Blog & Articles

These are articles & ideas I collected for different publications or my own pages.

April 22, 2024

The Extra Hurdles Pattern-Breaking Founders Face With The VC Industry

Recently I was interviewed as part of a Forbes article about the hurdles founders face while fundraising.

March 21, 2024

How to build a standout brand for your startup

I was writing a little piece on how to build a great brand for your startup for my friends over at OpenVC.

February 25, 2024

From teenage web developer to design innovator: How a young entrepreneur's journey led to a 7 figure revenue stream

In this interview I shared some insights on how I ended up building Magic Design and some of the lessons from year 1 of the business.

February 22, 2024

How I Built A $1M/Year Design Subscription Service

Interview with Robin Vander Heyden (Founder of ManyRequests) on how we started and grew Magic Design into a $1M ARR business in 12 months.

September 9, 2023

Building an Internet Holding Co. focused on the Founder & Investor Space

Last Money In is an amazing newsletter run by Alex Pattis & Zachary Ginsburg. Recently I was invited to talk about all things Internet Holding, Investing and EU VC scene.

August 29, 2023

Wie man eine Internet Holding baut (IN GERMAN)

In this episode of the Digitaleconomics Podcast I shared a lot of insights about how we think about the operating model of Wizard Ventures - our internet holding company and why we think it's a good idea.

July 20, 2023

Democratizing informal networks for early deal access

Just had the opportunity to interview Marc Penkala from āltitude on "Democratizing informal networks for early deal access".

June 22, 2023

Warum ihr genau jetzt in Startups aus Afrika investieren solltet [German]

I think Africa is one of the most interesting markets for investors right now - and I just had the pleasure of giving some insights to Business Insider Deutschland (Gruenderszene). The article is in German.

June 15, 2023

9 Top Design Trends That End Design Fatigue and Help Your Business Stand Out

How can you level up your design game in 2023? Inc Magazine just asked me this question, as we at Magic Design are helping startups & SMBs with that daily.

May 12, 2023

Top 20 Thought Leader @ Data-driven VC Landscape 2023

Excited to be featured as one of the top 20 thought leaders in the data-driven VC space.

April 14, 2023

How To Make A Perfect Investment Pitch Deck

I was just invited to the Startup Scout podcast to talk all things Pitch Deck - 1h of content starting with the slides to include to the general stoytelling.

March 21, 2023

Purpose is the Pitch - Wie du den Erfolg erzwingst

[Podcast is in German] I was just invited to the "Purpose is the Pitch" podcast by Dr. Konstantin Schimert. It was a real deep dive into my current ventures, my childhood days, and the hard lessons of being an entrepreneur.

February 8, 2023

Der VC Tech Stack in 2023 - Chancen und Herausforderungen [German]

I recently wrote a guest article about the VC tech stack in 2023 for the German Venture Capital Magazin.

February 8, 2023

VC10X - Why you should NOT raise VC money? w/ Max Fleit, Founding Partner, Wizard Ventures

On the VC10x podcast, I talked about why not every company should raise VC Money, and what expectations come with it. The podcast is available as video & audio on all streaming platforms.

January 26, 2023

How To Get Funding For Tech Startup - Venture Capital 2023

Just recently I was invited as a guest on Samuel Hartmanns Podcast "Never employed". We mainly talked about current state of venture and what startups should focus on.

December 21, 2022

The 2023 DAY ONE Entrepreneurs To Watch

DAY ONE released a list of entrepreneurs to watch in 2023, that I was featured in.

December 19, 2022

How to manage your angel investments

My good friends from EU.VC asked me to share some lessons on my Notion Angel Investment Operating System and what you can do to optimize your angel investing.

December 15, 2022

Venture in Winter — State of VC and what’s next?

Paralect invited me to host a webinar on the current state of the venture industry and the challenges that come out of it for founders & investors.

December 14, 2022

Pitchology: What to expect while raising money

I had the pleasure to contribute to Steve Distantes new book Pitchology. In our discussion we are talking about the fundraising process and what my key learnings are.

October 18, 2022

Bootstrapping vs. Raising VC

Earlier this summer, I was a guest on Odin's podcast and talked about Bootstrapping vs. Venture Funding.

October 6, 2022

How to craft the perfect pitch deck for your fund

Just had the opportunity to interview @WizLikeWizard from @spacecadet & @jsessenhausen from @CuspCapital on "How to craft the perfect pitch deck for your fund".

September 28, 2022

How to raise your first fund as an emerging fund manager

As a collab between and Dropbox DocSend, I talked to Paige Finn Doherty (@paigefinnn) about what it takes to raise a first-time fund.

September 28, 2022

OpenVC - Pitch Deck Roast #1

Early August I was a guest on OpenVCs pitch deck roast and had the chance to give feedback on 5 pitch decks.

July 14, 2022

Five tips for turning rejections into a successful raise

Rejection is a huge part of fundraising. In this founder lesson I share the lessons that I took from it.

July 4, 2022

Why emerging fund managers should take a page (or three) from founder pitch decks

As part of Dropbox Docsend's "Perfect Pitch" video series, I created a video & blog article on how to build a great LP deck.

June 14, 2022

How to build a great pitch deck in 2022

Little guest article for my friends @ Landscape about pitch decks.

May 26, 2022

The future of fundraising | Summit

In this panel @ Summit 2022 in Brussels we talked about the future of fundraising.

May 9, 2022

From Seed to Exit: Fundraising 101

In this webinar I teamed up with Global Shares to go through each stage of the startup roadmap and share my tips on what you need to know to help you get it right.

May 9, 2022

Growing a Digital Product Business

In this interview I am talking about how I acquired BaseTemplates and grew it to 5-figures monthly revenue.

April 28, 2022

Emerging funds trends & tech tools: Q&A with Max Fleitmann

An interview I did with Docsend about what the emerging manager's tool stack looks like these days.

March 8, 2022

BitsforDigits - Meet the founder - Interview

I did an interview for my good friends over @bitsfordigits about how I ended up doing the stuff I am doing—talking about acquisitions, startup growth, and dividing my time.

January 28, 2022

10 Common Questions Investors Ask Founders

I just released another article for @EntrepreneurOrg on @Inc that covers some of the most common questions you will get from investors in the fundraising process.

December 28, 2021

How to raise money for your startup in 2022

To finish up 2021 I wrote an article for my friends over at Vauban about what it takes to raise a round in 2022.

December 15, 2021

How to Raise a Round in 2021 @ edventure Emerge

This is the recording of my keynote @ edventure EMERGE - the #1 entrepreneurship e-conference for students and researchers.

December 15, 2021

How to build the perfect pitch deck for your business

As a proud member of EO it was a pleasure to share some of my pitch deck secrets on their blog.

December 15, 2021

Looking at the Startup Ecosystem: Fundraising Market Map

There are tons of companies that help founders raise money for their startup. I recently created a graphic overview of all players, that was featured on Hackernoon.

December 14, 2021

Startup Fundraising 101

This is an article I wrote for with some lessons on Startup Fundraising.

October 10, 2021

Multi-Time Product Hunter launcher, Business Buyer & Angel Investor with Maximilian Fleitman

I was a guest on the Buy & Build podcast and had the opportunity to talk about my journey as an entrepreneur and maker with a focus on what I have learned during my product hunt launches.

September 17, 2021

How BaseTemplates grew to >$10k/MRR

Indiehackers published an interview of mine about the growth tactics for BaseTemplates.

September 5, 2021

6 lessons from raising millions from investors

I wrote an article for ProductHunt in which I share tips for helping founders raise money, from how to prepare and practice pitching to dealing with rejection.

August 19, 2021

Pitch Deck Workshop

The German startup magazine "startingup" asked me to write an article about how to build a pitch deck, that impresses investors. And that's what I did. (Note: Article is in German)

June 24, 2021

11 Questions Founders Should Ask Potential Investors

Investors are known for bombarding founders with questions, but you should be the one asking the questions.

February 21, 2021

How to build a pitch deck in 2021

A pitch deck is something you will definitely need if you are thinking about getting an investor on board. In this video, I am talking about which slides you need to be successful.

January 18, 2021

What You Need to Know About Structuring Your Startup's Fundraising Process

I recently wrote about the critical factors that separate those who fundraise successfully and those who don't.

January 7, 2021

Customer success as a company purpose

During my time at StudyHelp I always tried to find ways to put the customer first. I was invited some time ago to talk about this experience in the Retain podcast. The podcast speech is German!

January 3, 2021

6 Steps to Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck

Building a pitch deck to convince investors? These tips will take your pitch to the next level.