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Founders about Paua

We are pleased to have Paua Ventures on board. Their previous investments and current success are a testimony to their exceptional collaborative efforts. Their hands-on approach and business acumen are a perfect match for the mentality of our rapidly growing company.

ROMAN KIRSCH
Founder of Lesara

In Paua we see a most reliable partner. Always great to exchange and pursue strategic and operative themes together!

CHRISTIAN BOGATU
Founder of KIWI

Paua has been a passionate and knowledgeable sparring partner from our seed round all the way up to our successful exit.

LEA-SOPHIE CRAMER & SEBASTIAN POLLOK
Founders of Amorelie

Paua has an entrepreneurial heart. It’s not only about the money. They’ve been pragmatic and helpful, a coach to their portfolio. A very pleasant collaboration, at business and private level, which still lasts after the exit.

BJÖRN KOLBMÜLLER &
PAUL SCHWARZENHOLZ
Founders of Flaconi

Working with Paua Ventures has been great. They’re always there when we’ve needed intros or advice, and they’ve trusted us to do our job on a day-to-day level.

TIMO REIN
Founder of Pipedrive

ROMAN
Founder of Lesara

CHRISTIAN
Founder of KIWI

LEA & SEBASTIAN
Founders of Amorelie

BJÖRN &
PAUL
Founders of Flaconi

TIMO
Founder of Pipedrive

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amorelie.de
Year of Investment
2010
Sector
E-Commerce
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Lea-Sophie Cramer, Sebastian Pollok

Amorelie is a sensual lifestyle online shop offering high-end erotic products and alluring lingerie for modern and fun-loving women and men.

Amorelie’s product portfolio covers a selection of love toys, cosmetics, massage-oils, candles and lingerie, which is constantly adjusted to consumer preferences and the latest lifestyle trends. Amorelie’s discrete shipping thereby guarantees complete privacy to its customers. Moreover, with its toy parties, Amorelie has adapted its exclusive online shopping atmosphere to the offline market: women can now invite a personal Amorelie assistant to their girlfriend-parties, receiving personalised recommendations and product information.

As the first-mover in the premium erotic online shop segment, Amorelie aims to establish itself as the world’s leading seller of high-end erotic products.

Acquired by ProSiebenSat.1 in March 2015.

captchaad.com
Year of Investment
2010
Sector
SaaS
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Jan-Philip Hinrichs, Michael Keferstein, Thomas Zumtobel,

CaptchaAd provides a new kind of interactive online advertising that guarantees highly efficient brand and product communication and better monetization.

CaptchaAds combine video ads with gamification features like short follow-up questions. If such questions are answered correctly, the user can choose to skip the ad and to be directly forwarded to the desired content. For advertisers, CaptchaAd’s interactive adverts therefore offer highly effective brand communication, while publishers benefit from an additional revenue channel.

CaptchaAd aims to establish itself as a major player in the online video advertising industry, establishing a ‘win-win-win’ situation for all participants: publishers, brands and users.

debitos.de
Year of Investment
2011
Sector
Marketplace
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Timur Peters

Debitos is Germany’s first online exchange platform that deals secured and unsecured NPLs between corporate/private sellers and institutional investors.

Corporate/private sellers that seek quick liquidity can sell their receivables at the auction-like platform to the highest bidder, usually an investor, who benefits from buying the financial asset at a discount. Sellers are guaranteed a minimum price and complete transparency of the buyers’ credit ratings.
Debitos’ highly standardized and transparent trading platform therefore offers a risk-free option to trade NPLs, resulting in a higher efficiency regarding the NPL’s liquidation process. At the same time, by providing enterprises with short-term liquidity, Debitos guarantees a larger support to the SMEs.

Dealing receivables worth several millions, Debitos aims to become Europe’s leading trading platform for all types of invoice.

detectify.com
Year of Investment
2015
Sector
SaaS
Region
Sweden
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Fredrik Nordberg Almroth, Rickard Carlsson

Detectify is a software company that helps website owners reduce the risk of being hacked. The software analyses a website from a hacker’s perspective and provides a comprehensive report with actionable insights to increase security. The company aims to become the standard security testing service for web and mobile.

flaconi.de
Year of Investment
2011
Sector
E-Commerce
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Björn Kolbmüller, Paul Schwarzenholz

Flaconi is a premium online shop for fragrances and cosmetic products.

Flaconi offers a wide range of fragrances and cosmetics from well-known luxury brands like Chanel, Saint Laurent Paris, Armani, Dior, Shiseido and Roberto Cavalli. The highly functional and easy-to-use website allows customers to find the desired product in a fast and convenient way. Furthermore, consumers benefit from numerous special offerings and free gifts and are therefore incentivised to try out new body care products and cosmetics.

Including nearly all major luxury brands in its portfolio, Flaconi aims to become a leading player in the high-end cosmetics and fragrances industry.

Acquired by ProSiebenSat.1 in March 2015.

flip4new.de
Year of Investment
2010
Sector
E-Commerce
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Lennart Kleuser, Michael Sauer

Flip4New is a re-commerce company that buys, fixes and resells used consumer electronics.

Flip4New covers a very large product portfolio of over 120,000 items, such as laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras or navigation systems. By answering a few standardised questions about the to-be-sold product, customers can sell their old electronics at their current market price in less than a minute. Moreover, they enjoy free shipment and a guaranteed cash transfer as soon as the accuracy of the stated information has been checked. Profound technical knowledge and a smart data process enable Flip4New to later sell the acquired items at a profit.

Cooperating with well-established electronics retailers, like ebay, Media Markt, Saturn, Gravis, Sony and Lenovo, Flip4New is on the fast track to becoming Europe’s number one trading platform for used consumer electronics.

homeday.de
Year of Investment
2016
Sector
Lead Generation
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Dmitri Uvarovski, Philipp Reichle, Steffen Wicker

Homeday operates one of today’s leading online platforms for data-driven pairing of real estate sales agents with private property owners. The company’s mission is to make real estate transactions more efficient and more transparent. As one of the leading PropTech companies, Homeday helps private owners in finding the best agents for selling their property.

The platform’s unique match-making principle takes into consideration numerous diverse factors such as the sales agent’s level of experience and success with comparable objects, the average time needed to facilitate a sale or even feedback shared by property owners based on previous brokerage agreements.

 

justbook.com
Year of Investment
2012
Sector
Mobile
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Ognjen Zeric, Sebastian Fallert, Stefan Menden

JustBook is a mobile application app that for last minute hotel booking. Customers will benefit from unbeatable prices and can choose from a preselected quality line of five hotels each travel destination. All hotels are hand-picked by the JustBook team and range amongst the best in their respective category “comfort“, “design“, “luxury“ and “upscale“.

From 2013 on, hotel offers are not limited to same-day reservations any more, but can be booked up to seven days in advance. Another feature: JustBook also offers quick and easy booking via its brand new website.

The company is partnering with more than 1,000 hotels in 46 German and European  travel destinations, including cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Madrid and Zurich. The mobile application is available on iPhone, Blackberry devices and Android-powered phones.

Acquired by Secret Escapes in January 2014.

kiwi.ki
Year of Investment
2014
Sector
Hardware
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Chrsitian Bogatu, Claudia Nagel, Peter Dietrich

KIWI offers an innovative and comfortable solution of a wire- and keyless door entry system.

In combination with a tiny device, called the Ki, KIWI’s innovative all-in technology unlocks doors in a safe, comfortable and intelligent way: The Ki, a tiny transponder that users keep in their pocket, communicates with a companion piece in the door and unlocks the door as soon as the user approaches. Additionally, the KIWI App allows users to grant others, e.g. friends, guests or craftsmen, access to their homes. All entries and Ki’s are registered in the system and guarantee safety and transparency to homeowners.

As the first-mover in the German market, KIWI aims to become the leading door entry technology in the corporate and private real-estate market.

lesara.de
Year of Investment
2013
Sector
E-Commerce
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Matthias Wilrich, Robin Müller, Roman Kirsch

Lesara is Europe’s first online premium discounter for a wide range of fashion and everyday consumer products.

Lesara’s broad product portfolio ranges from fashion and jewellery and home and living accessories to consumer electronics. Working closely with manufacturers, Lesara is able to offer its customers high-quality products for moderate prices. Daily deals and special offerings furthermore inspire consumers to browse through the shop and try out new products.

With a sharply growing customer base, Lesara meets all the requirements to become Europe’s leading online premium discounter.

navinum.de
Year of Investment
2013
Sector
Lead Generation
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Jan Bechler, Tim Nedden

Navinum is an online wine-discovery platform that recommends specific types of wine to its customers based on their unique preferences.

Based on a questionnaire and a proprietary matching algorithm, Navinum helps clients select the perfect wine for every occasion. Once having found the sort of wine that corresponds to their tastes, customers can directly buy it from wine merchants through the Navinum website. The latter benefit from an additional marketing and revenue channel. Moreover, the Navinum app allows customers to scan, save and buy wines they have tasted in restaurants or at a friend’s place with just one click.

With over 10,000 different types of wine categorized, Navinum is well on the way to becoming a well-established platform for wine lovers.

 

pipedrive.com
Year of Investment
2015
Sector
SaaS
Region
Estonia
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Martin Henk, Martin Tajur, Ragnar Sass, Timo Rein, Urmas Purde

Pipedrive provides simple, intuitive sales management software to small businesses. Designed by salespeople for salespeople, Pipedrive is unique in that it is built around the sales pipeline process providing a better overview of where leads are in the sales process so no important deal gets dropped.

producteev.com
Year of Investment
2009
Sector
SaaS
Region
USA
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Ilan Adehassera

Producteev is a productivity platform (task- and project management, file sharing, internal communication and productivity apps aggregation…) built on top of the tools we all rely on every day: IM (Gtalk, WLM, AIM, etc.), Twitter, E-Mail, Mobile (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Nokia), Desktop and Web. Producteev is the first cross-platform task management application for teams and individuals. The Producteev software ensures your tasks are syncchronised with your team all the time, no matter what tools you are using.

 

Acquired by Jive Software in November 2012.

 

shore.com
Year of Investment
2014
Sector
SaaS
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Alexander Henn, Philip Magoulas

Shore offers a communication platform between local service providers and consumers, allowing customers to easily make appointments through their website.

By requesting a service and a location on the Shore platform, customers are immediately presented with a large pool of service providers in the desired area. Once having picked their favourite, customers can then easily make an appointment online – without having to call or write!

On top of that, Shore supports small service providers, like restaurants, doctors and hairdressers, in administration, operative management and marketing by offering an easy-to-use online client communication service.

Operating in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Shore aims to further expand its service on an international basis and to become Europe’s leading online appointment intermediary.

Silexica
Year of Investment
2016
Sector
Enterprise
Region
Germany
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Maximilian Odendahl, Weihua Sheng, Johannes Emigholz

Silexica is the leading provider of software design automation tools addressing the increasingly complex multicore platforms required to build today’s embedded vision, automotive, edge computing and wireless baseband processing products. SLX tools from Silexica help embedded software developers, system architects and semiconductor providers to design and build multicore systems faster and better than before. Silexica licenses its technology to renowned electronic companies around the globe.

stripe.com
Year of Investment
2015
Sector
SaaS
Region
USA
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
John Collison, Patrick Collison

Stripe is an technology company that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet. Stripe focuses on providing the technical, fraud prevention, and banking infrastructure required to operate online payment systems.

Using Stripe, web developers can integrate payment processing into their websites without having to register and maintain a merchant account. Stripe has a seven-day waiting period for transactions, during which time it profiles the businesses involved to protect against potential fraud. Stripe then transfers the funds directly into the bank account linked to the payee.

talentory.com
Year of Investment
2011
Sector
Marketplace
Region
Switzerland
Fund
Paua 0
Founders
Marc Krummbacher

Talentory is Europe’s fastest growing, cross-border B2B headhunting marketplace that connects headhunters and recruiting departments.

By granting recruiting departments access to a large pool of different headhunters they can work with at the same time, Talentory raises the effectiveness and efficiency in the recruiting process as well as the candidates’ quality. Fees thereby apply in case of a successful hire only.

Talentory additionally offers a single communication platform where all deals can be easily handled. On the other hand, headhunters and search agencies benefit from increased placement opportunities and one single hub to access and support all vacancies.

Currently operating in Germany, France and Switzerland, Talentory aims to make the recruiting market faster, more efficient and more transparent.

 

tylko.com
Year of Investment
2014
Sector
E-Commerce
Region
Poland
Fund
Paua I
Founders
Benjamin Kuna, Hanna Kokczynska, Jacek Majewski, Michal Piasecki, Mikolaj Molenda

tylko is a company that will change the way people shop for furniture. In the tylko app, anyone can co-create a unique piece of furniture by starting with a basic, pre-designed shape and changing its properties to match their taste and space. Built-in ‘Augmented Reality’ mode visualizes the furniture in its real size in the user’s home. In-app purchase and home delivery follow.

 

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