Finding a good investor is crucial for a startup, since they can bring more than just resources. However, it can be difficult to quickly figure out if an investor would be a good fit for your company. The founder of Amsterdam Capital Week, Anouk Bikkel, was named one of the 50 Future-makers in the Netherlands in 2018. With years of experience in the investors’ landscape and being an expert in investor-entrepreneur collaborations, she is one of the best people we could ask to shed some light on the subject.
Question #1: “What is the investment philosophy of the investor?”
As mentioned earlier, an investor can bring in more than just resources. According to Bikkel, “one needs to ask the investor if they are looking for long-term value creation or short-term profit maximisation. This question is also linked to finding the investment philosophy of the investor. One should aspire to find an investor who they would want to work with and who is offering a diversified portfolio of investments with a successful history.” “Did they just start investing? Make sure you take a look at the background of the partners,” Bikkel advises.