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Filip Dames - Founding Cherry Ventures, Learnings from startup to IPO with Zalando, Making the first million and the importance of doing More of what you love

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Our guest today is Filip Dames – Founding Partner at Cherry Ventures.

Cherry Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm led by a team of entrepreneurs with experience in building fast-scaling companies such as Zalando and Spotify. The firm backs Europe’s boldest founders, usually as their first institutional investor.

They have a great track record having previously invested in the seed stage of over 90 companies across Europe, including FlixBus, Auto1 Group, Infarm, Forto, SellerX, Juni, and Flink just to name a few. They are based in Berlin with offies in Stockholm and London.

Before Cherry, Filip started his first startup company in 2008, a digital marketplace for art and collectibles (long before there were NFTs). He then joined Zalando (ZAL:GR) as member of the founding team and grew the business up to IPO.

During this episode we discuss about his journey with Zalando, the founding story of Cherry Ventures and why making the first million is the hardest.

Please enjoy this excellent conversation with Filip Dames, Founding Partner at Cherry Ventures.

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