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#16 How to get from Founder to Venture Capitalist – Jan Miczaika


Jan Miczaika is Partner at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. Previously Jan was COO at Wooga, a Berlin-based developer of mobile games (and a HV investment). At Wooga, Jan was responsible for multiple teams, including Marketing, User Acquisition, Analytics, Ad Monetisation, Corporate Development, HR, Partnerships, Operations and Japan.

Before Wooga, Jan co-founded Hitmeister, an e-commerce marketplace later sold to Real – METRO Group. At Hitmeister Jan focused on Product & IT, including developing key parts of the platform.

Since 2007 Jan has been an angel investor in almost 20 companies. Examples include Audibene (sold to Sivantos/EQT), Blacklane, MAR (sold to Grünenthal Pharma), Wooga, Jodel, Equippo, Homeday, Homelike, Selfapy.

Interesting Quotes:

„Found a company right after Leaving the university”

„To be a better manager find HR concepts and test them”

„Found a circle of people in similar positions for feedback”

„To become a VC, ask yourself why you want to be one”

Startups – Doing
Managers -Planing
VCs – Analyzing



Book Recommendations:

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead Hardcover – Laszlo Bock
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Hardcover – Ben Horowitz
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist – Brad Feld
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger – Marc Levinson
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS – Joby Warrick
eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work Hardcover – Randall E. Stross