Maximilian Kempken

Principal

Maximilian Kempken joined btov Partners in late 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Maximilian gained experience in Venture Capital, Consulting and Corporate Finance. He holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Münster (WWU) and a Master’s Degree from ESCP Europe and the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Seeing a unique insight translating into growth is what I like most about my job.

  • With btov since: December 2014

  • Expertise in / interest in the following areas: B2B / Enterprise SaaS (often with a ML / AI component), FinTech & InsurTech

  • Favourite quote: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan/span>

  • Your favourite futuristic technology: Autonomous Things

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
MK -Honesty, determination, charisma.
Q -Which technology or which trend inspires you the most?
MK -Artificial Intelligence
Q -What do you like most about your job?
MK -Seeing a unique insight translating into growth.
Q -What do you do in your spare time? Do you have a passion that you pursue besides work?
MK -Currently trying to improve my golf game with smart sensors and an AI-based caddie app :)
Q -What are indispensable tools in your everyday life?
MK -Internet, iPhone and AirPods.
Q -What are your sources of information on the net?
MK -Frankfurter Allgemeine (digital edition), Deutschlandfunk, TechCrunch.
Q -What are your top 3 favourite podcasts/books?
MK -Steingarts "Morning Briefing", "Principles" by Ray Dalio, "What it takes" by Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Q -Which investors do you value most?
MK -Bill Gurley, Muddy Waters, Bill Ackman
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