Inside 3 German tech stars’ plan for a €170 million fund

Twitter & Airbnb alumnus Florian Leibert about how he set up a new fund with former Rocket executives Alexander Kudlich & Ludwig Ensthaler

Serial entrepreneur Florian Leibert shares the masterplan for a new fund called 468 Capital that he set up with former Rocket Internet executives Alexander Kudlich & Ludwig Ensthaler in this week’s conversation.

Florian has a 10+ years career in Silicon Valley, as the co-founder of California based cloud container company Mesosphere that secured funding of more than $250 million, and alumnus of Airbnb and Twitter.

In this podcast he’s sharing a rare glimpse into what he and his 2 partners are up to –  how the team secured the million Euros fund to bridge the innovation gap between Europe and the US despite the economic uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic – and why he thinks the time to act for European tech founders is right now:

“There's never been a better time to start a tech company in Europe.” 

And Florian also talks about what he has learned from his 10+ years in climbing the career ladder tech – from his early days in the HQ of Twitter to building a company in San Francisco with more than 200 employees as a software engineer to dealing with investors such as Andreessen Horowitz to working with partners such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise – and why at the end of the day he decided to leaving the company to start a new venture in venture capital.

03:35: What early stage startups can do now to benefit from the hype around Europe
05:10: How Florian and this co-founders met and started 468 Capital
08:10: Hack your investor!
13:40: Why climate change might be a huge market for entrepreneurs
15:25: What companies Florian looks for with 468 Capital
19:08: Beer Garden Break: Why hiring the wrong people is a "death sentence" for your company
24:15: Why smaller firms should never be afraid of the competition
27:57: Let gut feeling lead you the way!
34:04: B&P Tool Box: Write press releases before the product releases!
35:11: Either-or-Game: "Go for bigger ideas and go for bigger markets"

Production: Regina Körner, Migo Fecke (professional-podcasts.com); Sophie Dechansreiter.