Turbado | WebSummit @ Dublin 2014 | Why does Turbado succeed 

As the founder of Twitch and Justin.tv, Justin Kan wrote in his blog:

http://justinkan.com/startups-around-the-world

“local companies win markets over foreign companies because they are better able to understand and act on local marketplace dynamics.”

This is one of the main differences between Turbado and companies like Pixmania, Alzashop and others. They think Europe is a single market, but if you go out of your city and country, you will quickly notice, that each of the 28 countries that the EU is composed of, is different.

Turbado is a local company, in each country it feels as home, local people see it, feel it, experience it as a local company and these individual local companies make Turbado strong, makes us the next billion euros business.

This is a nice list of potential investors that will attend this year’s WebSummit in Dublin:

http://websummit.net/investors

quickly going though them, will give you the confidence you can find an investor for whatever your company does, everyone wants to make money with you.

To me, the interesting meetings could be with:

Michaela Jacova from Neulogy – because it is an initiative from Slovakia and it is nice to see the differences how they see the opportunity we offer

Delta Partners – if those are the guys from Dubai, which funded Virgin Mobile Central Europe and Eastern Europe VMCEE, which could be a great opportunity to offer Turbado services through a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (Lebara?)

BDMI Fund of Bertelsmann that invested already in similar companies, like Returbo, Frank and Oak or alaTest and Turbado would be a nice addition to their portfolio

Paul Thiekotter of RI-Digital (Raffay) which have a nice portfolio of european e-commerce projects in Germany and Turbado could be the one that is in each EU country and helps their other project go international

Allan Majotra of Silicon Valley Bank – I feel the connection with Allan through the love of art, where he created a marketplace for art, picassomio.com and his new work @ SVB could help us to get inventory financing, to have enough products on stock, to offer through Turbado in 6 countries.

Ali Esfahani of Morgan Stanley – I find him to have a great track of companies he was involved with while their IPO or other exits, I believe he knows best who could invest into Turbado, similar investors that  stand behind Alibaba or Amazon or FB

Philip Wilkinson, the creator of first price comparison website in UK (shopgenie) and merged into French Kelkoo – I feel his story is very similar to mine, and it could be a nice chat to have, to see what other falls and successes he had

Highland Capital Partners – Mr. Mullen and Mrs Goldenberg, which are probably not coming to Dublin, but I see their portfolio is exactly what Turbado is. Glasses Direct and Spartoo… Turbado with mobile phones and electronics would nicely add to their great investments.

Inundata of Shane Naughton – not many info there available online, but TaxStream and his experience of US companies doing business in Europe, taxation and other issues… could be a great chat with him

Ophelia and Grace of Index Ventures – Grace I feel is close to our interests, with having a great history with Apple, and Apple is in our main focus, and they declare to be interested in eCommerce companies. Well, here we are, would be great to chat 🙂

Bob van Nordvick of Amazon Web Services – well, are you interested in an early talk of selling Turbado to Amazon when we reach our goals? 28 countries, 1 million orders, 300+ million euros turnover and a nice little profit to it

Michael Copeland of Andreesseen Horowitz – his focus grabbed my attention: Your company is about to launch. No one quite understands why you’re the next billion-dollar business. WOW, exactly what I feel now

Turbado WebSummit 2014

Turbado WebSummit 2014