Mike Doherty, Angelsbootcamp: “Startups fail, that is inevitable. So we advocate developing a portfolio approach”

For those angel investors who want to “accelerate” a bit their skills and strategies the guys at Startupbootcamp came up with Angelsbootcamp, a program to train angel investors across Europe to better tackle with investment challenges.

Interested? You’ll have the chance to find out more about it at How to Web Conference 2014 Angel Investment track, co-curated with Angelsbootcamp. Mike Doherty, Program Manager, will be your host and moderator for the entire event.

Mike works with a full range of clients from Berlin startups in Silicon Allee to international firms seeking to do business in either Berlin or San Francisco. He also has a solid background in investment, having been a director at Third Coast Capital, a venture lending organization that committed more than $125 million in venture debt investments.

SoftLayer: “We’ve learnt a lot as a company from the startup culture”

A startup ecosystem is a delicate matter. It needs a lot of things in the right places and a fair amount of passion fuel to ignite. But once started, it becomes a chain reaction that replicates success and attracts investments into the whole economy of a country.

To find what defines a startup ecosystem and what are the elements that nurture it we spoke with Fabrice Jakubowicz – Kohen, Community Development Manager EMEA and Jared Dublin, Business & Community Development at SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

They are both our mentors at Startup Spotlight, part of this year’s How to Web Conference 2014 event.

In talks with Alina Stavaru, RTPR Allen & Overy about lesser known aspects of the due-diligence process

The due diligence process is maybe one of the trickiest parts of an investment. While younger companies go through it easily – there’s not much diligence to do after all – it also marks the first moment when they define their business structure.

Alina Stavaru Counsel at RTPR Allen & Overy, experienced due diligence counsel, will discuss at this year How to Web Conference’s Angel investment track, The due diligence process – lessons learnt, about the how investors can optimize this process and focus on the most important steps.

Marc Wesselink, Startupbootcamp: “We see that angels are becoming the new VCs with syndicate investments”

Startup financing ecosystem is changing with the rise of crowdfunding and more acceleration programs opening worldwide. The structure behind these programs is changing too, to keep up the pace. To better understand the ongoing changes we talk with Marc Wesselink, Selection & Alumni Manager at Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living.

Marc will be one of the panelists on the How to Web Conference’s both Angel Investment track with Mike Doherty (moderator), Lyuben Belov and Simon Jenner and Future Trends & Entrepreneurship track with Ivan Brezak Brkan (moderator), Marc Wesselink, Paul Smith, Marvin Liao.

After founding and having bootstrapped 12 companies and failed four times, he is definitely an experienced entrepreneur with an international focus. After interviewing hundreds of startups as Selection & Alumni Manager at Startupbootcamp, he became on of the co-founders at Startupbootcamp Africa.

Carlos Espinal, Seedcamp: “There is no ‘one way’ or ‘the right way’ to reach the product/market fit”

Finding product/market fit is like giving your company the necessary fuel to come out of its garage on the road to success. Many investors want to see it before really doubling down on investment. So what issues do founders sometimes find when trying to reach it? And how can they adjust their strategy to achieve product market fit?

Carlos Espinal, Partner at pre-seed and seed acceleration fund, Seedcamp, will talk about this on How to Web Conference 2014 Future trends & entrepreneurship track. He has both the keen eye of a VC and the mix of tech experience that make him an authority in the European startup ecosystem.

Passionate about cutting edge technologies and having a deep understanding of the VCs’ mindset, Carlos leads the startups’ acceleration experience from initial investment to Seedcamp Academy and beyond. Consequently, Carlos’ standards for accepting a startup into the Seedcamp program are very high, but he can also share precious advice on how you can work to become eligible.

Nicolas Dessaigne, Algolia: “Marc Andreessen said that software is eating the world. Today, APIs are eating software”

Algolia is a classic example of a business that successfully pivoted. It started as an offline search engine for mobiles but really took off as a real-time search API that’s experiencing fantastic growth. The French startup is now backed by Y Combinator and received a new funding round of $1.2 million this summer, bringing its total funding up to $2,8 million.

Nicolas Dessaigne, the co-founder and CEO of Algolia, has previous experience working on search engines and having been the VP of R&D and Product Management Director at Exalead.

He will speak at this year’s How to Web Conference’s Future trends & Entrepreneurship track about ‘How APIs Are Reshaping the Way Software is Build’, but we were also interested to discuss a little about its pivoting.

How to Web: Web search is more or less an established business model. What aspects of it do you plan to improve and how do you go about doing that?

We actually don’t do “web” search as Google does. We are a B2B technology provider. We provide a search service (as an cloud API), helping developers to deliver a great instant search experience in their own websites and apps.

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