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Our Portfolio

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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For Founders

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.

Think more critically about the role of AI in your startup, with Julien Simon

Julien Simon, the Chief Evangelist at Hugging Face and a valued Operating Partner at Samaipata, doesn't hold back as he delves into the common pitfalls and strategic imperatives of implementing AI within businesses. With a wealth of experience in AI and a keen eye for the practical applications of machine learning, Julien is here to share his insights and challenge preconceived notions in the tech industry.
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Unlocking business expansion with this strategic framework

There comes a time within your business where you realise that your team needs additional skill set and expansion. Typically, product-market fit has been established and the opportunity to grow revenue and profit is there.
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Scaling your customer service team: in-house or outsource?

As an early-stage startup, making the decision to manage your customer service team in-house or to outsource really depends on a variety of factors including where you are as a company in terms of your lifecycle, size and complexity, what your strategic customer service vision & goals are, and finally, what your financial resources and priorities are.
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5 tips to retain top talent in a startup

In a rapid-growth startup, demands can be high, budgets can be low, and processes can be lacking. There’s also strong competition for top talent in the startup environment and it can be challenging to keep talent as other companies also look to acquire people with specific skills, many of which can afford higher salaries.
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Investment Thesis

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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Market Perspectives

Innovation and the market is always changing and we find it helpful to pause and reflect to understand what’s really happening.

What role software can really play in helping us reach net zero goals?

While considerable venture capital investments have already flowed into the software sector, the intensifying climate crisis is pushing the need for radical action to the forefront. Software is currently receiving negative publicity as seen as involving too “shy” of an effort. On the other hand, hardware and infrastructure investments, which were traditionally overlooked by asset-light venture capitalists, are gaining momentum.
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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.
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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.
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Generative AI and FTX, The Buzz This Quarter

This quarter at Samaipata we dive into Generative AI and the downfall of FTX, we highlight snippets from our portfolio, current market conditions and writings from the Samaipata team.
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