The Unicorn Factory: De/Coding and Leveraging Silicon Valley – Event with BootstrapLabs in Stockholm, Sweden

The Unicorn Factory: De/Coding and Leveraging Silicon Valley – Event with BootstrapLabs in Stockholm, Sweden

Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs and Magnus Bergman, Venture Investment Partner at BootstrapLabs will share with Swedish entrepreneurs, local angels and the SUP46 community their journey and best tips on how to become the next unicorn!

Attendees will also receive valuable insights and learn how companies like Prezi scale from a small office in Budapest to a 300+ people company in Silicon Valley.

Guaranteed dose of inspiration will be provide to all the attendees!

EVENT AGENDA:

  • 17:00 / 17:30 – Registration
  • 17:30 / 18:00 – Keynote: Going Global? Why San Francisco? | Nicolai Wadström
  • 18:00 / 18:45 – Discussion and Q&A: Sharing stories about Prezi and Truecaller. How angel investors can groom startups to become Unicorns? | Magnus Bergman & Nicolai Wadstrom
  • 18:45 / 19:00 – Presentation of BootstrapLabs | Nicolai Wadström
  • 19:00 / 19:30 – Discussion, Q&A and Networking

SPEAKERS:

Nicolai Wadstrom Founder & CEOBootstrapLabsNicolai Wadstrom, Founder & CEO of BootstrapLabs

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Nicolai Wadstrom, a serial entrepreneur turned parallell entrepreneur as the founder of BootstrapLabs, a Global Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Nicolai advises all portfolio startups in their day to day operations, connecting founders with industry experts, advisors and investors to increase their likelihood of success, assisting with product design and development, positioning, go-to-market strategy and implementation, partnerships and fundraising.

Multiple time Startup CEO, CTO. Raised capital from Angels, Private Equity, Investment Banks and VC’s. Angel investor and adviser to Internet, Software, Mobile and Digital Media startups in Europe and Silicon Valley, including BootstrapLabs portfolio companies such as Prezi, Zerply, Audiodraft and Witsbits. Nicolai has been writing code since he was 10 years old, and still speaks Java fluently. He is very focused on product and technology development within the Big Data, Analytics, Internet, Mobile and Software/Cloud sectors. Nicolai is a frequent guest speaker, mentor and judge at Universities and Conferences in the US and Europe.

 

 

Magnus Bergman Venture Investment Partner BootstrapLabsMagnus Bergman, Venture Investment Partner at BootstrapLabs

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Entrepreneur and investor building global mobile internet companies. Has founded and invested in several successful companies including Prezi and Truecaller.
Specialised in mobile internet with a general knowledge of the special business logic of the Internet and its implications to many business verticals (e.g. telecommunications, media, financial services, retail, automotive and more).

Strategic computer scientist, product developer and general manager with 20+ years of experience covering many areas of information and communication technologies.  One of the pioneers in the Internet revolution, now specialised in the field of moble applications.

Magnus’ role as a Venture Investment Partner at BootstrapLabs is to identify and develop companies in Sweden and make them ready to move to San Francisco and BootstrapLabs with the aim to become Unicorns in the future. He is based in Stockholm at SUP46, but travels every month to SF.

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Ben Levy to Moderate Top Accelerator Players @ BeGlobal – September 13, 2013

Went it comes to globalization, startups trends and ecosystem development,  BootstrapLabs has a unique vantage point and its no wonder that Ben Levy, one of our Partners, has been asked to moderate a panel on Thinking Global with some of the most influential Accelerators in Silicon Valley including Christine Tsai @500Startups, Kevin Hale @Ycombinator and Adam Draper @BoostVC.

beGLOBAL is powered by beSUCCESS, Korea most successful tech blogging platform and founding father of beLAUNCH, the first Korean Tech conference for Startups with global ambitions (see video here).

Our firm is extremely bullish about the Korean’s startup ecosystem over the next decade and has been spending a fair amount of time there over the past few months, meeting ecosystem players, connecting with investors, mentoring entrepreneurs and understanding the strength and weaknesses of the ecosystem. Koreans invented Facebook before Facebook and made it profitable but a lack of global thinking allowed Facebook to take the world over, including its home market. Koreans are learning their lessons, fast and President Park is committed to start a “Creative Economy” renaissance in her country, of which tech startups play a major role.

If you want to now what else can come out of Korea, beside PSY “Gangnam Style” K-POP song, and take the world by storm, come attend this conference on Friday September 13, 2013 at the Four Seasons.

The line up of speaker is impressive, and will include (full line-up here):

  • 3 Generations of the Draper Family: Bill Draper, Tim Draper, & Adam Draper
  • Global Accelerators: Kevin Hale (Y Combinator) & Christine Tsai (500 Startups)
  • VCs: David Lee (SV Angel), Jeff CLavier (SoftTech VC), Aydin Senkut (Felicis VC), Jay Eum (Translink Capital), and many more…
  • Entrepreneurs: Ben Huh & Emily Huh (Cheezburger), Suk Park (DramaFever), Jorn Lyseggen (MeltWater), and more…
  • Corporate: Marc Shedroff (Samsung Inovation Center), Jeanie Han (NHN/Line), and more

Come to learn about latest globalization trends, discover some cool startups from Korea, meet movers and shakers in the space…. Or just come for a nice lunch and OPEN BAR at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto on a Friday to unwind from DisruptSF craziness 🙂

BootstrapLabs friends can register here and claim $50 off by using the discount code: bootstrap-bg

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Mancx Secures $3 Million In Financing and Opens US Headquarters

Our portfolio company Mancx Secures $3 Million In Financing and Opens US Headquarters.

SAN FRANCISCO AND STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, June 12, 2012 — Mancx, the only trusted community for business answers that allows for private individuals to securely buy and sell their knowledge with others, announced today it has secured $1.65 million in financing led by Almi Invest and Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund bringing the total money raised to $3 million. The money will be used to expand the world’s first community for paid business answers through social networks such as LinkedIn and Viadeo. The patent-pending Mancx platform matches incoming questions with the right person’s expertise while managing all aspects of the transaction. This ensures that the questioner gets the information he or she needs while the answering party gets fairly paid for his or her efforts.

“Mancx is there when you need the right business answers,” said Henrik Dillman, Mancx CEO and Founder. “Most Q&A websites only provide advice, opinion or self-promotion. Some of the answers are even too old to be useful. Our research shows that professional business users prefer answers they can trust from a community that can deliver ‘industrial strength’ information quality that is fresh and calibrated to their specific needs. Mancx matches users with the right people to answer their questions,provides an easy pricing model and lets users pay easily on the spot – similar to PayPal – so that they can be very efficient at every step of the process. It is perfect for executives, entrepreneurs, sales professionals and anyone who needs tailored information that either cannot be obtained by routine online searching or would take too much time to find. For business professionals, time is money.”

Unlike other services, Mancx offers the following benefits:

  • Handles answers in almost any form, from picture, sound files and cad/cam-drawings to .doc and .xls files. This is necessary since many business answers don’t come in just plain text
  • Allows for full anonymity both for buyers and sellers, while enabling them to contact each other for more information detail as needed
  • Automatically matches profiles and distributes by email
  • Manages the negotiation of price and expectations
  • Provides money-back guarantee and quality assurance

“Mancx is a great place to get business answers,” said Tim DeBenedictis, founder of the astronomy app SkySafari. “Whether I need detailed business intelligence, tailored information – basically anything I would bet my job on – I got to Mancx and get the answers I need.”

“Mancx Business Answers™ is the next generation of Q&A tools,” said Mattias Guilotte, Mancx CMO and Founder. “It is the first service with a global payment solution and a trusted community for businessanswers you can’t find anywhere else.”

About Mancx

With dual headquarters in San Francisco, CA and Stockholm, Sweden,Mancx.comis the only trusted community for business answers that allows for private individuals to securely buy and sell their knowledge with others. Winner of the “Hottest Startup in the Nordics/Baltics” at the Arctic15, Mancx is the world’s first network for business questions and answers through networks such as LinkedIn and Viadeo. The patent-pending technology behing the Mancx Business Answers™ community matches incoming questions with the right person’s expertise while managing all aspects of the transaction. This ensures that the questioner gets the information he or she needs while the answering party gets paid for their efforts.

Read more about Mancx on blogs and Media today

 

 

 

 

Nicolai Wadstrom

BootstrapLabs founder lunch in Berkley – How to Build and Accelerate Startups That Last

How to Build and Accelerate Startups That Last

Date: Wednesday, March 14

Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Location: Berkeley Rep Theater, 2020 Addison, in Downtown Berkeley.

Join us for a lunch and discussion with Nicolai Wadstrom, a serial entrepreneur, who after starting and selling several tech companies, decided to incubate a whole bunch at once. Nicolai is the Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs in Silicon Valley that is home to startups such as Prezi, Zerply and Witsbits. Come learn about how he builds and accelerates startups that last.

RSVP to if you’d like to order an organic, Berkeley-style lunch from The Bread Workshop for $15 (payable at the door), or just come and bring your own lunch.

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BootstrapLabs founder join the Board of Directors for SACC San Francisco

The founder of BootstrapLabs, Nicolai Wadstrom, has been nominated and accepted to the board of directors for SACC San Francisco. Nicolai Wadstrom will through SACC continue his work and ambition to build a bridge and help Swedish entrepreneurs tap into global entrepreneurial eco-system that is San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley.

Read more about SACC San Francisco/Silicon Valley

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Prezi zooming where no one has zoomed before – with $14M from Accel Partners

During the past 3 years (our portfolio company) Prezi have reshaped how we share ideas. Sharing of ideas just to be a sequence of squares. Prezi have been challenging this 350-year-old format, not because it’s old, but because it’s how people enjoy exploring spaces, rather than slides. We hear presenters and audiences describe how they are taken on a visual journey, and lean forward to share the experience.
Accel Partners is now joining the mission with a $14M investment into Prezi, and also taking a board seat. Which means that Prezi is zooming on at an accelerated pace.

Read more on the Prezi blog, TechCrunch and Gigaom.