For quite some time, we believed that we were almost too settled to participate in the buzz of the startup universe. However, Berlin as one of the global hubs for startups has intrigued us to take a closer look. And we are fascinated to see how much long-standing players within the industry can learn from young, innovative ventures that set out to change the world. It oftentimes only takes a few months for them to realize that changing the world requires some very down-to-earth skills.
We help a small group of shakers and movers in getting their business up and running. We accept founders’ integrity and do not interfere with their business (unless we are asked to do so, of course…). And we concentrate on a small group of founders only in order to understand their business and spend time with them as needed.
We usually take a small equity stake in these companies to underpin our interest. Take for example Inkitt. It is breaking the rules in evaluating the quality of trade books. Or look at Labiotech, a real category killer for traditional information in one of the most vibrant industries – biotech. And finally Kiron Open Higher Education, probably the most creative and positive approach to helping refugees in Europe. What unites them all is a radically new approach to challenges of the future.