We all know Snapchat, the app that displays a picture (snap) taken with a mobile phone. The sender can choose for how long — between 1 and 10 seconds — the receiver can view the image. After the selected time frame, the snap disappears from the recipient’s screen unless he or she had enough time to take a screenshot. Snapchat is popular among young people because the sender has better control of where the picture ends up since it’s difficult to copy the image and share it on other social networks.Read More »Snap’s IPO
I have, as a venture capitalist and adviser, worked with a large number of privately-owned companies. A typical task for a venture capital investor in an entrepreneurial, owner-led company is to drive the professional and personal development of key people and, in parallel, carry through needed replacements of top tier managers. I will in this blog post share my experiences of the replacement of the CEO in owner-led companies.
Industrifonden (a Swedish industrial development fund) is publishing The Swedish Tech Funding Report twice a year. The report provides insights into the investment activity in one of the world’s most active start-up ecosystems. The first half of 2016 shows an active venture tech market in Sweden, and especially in the Stockholm region. There are attractive companies to invest in as well as venture investors with sufficient funds.
Sweden is right now a good place to be in when investing in venture capital to boost young companies. I have since a couple of years had the privilege of being a member of the board of directors in Industrifonden. The fund invests in young companies with the potential to become global players impacting innovation and the development of Swedish enterprises – in Sweden as well as outside of Sweden. But first and foremost, Industrifonden backs ambitious people and teams with great visions, a strategic approach, and the ability to turn plans into reality.