Originally published on the Speedinvest blog.

Nearly a year has passed since we released our annual report on the future of marketplaces and a lot has happened in the past twelve months. The report, which was published near the start of the pandemic, focused primarily on the immediate impacts on digital marketplaces. Today, while COVID-19 has not yet been eradicated, countries across the world are vaccinating people at a growing pace and infection rates are stabilizing in many countries. There is now some light at the end of a long tunnel.

Rather than only looking back at how marketplaces performed…


[UPDATE] Go to www.marketplace-report.com to find the latest update of our annual report about the future of marketplaces.

About a year and a half ago we teamed up with Adevinta, Point Nine Capital and Dealroom to publish a report about the future of online marketplaces. We had planned an update for early 2020, but then COVID-19 hit and the world changed dramatically.

Now, approximately 3 months into the pandemic, we have a better view on what this means for the broader tech startup ecosystem in general and, in particular, the global marketplace landscape. …


Part 3: Fund Management

Last January, I took an in-depth look back at our first year at Speedinvest Network Effects. I received a lot of great feedback, so I decided to make the review an annual tradition. There’s a lot to cover, so I’ve split this year’s look back into three separate posts and changed the structure to better align with our day-to-day business operations.

The three-part series will follow the actual investment process in chronological order: from deal flow (Part 1) to portfolio management, i.e. new and follow-on investments (Part 2) and, without further ado, everything that is related to running the fund…


Part 2: Investments

Last January, I took an in-depth look back at our first year at Speedinvest Network Effects. I received a lot of great feedback, so I decided to make the review an annual tradition. There’s a lot to cover, so I’ve split this year’s look back into three separate posts and changed the structure to better align with our day-to-day business operations.

The three-part series will follow the actual investment process in chronological order: from deal flow (Part 1) to portfolio management, i.e. new and follow-on investments (Part 2) and, eventually, everything that is related to running the fund itself —…


Part 1: Deal Flow

Last January, I took an in-depth look back at our first year at Speedinvest Network Effects. I received a lot of great feedback, so I decided to make the review an annual tradition. There’s a lot to cover, so I’ve split this year’s look back into three separate posts and changed the structure to better align with our day-to-day business operations.

The three-part series will follow the actual investment process in chronological order: from deal flow (Part 1) to portfolio management, i.e. new and follow-on investments (Part 2) and, eventually, everything that is related to running the fund itself —…


Why I don’t care about your unpopular opinion anymore.

#UnpopularOpinion (Source)

At the beginning of this year I stopped using facebook and instagram and promised myself to never touch it again. Thus far, I kept my promise, but ever since, I‘m compensating by increased Twitter usage. On Twitter I noticed a growing trend within the global community of tech VCs of so called “unpopular opinion”-tweets, tweet storms and, sometimes, related blogposts. While these opinions are labeled as “unpopular”, they are usually exactly the opposite: They are meant to fuel the author‘s popularity by addressing our basic urges and are aimed to appear “provocative“. …


Spoiler Alert: This is not about why micro-mobility is (still) a thing and has a bright future. This is my personal story and some lessons learned behind our investment in TIER Mobility; one of the craziest rides of my business life so far.

A 1 year old company 11 years in the making

Our Berlin-based portfolio company TIER Mobility is barely one year old. But, for me, the history of the company starts 11 years ago. Back in 2008, when I made my first baby steps into the world of European Venture Capital, one of the first companies I was fortunate enough to work with, was a small but fast-growing…


Reviewing Speedinvest Network Effects first year by the numbers

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s that time of the year again when everyone publishes annual reviews. I’m jumping on the bandwagon and take this as an opportunity to reflect on our first full year of Speedinvest Network Effects. In September 2017 I joined Speedinvest as a Partner to launch and run our Focus Fund Speedinvest Network Effects a.k.a. Speedinvest x. Thanks to our amazing LPs, we were able to do a first closing of the fund already in November 2017 and announced it to the public end of January 2018. Since then a lot has happened — not…


An open-source guide to rate the viability, sustainability and overall attractiveness of your network effects-driven early stage startup

TL;DR: Click to access the Speedinvest Network Effects Marketplace Scorecard & get the detailed methodology from Philip. Join us for The Marketplace Conference to learn more about how investors assess early-stage marketplace startups.

Overarching segments of the Marketplace Scorecard (“excel-version”)

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about a more systematic approach in (early stage) Venture Capital sparked by books such as “Principles” by Ray Dalio, “Platform Revolution” by Parker/van Alstyne/Choudary or Ryan Caldbeck’s (in)famous tweet-storms about the lack of (and need for) systematic VC funds.

Inspired by those as well as many others (more on that below), we’re releasing the Marketplace Scorecard in an attempt…


We’re releasing the preliminary program of The Marketplace Conference on November 28th 2018 in Berlin. Be quick to secure one of the few remaining tickets. Get in touch to fill the remaining slot with an outstanding female speaker.

We’re very excited to share with you the agenda of the inaugural European Edition of The Marketplace Conference on November 28th 2018 in Berlin. Before diving into detail, on behalf of Speedinvest x and our partners Market One Capital, Point Nine Capital and Autotech Ventures, I would like to send special thanks to all speakers, panelists and sponsors (Nasdaq, Russmedia, Netguru, Orrick, Sharetribe, Besedo & Mangopay) who are helping to make this happen! Without you this event would not be possible and we`re incredibly excited to have all of you on board!

Above all, we´re extremely grateful and humbled that…

Mathias Ockenfels

I ❤️ network effects @Speedinvest X | Alumni: @Uniplaces @PointNineCap @Naspers @ricardo_ch | Passion for startups, 🏍🥋🥊 ☕️🍫🏃 | VAMO

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