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How Digital Business Models are Truly Special – Funding Options

In two previous articles, I discussed that digital business models are characterized by a cost structure with low marginal cost, and the implications of low marginal cost: more freedom in business model design, sales growth driving margin expansion, and potentially high valuations. The potential for high valuations makes digital business models especially attractive for venture capital (VCs).

On the other hand, digital business models often require upfront funding, and because of their cost structure, that funding typically can be obtained from VC-type investors only.

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Corporate Venture Capital in Germany – Impressions from the 8th Technology Day in Munich

On March 19, the annual Technology Day of the Munich Network took place for the 8th time. This event is one of the key events for the German VC scene. In line with a recent trend in Germany, this year’s conference focused on Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) and accelerators (conference program – in German language).

My background is in the IT industry, where – at least from a global perspective – CVCs traditionally are not the dominant force, since there is a lot of capital available from independent venture capital firms. Therefore, it was quite a surprise for me to see how important CVCs have become in other industries and in the German venture funding scene.

Here are some highlights I took away from the conference.

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Delivery Hero – ein deutsches Startup mit beeindruckender Finanzierung

Europäische Startups haben es oft schwer, eine aggressive Wachstumsstrategie zu verfolgen, denn hohe Risikokapitalsummen sind im Vergleich zu den USA doch deutlich schwerer zu bekommen.

Umso ermutigender finde ich die Geschichte von Delivery Hero. DeliveryHero geht auf das deutsche Startup lieferheld.de zurück, hat nach wie vor seinen Hauptsitz in Berlin und ist inzwischen in 12 Ländern rund um den Globus vertreten.

Mehr zur beeindruckenden Wachstumsgeschichte von Delivery Hero (in englischer Sprache)

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Delivery Hero – An Amazing Startup Funding Story

Startups in continental Europe are often at a disadvantage in scaling their business due to a lack of funding: in comparison to the US, venture capital is still relative hard to get by.

This in turn makes it hard for European founders to think big and to aggressively pursue international expansion.

That’s why I find the story of Delivery Hero so encouraging:

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