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Building a Strong Relationship Between Investor & Entrepreneur

Building a Strong Relationship Between Investor & Entrepreneur

Fundraising from investors may initially be a way to raise the capital necessary for bringing the company forward. But in most cases, the relationship between entrepreneurs and their investors extends beyond the checkbooks, often it is even described as a sort of ‘marriage’. And with…

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Traits of Successful Investors

Traits of Successful Investors

Whilst we have previously discovered some of the key traits an entrepreneur should possess, successful investors also often share an indisposable set of characteristics. In a world where taking risks, making the right decisions at the right time, and knowing how to deal with failure…

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Tips to Diversify Your Portfolio

Tips to Diversify Your Portfolio

You’ve been told a thousand times, in a hundred different ways, to diversify your portfolio. Don’t put all eggs in the same basket. And so on and so on. But you have only so many eggs you can put in baskets, so how do you…

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5 Qualities to Look for in Startup Founders

5 Qualities to Look for in Startup Founders

We’ve interviewed a number of Dutch angel investors, and when asked what do they look for when investing in a startup, the team is always a part of the answer. We also know that the legendary investor Ron Conway isn’t looking at the idea, he’s…

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6 Reasons to Invest in Startups

6 Reasons to Invest in Startups

Why do people invest in startups? The reality is that 3 out of 4 startups fail. But whether it’s because of the passion that drives the founding team, a great opportunity in the market you’re familiar with or a simple scalable solution to a problem, it’s…

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What Can Angel Investors Learn From The #1 VC in the World?

What Can Angel Investors Learn From The #1 VC in the World?

Recently CB Insights partnered with the New York Times to rank venture capitalists as well to conduct the “Venture Capital Power Rankings.” The latter was a ranking of venture capitalists by general partners of various venture capitalist firms, asking respondents to pick which 20 firms…

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Meet Maggy: Spotify for Magazines

Meet Maggy: Spotify for Magazines

We had an opportunity to sit down with Michael Croll of Maggy, an NL-based digital magazine aggregator that has been dubbed the ‘Spotify for magazines’. We got to learn about how Michael and his cofounder found inspiration for this startup, why they see Maggy’s growth…

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Come join us to celebrate, Leapfunder is turning 2!

Come join us to celebrate, Leapfunder is turning 2!

As many of you know, Leapfunder has just turned 2! We’re celebrating our 2nd anniversary by inviting our investors and entrepreneurs for drinks and socializing at Amsterdam’s Startup Orgy @17:30 after the XXL Round Table Session. Amazingly (though unsurprisingly) 50 Leapfunder-funded startups are still operating…

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5 Things to Look at in a Shareholders’ Agreement: Part 2

5 Things to Look at in a Shareholders’ Agreement: Part 2

This is Part 2 of Leapfunders’ blog on 5 Things to Look at in a Shareholders’ Agreement. Take a look at Part 1 of the series here. In Part 2 we will discuss liquidation preferences, control rights, drag along and tag along clauses, and entrepreneurs’ positioning…

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5 Things to Look at in a Shareholders’ Agreement: Part 1

5 Things to Look at in a Shareholders’ Agreement: Part 1

As a startup founder, you want to work on your business. Only your business, just your business, predominantly your business. Everything else is basically a hassle, annoyance, and a distraction. You have to find the right co-founders, employees you can work with and trust, you…

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