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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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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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