Inflection is an early stage venture firm investing into open platforms that democratise access to markets and empower users.
Inflection balances a thesis driven investment approach with a bottom up one. We understand businesses as complex, adaptive systems and recognise startups with the ability to flourish in those ecosystems on a case by case basis.
At the same time we developed a thesis to express what matters most to us. It serves us as a living framework to organise ideas and focus on the right things at the right time. It is not supposed to narrow our thinking and exposure to certain industries or technologies. We are continuously iterating over it based on technological and societal inflection points we spot early on.
Inflection invests into open platforms that democratise access to markets and empower users.
We believe that transformative innovation is driven by individuals obsessed with original ideas. These ideas are often dismissed as radical by others but are essential to us. They ripen through endless iterations in a chaotic creative process we enjoy being a part of. Alien founders (in the most flattering sense) are individuals who seem to have access to some privileged knowledge or unique skill that is going to build the business. This magic ingredient is what we are looking for in founding teams. Leveraging it to solve humanity's biggest challenges is our passion.
Platforms are ecosystems that are bringing together multiple stakeholders to do business and co-operate. The value these platforms create is far bigger than the sum of their parts. We believe that open source principles will be applied to various contexts and industries to enable more reliable, secure, cost efficient and stakeholder value optimised services. We value open, neutral architectures which are composable, interoperable and don’t require trust or permission from any third party.
Access to markets
We believe that equal access to markets, information and economic opportunity is the main driver of human flourishing. The Covid19 crisis led to unprecedented government interference around the world with severe implications for our global economic, information, and financial systems. We expect these events to serve as a catalyst for the expansion of an open cyber-economy which guarantees equal access to capital, education, talent, well being, data and knowledge for everyone with an internet connection.
Empowerment of users
We believe that the web and its underpinning incentive systems are fundamentally flawed. Addictive software, censorship, surveillance and algorithmic discrimination are among the biggest threats of modern societies and peace in the world. We believe that user centric, humane products and services offer an alternative path to defend privacy, free speech and human rights in the 21st century.
Many of our recent investments fit into this thesis and we are excited about using it as a guide to shape our future portfolio.
We are a team of venture investors and entrepreneurs who worked together for several years. We are complemented by a network of experts with diverse backgrounds and shared values.
We take bold bets based on high conviction in very early stages (first check to pre Series A). We are covering European markets first but have a global mandate.
Providing the best possible long term support for entrepreneurs lies at the heart of everything we do. We value excellence, transparency and commitment to a bold but realistic vision of the future. "Which school did you go to", „You are too early“ or „Who else is investing“ are sentences you won’t hear from us.