Martin Villig is co-founder of Taxify, a leading ride-hailing platform in 40 cities across Europe and Africa. Taxify has over 10M riders and 120K drivers worldwide. Martin is passionate about community initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and help people in Baltics and Estonia to build tech startups. On this episode you'll learn: Having raised just 2 Million Euro before Taxify's latest fundraise, how does Martin think about capital efficiency vs. speedy growth into international markets? What is Martin's secret sauce when it comes to launching a successful community hub for Estonia's startup ecosystem? How did Martin and Taxify approach market research when approaching their expansion strategy into Africa?
Allie Burns is the Managing Director at Village Capital and brings more than 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change. Allie works across Village Capital's program in emerging markets including Nairobi, Bangalore, and Mexico City. She previously ran Communications for Startup America, Revolution, the Case Foundation, and AOL.
On this episode you'll learn:
-Why are we seeing a resurgence of funds reentering the Cleantech market?
-Why do CEO's need to spend more time early on in recruiting top talent?
-Why does Village Capital conduct their due diligence process differently than traditional venture capital?