From Seed with Alven to largest European digital exhibition organiser: insights from Ankorstore’s co-founder and its investor
Ahead of Ankorstore’s announcement of its €25m Series A round, we sat down with Ankorstore’s co-founder Nicolas Cohen, and Alven Partner Rodolphe Menegaux, to get their thoughts on Ankorstore, its exciting prospects for the future and its journey since joining the Alven portfolio during its 2019 seed funding round.
In this exchange, Nicolas & Rodolphe discussed:
00:08 – Who is Nicolas
00:11 – What is Ankorstore
00:24 – Key figures about Ankorstore
00:50 – What makes Ankorstore different
03:14 – Ankorstore’s opportunities
03:59 – The big challenge to come
04:42 – The risks
05:37 – Ankorstore’s ambitions
06:05 – Why Alven ?
06:49 – Investing in Ankorstore: insights from Rodolphe
08:32 – Founders Corner: Advice from Nicolas to his founder peers
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The company is announcing its Series A from prestigious investors to support its growth and expansion plans. Andreessen Horowitz, founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, is one of the world’s largest and pre-eminent venture capital funds. Known for investments in companies such as Skype, Twitter, Facebook, Airbnb, and more recently Pinterest and Slack, a16z is joining the Stoïk journey alongside existing investors Alven and Anthemis Group.