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b-to-v Newsletter October 2015
 
 
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Dear Readers,

This preface is about artists and entrepreneurs and parallels between their respective worlds.

Last weekend, I was sitting on my couch, a cup of steaming coffee and a glass of Port at my side, perusing the Feuilleton section of one of my favourite newspapers when I stumbled across the term “Pentimento”. To those of you who already know what it means – kudos. To those of you who do not know what it means: “A pentimento (plural pentimenti) is an alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting. The word is Italian for repentance, from the verb pentirsi, meaning to repent.” (Source: Wikipedia).

In a way, this reminded me of entrepreneurs who pivot (i.e. change) their business (or “work of art”, to stick to the metaphor). Why they do it? Typically, they find that the initial approach did not generate the desired results, just like the artist’s Pentimento. And just like the artist, an entrepreneur can pivot dramatically (i.e. change the business entirely) or simply adjust certain aspects of the business (e.g. change the pricing of their products).  

I have another similarity between entrepreneurs and artists for you to consider. Young artists are often misunderstood, neglected or even openly rejected by the establishment. In many cases this rejection is due to the fact that they break with tradition, i.e. they do things differently or they do entirely new things. Like young artists, young entrepreneurs will get doubtful feedback and open rejections of their business idea. This occurs again and again and not only investors, but also “experts” (I guess those are the worst) and even family members weigh in on an idea. Later, once an artist or entrepreneur has reached a certain success level (or died, think of the post-mortem fame of certain artists…), is it not surprising how many people claim they “have always been supporters of the guy”?  

One more similarity. We all know the famous “genius” quote (attributed to Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison) according to which “95% of my work is transpiration, 5% is inspiration”. In other words, it requires the solid mastery of your own craft (i.e. work work work work) plus little sparks of inspiration here and there to eventually produce something ingenious. This sounds pretty obvious for the arts. Many people “play the piano”. But there’s clearly a difference between “playing the piano” and “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli playing the piano”. Because Michelangeli does not only master the technical challenges of a given piece of music. His interpretations, i.e. the way he played, made his recordings and concerts are unique. And how about entrepreneurs? We had venture capital legend Falk Strascheg attend a recent b-to-v Circle of Investors meeting in Munich. When asked, “What makes a great entrepreneur or investor” he answered: “Some entrepreneurs (and some investors) will eventually become good at what they do. They do it, they fail, they learn, then they do it again, and eventually they get better etc. But only very few will become outstanding. In my experience, you have to learn the trade first. And then you have to strive to become outstanding at what you do.”

Coming back to me on my couch this past weekend: I woke up, still sitting on the couch. It had become dark outside. I must have fallen asleep. Coffee was cold. Port was empty. Not too brilliant. But I got up and went over to open the piano anyways…

Have fun reading this October issue of the b-to-v Newsletter!

With best regards from the entire b-to-v Team
Alexander Stoeckel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deals Done
Check out the latest investments b-to-v has closed.
 
 
 
 
 

 

b-to-v has invested in GetSafe (Plan Forward GmbH) together with a great consortium

 

GetSafe closed their third financing round in 2015 with b-to-v, CommerzVentures, Acton Capital Partners, Partech and Capnamic as new investors. Please click below for the full article.

 
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b-to-v portfolio company Exosome Diagnostics GmbH raised a USD 17.6mio second round series B financing

 

b-to-v portfolio company Exosome Diagnostics GmbH announced the completion of an additional USD 17.6 mio round of financing in an extension of its Series B financing, bringing the total Series B financing raise to USD 44.7 mio. Participating investors in this second Series B round included Forbion Capital Partners, NGN Capital, Arcus Ventures, Tiger Management and CD Ventures. Please see the full press release under the button below.

 
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News
Check out the latest news about b-to-v and its portfolio companies.
 
 
 
 
 

 

b-to-v portfolio company SumUp Ltd. expands in the USA and Sweden
 
b-to-v portfolio company SumUp Ltd. expands in the USA and will offer its proprietary EMV mPOS platform to cover the entire payment process. Please see the full article under the button below.
 
 
 
 
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b-to-v portfolio company AYOXXA GmbH is Member of the International EYE-RISK Consortium

 

b-to-v portfolio company AYOXXA GmbH is Member of the International EYE-RISK Consortium - a large biomedical consortium bringing together the expertise of ten renowned scientific and clinical institutions and a patient organization from six European countries. Please click below to see the full article.

 
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b-to-v portfolio company Quanta Fluid Solutions Ltd. has successfully treated first patients

 
Quanta Fluid Solutions Ltd. completed more than 40 successful patient treatments with its advanced Haemodialysis system SC+. The results showed that all dialysis therapies were successfully and safely completed with no adverse events. Moreover, the company has been featured on BBC extensively. To see SC+ in use, please click the following link.
And please click the button below the full press release.
 
 
 
 
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b-to-v portfolio company COMATCH GmbH celebrates successful first year with special offer
 
Berlin based consulting marketplace COMATCH GmbH celebrates its first year of business since Dr. Jan Schaechtele and Dr. Christoph Hardt founded the company in October 2014. To celebrate the achievements, COMATCH GmbH is offering a 20 percent discount on the handling fee of the first project you staff via COMATCH GmbH. Just mention the code BTOV20 when filling in the project briefing. 
Since the website launch in March 2015, the results of the first 6 months of operations have been a big success. The founders and their team just entered the Dutch market and plan further internationalization efforts. With about 500 consultants and more than 40 contracted projects, all set business goals have been surpassed. Please click the button for more details.
 
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b-to-v portolio company Wine in Black GmbH opens its doors in Switzerland

 

At last! b-to-v portfolio company Wine in Black GmbH – Germany’s favorite online shop for premium wine – has opened its services to Swiss wine enthusiasts. Do you by any chance have friends, acquaintances or family members who live in Switzerland, or are you youself located there? Then make sure to take advantage of the start of our Swiss online shop with a fitting present. Feel free to use or pass on the the referral code SWISSWELCOME15* to your friends to save CHF 30.00 on your first order.

 
 
 
 
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b-to-v portfolio company Data Artisans GmbH organizes first Flink Forward conference
 
On October 12 and 13, b-to-v portfolio company Data Artisans GmbH organized the first Flink Forward conference to bring together the Apache Flink developer and user community. Speakers from companies like Google, Capital One, Huawei, ResearchGate, Zalando as well as universities like KTH, TU Berlin, University of Leipzig joined the first Flink Forward conference. The programm included two full days of hands-on Flink training offered by data Artisans and KTH.
 
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Introduction of a new b-to-v team member: Elena Dober
 

Elena Dober joined the b-to-v family in Berlin in the middle of October 2015. Instead of publishing her CV here, we have put together some short answers to share we think might want to know about her.
 

  • At b-to-v, I intend to... expand my professional experience and meet new interesting people with fresh ideas. 
     
  • If I founded a company myself, it would be... the professional nanny service for any personal requirements, which gives parents the possibility to connect better their families with their jobs.
     
  • You get most out of the relationship with me when... you communicate everything directly and give me a honest feedback.
 
 
 
 
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Article with our Dr. Jochen Gutbrod about Swiss FinTech start-ups
 
Please enjoy the latest article with our Dr. Jochen Gutbrod about Swiss FinTech start-ups and their hard way to success.
 
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Jobs
Check out the latest job opportunities that b-to-v and its network have to offer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
b-to-v portfolio companies are looking for some talents:

Codecheck AG:
Sales Superstar, Berlin (f/m): You are responsible for the acquisition and support of new advertisers. You design new products and develop the existing portfolio. Besides, you are representing codecheck at fairs, conferences and networking events throughout Germany.
Social media and PR-Manager, Berlin (f/m): You ensure that the shopping revolution encounters a large echo: your tools are social media channels, newsletters, exciting and moving content, your charm in dealing with the press and the credibility of codecheck.
Food technologist / chemist, chemical engineer, focus on ingredients (f/m): Be part of the revolution in consumption and gain an important role in a rapidly growing start-up! We offer an exciting and challenging job and flexible working hours in Berlin. Make code check with authoritative.
Please contact Boris Manhart for more information.

COMATCH GmbH:
Manager Business Development Nordics (f/m): You will be driving the business development of COMATCH in the whole Nordics area (primarily Denmark, Sweden, Norway), be responsible for the acquisition of new clients via all available B2B sales channels, for customer care and development of existing customers. You will plan, execute and control projects and setup sales cooperations with strong partners in the area.
Please send your application to Dirk Schuran.

Effect Photonics B.V.:  
Software Developer (f/m): EFFECT Photonics is seeking a full-time Software Developer to contribute to the team in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and to support the engineering team in Brixham, UK.
Senior Module Architect (f/m): EFFECT Photonics is seeking a fulltime Senior Module Architect to strengthen our Electrical Engineering team based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and to support the engineering team in Brixham, UK
Electrical Design Engineer (f/m): EFFECT Photonics is seeking an Electrical Design Engineer to contribute to the team in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and to support the engineering team in Brixham, UK. The position is fulltime and in the Eindhoven Office.
Senior Product Engineer (f/m): EFFECT Photonics is seeking a Senior Product Engineer to contribute to the team in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and to support the engineering team in Brixham, UK. The position is fulltime and in the Eindhoven Office.
Please send your application to Effect Photonics B.V.
 
Idagio GmbH:
Senior Frontend Developer (f/m): As a senior frontend developer you join a small, interdisciplinary team that builds all aspects of this app. We use a technology stack based around React, Redux and Node.js.
Senior Backend and API Developer (f/m): As a senior backend developer at IDAGIO, you’ll be helping us build the next version of our backend systems. You and your team are responsible for designing and building APIs to serve our client products as well as internal systems. You will work as in a cross-functional team and touch nearly every part of the codebase to ensure the platform is scalable, robust, and easy-to-use.
Please contact Idagio GmbH for more information.
Content Intern / Working Student (f/m): PAMONO is seeking an intern or working student to support our English-German translation team. The candidate should be fluent in German and English.
Please send your application via email.
 
Quanta Fluid Solutions Ltd is seeking the following to strengthen our rapidly growing team based in Alcester UK
- Marketing Manager (f/m)
- Field Services Engineer/Coordinator (f/m)
- Operations Assistant (f/m)
Please send you application to Kate Holland.

 
Experienced Consultant looking for new projects:
 
Andreas Stammnitz, a b-to-v network affiliate, is looking for new assignments as consultant/advisor. He offers deep functional expertise in strategy, innovation, marketing and CRM. In Digital Media and eCommerce, he has held managerial positions in Germany and UK for over 15 years. References include Bertelsmann, Wolters Kluwer, Springer Nature, dfv media group and bmp media investors.
Please contact him via email or check out his Profile on LinkedIn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Events
Check out the next b-to-v events and events in b-to-v's network.
b-to-v events are exclusively reserved for b-to-v Investors.
Interested in a b-to-v membership? Please contact Alexander Stoeckel
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NOAH conference in London
November 12th and 13th, 2015

 
"We are excited to welcome so many CEOs of current and future billion euro companies.", says Marco Rodzynek, Founder and CEO of the NOAH Conference. "After the big success of NOAH Berlin, we are expecting to see many familiar and new faces.  NOAH combines an outstanding main stage program, unique networking opportunities, in-depth product workshops, the “Venture of Europe” start-up competition, the new NOAH start-up stage, the NOAH party and much more.”
 
The NOAH conference is one of the most distinguished European events for entrepreneurs. The first conference was held in London in 2009, now heading into its seventh term on November 12th and 13th, 2015. Since its proven success with more than 2'000 participants annually the NOAH conference premiered in Berlin in June 2015. The Berlin conference has a different angle to London; it presents a unique discussion platform for CEOs and founders from established champions and disruptive challengers across a number of key industry verticals. The London conference is focused on connecting capital with great companies and helping service providers find relevant customers.
 
The participants include internet CEOs, executives and investors, all meeting to gain insights into the latest recognized concepts, network and establish new business relationships, whilst also enjoying the NOAH business networking party. Known for its focus on profitable business models and data, the event is also about interacting with speakers, being inspired and having fun.
 
The main stage program features presentations from 80 impressive companies. NOAH London will have top-class speakers to enrich the program; Joey Levin (CEO IAC), Adam Neumann (Founding Partner WeWork), Peter Plumb (CEO Moneysupermarket), Oliver Samwer (CEO Rocket Internet), Dr. Klaus Hommels (CEO Lakestar) and Niklas Zennström (Founding Partner & CEO Atomico) to name a few.
 
Attendees can expect high-quality presentations, workshops and panel discussions from diverse fields such as e-commerce & retail, social media, advertising and travel.
 
Ticket sales have already begun. Further information about the NOAH conference can be found here.
  
We look forward to welcoming you at NOAH London next month!
 
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Bayerische Venture Capital Akademie on November, 25th & 26th, 2015

 

The Bayerische Venture Capital Akademie is organized by b-to-v, in close cooperation with BayStartUP and supported by the Bayerisches Staatsministeriums für Wirtschaft und Medien, Energie und Technologie and BakerTillyRoelfs. The Akademie will take place at the Alpenhof Hotel in Murnau, a remote and secluded hotel south of Munich. The event is hosted in German.

The Bayerische Venture Capital Akademie is designed to support and foster the start-up eco-system in Bavaria and, more generally, in Central Europe.
In particular, the Akademie addresses private and corporate investors who plan to do direct investments in start-up companies or young growth companies.

The Akademie does not claim to provide recipes for successful investments. We do not believe in a "silver bullet" that makes start-up investments "safe". Start-up investments are risky by nature, and always will be. The Akademie simply attempts to explain the tools and approaches used by professional early-stage investors.  And the Akademie gives room to discuss these tools and approaches. The Akademie does not only address entrepreneurs and investors who plan to do their first start-up investments, it also addresses entrepreneurs and investors who already finalized their first start-up investments.

Interested b-to-v members and guests are kindly invited to contact Nadja Bulgheroni for further information.

 
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b-to-v Private Investment Academy (Module I) on December 2nd - 4th, 2015
 
The b-to-v Private Investment Academy addresses private and institutional investors who plan to do direct investments in start-ups. The Academy offers not only an introduction into the start-up world, but also pragmatic advice for first investments, i.e. the preparation, execution and follow-up of first direct investments. For experienced business angels, the Academy serves as inspiration or benchmark since the participants receive detailed insights into the b-to-v investment processes which have been developed over the last 10 years. The b-to-v Private Investment Academy is an invitation-only event. The Academy is not an investment event. The goal of the Academy is to provide answers to the above mentioned questions. The event is organized by b-to-v. Selected start-ups in search of investor capital will present their business concepts in the course of the event, but these presentations will only cover a small section of the Academy. The next dates for the b-to-v Private Investment Academy in Ermatingen at the Lake of Constance:

- April, 06 - 08, 2016

The b-to-v Private Investment Academy in December 2015 is the 12th b-to-v Private Investment Academy.

Please contact Andrea Rogg for more information.
 
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X-mas Start-up Talk in Zürich
December 7th 2015 / 5pm-8pm
 
Osborne Clarke and Kellerhals Carrard are inviting fine selection of exciting start-ups and investors for an inspiring exchange of thoughts about the German and Swiss start-up scene. b-to-v Circle of Investors Member, Daniel Gutenberg will reveal the secret to finding unicorns in the keynote address! Other speakers will include Dennis Just (Knip AG), Nicolas Gabrysch (Osborne Clarke) and Karim Maizar (Kellerhals Carrad).
 
When: Monday, December 7th, 2015 / 5pm-8pm
Where: Fritz86, Zollikerstrasse 251, 8008 Zürich Switzerland
 
Please contact Nicolas Gabrysch for more details.
 
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FinTech Connect Live – 8th & 9th December, Wembley Stadium
 
FinTech Connect Live is where the next generation of early stage start-ups stand shoulder to shoulder with established fintech blue chips and the emerging band of scale ups who have been disrupting the
traditional finance scene in recent years.
 
Combining the hustle and bustle of an exhibition featuring over 100 exhibitors and 2000 visitors, FinTech Connect Live also plays host to a keynote auditorium with inspirational case studies from around the world, a series of sub-sector oriented micro-conferences, a showcase theatre including fifty 10 minute product demos, educational workshops for start up leaders and micro-mentoring clinics.
 
There is so much going on at the event, bring your colleagues to ensure you have time to see and do everything.
 
20 FREE passes available to b-to-v newsletter readers (for start-ups only). To claim a free visitor pass contact Verity Gibbons and be sure to quite code ‘b-to-v’.
The free passes are available on a first come first serve basis. Once allocated readers can still claim a 15% discount on published rates with the code (for everybody).
 
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