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We are an early-stage founders’ fund investing in digital businesses with network effects across Europe.
We’re proud of our portfolio, here’s a preview into why we invested into these companies.
Why we invested in Auctree
Auctree, an online real estate platform for distressed assets, has just received a funding round of 2.5 million euros led by Samaipata. The company’s vision is to increase transparency and liquidity in this category by leveraging technology to efficiently curate complex supply and by acquiring previously locked out demand from institutional and retail investors.
Reinventing Partnerships Between Brands to Revolutionize the Way Ecommerce Acquire Customers
We are very happy to announce that Samaipata is leading Sqwad’s $3m Seed round, alongside top business angels from the industry. As we welcome them to the Samaipata family, we wanted to share this note about our investment thesis on Sqwad.
Why We Invested in Vivla
We are very happy to announce that Samaipata is leading Vivla’s $30m pre-seed equity and debt round, backing the company alongside top notch institutional investors like FJ Labs, Fasanara Capital, Extension Fund and numerous business angels.
Why We Invested in Karmen
Yesterday, Karmen announced their €22m Seed round, and we are very excited to lead the round alongside Fasanara Capital and outstanding business angels such as Edward Lando, serial angel investor with Pareto Holdings and Guillaume Prince, ex-head of Stripe Southern Europe.
Being a Founder is tough from finding product market fit to building up a killer team. We’ve rounded up the most frequently asked topics and written our take on them here.
Generative AI: The platform race is on
We’ve all heard about Generative AI in recent months and it’s for good reason - the incredibly buzzy topic seemingly hit Hype Beast mode mid October following a slew of (suspiciously co-ordinated) news that brought it into the open with a big bang.
Top tips on running a best-in-class legal process as an early stage startup
Top tips for founders on how to navigate the lesser known process of transforming a term sheet into a set of long form documents and some much valued money-in-the-bank.
Part 2 - How to work with your investors at early stages
One of our goals as investors is to help our portfolio companies be as successful as possible. As such, we see Investors Relations (i.e. the management of reporting documents, boards, and monthly calls) not only as a way to ensure legal compliance and our fiduciary duty to our Limited Partners, but also as a way to ensure information alignment between us and our portfolio companies.
Part 1 - How to work with your investors at early stages
One of our goals as investors is to help our portfolio companies be as successful as possible. In addition to financial commitment, we strive to be helpful. Typically, the more information you share with us, the better we are able to understand your business and give relevant advice. To us, communication is the only way to drive alignment.
We invest in digital busineses with network effects and we can’t wait to tell you why.
The Founders Q&A
As we strive for transparency at Samaipata, we want to shed some light on our investment thesis and on some of the key questions entrepreneurs often ask us. If the answers laid out below fit with what you’re looking for from a potential VC investor, we would like to hear from you! We review all opportunities sent to us.
The Hive, or How We Are Building a Portfolio Support Plaform at Samaipata
A product is often said to be at the intersection of business needs, UX and engineering. In the case of a VC Platform, we are at the intersection of boosting fund returns (the Business) by building value-adding solutions for our founders (the UX) while finding scalable ways of doing it (the Stack/Engineering). Yes, Platform owners are Product builders.
How to Create & Measure Network Effects (Part 2)
So hopefully we can all agree now that network effects (nfx) are precious, as a powerful source of defensibility and value creation. The real question then becomes: how to trigger them? And how to measure them?
What Are Network Effects and Increasing Returns? (Part 1)
This article (Part 1) is an attempt to explain how we understand increasing returns and network effects at Samaipata. Part 2 is deep-diving into how to create network effects, how to measure them and what the future holds.
Innovation and the market is always changing and we find it helpful to pause and reflect to understand what’s really happening.
The data challenge in Climate Tech
As we move closer to 2030 “net zero” goals, the private sector is increasingly being held accountable for its environmental impact. It is expected to be instrumental in achieving emissions reduction targets, as well as meet other environmental goals including water & biodiversity preservation, or waste reduction & recycling. Yet, before one can envision improving their environmental footprint, it all begins with accurate measurement.
AI Companions - more than just assistants
The idea of human users fostering relationships with AI may seem like a distant future concept in sci-fi movies. However, we are much closer than we think - recent developments in the UX and sophistication of AI have made it so much more realistic and persuasive… making it possible to build relationships with it.
A Brave New World [Part 2]
Below we recapitulate on some of the key themes that saw major developments in 2021, which will shape the new world and open up enormous opportunities for building and investing into digital platforms — our overarching theme at Samaipata:
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Welcome Samaipata 3.0: Same, same but different. Backing founders who dare to better the world
After months of hard work and deep introspection, we are very excited to introduce you to our revamped brand and website.