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Building an Enterprise Startup in Germany

An Interview with Dr. Michael Keppler, Business Angel and Co-Founder of ICON Supply Chain Management

While attending the mentoring circle at CyberForum Karlsruhe, I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Michael Keppler. He is a mentor, business angel, co-founder and former CEO of ICON Supply Chain Management, Karlsruhe.

Dr. Michael Keppler

Dr. Michael Keppler

Together with a friend from the University of Karlsruhe, Dr. Keppler started ICON in 1992 and developed the company to become technology leader in the supply chain planning and collaboration domain.

Dr. Keppler and his co-founder managed the company through the key transitions that characterize a high-tech enterprise business: from the startup stage with a lot of custom project work, to a scalable products business, and finally, to the exit, selling ICON to E2open in July 2013.

His experience is invaluable to startup founders. So thanks to Michael for sitting down with me and sharing some of his lessons learned, as well as his take on Southern Germany as a location for tech startups.

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Internet Finds for Growth Companies: On Scaling and Exiting

This week, I present three internet finds that should be interesting for for growth companies: a deep, insightful blog post by Ben Horowitz, explaining why Andreessen Horowitz prefers to scale their portfolio companies under the reign of the founding CEO – instead of putting in a professional CEO. A recent article claiming that IPOs have become less attractive as an exit option. And several stunning infographics from LUMA Partners related to scaling and exiting.

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