Case Study: Uber and AirBnB

Managing Partner Ludwig Schulze gives two examples of the growth that is possible for venture-backed companies

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In this video, Alumni Ventures Managing Partner Ludwig Schulze uses Uber and Airbnb as examples of venture-backed companies that have done extremely well.

Investing in pre-seed and seed companies allows accredited investors to back entrepreneurial companies at the earliest stage. While these are high-risk venture investments, company valuations are usually at their lowest, providing opportunities for significant value creation. For example, some early seed investors in Uber saw a 4901x return post-IPO.*

To learn more, see below for a presentation from Managing Partner Ludwig Schulze highlighting Uber and Airbnb as examples of venture-backed companies that have done extremely well, from seed round to exit.

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Ludwig Pierre Schulze
Ludwig Pierre Schulze
Managing Partner, 116 Street Ventures & Waterman Ventures

Ludwig has been on all sides of venture — as an entrepreneur, corporate buyer of ventures, and venture capitalist. Before Alumni Ventures, he experienced the daily realities of entrepreneurship as Founder and CEO of a mobile payments venture that served over 12 million people. Earlier, at a Fortune 100 telecommunications manufacturer (Nokia), he held general manager and business development roles that included investing in and acquiring venture-backed businesses. His first experience in venture capital was with an $800 million global fund that focused on enterprise and mobile software both before and after the crash. Ludwig began his career as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia. 

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*CB Insights, “From Alibaba to Zynga: 45 of the Best VC Bets of All Time,” June 9, 2021. NOTE: Uber was founded in 2010, before Alumni Ventures existed. Only investors holding all their shares from the initial investment through the entire period would have experienced these gains. This is an outsized example of the potential of venture investments, but it should not be expected. All investments involve a substantial risk of loss, including the loss of all capital invested.