The next step in my journey, what we call career, is that back in February this year, I’ve joined Peak Capital as an entrepreneur in residence, where I will be working with the portfolio companies of Peak on growth marketing.
Two years ago, I met with Johan van Mil in a Starbucks next to the Fanatics office. While catching up over coffee, we discussed our long term plan to move back to Europe, eventually. Little did we know due to Covid-19, the Goedegebuure family accelerated this plan in 2020. Johan and I go way back, from my time in The Netherlands working for eBay. Back then, I was a customer of his email marketing agency. The relationships you built over the course of your career can be invaluable for future steps.
The first month with Peak has been filled with learning the VC investment work. There is a two way street of sharing, where my expertise and skills are welcomed by the teams, while I learn what questions are asked to potential startups to invest in.
The companies I’ve met so far, are really interesting from a growth perspective and filled with super smart people. Not the scale I’ve worked on in my past, but with a higher growth rate than a PayPal for instance. For me it’s interesting to get a peak in the kitchen how the teams in companies like Studocu, Precisely, Hello Customer, Storychief, Mibo, Trengo or Creative Fabrica are working on the future.
While I’m working on my own next step, the two days working with the Peak Capital team, and the portfolio companies, allows me to build new relationships and refresh my Dutch online network. Many thanks to both Johan, Stefan and the rest of the Peak Capital team for the warm welcome.