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This podcast is aimed to help CEE founders in building global tech companies.

INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

Inovo Podcast Tomasz Swieboda

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This podcast is aimed to help CEE founders in building global tech companies.

INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Focus on the people and the rest will follow – Tytus Gołas, Tidio | #16 (PL)

    Focus on the people and the rest will follow – Tytus Gołas, Tidio | #16 (PL)

    The guest of the 16th episode of the Inovo Podcast is Tytus Gołas, Co-Founder & CEO of Tidio.

    TIDIO is one of the fastest-growing IT companies in Europe, supported by Inovo Venture Partners since 2019. Their flagship product is a live-chat app powered by unique chatbot solutions that helps small businesses all over the world serve their clients efficiently. It’s one of the #TOP5 most popular live chat solutions in the world. In 2020 Tidio doubled in size. They now hire 120 people and plan to grow the team even more by the end of 2021. You can find Tidio here: https://www.tidio.com/

    Michał Rokosz, a Partner at Inovo, sat down with Tytus Gołas to discuss:
    ✅ Tidio’s approach to People and Culture and the three key metrics they use in this area
    ✅ What does it mean to recruit correctly?
    ✅ How does Tidio work on building and implementing company's values?

    The talk is in Polish, but there are English subtitles on YouTube.

    INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof, Archbee and AhoyConnect. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Find us on:
    👉 Website: https://inovo.vc/
    👉 LinkedIn: https://pl.linkedin.com/company/i18s
    👉 Medium – Inside Inovo: https://medium.com/inside-inovo
    👉 Newsletter: https://inovovc.substack.com/

    Our podcasts are available here:
    ✅ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z37qvo07m5NyHnxjmUnmn
    ✅ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/inovo-podcast/id1522527904
    ✅ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDQyOTUzNS9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk
    ✅ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/inovo-venture-partners
    ✅ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuZjRhxxF8MdqqGEMSUg5Q

    #startup #vc #founder #finance #CEE #business #venturecapital #vcfunding #buildingstartup #businessangel #cofounder #creatingventures #entrepreneurship #financingstartup #fundraising #inovo #inovovc #inovoventurepartners #investinginstartups #unicorn #decacorn #tidio #tytusgolas #livechat

    • 33 min
    How to increase your company’s valuation by 5x? – Michal Rokosz, INOVO | Internet Beta 2021 (PL)

    How to increase your company’s valuation by 5x? – Michal Rokosz, INOVO | Internet Beta 2021 (PL)

    Michal Rokosz, Partner at INOVO Venture Partners, was invited to speak at the Internet Beta 2021 conference. He talked about company valuation methods used by venture capital funds and a few key ways that can increase your startup’s valuation by 5x. Here are the slides: https://www.slideshare.net/InovoVC/internet-beta-2021-micha-rokosz

    ✅ 4 key factors that impact startup valuation
    ✅ Why is spending money better that generating revenue?
    ✅ Why should you look for smiling cohorts?
    ✅ Is it better to take money from a Polish VC or a foreign VC?
    ✅ What’s the ‘signaling game’ and how can it impact the valuation of your company?

    The talk is in Polish, but there are English subtitles available on YouTube.

    INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof, Archbee, and AhoyConnect. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Find us on:
    👉 Website: https://inovo.vc/
    👉 LinkedIn: https://pl.linkedin.com/company/i18s
    👉 Medium – Inside Inovo: https://medium.com/inside-inovo
    👉 Newsletter: https://inovovc.substack.com/

    Our podcasts are available here:
    ✅ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z37qvo07m5NyHnxjmUnmn
    ✅ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/inovo-podcast/id1522527904
    ✅ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDQyOTUzNS9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk
    ✅ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/inovo-venture-partners
    ✅ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuZjRhxxF8MdqqGEMSUg5Q

    #startup #venturecapital #founder #vc #finance #CEE #business #vcfunding #buildingstartup #businessangel #cofounder #creatingventures #entrepreneurship #financingstartup #fundraising #inovo #inovovc #inovoventurepartners #investinginstartups #poland #unicorn #decacorn #valuation #startupvaluation #companyvaluation #conference #internetbeta #internetbeta2021 #booksy #wycena #funduszvc #wycenystartupów

    • 24 min
    What can you learn from unicorn startups? – Rob Kniaz, Hoxton Ventures | #15 (ENG)

    What can you learn from unicorn startups? – Rob Kniaz, Hoxton Ventures | #15 (ENG)

    The guest of the 15th episode of the Inovo Podcast is Rob Kniaz, Partner at Hoxton Ventures.

    HOXTON VENTURES is an early stage venture capital firm investing in European technology startups that can scale into large, global winners. It focuses on startups that either disrupt existing industries or invent entirely new market categories. It already has four unicorns in its portfolio: Babylon, Darktrace, Deliveroo, Epic Games and it’s just getting started. To date Inovo Venture Partners made two co-investments with Hoxton Ventures – that was Spacelift and Preply. You can find more on Hoxton Ventures here: https://www.hoxtonventures.com.

    Maciej Malysz, a Partner at Inovo, sat down with Rob Kniaz to discuss:
    ✅ What has Rob learned from investing in unicorns?
    ✅ What does he look for in early-stage startups?
    ✅ How does Rob's Google PM experience help in his investment activities?
    ✅ And what does he mean by: "You have to be crazy to be a founder"?

    INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof and Archbee. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Find us on:
    👉 Website: https://inovo.vc/
    👉 LinkedIn: https://pl.linkedin.com/company/i18s
    👉 Medium – Inside Inovo: https://medium.com/inside-inovo
    👉 Newsletter: https://inovovc.substack.com/

    Our podcasts are available here:
    ✅ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z37qvo07m5NyHnxjmUnmn
    ✅ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/inovo-podcast/id1522527904
    ✅ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDQyOTUzNS9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk
    ✅ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/inovo-venture-partners
    ✅ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuZjRhxxF8MdqqGEMSUg5Q

    #startup #vc #founder #finance #CEE #business #venturecapital #vcfunding #buildingstartup #businessangel #cofounder #creatingventures #entrepreneurship #financingstartup #fundraising #inovo #inovovc #inovoventurepartners #investinginstartups #unicorn #decacorn #hoxton #hoxtonventures

    • 40 min
    I reinvent myself every year – Stefan Batory, Booksy | #14 (PL)

    I reinvent myself every year – Stefan Batory, Booksy | #14 (PL)

    The guest of the 14th episode of the Inovo Podcast is Stefan Batory, Co-Founder & CEO of Booksy.

    BOOKSY is the leading beauty and wellness appointment booking app used by 13 million consumers in e.g. US, UK, Poland, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa. It was founded by two Polish serial entrepreneurs Stefan Batory (CEO) and Konrad Howard. They partnered with Inovo Venture Partners in 2015 and by 2021 they raised a total of $119 million in VC funding. After the merger with Versum, Booksy is now a team of approx. 600 fantastic people, who shoot for the moon. Their goal is to become a unicorn soon, then a decacorn and eventually the biggest company from Poland. You can find Booksy here: https://booksy.com/

    Tomasz Swieboda, a Partner at Inovo, sat down with Stefan Batory to discuss:
    ✅ building a VC-backed global business and what would Stefan do differently if he could start all over again?
    ✅ how does the founder’s role change as the company grows?
    ✅ and what has Stefan Batory recently learned from Roger Federer?

    The talk is in Polish, but there are English subtitles on YouTube.

    INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof and Archbee. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Find us on:
    👉 Website: https://inovo.vc/
    👉 LinkedIn: https://pl.linkedin.com/company/i18s
    👉 Medium – Inside Inovo: https://medium.com/inside-inovo
    👉 Newsletter: https://inovovc.substack.com/

    Our podcasts are available here:
    ✅ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z37qvo07m5NyHnxjmUnmn
    ✅ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/inovo-podcast/id1522527904
    ✅ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDQyOTUzNS9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk
    ✅ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/inovo-venture-partners
    ✅ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuZjRhxxF8MdqqGEMSUg5Q

    #startup #vc #founder #finance #CEE #business #venturecapital #vcfunding #buildingstartup #businessangel #cofounder #creatingventures #entrepreneurship #financingstartup #fundraising #inovo #inovovc #inovoventurepartners #investinginstartups #unicorn #decacorn #booksy #stefan batory

    • 59 min
    What does the VC way mean – Maja Schaefer, Zowie | #13 (PL)

    What does the VC way mean – Maja Schaefer, Zowie | #13 (PL)

    The guest of the 13th episode of the Inovo Podcast is Maja Schaefer, Co-Founder & CEO of Zowie.

    ZOWIE is an AI-powered customer service automation tool for enterprise clients, incl. L'Oreal, InPost, Aviva, Avon, and Brainly. It helps fast-growing companies grow even faster by removing customer service bottlenecks. In 24 hours they automate 30% of customer service inquiries and up to 90% in a few weeks. The company was founded by Maja Schaefer and Matt Ciolek. In September 2020 Zowie raised a $600k+ seed round backed by Inovo Venture Partners and business angels. And it’s just the beginning of the road! You can find Zowie here: https://zowie.ai/

    Michal Rokosz, a Partner at Inovo, sat down with Maja to discuss:
    ✅ how to transition from a service company to building your own product?
    ✅ how does a VC fund impact the business?
    ✅ and what are the most difficult aspects of fundraising?

    The talk is in Polish, but there are English subtitles on YouTube.

    INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Find us on:
    👉 Website: https://inovo.vc/
    👉 LinkedIn: https://pl.linkedin.com/company/i18s
    👉 Medium – Inside Inovo: https://medium.com/inside-inovo
    👉 Newsletter: https://inovovc.substack.com/

    Our podcasts are available here:
    ✅ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z37qvo07m5NyHnxjmUnmn
    ✅ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/inovo-podcast/id1522527904
    ✅ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDQyOTUzNS9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk
    ✅ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/inovo-venture-partners
    ✅ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuZjRhxxF8MdqqGEMSUg5Q

    • 38 min
    Scaling a business - the road to the largest software IPO - Marcin Żukowski, Snowflake #12 (PL)

    Scaling a business - the road to the largest software IPO - Marcin Żukowski, Snowflake #12 (PL)

    The guest of the 12th episode of the Inovo Podcast is Marcin Żukowski, Co-Founder of Snowflake.
    SNOWFLAKE is a cloud computing data warehousing company. It allows corporate users to store and analyze data using cloud-based hardware and software, generally termed as "data warehouse-as-a-service". The company was founded in 2012 by three data warehousing experts: Benoit Dageville, Thierry Cruanes and Marcin Żukowski. Almost from the beginning it is backed by Sutter Hill Ventures (other VCs joined along the way). In 2018 the company became a unicorn. And on September 16, 2020, Snowflake became a public company via an initial public offering raising $3.4 billion, making it the largest software IPO in history. You can find out more about Snowflake here: https://www.snowflake.com/

    Tomasz Swieboda, a Partner at Inovo, sat down with Marcin to discuss: his experience in joining Snowflake as a Co-Founder, how it all happened, how they scaled from a small team to the largest software IPO in history, and how he perceives cooperation with VCs funds.

    INOVO VENTURE PARTNERS is a first-choice VC for ambitious founders from Poland and the CEE region. We back early-stage, post-traction startups with up to €3M of initial investment, and help them build global brands, while driving growth of the local startup ecosystem. We take great pride in being close to top founders who think big. We’re investors in: Booksy, Restaumatic, Sotrender, Infermedica, Spacelift, Tidio, AI Clearing, Zowie, Jutro Medical, Intiaro, Packhelp, Preply, Eyerim, Allset, SunRoof. Our recent fund Inovo II reached a total of €54M.

    Find us on:
    👉 Website: https://inovo.vc/
    👉 LinkedIn: https://pl.linkedin.com/company/i18s
    👉 Medium – Inside Inovo: https://medium.com/inside-inovo
    👉 Newsletter: https://inovovc.substack.com/

    Our podcasts are available here:
    ✅ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Z37qvo07m5NyHnxjmUnmn
    ✅ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/inovo-podcast/id1522527904
    ✅ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDQyOTUzNS9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk
    ✅ Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/inovo-venture-partners
    ✅ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuZjRhxxF8MdqqGEMSUg5Q

    • 56 min

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