GentM #9: Business Angels

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These are the slides I made in preparation of my talk at GentM #9. http://www.gentm.be/
I dropped slide 6 because it was off-topic.

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GentM #9: Business Angels

  1. 1. GentM #9: Business Angels iText®: The exception proves the rule1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  2. 2. At the end of the day...1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  3. 3. Money = Sales! At iText Software Corp. we make money since 20091T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  4. 4. Sales = Market iText in Action 1st: 2006 2nd: 2010 Visits/Day 4000 3000 2000 1000 Unique visitors/Month 80000 0 60000 40000 20000 01T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  5. 5. Market = Product Feb 2000 to Present1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  6. 6. What about the government? They talkthe talk, but don’t walk the walkSmall companies don’t need subsidies!They need projects & money for value! 1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  7. 7. The role of a VC?1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  8. 8. VC = Leverage! Give me a place to stand and I’ll move the Earth (Archimed)1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
  9. 9. Without/with a VC• 2000: Bruno, the engineer• 2005: Bruno, the author• 2006: Bruno, the marketeer• 2009: Bruno, the business owner• 2011: Bruno, the all-round entrepreneurThings could have gone faster if a VC had provided• A little bit of funding• A whole lot of leverageThat didn’t happen, so we lost some time. So what?1T3XT BVBA, the iText Company http://itextpdf.com/
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