Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Good advisors bring good value to your startup. Great advisors bring great value.

Spend time identifying the right advisor.

In recruiting an advisor, pose specific questions and gauge the response.

How does it rank compared to feedback from other sources?

It should be the best or near best of responses.

If they advise other startups, then ask those startups for their experience.

Advisors bring experience, contacts, and domain knowledge.

Define the help you need on these and set goals.

Set up regular meeting times by phone or in-person to review the progress.

Plan for quarterly reviews to discuss the progress and next steps.

If compensating the advisor with equity, then vest the equity over the timeframe of the engagement.

Set the engagement for one year with the option to renew for another year.

Set the bar high and look for advisors who bring a great deal to your company.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Berthold Baurek-Karlic, Founder and Managing Partner at Venionaire Capital.

Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, Venionaire Capital is an independent private equity and venture capital firm that offers a wide range of services in a variety of tech-related sectors and industries. Since its foundation in 2012, the company successfully advised more than 50 startups and closed transactions with an overall volume of about 350 million Euros. Throughout the past years, Venionaire Capital made early-stage leads and co-investments and managed to build a strong portfolio of holdings.

Since 2015 the Venionaire Investment GmbH (a majority owned subsidiary of Venionaire Capital) is the first registered European Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) by the Austrian Financial Markets Authority, with a licence for transnational management of EuVECA funds. Venionaire aims to raise a 100 million Euro Venture Capital Fund, which will support substantial growth for European and especially Austrian and German headquartered startups.

In addition to being the founder of Venionaire Capital, Berthold is the driving force behind an innovative valuation software for startups. He is also founder and secretary general of the Business Angel Institute (, President of the European Super Angels Club ( and an expert partner of various accelerators and various venture funds. Shaping the venture scene in Europe and particularly in Austria matters to him a lot. He served several years as board member of the Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (, as well as external consultant in the EU programme Horizon2020 and Innovation Radar. 

He recently published the book “100 Startups Made in Austria” and writes on a regular basis for tech media.

Berthold advises both investors and entrepreneurs, discusses his investment thesis, and how he sees the industry evolving post-COVID-19. 

You can visit Venionaire Capital at, and via LinkedIn at

Berthold can be contacted via email at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

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