Vlad started his career in finance having done a bachelor's at Bayes Business School in London and a master's at ESCP in Paris specializing in finance. He speaks both French and English and has previous experience working in finance on the buy and sell side. He worked in asset management within institutional sales and on the sell side at Lazard selling US equities to a European client base and in institutional sales at Bernstein. He then started Europe's first ondemand fuel company backed by techstars and plug and play doing pilots with corporations such as Daimler. After this he was consulting for BCG and others on the subject of fuel ondemand.

He has also sold an email marketing SAAS business.

Lessons learned from Building Europe’s first OnDemand fuel station from its COO
Before Shell tap-up and Cafu and others, we built Europe’s first on demand fuel station. We saw the future, we had an amazing team and we were ready to go. I was the COO of pompfuel and we were there from the start.

He is involved and exited SAAS projects and is an angel investor, mentor and advisor. He has a great passion for growing companies.

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Contact him at: vlad@founderbounty.com

Check out his interview with carl runefelt!

Read my take on why most VC's have no startup exp

Why do most VC’s not have startup experience. Because Building a startup is so HARD.
If you look anywhere most VC’s do not have startup experience. Why is this the case. Because any true founder will tell you directly. Building a startup is certainly one of the hardest things you can do. The chance of making it is so extremely small. I have worked in finance and been through techstars. I know about both sides.

Why is there no YC in Europe?

Why does Europe not have a Y combinator (YC) from a Lazard and Techstars Alumni?
This is a good question. Why does Europe not have a hugely successful Ycombinator (YC) type investor? There could be a number of reasons for this. The main reason is the appetite for taking risks. This could be something more cultural that anything but also the fact that European investors simply dont want to take that much risk and would rather invest later down when the company has at least proven it can work at the pre-seed stage.