What is a SAFE Note?
A SAFE note is a founder friendly investment instrument originally coming from the US and being used more frequently in Europe nowadays.
New Expert: Dinette Tams
We are excited to welcome our new Expert, Dinette Tams! She supports companies in regulated industries with risk & quality management.
Startup Commons Leiden
We had a wonderful evening at Startup Commons Leiden with inspiration and new connections!
The SVB Domino Effect
There is a major domino effect happening that resulted in the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and it's impact on the startup ecosystem is far from over.
Our founding partner Tessa de Flines was interviewed by Leapfunder for their "Startup Changemaker" series. Learn how she is personally trying to make an impact in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
KPMG Deals over Dinner
We partnered with KPMG Emerging Giants on their first edition of "Deals over Dinner" with focus on valuable feedback, connections, follow-up sessions and more.
New Expert: George van Iwaarden
We are happy to welcome our new Expert, George van Iwaarden! George helps and guides business to operational excellence.
Batten Down the Hatches!
Our Master Brad Furber shares why the fundraising landscape will continue to be extremely challenging for the balance of 2023.
2022 Ecosystem Research
We share an overview of research recently published on the startup and scaleup ecosystem and fundraising in 2022.
Join us at Startup Commons Leiden
Connect with VCs, business angels, startups, scaleups and regional multipliers in Leiden over drinks and dinner on 23 March.
Holiday Wishes: Join us in Supporting Ukraine
We invite you for this holiday season to join us in helping elderly people in Ukraine through the difficult winter ahead
2022 VC Tech Funding Trends
We share a summary of Yannick Oswald's article of what happened in the tech funding landscape this past year and what he predicts will happen moving forward.
Startupbootcamp Impact Day
We joined the bold closing event for Startupbootcamp's Sustainability and Mobility & Transportation Programs for which we provided fundraising expertise.
Startup Commons South Holland
What a wonderful evening at Startup Commons South Holland. Inspiration, interesting conversations and new connections!
Growth Across Borders
Our co-founders Duke Urbanik and Dieuwke Hoogland were table moderators at a lively and inspiring nlgroeit dinner event for female founders.
Improving Successful Scaling
A study from McKinsey showed that Dutch start-ups perform worse at scaling than leading countries globally.
Investments Down in Q3 2022
We share a summary of the Q3 funding landscape in The Netherlands, Europe and the US. Worrying decline or a return to normal?
Join us at Startup Commons!
Connect with VCs, business angels, startups, scaleups and regional multipliers in the Delft, The Hague and Rotterdam area over drinks and dinner
Closing Event Clim@ Scaler Program
We were fortunate to be a partner of the Clim@ Scaler Program and see the amazing ventures pitch during the closing event.
New Master: Tom Vroemen
We are very happy to welcome Tom Vroemen as Master. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor and adviser to deeptech and climate tech companies.
New Master: Laurens de Bruijn
We are excited to welcome a new Master, Laurens de Bruijn, an entrepreneur, investor and senior executive with many years experience in the healthcare sector.
Fundraising in a Downturn
We share our views on fundraising in the current unfavorable economic climate. The good news? It's not all doom and gloom!
KPMG Tech Innovator Competition
It was an honor for us to be a partner for the KPMG Tech Innovator competition with our co-founder Duke Urbanik in the jury.
New Partner: Globalization Partners
We are happy to announce our new partnership with Globalization Partners who make it fast and easy for companies to hire anywhere.
Scaling Success Factors = Culture
Hidde Hoogcarspel shares what he believes are the key success factors for scaling successfully.
Putting Things on Paper: Powerful or Waste?
Why it's essential for entrepreneurs, leaders and employees of smaller organizations to put things on paper.
Inspiration at YOUNITE
Our co-founder Dieuwke Hoogland shared her experience and perspective on multidisciplinary teams during Younite
New Master: Marc Mogalle
We are happy to welcome a new Master, Marc Mogalle! Marc is an experienced venture capitalist and seasoned entrepreneur.
New Master: Karin Govaert
We are excited to welcome a new Master, Karin Govaert! Karin has been an entrepreneur in the maritime industry for over 20 years.
Regulatory Strategy Diagnostic
Assess your company’s exposure to the surrounding regulatory and policy environment and ability to drive meaningful change to that environment.
New Partner: Runway Strategies
We are excited to announce our new partner Runway Strategies! Runway advises clients on regulatory and policy strategy to navigate government obstacles.
Do You Engage Your Stakeholders?
We share basic steps and some useful resources to incorporate stakeholder management, crucial for business success, in your daily work.
Time to Give Away Hats
When you are a startup founder, you are a jack of all trades and wear many hats. But if you want to scale, you need to realize when and which hats to give away.
New Partner: SPIN Ideas
We are happy to announce a new partnership with SPIN Ideas! SPIN Ideas is a marketing and media agency for passionate, purpose-driven change-makers.
7 Keys to SaaS Market Leadership
Learn about 7 obstacles SaaS and Software companies have to overcome to further grow the business and the corresponding key to get the obstacle out of the way.
We've seen marketing-led growth and sales-led growth, followed by product-led growth. Nowadays, it’s all about community-led growth. Why is it the future?
German Ecosystem Insights
Never before has so much money flowed to German startups as in the past year. The total value of all VC investments in young German companies has more than tripled.
Get Off the Roundabout!
A startup is like a roundabout, you can choose many roads to take. But going around in circles will get you nowhere if you want to scale.
New Ambassador: Marco Hartog
Marco Hartog is an executive with 25 years of experience in International Business Development and Management high-tech vendors in the Telecommunication and Cyber Security markets.
Unveil for Venturi Aviation!
Congratulations to our customer Venturi Aviation on the unveil of their new electric airplane! The Echelon 01 is the world's first all-electric commuter aircraft for the mainstream aviation market.
It’s Not Too Late for a Yearplan!
Do you have a Yearplan 2022 for your company? If not, don’t worry, it’s not too late! Check out what it should include in this article.
New Expert: Jelle Stolwijk
We are thrilled to welcome a new Expert, Jelle Stolwijk. He is an experienced founder and growth marketeer, currently working as a freelance Head of Growth leading go-to-market strategies for startups and scaleups.
New Expert: Viki Pavlič
We are very happy to welcome a new Expert this week, Viki Pavlič! He is a pitch deck architect and a pitch coach who helps startups get their 'wow' across by making their story clear, concise and convincing.
New Master: Frank Visciano
We are excited to welcome Frank Visciano as Master. Frank is a seasoned startup leader with more than 15 years of experience across multiple functions of scaling companies.
New Masters: Amit Vaidya & Brad Furber
We are excited to welcome two new Masters this week. Amit Vaidya is a Life Science Expert and Board Advisor. Brad Furber is a securities lawyer, investor, entrepreneur and venture finance advisor.
Are You Unconsciously Incompetent?
How aware are you of your blind spots? Do you try to do everything yourself or do you realise where you could use help and seek it out?
World Business Angels Investor Week
Our co-founder Dieuwke Hoogland moderated an all-female panel during the World Business Angels Investor Week.
Looking for Ambassadors
We are looking for Ambassadors from all over the world to join us. Contact us if you are interested!
Hips Don’t Lie
Look at what people do, not what they say. Behavioural research is a powerful way to shed light on everyday consumer motivations and frustrations.
Steve Jobs: Visionary or Observer?
It’s often said that the most successful entrepreneurs are visionaries. Was Steven Jobs a visionary? Or an astute observer?
Project Charter: Kick-off for Success
Learn about this pragmatic tool we use to make sure everyone is on the same page for changes from the beginning and more importantly, stays there.
The Power of Passion
We are building a passionate group of Masters, highly skilled entrepreneurs and experts. And that itself is not unique. What differentiates us is our passion for entrepreneurship.
Our Insights on the First Half of 2021
After the 1st half of 2021 - and heading towards an even better 2nd half - it’s time to share some findings and insights on our work at Masters of Scale for international scaling founders.
Does your business apply Objectives and Key Results (OKR)?
Objectives and key results (OKR) is a goal-setting framework that helps organisations define goals — or objectives — and then track the outcome
Increase Your Chances of Success
Improve your chances of success by taking the time to read about successes and failures of others, and the best practices that have bubbled up from these over the last decades.
Make Your Cloud Green and Flexible, While You Still Can!
Scale-ups have the opportunity to build their IT infrastructure from scratch, including their cloud provider
Customer Insight at the Heart of Your Breakthrough
90% of businesses fail because they couldn’t get anyone to buy their product. These and other major hurdles in preparing for a breakthrough come back to one central theme: Customer Insight.
Financial Investors vs. Strategic Investors
The difference between a financial investor and a strategic investor and which one is better for your company
Why investors don’t sign your NDA
You’re going to have plenty of challenges in attracting investors, don’t make forcing them down the NDA path one more reason to not get a pitch to begin with
Navigating the Crisis: Key Takeaways and Resources
Key takeaways and insights from our virtual roundtable entitled “Navigating this Crisis Together".
Hibernating Your Company to Ride Out the Perfect Storm
How can you weather out this “perfect storm” and survive as an entrepreneur?
How Not to Die
Y Combinator's Paul Graham shares his view on how not to die as a start-up in this article from 2007 which is still very relevant!
How to Run a Series A Fundraising Round
In this post we take a look at how to run a tight Series A process to help you get multiple competing term sheets, while not taking a lot of time.
Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?
Is entrepreneurship intrinsic in the individual (nature) or is it learned (nurtured). Or said differently; are entrepreneurs born or are they made?
How Much Capital Should You Raise?
When you are going out to fundraise you need to decide how much capital to raise. Investors are looking to fund a company to a milestone. Learn more in this article.
The Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Before Investing
Venture capitalists make decisions constantly about whether or not to invest in various startups. Read here about 15 key determining factors.