What VC’s actually look at before investing in an online marketplace

Watch Besedo, Mathias Ockenfels, partner at speedinvest x,  and Daniel Hoffer, managing partner at Crux Capital, in a webinar where we explore the crucial elements investors look at before they fund online marketplaces.

Every year only 6% of new companies manage to secure the investment needed to accelerate growth.  What sets the successful group apart?  

That is probably a question you have asked yourself, if you are in the process of making your marketplace investor-ready or working towards getting funding in the future.  

In this webinar we sit down with Mathias and Daniel, two veteran, online marketplace investors to talk about which areas you should focus on optimizing to increase your chance of getting funded.  

What you will learn in the webinar;

  • Which areas investors look at before funding a marketplace 
  • How to optimize your marketplace to attract investors 
  • Examples of marketplaces that received funding (and why)
  • How VC’s work with marketplaces after investing  

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Mathias Ockenfels - online marketplace investor
Mathias Ockenfels
Partner at Speedinvest x

Mathias Ockenfels is a Berlin-based Partner at Speedinvest x, an early stage focus fund under the Speedinvest umbrella investing into network effects. Mathias eats and breathes marketplaces: Prior to launching Speedinvest x, he was a General Manager for the German market at Uniplaces, a marketplace for student accommodation. Before that, Mathias was a Principal at Point Nine Capital, a Berlin-based early-stage fund focused on SaaS and marketplaces.

Earlier in his career, Mathias worked at Naspers, previously the parent company of online auction and classifieds platform ricardo.ch, where he was heading the M&A department of the group. He started his career as an Investment Manager at Zurich-based Mountain Partners Group. Mathias holds a german-french double-diploma from European School of Business Reutlingen and Neoma Business School Reims.

Daniel hoffer - Online marketplace investor
Daniel Hoffer
Managing Partner at Crux Capital

Daniel Hoffer has experience as current Managing Partner at Crux Capital and former Partner at Tandem Capital, both seed-stage venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. He is also co-founder and former CEO of CouchSurfing, a travel website with >15 million members across every country and city in the world, and a former Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.

In addition to the entrepreneurial experience, he has deep product management expertise from executive product roles at NortonLive (Symantec) and TripIt (Concur/SAP). Daniel has appeared on the cover of Inc. Magazine and been featured on the front page of the Boston Globe, as well as on ABC Nightline, NBC News, National Public Radio, and in the New York Times and Time Magazine. He has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford GSB, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, and the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School.

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