Become a Master
Before we talk about how to become one of the Masters, here is how we see ourselves.
As we are all entrepreneurs and know the hassle and resistance when taking equity, we do not take shares and will not be ‘at the helm’ of your company.
- We are a cross generation group, all with different backgrounds, bound by an ambition to accelerate and support existing young founders with our experiences.
- Masters’ business model is not based on enriching our Masters, as the main component that thrives us is passion for innovation and scaling promising companies.
Masters are either (serial) entrepreneurs that have set up – sometimes multiple – businesses from scratch, or professional services specialists (Lawyer, Accountant, Analyst, Banker) that have dealt with startups and scaleups during their carreer, and want to take their knowledge and passion to accelerate innovation.
Having been there is a must; you can better understand the struggles of scaling a business if you have felt the pain and sleepless nights when dealing with critical situations. Also, the DNA of an entrepreneur is different than from somebody working in a regulated environment. Innovation is chaos and you have to be able to size it, handle it and solve it.
At the same level, professional services specialist have seen the good, bad and ugly of dealing with investors, partners and shareholders. Their knowledge of ways out of critical situations and the ability to analyse, decompose and solve the critical parts is very valuable in scaling a company.