What advice would you give to a young professional, starting her career?
My advice would be to think big, try not to focus on what you are not good at, but on your strengths. That’s enough.
What was the main idea behind Speedinvest Heroes?
The idea was that Heroes is a strategic partner for startups and VCs. We position ourselves as a company with not just an extraordinary way of thinking but with the expertise by which we always plan one step ahead… and that’s how we help in the development of innovative startups. In these 4 years, we formed a lot in order to develop a strategic and holistic view, to deliver the right solutions at the right time. Startups could easily run out of money, have a founder clash or go through many other troubles, but we were always there for them, carry on until the very end.
Why did you decide to take the lead?
Personally, I didn’t want to be the managing partner again. I wanted to focus on the coaching and on the Startup Anatomy Project. That was my core project and I always wanted to focus on this. I know that there are certain patterns amongst the startup founders and corporate managers and I was eager to find them in order to develop a methodology where we can classify the success factors. We conducted the study in Austria (the results will be soon available online) and we really want to expand it and do the next step in Europe.
Was there a moment in your life where you realized that focusing on the people was the key for a healthy team and hence, a successful business?
After the exit from the first company, I was thinking about what I learned from this experience and what I wanted to take out for my personal ride.