Petr Sima a Michal Vajskebr

How not to fall victim to your own success

Managers in their fifties should not throw the towel in yet; startups are not just for young people. We are entering a period of fluid relations, headhunter Michal Vajskebr and startup investor Petr Šíma both agree.

Petr Sima

Czech institutions should support Investor's education more. There is a huge potential

While in the Baltics it is quite obvious that the local investment environment is supported by the Chamber of Commerce and other important institutions, in the Czech Republic we can only dream about it. Why should not only our Chamber of Commerce, but also various unions or associations of small and medium-sized enterprises actively participate in the startup business?

Michal Ciffra, partner DEPO Ventures

Investing in tourist start-ups in the covid era: a dangerous lottery or a genius move?

When the first quarantine was announced I honestly expected that the company within our portfolio of companies - the SmartGuide travel platform - would go bankrupt within three weeks. But that didn't happen and during the fall we doubled our profits every month. What is happening in tourism and does it make sense to invest in it now? Read the interview with Michal Ciffra, partner DEPO Ventures.

Jiří Kobelka CEO of TATUM, photo by FORBES

From Czechia to Silicon Valley - the successful story of TATUM

Tatum, which aims to make it easier for companies to develop blockchain applications, celebrates a major Czech success in the mecca of startups. At the end of 2020, the company was accepted into the prestigious SkyDeck accelerator in Silicon Valley.

INTERVIEW: How to invest in startups during the COVID-19 era?

INTERVIEW: How to invest in startups during the COVID-19 era?

Grouport has invested in London's Beem, betting on mixed reality technology. An guess how? Full remotely. Read the Interview with Michal Ciffra, partner of the Grouport angel fund about how it went and some investors tips.

If there is a field in which Europe leads, then it is fintech.

If there is a field in which Europe leads, then it is fintech.

If there is a field in which Europe leads, then it is fintech. At least in terms of investment volume. This is claimed by Petr Šíma, a member of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) and at the same time the CEO of the Depo Ventures investment platform. According to him, investing in these start-ups is a great opportunity not only for investors but also for banks, which can get a lot of ideas. What does the domestic business angels scene look like? In what ways could banks learn from business angels? Where is Europe heading in this area? Petr Šíma answers these questions for the magazine Bankovnictví.

Janosh from Beem

INTERVIEW: How London startup Beem had closed their 1.8 milion Euro investment round remotely.

Thanks to its software technology, Beem can automatically process videos of people and products and broadcast them in augmented reality. Life-size photorealistic holograms can be accessed anywhere via smartphones or AR-enabled devices. Technology company Beem, for example, collaborated on the ASOS fashion show, working on a Cisco telecommunications solution or cooperates with a fashion brand Vogue. Due to Covid Pandemic, they fundraised remotely. Read the interview with founder Janosh about how it went, the role of DEPO Ventures in it, and their plans.

Investing in startups pays off for Czech investors, research shows

Investing in startups pays off for Czech investors, research shows

The concept of angel investing is not very well known in the Czech Republic. It consists in the fact that the investor, as an individual, invests directly in the startup and buys stakes in the company. He provides not only capital but also his experience and contacts. As an alternative way of investing, it is one of the more risky ones. But as research shows, Czech investors are more successful than expected. How is it possible? We have considered this question with Petr Šíma, the founder of the network of angel investors Depo Angels.