What to expect from a good VC and how to find one
Venture capital can make or break startups. Whereas some entrepreneurs hugely benefit from raising venture capital others do far better without. Deciding which bucket you as an entrepreneur fall into can be challenging. Clearly understanding how venture capitalist (VCs) act and how they are incentivized can be empowering. Charlie Munger, the brilliant partner of Warren Buffet, said it best: “Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome”. In his “Finance In The Company And Brand Building. Where To Start?” keynote on March 8th, 2018, Marcus Erken aims to level the playing field between founders and venture capitalists. Among others, Marcus will cover the following topics:
- What exactly do VCs do?
- How does their business model work?
- How to get the attention of a VC?
- What should a good VC have to offer?
- How to choose a VC?
- How to negotiate with a VC?
About Marcus Erken
Marcus is a founding partner of Sunfish Partners (www.sunfish-partners.com). Based in Berlin, Sunfish Partners invests in early-stage startups in the “world of data” (machine learning, blockchain, IoT). Sunfish Partners is mostly active in Poland and the broader Central and Eastern European market. Marcus is also a lecturer in the field of entrepreneurship. He co-lectures two annual university courses in which students start their own companies. Previously, Marcus had the privilege to work with more than 120 student startups at WHU’s university incubator, which he helped establish and run. He still supports WHU Incubator as a volunteer. Marcus studied at WHU Vallendar, RWTH Aachen, and Harvard University.
About his visit to Krakow
Marcus is looking forward to engaging with the Krakow startup ecosystem during the day on Thursday, March 8th, 2018. In particular, he is happy to meet with early-stage startups and those who are close to early-stage startups (e.g., business angels, incubators, tech parks, and universities).
You can reach Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org