Investor Connect Podcast

In this episode, Hall welcomes Gerard van Swieten, Managing Partner at LvS Partners.

Laursen van Swieten (LvS) specializes in funding and executing the international expansion of innovative growth-stage companies. They are especially active and experienced in Asia/China expansion. They make active expansion investments to establish footholds outside of home markets. LvS works in 3 fast-growing sectors: healthcare and biotechnology, industry 4.0, and media & entertainment.

Mr. van Swieten is a Dutch national and has been working and living in China/Asia for 12+ years. He has extensive experience in cross-border trade and investment in FMCG, manufacturing, IT, and finance.

Before founding LvS Partners, Mr. van Swieten was a partner at Mandarin Hill Capital and IJK Capital. During his tenure at both Mandarin Hill Capital and IJK Capital, Mr. van Swieten led the China expansion for multiple portfolio companies in solar, healthcare IoT, and media and entertainment sectors. Prior to that he served as Head of Legal of BRF SA for Asia, Europe and Africa after having worked as an attorney in Amsterdam at Clifford Chance and in Shanghai at HIL.

Mr. van Swieten holds a Masters in Dutch law from Maastricht University, a Masters in Chinese law from Hong Kong University, and an MBA from Tsinghua-MIT Sloan.

Gerard discusses expansion investment, advantages of this strategy over other value-added strategies, the primary trend in Asia/China expansion for ‘Western Companies’, and changes he expects to see in the coming 12 months.

You can visit LvS Partners at, and via LinkedIn at  

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

Startup founders need some financial skills.

Here’s a list of skills to bring to your startup:

  1. For business modeling - ability to calculate the unit economics of your business model including cost of customer acquisition and lifetime value of customer.
  2. For fundraising - ability to calculate pre and post-money valuations and the impact of dilution on the investors.
  3. For forecasting - ability to generate a three-year financial forecast showing the fixed and variable costs and the impact at various revenue levels.
  4. For budgeting - ability to set up a monthly budget matching the forecast with indicators of over and under.
  5. For performance monitoring - ability to capture key performance metrics.
  6. For cash-flow management - ability to capture all cash inflows and outflows to determine the runway and monthly cash burn.
  7. For financial controls - ability to set up credit limits and other stopgaps on spending.
  8. For profitability - ability to calculate gross margin and profit margins and set plans to improve over time.
  9. For financial literacy - ability to read an income statement, balance sheet, and capitalization table.

For startup founders, these are the basic skills you’ll need to master to run your business in the early days.  

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