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Christian Miele on the virtues of outstanding entrepreneurs and the status of digitization in Germany

Christian Miele: “The best that can happen to a founder is if I reach out to him after an easy-going conversation and ask him if we could talk about his idea again. Then, I did not even realize that he was pitching to me.”

From Rocket Internet to the VC world

Today’s guest Christian Miele is a principal at the global venture capital firm The company’s investments are focused on early stage and growth stage emerging technology companies across the US, Europe, China and Brazil. The portfolio of includes well-known startups like Azimo, Groupon and Angie’s List. Before joining, Christian worked at Rocket Internet as a Global Venture Development Director and he led the international expansion and business development of Kreditech as part of the holdings’s core management team. Make sure to follow Christian on Twitter (@Miele).

Christian Miele on Startup Notes

In this interview, Christian shares how he went from working 100 hours per week at Rocket Internet to becoming a VC and what his key learnings were along the way. Here are some of the topics that we cover with him in this episode:

  • Why startups are his passion and what drives him in life
  • Advice for founders before their first pitch
  • The importance of being humble and honest as a founder
  • The difference between a ‘good’ entrepreneur and an outstanding one
  • How startups can ‘wow’ a VC during an investment pitch
  • Why Germany is on the loser’s side of digital entrepreneurship and innovation
  • The hottest industries for founding a startup at the moment

For more podcasts with former Rocket Internet employees, check out our interviews with Kilian Thalhammer and Boris Hageney. After working as a Managing Director for the Rocket Internet venture Paymill, Kilian became a FinTech advisor and business angel. Boris Hageney had worked with the Samwer brothers from the early days on and shares his unique insights in one of our video interviews.

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