As a friendly-activist investor, my starting point is usually a five year model. Aiming to only make investments in companies I can enjoy collaborative partnerships, active dialogues and mutual respect with (and have a bit of fun as well).
Rimagine is a Shanghai-based creative production studio I founded in 2004 and sold 2012 to YFYJupiter. In 2018, I helped to sell it a second time to a private investor.
YFYJupiter is a an integrated design, printing, packaging and global brand management firm with 600+ associates in 10+ countries. I am a partner since the acquisition of Rimagine in 2012.
KingKho Mini Storage is Vietnam's first self-storage company, providing individually-lockable units, housed in our clean and secure storage facility. Co-founded the company in 2018.
hogan Industries, a China-based injection molder, working for global FMCG, infant care and drinkware brands. As a partner, mainly working on strategic & management initiatives.
NoblyPOS is the UK's #1 customer-rated point-of-sale system, aiming to help quick-serve restaurants, cafes or alike to grow their business. I'm an investor since 2017.
Appinio is a mobile market research company based in Hamburg, Germany, aiming to democratize and disrupt the market research industry. I'm an investor since 2015.
Co-founded Artifesto in 2012 in Shanghai, aiming to create one of China's leading art print labs, creating large, beautiful gallery-quality prints for your home or office. Unfortunately, we were only able to grow the B2B but not the B2C side of the business. We decided to close our beloved business in 2014.
At Rimagine, we often had the need to find creative freelancers in a time- and cost-efficient manner, that's why we created Juju as China's first directory of creative professionals in 2005. As we treated it just as a side business, it didn't get the attention it deserves, thus we closed it in 2010.
Co-founded Packshot.cn as another side business of Rimagine. Our aim was to offer the most cost-efficient product photography solution for companies requiring simple, straight-forward packshots. Trying to compete just on price is never a good idea, in particular in China. Hence, we closed the business.
Having started, managed and sold a business in China gives me a unique understanding of what's important. I try to share this experience when working as a freelance business consultant in Shanghai, acting as a bounce board or sparring partner when make-or-break decisions have to be made.
At Rimagine, I was responsible for sales and marketing, where I saw the company grow from zero to 15+ Fortune500, 500+ SME and 50+ agency customers. This provided me with the insight how firms of all size source and validate new vendors.
I call Shanghai my home since 2002, and one of the benefits of running a creative studio is meeting interesting companies and people on a daily basis. I am happy to share any connection that might be of benefit to you!