The book Zero To One by Peter Thiel is a very daring way to start a business. His idea is that copying what others do is very easy, but that won’t change the world. If we want to really build the future, we have to create something unique, that will allow us to go from zero to one. We have to be brave and courageous and daring and to go against the tide. It is not a matter of fortune, though. We have to have a clear goal in mind and start from a small niche and to build it up until we create a monopoly that will allow us to gain enough earning to reinvest for the good of the whole society.
“The most counter-current thing not to go against the crowd but to think on your own.”
There are many legal issues to consider when starting a business. From company formation and attracting capital (shares, convertible bonds, other types of financing) to various employment-related issues. Together with my team, we want to help young companies and have started sharing our knowledge by making short videos which we call #corporate espresso
Justas of Qoorio asked me:
"Thomas, what's your story of becoming an angel tech investor ?"
"The totally different and new network of founders and co-investors and the continuous learnings and new insights that break you outside of your social bubble"
Very Qoorious ☝️😊🤗 of filosofy, (part) of the reasons I am on this network to have my daily Qoorious coffee/readings ..
Longer answer (and as a bonus I will let you know how I ended up as the only Belgian, so far😊, until this moment on Qoorio, at least to my knowledge.)
"As a Belgian living in Brazil where I set up my own real estate investing company from scratch (as foolish as this looks in hind sight when writing this down, in the beginning I couldn't speak even Brazilian Portuguese- but that's another story), I worked almost day and night while also had to give a lot of attention towards my family whom I had brought over from Belgium with me and they also faced the same problems (new school, new language, new house, totally new social environment etc).
"My work universe was (and still is) a network of trusted Brazilian real estate lawyers, brokers, real estate developers, my accountant a few free lancers (real estate scouts, architects). With this people I have worked very closely during a number of years."
"While doing so, after some years, some Belgians from my 'old' home country started to contact me and asked spontaneous help to introduce them to and help them with things like setting a local company themselves, referring to have a good accountant, commercial introductions, helped them to translate (meanwhile I became quite fluent in Portuguese) .... I started to realise I had something to offer...and the seed of becoming a business angel was planted."
"Also doing so, broke my old social network and I met totally new people from outside of my network with different/other views/insights/experiences....and that was the second seed of becoming a business angel"
"After a failed first investment in a start up, I realised I lacked training/education in the business angel world."
"After moving back from Brazil to Belgium I decided to follow a number of angel investment classes where at the same time I learned how syndicates were working"
"I couldn't find the specialised trainings in Belgium so I found a course in the Netherlands. I very much liked it and learned a lot. I asked the organizers how did they start. They learnt it them selves from other investors/copied the program from Estonia. So I took lessons online/offline from Estonia."
"In Estonia I asked the organizers from the Nordic Angel Program why/how they decided to launch an investor program...seemed they learnt it themselves/copied from Fiban (association of Finnish business angels) and some angels of FIBAN in Estonia invited me to Helsinki to "learn from the source"...
"And so I ended up in Helsinki...taking lessons and networking /investing together in one Finnish start up. (The idea/filosofy of those programs is not only learning in theory but also Do-ing it, making a real due diligence /vetting process)"
"In Helsinki I was approached by a Baltic VC who wanted to learn more from my Brazilian experiences as one of this start-up's started to get active over there and checked if I could help them potentially...Offcourse✌️😉..."
" I liked his investment approach and learned he was launching a new fund...the first investment turned out to be....,🙌🤗 Qoorio"
And so Justas that's how I became an angel investor and enthusiastic supporter of Qoorio 👌👍 and the first Belgian on your network.
Hereunder a picture of Brazilian art, it's a group of people going in group from one place to another and that's how I feel about life and angel investing.
I want to find a way out of the conflict between business owners and people working for pay. The first states that it is impossible to find good ones. Second, complain unloved and low rated.
In my opinion, one of the most important aspects is CORPORATE CULTURE. It’s a work environment, relationships. I’ve seen companies in depressed cultures where even great products don’t help move from the point of death.
The organization is sick when there is fear; people cannot make decisions without asking their leader; everything in the company is structured and scripted.
What to do? You can start by talking to people about how they feel. Or allow them to work in three directions:
1. What annoys them, hindets work, and what you need to eliminate from the organization.
2. What is good and what needs to be strengthened.
3. What new things to bring to improve the work environment, relationships, mood.
Let the team start from a brainstorming session, but at the end of the process they need to come with a list of 10 points for each direction.
The most important task for CEO or Business Owner will be to accept the list and execute it. Challenges lie ahead, but overcoming them will bring positive change. For person’s satisfaction sometimes is more important to see that Boss cares about you, than a one-time bonus. This affects good financial results. This has been proven by companies with high culture many times.