Investor Connect Podcast

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

Here are some warning signs you may be talking to the wrong advisor:

Their primary business-building experience came two tech generations ago.

They have business experience but only in one area such as sales or marketing.

They can relate their experience but have difficulty understanding your situation.

They have a strong ego and center most of the discussion around themselves.

They seem to be busy with other projects and take some time to get back to you.

They treat the advisory work as a joyless task.

They don’t want to write down anything but rather just chat across the coffee table.

They can’t make the company meetings, so they have little knowledge of the rest of the team and company dynamics.

They don’t follow through on their action items and it takes several reminders to get something done.

They often confirm what you already know and don’t add much value.

Their experience and contribution overlap with other advisors.

If you have the wrong advisor, it’s best to bring it up and close out the relationship amicably.


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In this episode, Hall welcomes Christian Czernich, CEO/Founder/Managing Partner at Round2 Capital Partners. 

Round2 Capital Partners is a financing partner for European scale-ups with digital and sustainable business models. In the scale-up phase, outstanding entrepreneurs manage to transform their business from a successful venture into a real company. Round2 offers the innovative funding instruments and insights needed to master this transformation process. Founded in 2017, Round2 has pioneered revenue-based finance in Europe: a flexible, non-dilutive funding instrument.

When Christian together with Jan started to develop revenue-based finance in Europe back in 2015, Christian was driven by the vision to find better ways of backing great entrepreneurs than by diluting ownership through equity. Also, neither bank loans nor traditional rigid venture debt loans were a viable solution for funding asset-light and digital business models. Instead – he thought – by linking the funding to revenue one can offer a non-dilutive, yet at the same time highly flexible and simple funding instrument and thus solve the problem. Round2 was born.

Before founding Round2, Christian was working almost 15 years in European investment banking and Private Equity out of Vienna and Munich. He was responsible for more than 30 cross-border equity transactions with transaction sizes up to EUR 600m in various sectors and has built a leading Vienna-based investment boutique.

Christian developed his passion for entrepreneur-led young technology companies when working on his Ph.D. thesis at the Stockholm School of Economics and at Stanford University. In his research, he worked with close to 100 Founders of high-technology spin-offs from Swedish Corporations. His research won the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management for the worldwide best research paper of a Ph.D. student in his field.

Besides entrepreneurship, Christian has a passion for education. During the last 20 years he has been educating hundreds of students on topics in finance, strategy and entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business at the Bachelor, Master and Executive level. This passion also led to the establishment of the Round2 Lab.

An Austrian national, Christian lives in Stockholm and Vienna with his Swedish wife and their three sons. He holds a Ph.D. from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Master in Business and Finance (with distinction) from Innsbruck University.

Christian discusses his investment thesis, advises startups and investors, and shares how he sees the industry evolving.

You can visit Round2 Capital Partners at, and via LinkedIn at

Christian can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

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