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Meet Your Fellow Investors – Leapfunder Investor Forum

Meet Your Fellow Investors – Leapfunder Investor Forum

Last week we organized the Leapfunder Investor Forum. The event’s aim was to create a relaxed environment where investors could meet and interact with each other. As always, we counted on the participation of a few startups who talked about their respective projects and shared…

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From Banking to Funding – Interview with Willem Schellekens

From Banking to Funding – Interview with Willem Schellekens

What to look for in a startup? What should those new to startup investing keep in mind? Willem Schellekens, a startup investor, answers these questions and a few more about his experience with investing in startups. Hi Willem, thank you for doing the interview with…

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What to Evaluate Before Investing in a Startup

What to Evaluate Before Investing in a Startup

“Good founders make things happen the way they want. Which is not to say they force things to happen in a predefined way. Good founders have a healthy respect for reality. But they are relentlessly resourceful. You want to fund people who are relentlessly resourceful.”…

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Conversion of Leapfunder Notes to Equity

Conversion of Leapfunder Notes to Equity

Convertible notes have become a standard when investing in an early stage startup. The Convertible has a number of benefits that we’ve mentioned in our recent blog post: 4 Benefits of Raising Funding via Convertible Notes. In this blog post we’ll explain when Leapfunder Notes…

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Investeren in een startup – Markten: Internet of Things

Investeren in een startup – Markten: Internet of Things

We hebben de afgelopen weken al een korte introductie over startups gegeven; waar je startups kunt vinden, hoe je het kaf van het koren scheidt én wat de investeringsopties zijn. Ditmaal duiken we wat dieper in de verschillende branches. De komende weken lichten we een…

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Going After the Bigger Problem – Interview with Bundle

Going After the Bigger Problem – Interview with Bundle

One of Leapfunder’s clients (and our startup bros from Startupbootcamp Amsterdam Class of 2014), just launched a solution to your photo mess, your unorganized camera roll – an app that will turn it into a beautifully-shared photo gallery; Bundle. We had a chance to chat to their CEO, Michel…

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The Route for the Resilient – Interview with Favoroute

The Route for the Resilient – Interview with Favoroute

“I believe in you. I believe in the risk, I believe in Favoroute“. When you find investors who truly believe in your startup like that, the entrepreneurial route gets a bit easier, but it is still reserved only for the resilient. We had a chance to interview…

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Ulu Receives Investment of Half a Million Euro – Interview with Jošt, Ulu’s CEO

Ulu Receives Investment of Half a Million Euro – Interview with Jošt, Ulu’s CEO

ULU, the ecosystem of drivers, vehicles and car related businesses, is going from one success to another without any intention of stopping or slowing down. This February, they were one of the stars of the most impressive demo day (probably ever) in the Netherlands, where…

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4 Benefits of Raising Funding via Convertible Notes

4 Benefits of Raising Funding via Convertible Notes

“Convertible notes have won. Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been done on a convertible note.” Paul Graham, the father of startups and the founder of Y Combinator stated this in a tweet in 2010. In…

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Investeren in een startup – Markten: Energie

Investeren in een startup – Markten: Energie

We hebben de afgelopen weken al een korte introductie over startups gegeven; waar je startups kunt vinden, hoe je het kaf van het koren scheidt én wat de investeringsopties zijn. Ditmaal duiken we wat dieper in de verschillende branches. De komende weken lichten we een…

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How to Raise a Successful Funding Round – Interview with Plot Projects

How to Raise a Successful Funding Round – Interview with Plot Projects

Plot Projects, the ultimate solution for Geofencing Notifications, recently raised the biggest round via Leapfunder thus far, €320 000. They didn’t stop there, additionally they also raised another €230 000 from their previous investors. Plot Projects is on the right track to proving “the hockey…

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From FFF to 600K Seed Round – Interview with CROWDY HOUSE

From FFF to 600K Seed Round – Interview with CROWDY HOUSE

CROWDY HOUSE, the platform and marketplace for the world’s best designers and makers, has had an impressive year. We met them at the very beginning, when they raised their first round of funding via Leapfunder, and today we’ve asked Mark Studholme, CEO of CROWDY HOUSE,…

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BERLIN – A Unicorn Isn’t Born in a Day

BERLIN – A Unicorn Isn’t Born in a Day

Berlin startup scene is thriving. Berlin tech startups raised a combined $1.1 billion in 2014, a 140% increase compared with 2013. We had a chance to talk to Luisa Maier, Director of Lab & Venture at GTEC Berlin and ask her all about the city’s…

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Interview with Pieter ter Kuile, ex- Vice Chairman at Kempen & Co

Interview with Pieter ter Kuile, ex- Vice Chairman at Kempen & Co

This week we interviewed Pieter ter Kuile, ex- Vice Chairman at Dutch investment bank Kempen & Co and one of the early investors in Leapfunder. Pieter, studied law in Amsterdam and obtained an MBA at Harvard. He started his career at McKinsey & Co, after…

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