I always felt it, but now I’m sure: Our marketing/pr team is highly creative and courageous:
What we figured out today is that at least 50% of all potential German investors are present online with full Skype accounts. Nearly all of them do have at least an account.
What suprised us extremely was the substance of the public available contact data. Most of them had valid email addresses, cell phone numbers, mailing addresses and sometimes even company and business information.
So, the question is now what to do with the contact data of the Samwer brothers, Lukasz Gadowski, the Holtzbrink investment managers, the Yahoo investment managers, the Sevenload and MyVideo executives, the StudiVZ premiers and lot’s of other VCs and Business Angels.
We tried figuring out what happens, when you try contacting them. Are they going to listen to us? Is this a viable way to get in contact with potential investors?
We send an Skype note to a few of them in a very decent way, to check if they are listening or blocking our contacts. The result: 50% answered and listened to our requests. The other ones just ignored us (or at least we did not recognize that we were blocked ).
Finally I’m not sure about this. Contacting people via Skype leaves some kind of bad taste in my stomach, though as you see it works… It probably ends up to everybodies personal consideration: business first, or maintaining your personal integrity…
[note] – After sending a short note to the Samwer brothers about their public available cell phone numbers, they removed it, but even were not able to say “thanks”.
[note2] – The most aggressive option: sending business plans directly by Skype… if accepted it will end up directly on their desks…
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