EP #30 Will Klippgen & Michael Blakey from Cocoon Capital

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This week’s special guest is Will & Michael from Cocoon Ventures.  Will Klippgen co-founded product comparison website Zoomit.com which merged with Kelkoo.com and was eventually sold to Yahoo! In 2004 in one of Europe’s largest internet transactions.  Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 6 successful exits. He has also invested in 8 early stage companies in Southeast Asia including Anchanto, MyDoc and Nugit under the name of Cub Capital since 2013.  Founded in August, 2016 Singapore-based VC firm Cocoon Capital focuses on seed / early-stage digital enterprise tech start-ups across SEA.

Together, we discuss how Will & Michael’s experience as angel investors have made their investment approach more hands-on by investing in no more than six startups per year.   We also talk about the importance of having a brand as a VC and what it takes to create a VC brand.  Lastly, how Cocoon Capital helps startup founders not only grow their business, but also provide mentorship to build own personal development.  Hope you guys enjoy this one!

Daniel Song
Daniel Song

Daniel Song is an early-stage venture capitalist at Access Ventures. He has extensive global experience working in three major tech cities - Berlin, San Francisco & Seoul and is now focusing on early-stage tech investments in Korea & Southeast Asia. Previously, Daniel has worked in ad-tech for five years at Glispa (Berlin) & Tapjoy (SF / Seoul) leading business development. Prior to that, Daniel worked in a variety of corporate finance and data analytics roles within the tech sector, beginning his career with Bank of America in Los Angeles. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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