Corona shocks the venture capital market

Hard times The previously positive mood on the venture capital market has deteriorated significantly since the outbreak of the corona virus. (Photo: Reuters) Frankfurt The German start-ups and their donors are in their toughest test. The uncertain effects of the corona pandemic have unsettled the German venture capital market. The business climate plummeted to an […]

“The corona shock will accelerate the future”

Roelof Botha The Sequoia partner continues to look to Europe. (Photo: PR) Roelof Botha is familiar with crises: The South African was appointed CFO at Paypal in September 2001 when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center shook the markets. Half a year later he listed the company co-founded by Peter Thiel and Elon […]

US investors are turning away from Europe

San Francisco Sarah Cannon is having dinner in front of the laptop. Not because it’s overworked. The partner at the venture capitalist Index Ventures has dinner with founders to get to know each other and explore possible investments. What the 36-year-old used to fly around the world for is now done from her home in […]

Fintechs are pushing ahead with their US expansion despite the crisis

Frankfurt The small office in Manhattan is empty, the five New York employees work from home, they communicate with customers by phone and video – starting the US business in the middle of the corona crisis sounds like bad timing. But for the Berlin financial start-up Raisin, which operates an investment platform in Germany under […]

“Medicines from psychedelic drugs as a billion dollar business”

Dusseldorf According to the rankings, Christian Angermayer is one of the best-known investors in Europe. He has built up numerous companies and invested in many other startups in the fields of biotech, blockchain and space technology with his investment company Apeiron. Angermayer focuses on wild trends; for example, it invests more than almost any other […]

Softbank spin-off SBI plans to invest in European start-ups

Co-working in Berlin German and European start-ups could benefit from fresh money from Japan. (Photo: Reuters) Hamburg The Japanese financial group SBI starts its first European start-up fund from Berlin. The partner in this is the Berlin venture capital specialist Redstone. Softbank spin-off SBI is one of the largest Japanese start-up investors. The new fund […]

The first pillar of start-up aid is now available

Hamburg The first pillar of the announced start-up aid from the federal government has been released. The promotional bank KfW announced on Thursday that venture capitalists can now apply for grants for financing rounds for start-ups. Direct help for founders without venture capitalists, however, is unlikely to be available until early June. Just over six […]

European cooperation with start-ups is more important than ever

Geo strategists have long recognized the crucial role of key technologies and innovations as instruments of global influence. In the struggle between the United States and China over the future 5G mobile communications standard, for example, the hegemonic struggle is like being magnified under a magnifying glass. Does the corona virus change the battle situation? […]

Rocket Internet is missing the next big thing

Hamburg Oliver Samwer was once the loudest player not only in Berlin, but in the entire German start-up scene. His appearance at the top congresses of the consumer goods industry is unforgettable for the heads of Metro, Walmart, Nestlé and Coca-Cola. “You don’t understand that because you are too old,” the 39-year-old Samwer insulted the […]

Corona help arrives slowly at start-ups

Hamburg Peter boy sounds genuinely outraged. “The restaurant around the corner received emergency help within a weekend and can also send its employees in short-time work,” the 80-year-old former Strabag boss told Handelsblatt. That was really great. But the youngest hopefuls, namely the start-ups founded this year, went empty-handed in his state – after all, […]