Zennstrm calls the end of highvaluations era, says founders and VCs must remove stigma of downrounds

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  • He said: “Atomico hasn’t led many down rounds, so this is about my personal experience as an entrepreneur and from situations I’ve seen talented founders struggle with years after Atomico’s initial investment.
  • And the less runway a business has, the riskier that company becomes.”The alternative after 6 months could mean “a rescue financing littered with aggressive liquidation preferences and exit clauses.. Don’t let that be you,” he said.
  • It’s market dynamics.”He added that startup founders currently in fund-raising mode should raise right away: “The biggest issue with down rounds is that people leave them so late.
  • I was even more motivated to prove I could build a successful company.”Ending on a positive note he said: “I started Kazaa in 2000 and Skype a few years later – just after stocks crashed 80% in the dotcom bust.
  • But he challenged Slush attendees to think about down rounds differently and not to take it personally: “Firstly, ‘down rounds’ are just a function of the broader market.
  • As the world moves into economic head-winds and geopolitical uncertainty, European founders must get used to taking tough decisions to ensure the survival of their startups.
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