Entries by Nina Wöss

BBVA Acquisition of Holvi – what it means

By Stefan Klestil. BBVA’s acquisition of Holvi announced today, is remarkable in several ways. 1. To my knowledge, this is the first customer-facing FinTech acquisition by one of the big banks in Europe. There have been many investments into FinTechs by banks often via their in-house accelerators or VCs, there have been partnerships, there have […]

Exit! BBVA übernimmt Holvi

Nächster Exit für Speedinvest: BBVA, global führende Bank im Digitalbereich, übernimmt das finnische FinTech-Startup Holvi Wien, 07.03.2016; Speedinvest vermeldet seinen sechsten Exit. Die globale Bankengruppe BBVA übernimmt das FinTech Startup Holvi. Speedinvest unterstützte die Onlinebank für Freelancer, Kreative und KMUs in seiner Funktion als Lead-Investor bei der Expansion in die DACH Region. Speedinvest und Holvi […]

Michael Breidenbrücker: Mr. Startup

Michael founded his first startup before even knowing what a startup was. 16 years later, he shares his wisdom with young entrepreneurs and big corporations. His colleagues charmingly refer to him as Mr. Startup, but Michael Breidenbrücker didn’t even know he founded a startup when he launched Last.fm in 2000: “They didn’t call it startup […]

Speedinvest invests in Datapath.io

Datapath.io provides Network Performance Management for (Net)DevOps Cloud Application Performance Weakest Link The cloud ecosystem has developed at a breathtaking pace since its emergence about 2 decades ago. Today adoption is pretty much universal with 1/3 of IT spend happening in the cloud, and cloud computing infrastructure and platforms growing around 25% YoY to an […]

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter: The customer’s voice

After almost two decades in corporate environments, Speedinvest partner Marie-Helene Ametsreiter has carved out her own role in the firm and helps startups understand their users. On paper, Marie-Helene Ametsreiter might be the most corporate person at Speedinvest. But in person, she’s far from that and makes it very clear: “I’ve always built new businesses.” […]

Second Closing: 90M

Österreichischer Seed Fonds Speedinvest schließt Fundraising mit über 90 Millionen Euro ab und etabliert neuartiges Investment Modell auf europäischer Bühne Wien, 9.12.2015 – Der Fonds mit Sitz in Wien und San Francisco übertrifft mit dem finalen Closing die selbst gesetzten Erwartungen und konnte über 90 Millionen Euro an Investitionszusagen einsammeln. Damit ist Speedinvest einer der […]

Speedinvest Partner: Michael Schuster

Michael Schuster is one of the partners at Speedinvest, but his business card could very well just read „Product Guy“. By avoiding “typical investor tasks“, he is focusing on operations and helping his start-ups build their products. His journey to being a VC started as a fan of „Knight Rider“ and blogger in the early […]

Fireside chat: O. Holle & Shpock&Runtastic founders

In Kooperation mit Der Brutkasten. Florian Gschwandtner, Gründer von Runtastic und Shpock-Gründerin Katharina Klausberger, die mit ihren Exits im mehrstelligen Millionenbereich international für Aufsehen gesorgt haben, möchten dem heimischen Startup-Eco-System etwas zurückgeben. Beide beteiligen sich an Speedinvest 2, einem Frühphasen-Investment-Fonds aus Österreich. Bei einem Kamingespräch durfte der Brutkasten in erweiterter Runde um Speedinvest-Gründer Oliver Holle genauer nachfragen. Im ersten Teil […]

Why the Shpock & Runtastic founders invest in Si2

In Kooperation mit Der Brutkasten. “Gehst du eigentlich noch arbeiten?”, diese Frage hört Florian Gschwandtner oft. Seit dem Verkauf von Runtastic an Adidas um 220 Millionen Euro, haben viele ein falsch gefärbtes Bild vom Gründer – er ist nämlich alles andere als inaktiv. Neu ist, dass er als Investor beim Frühphasen-Fonds Speedinvest 2 dabei ist. […]

The VC who wants to work for his money

As CEO of Speedinvest, Oliver Holle not only helps building startups, but also has to grow his own company. After being an early startup entrepreneur in Austria, he now sees his role in troubleshooting and dealmaking and wants to foster international relationships beyond the US. Oliver is the face of venture capital in Austria. Not […]

Video Game Livestream Platform Hitbox.tv closes USD 4M Growth Round

Hitbox, home to millions of PC game live streamers and esports enthusiasts, revealed it successfully closed a $4 million growth round of investment to expand its North American operations and worldwide reach, as well as explore additional software innovations to expand their technological lead. The round was led by Vienna-based VC-firm Speedinvest and also includes […]

Speedinvest Partner: Erik Bovee

Why would a serial entrepreneur from California join a bunch of Europeans to invest in tech companies from places like Bulgaria and Slovenia? Erik Bovee, one of the US-based partners of Speedinvest, explains why he cofounded an investment fund in Austria and how he, together with Oliver Holle and his team, has built a bridge […]

Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator, Pioneers Ventures & Speedinvest

Zagreb, 22.9.2015. – As the leading southeastern startup accelerator, Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator signed a strategic partnership with Speedinvest and Pioneers Ventures the leading Venture Capital funds for digital Startups in the CEE region. Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator (ZIP) is the first startup accelerator in Croatia, founded in 2012. with the goal of helping aspiring entrepreneurs from […]

Speedinvest verstärkt Präsenz in Deutschland

Speedinvest, der Risikokapitalgeber mit Büros in Wien und im Silicon Valley, der im März dieses Jahres seinen mit 58 Millionen Euro dotierten 2. Fonds präsentierte, verstärkt seine Präsenz in Deutschland. Mit Helmar Hipp und Marie-Helene Ametsreiter werden zukünftig zwei erfahrene Entrepreneure in Deutschland zukunftsträchtige Startups scouten. Speedinvest ist bereits seit seiner Gründung in Deutschland aktiv und […]