Tips & tricks for better video meetings

If you know Point Nine a bit, you probably know that we’ve always worked as a distributed team and have always had an a̶w̶k̶w̶a̶r̶d̶l̶y unusually geo-agnostic approach to making seed investments. When Pawel and I started P9 almost ten years ago, Pawel was in Berlin, while I was on a sabbatical on Barbados. The first investments that we did together included startups in Canada (Clio) and New Zealand (Vend). We did open an office in Berlin later on but have always kept our remote-friendly culture and our geo-agnostic investment strategy.

One thing that this entails is that I spend a lot of time in video conferences. As I find video meetings with poor audio/video quality really exhausting (and love tinkering around), I’ve become a bit of a go-to-guy for video conferencing technology in my social and business circles. …

From truffle pig to equal partner in four short years

I recently wrote that once in a while, we see a startup and know after the first call that we just have to invest in this company. Similarly, every now and then, when I interview a candidate for a portfolio company, I’m so impressed by the candidate that I’ll send the founder a WhatsApp message with something like “This is our Head of Sales. Let’s close her immediately!!! 👊🏽” before the interview is even finished.

It’s very rare, but when it happens, it’s an almost magical moment. One such moment occurred to me about four years ago when I interviewed Louis for an Associate role at Point Nine. At that time, we had been looking for our next Truffle Pig for a few months and had a number of very promising candidates on our shortlist. Before my call with Louis, I thought that his engineering background, along with the fact that he went to MIT and worked as a summer analyst at Alven Capital in Paris, made him an interesting candidate who we might want to add to our shortlist. …

Introducing two new partners (and a new fund).

We’ve raised a new fund. If your immediate reaction is “so what?” — bingo. Raising a new fund as a VC is not that newsworthy per se. VCs have to raise a new fund every three years or so, just to stay default alive. However, VCs often use fund announcements to t̶a̶l̶k̶ ̶a̶b̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶l̶a̶t̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶r̶o̶u̶t̶i̶n̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶n̶e̶w̶ ̶P̶a̶t̶a̶g̶o̶n̶i̶a̶ ̶v̶e̶s̶t̶s give an update on the fund’s strategy or additions to the team, so here goes:

(1) We’ve raised €99,999,999.

Someone asked if there were any regulatory reasons for staying below €100 million. Nope. We just like the number 9.

A huge thanks to all of our LPs for their continued trust…


Christoph Janz

Internet entrepreneur turned angel investor turned micro VC. Managing Partner at http://t.co/5WJ3Pepbcv.

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