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Chris Kowalczyk - GammaRebels - Poland - Stanford Engineering - Mar 11 2013

  1. 1. Krzysztof (Chris) KowalczykFounder & Managing Partner GammaRebels / HardGamma Ventureschris@hardgamma.comEuropean Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ME421)Stanford Engineering SchoolMarch 11, 2013 #gammarebels #hardgamma www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  2. 2. Poland? Between which countries :)? www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  3. 3. About me • Studied in Poland and Germany (M.Sc. in Qualitative Methods and Information Systems + Masters in International Management from CEMS) • Founded first company in the 90s (IT Support), joined Internet startup in 2000 (ISP+Web) and launched current company 2005 (consulting) / 2010 (fund) • Corporate experience: P&G (UK,US), PwC, Lycos, McKinsey&Co. • Academic experience (2000-2008): WSE Assistant Professor, WEMBA (CSOM, UoM) MIS Lecturer www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  4. 4. Startup Weekend, E-nnovation, BitSpiration www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  5. 5. (2010) (2005) (till 2011 as UBIK Business Consulting)(2011) (2013) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  6. 6. GammaRebels • A cash investment of up to $15,500 in return for 10% equity + $80.000 worth of cloud services from Google and Microsoft Support from 70 mentors (40% international) Office space in the center of Warsaw (GammaFactory) Demo Days in Warsaw and London plus ‘digital mission’ to SV • Part of HardGamma Ventures Fund (follow-up opportunity) • 6 startups in GR1, 7 in GR2 www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  7. 7. GammaRebels - Demo Day www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  8. 8. GAMMAFACTORY - creative tech spaceBig ideas & innovation areaAt Hoża 51 street, in the Centre of Warsaw, oldand renovated cheese factory, special placebristling with creativity and innovation. >8000 sqf (750 sqm) Event space Conference room ∼ 120 persons Tech showroom Co-working for ∼ 40 persons HardGamma offices Internal wine bar :) Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft official technologypartners of GF www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  9. 9. PORTFOLIO: 38 entries (24 PL, 13 UK, 1 US) / 31 active Angel HGV Fund Accelerator AdvisorshipACTIVE stealthNon-active www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  10. 10. Among most recognized in Europe•(2013) GammaRebels shortlisted as "Best European Startup Accelerator/Incubator"•(2011) GammaRebels Highly Commended as "Best European Startup Accelerator"(2011)HardGamma Ventures Highly Commended as "Best VC of the Year 2011"(2011) ChrisKowalczyk Highly Commended as "Best VC Partner of the Year"(2011) BusyFlow (portfolio)nominated Best Startup Tool For Startups(2010) Codility (portfolio) awarded Best Startup ToolFor Startups www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  11. 11. Early stage investment ecosystem in Poland45 EU 14 govt. Funds withbacked backed VCs Accelerators only privateincubators ($300M) (YC-like) LPs($70M) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  12. 12. ENGINEERING TALENT (PL) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  13. 13. ENGINEERING TALENT (PL,US) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  14. 14. ENGINEERING TALENT (PL, US, EU) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  15. 15. ECONOMY IN A (RELATIVELY) GOOD SHAPE www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  16. 16. POLES (RELATIVELY) HAPPY ;) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  17. 17. Challenges • EU money = easy money => higher valuations • lack of experienced, serial tech entrepreneurs • Poland is mostly a “sales” market, no serious R&D (besides Google & Intel) • No clear success story so far (i.e. no Polish Skype so far) • No country branding (i.e. no “Estonian mafia” notion) • Wrocław and Cracow became hubs for software development outsourcing, draining the talent pool www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  18. 18. Doubts about acceleration model • Startups solving too narrow problems • Dealflow drain • Network effects? • That’s why HGV invests in Springboard / TechStars London www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  19. 19. SELECTED PORTFOLIO COMPANIES #gammarebels #hardgamma www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  20. 20. SHOWROOM - Series A from Burda International www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  21. 21. CubeYourMind / Hacienda HD www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  22. 22. Appvetica (mobile lab) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  23. 23. Manubia (e-commerce analytics) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  24. 24. Intelclinic (IoT) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  25. 25. BusyFlow www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  26. 26. Codility (testing coders) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  27. 27. Macoscope (iOS/MacOS lab) www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz
  28. 28. Thanks for having us!Krzysztof Kowalczyk Magda KwoskaHardGamma Founder GammaRebels Program Director+1.415.657.6616 (US) +1.415.657.6434 (US)+48.602.366.675 (PL) +48.501715538 (PL)chris@hardgamma.com magda.kwoska@hardgamma.com@kkowalcz @mkwoska www.gammarebels.com chris@hardgamma.com @kkowalcz

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