One skill / profession these days that provides you for maximum flexibility is software engineering. Not only is the demand for software development thriving amongst online businesses (as more and more of our daily life switches from ‘offline’ to ‘connected’), but there is not one industry that will not be dominated by software soon (even traditional car manufacturers are becoming more and more software driven in their operations and products).
So if you are a great engineer (Frontend / Backend / BI) and you want to work in small teams on stuff that will actually be used by millions of users and you like to live in New York, London, Berlin, SE Asia, then send your resume my way (email@example.com). Our portfolio companies are right now looking for great talent, which could be you.
Most discussion groups / message boards suck. And still engagement can be extremely strong if the communities discuss something they are passionate about (e.g. think about all those health related forums and support groups). I often wondered why there is no good discussion group SAAS out there that would allow to build better community sites.
I came across one today www.moot.it. Check it out. (maybe there are others as well - I just know this one).
I was building online businesses for 13 years and I really enjoyed it. During those years I was able to learn a lot by being hands-on responsible for product, tech, bus. dev., sales, marketing, HR, fund raising, legal and others during those years in the various startups. I learned from the successful ventures, from the long and painful slogs as well as from the failures.
Most of all I enjoyed building teams, working with the teams and helping those teams to be successful. I was really fortunate to work with so many smart, ambitious and trustworthy people over those past years.
After leaving Delivery Hero early this year I was immediately thinking about the next business to build, was looking for a team, money etc. When being approached by Oliver to partner and run his new fund together with him and his brother it did not catch fire immediately. But than I thought that investing into startups might allow me to continue to do what I have been doing in the past - just at a bigger scale: Helping teams to be successful.
Right now we are working on closing our first deals for the fund. All of them great teams that I am looking forward to work with.
It has been a bit over two years since I joined Delivery Hero (Lieferheld) November 1st 2010 as CEO. Now the time has come to move on - I handed over all my responsibilities as of January 7th - which is not easy for me as I leave behind a company that is close to my heart with amazing people that is on top of that commercially outstanding.
In those two years:
Now that I move on and Delivery Hero is operating stronger than ever before, I wanted to share some learnings. Obviously we did many things right, but we made as well a lot of mistakes.
What we did wrong:
What we did right:
About the Berlin Startup Scene
I have been in Berlin now for 2 years. First of all the Berlin startup scene is quite small. That leads to the situation that sometimes a few lunatics are able to scew the perception of the discussion or public opinion.
Furthermore - and this might be more a German cultural issue - instead of being proud of success that other startups achieve, some people mistrust and envy success. This sometimes renders the commentary sections of the local blogs to bizar Troll fests. In case of Delivery Hero, I sometimes wondered: How many global category leaders have been built in Berlin within such a short period, employing more than 450 people around the world? People should be happy to have such companies (and there are some more) in Berlin.
Berlin has on the other hand many things going for it: cheap, attractive for talent, large home market, geographic central location, diverse startups scene that has critical mass, a lot of smart, honest and hard working entrepreneurs.
Berlin is the base of some of Europe’s most influential incubators, such as Rocket Internet or Team Europe (Delivery Hero is a TE company) or others. People tend to complain about those incubators, which I still cannot wrap my head around. These incubators enable entrepreneurial thinking people to work on projects and get in addition to a salary an equity upside. Those incubators provide frameworks (technology, marketing expertise, money, fund raising support) which makes starting a business much easier than funding your own business. So what is the problem? Nobody is forced to work with incubators and everybody is free to choose whether to start their own business from scratch. This whining about those incubators is a bit tiring - grow up people.
P.S. In regards to DDOS Attacks: Delivery Hero is subject to those regularly. They do not impact our user or our business. Stop complaining and accusing competitors - deal with it.
Sold my Kindle Fire HD a week after I got it. Great form factor but primarily an Amazon content consumption device. With no native VPN support unusable for me outside the US due to the antiquated content rights system that prevents me legally accessing US content with a European IP address.
App store really lacking on amazon.
As the form factor is great I am gonna try the iPad mini.