2:55 – How he started his first company
14:28 – His first successful exit
19:00 – Being a Venture Capitalist and an Angel Investor at the same time
27:40 – What are the characteristics of a Unicorn CEO?
39:33 – The future of blockchain technology and crypto assets in general
About Daniel Gutenberg
Finding unicorns before they have 10 employees is his ambition. Daniel Gutenberg is one of Switzerland’s most active Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. During his career he’s collected a total of 12 unicorns in his portfolio, so far. Daniel started his first company – Gutenberg Communication Systems – in 1991 and sold it in 2000 as part of a deal to become the CEO of the acquiring company. During this time, Daniel was a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), through which he met people like Jeff Bezos and Marc Andreessen. Since 2003 he has been active as an investor and advisor to startups through the Swiss venture capital firm Venture Incubator Partners. Daniel was awarded business angel of the year in 2011 (SECA).
“If an investor has skin in the game, he’ll take better care of his investments.”
“When I had my first big exit and stopped working, I started having trouble getting up in the morning and I realized I never had anything interesting to tell anyone. Money does not make for a fulfilled life.”
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