In the Spotlight | with Bogdan Axinia (eMAG Ventures)

Bogdan Axinia is a senior leader with 16 years of experience in tech companies, currently working as advisor with C-level executives and their teams to drive business growth through technology.

He revealed to us his perspective about a good relationship between investors and founders, the strengths and weaknesses of entrepreneurs and the potential of the regional startup ecosystem.

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We invite you to read below further insights:

1. If you were an early-stage startup founder, how would you ideally prioritize funding your company? What are the possible challenges that a startup could face while receiving investment?

I would look beyond just capital and analyze what specific know-how, networking and capability to attract talents a possible investor could add.

2. When should a founder think about exit? Is there a proper time for an exit?

I don’t think the exit should be the goal by itself. First, it’s essential to have the vision, plans, and execution for a successful business. After that, the answer related to exit will come naturally.

3. Could you identify and share with us an ideal way to „fail” in a safe way as a startup? Do you think failure is a good lesson or just a cliche?

I think that mistakes are inevitable, and every startup will have at least a dozen of his, and it’s a good thing. I would recommend trying not to make irreversible failures – make mistakes that cannot be turned back. Failure could be a good lesson only if you can learn from it. And I saw in the past examples of failures without learnings.

4. How do you see the current Eastern European entrepreneurial scene? How do you think it will evolve in the next 5-10 years? 

The How to web report from last year told us that we are in a positive trend in Romania. I think that trend will continue this year, and in the following years to come. In this region, we have the potential to have multiple billion-dollar companies that could seize the opportunity of a healthy ecosystem that is growing as we speak.

5. What should the ideal relationship between founders and their investors look like? 

I really believe that an open, trustful relationship and with a perspective of both sides will help both the founders and the investors achieve positive results.

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