Oliver Holle Speedinvest Europe Venture Capital

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Oliver Holle

Managing Partner, CEO

In 1997, long before European pioneers were familiar with terms like mobile, entrepreneur or startup, Oliver switched paths – at that time he was working on his PhD thesis in Economics at Columbia University – to launch his first tech startup. After raising way too much money and spending it all in the first tech bubble of the early 2000’s, Oliver and his team battled for three long years against insolvency, finally emerging with a successful pivot into mobile data. In order to accelerate growth, Oliver merged his company with two other startups into 3united AG to become a highly profitable European leader in mobile content and messaging. The acquisition of 3united by Verisign was not only one of the biggest exits coming from Austria at that time but also took Oliver to Silicon Valley, where he spent two years with one of the most ambitious US-based tech companies of the era.

“As a founder, I have been challenged, laughed at, celebrated and plainly ignored. As an investor, I try to be helpful, honest and always – always – respect the founder.”

The experience convinced Oliver that European founders can also win big in the Valley and beyond. He returned to Austria determined to build a new type of venture fund, defined by his strong belief that seed-stage venture requires a very different model than he had experienced. Despite warnings from pretty much everyone he knew, Oliver and his scrappy founder team went on to develop their very unique venture model and, in 2011, eventually raised a tiny micro fund of €10M – Speedinvest was born. Today, Oliver contributes in various capacities across the company, which is now recognized as one of the leading seed stage venture capital firms in Europe.