there has been a lag in funding across Central and Eastern Europe and has he seen signs of hope over the past couple years?

Sep 19, 2017

Meet Jonathan Lewy, Managing Partner at Investo. In 2010 Jonathan co-founded MiOrden.com. At the end of 2011 the team sold the company to SinDelantal.com and realized that they lacked strategic advice during our venture. At the end of 2012 they decided to create a VC fir that would help other founders where they were lacking. Investo is a seed capital firm investing in tech startups with high-growth potential. The companies they've funded have gone on to create over a 1000 jobs in different parts of the world. They help startups with business development and programmers recruiting. They also provide seed capital and other strategic advice throughout their partnership with the startups.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How does Jonathan evaluate the seed market today? Does he think it’s over financed compared to 5 years ago when he started?

Do you believe that in seed stage investing it’s more important to find the right team working on the right problem or focusing more on hard metrics?

What are Jonathan’s thoughts on appropriate fund sizes for Seed stage VC’s?

We’ve seen a huge spike in Coporate Venture Capital through Europe, Asia, and and North America, why does Jonathan think that Mexico Corporates haven’t taken to startups in the same way?

Sep 12, 2017

Meet Tim Schumacher, Chairman at Eyeo the makers of Adblock Plus. Tim is the Co-founder and Chairman of Eyeo.com and he's made various angel investments in his career. Eyeo, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is the company behind popular ad blocking software Adblock Plus which has been downloaded over 400 million times world-wide. In 2001, Tim co-founded Sedo.com, the world's largest domain market place. Since selling the company, he is an active as an Entrepreneur and/or Investor in various start-ups, like Eyeo, Ecosia, Stuffle, BasicThinking, Aklamio, Miomente, Home, Convida, Joblift, Apptopia and others.

On This Episode You'll Learn:

About a year ago when Facebook publicly announced they would be forcing ads onto users even if they were using an ad blocker, what was it like for Tim to wake up and see those headlines everywhere?

 

Tim has become a very active angel investor in the digital marketing and privacy space, what stage does he like to get involved in and how has his investment thesis changed over the years?

 

Recently Tim opened up an office in Berlin after primarily running Eyeo based in cologne, why did he decide to expand into Berlin and what are some of the biggest differences between the startup scenes in Berlin vs. Cologne?

 

Tell us a little about the Cologne startup scene and it’s growth over the past 5 years.

 

Sep 5, 2017

Meet Frank Cottle, Chairman and Founder of Alliance Business Centers. The Alliance Business Centers Network and the Alliance group of affiliated companies is globally involved in all aspects of Office Business Centers and Virtual Office industries. They are headquartered in Newport Beach, California with other global offices and operations. Their mission optimize knowledge and empower business center operators with information and insider knowledge critical to the office business center industry. Alliance Business Centers Network is the leading network of independently owned and operated Office Business Centers. Comprised of over 650 locations in 42 countries, Alliance centers are in every major market in the world. The Alliance Academy is the definitive training solution for members of the Office Business Center industry, as well as all related industries that interact with the Office Business Center industry. They specialize in Executive suites, Office business centers, Serviced offices, Virtual offices, Business center operations, Training, Communications.

 

On This Episode You'll Learn:

How has the trend of globalization of the workforce changed commercial real estate industry over the past 5-7 years?

With Softbank’s massive $4.4 B investment into Wework, does Frank think this signals a potential winner take all scenario in the coworking market and what is the biggest thing Wework has gotten right?

What does the future of commercial real estate industry look like?

Where in the world are Frank’s hottest commercial real estate markets right now?

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