Q -What has been the most important "learning" of your career?
NvL -Always believe in your own inner compass.
Q -What makes a really good founder?
NvL -Curiosity, humility, vision, persistency, entrepreneurial spirit.
Q -What is a "deal breaker" for you?
NvL -Dishonesty and arrogance.
Q -What qualities are you looking for in a founder/team, what is important to you?
NvL -Passion and the ability to self-reflect.
Q -What attracts you to venture capital/angel investment?
NvL -To get an idea up and running.
Q -Can Europe keep up on the global stage? Where do you see opportunities?
NvL -There is definitively a chance to keep up on a global stage if in Europe for once we recognize, nurture and care our unique and exceptional resource: the intellect. Europe is an unparalleled ‚brain lab‘ and creative heaven, but its potentials often only unfold elsewhere in other markets. We seem to lose talents and ideas due to rational passionless parameters and low funding and investment volumes. Traditional companies and entrepreneurs should develop a greater sense of curiosity as well as an intrinsic feeling of responsibility towards the avoidance of a brain drain. Promoting, funding and engaging into this unique brain lab is Europe’s opportunity and only future.