Q -What would you have liked to know at the beginning of your career?
MvL -No one should have more than 10 direct reports.
Q -What makes a really good founder?
MvL -Someone, who gathers strong people around him, gives them freedom and lets them have a share in the success of the venture.
Q -What is a "deal breaker" for you?
Q -What qualities are you looking for in a founder/team, what is important to you?
MvL -Having persistence and passion for the cause. Constant self-reflection - even at unicorn stage. That they keep in touch with their investors, but also have the ability to (politely) manage the investors when they want to introduce nonsensical ideas.
Q -Which technological advancement are you hoping for most?
MvL -Rainmaking. In concrete terms: a technology that can influence the weather and thus support agriculture and forestry in devastating drought years, such as 2018/2019/2020, and therefore help (rain)poor countries to achieve more prosperity and supply the population.
Q -How do you define success?
MvL -Personal happiness.