Maximilian Lautenschläger (Co-Founder, Managing Director), Patrick Lowry (Co-Founder, Managing Director) and Lukasz Musialski (Co-Founder, Portfolio Director) Louisa Summer
What inspired you to found your startup?
With the rise of ICOs in early 2017, we realized that the early and midstage investment environment is getting disrupted, but that the market was still lacking quality insurances.
How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?
By leveraging our backgrounds as auditors, technologists, investment managers, and venture capitalists we perform proper due diligence on the startups applying to the program, and only offer handpicked blockchain startups to our venture capital club members.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
To help passionate founders to succesfully launch an ICO with their innovative startups, and to support the blockchain ecosystem.
What do you want to achieve next year?
Transitioning our company into Iconiq Holding, which is the parent company to both Iconiq Lab and Iconiq Funds. That way we are building the global premier digital asset management ecosystem, which creates trusted financial vehicles and investment opportunities in the blockchain market.
Why do people want to work at your company?
Being part of one of the biggest innovations of the 21st century, the blockchain technology. The combination of financial and technological know-how is key to being a part of Iconiq. We are a very diverse team from 9 different countries and we are all passionate about what we are doing.
What has been the most important milestone so far?
Selling out the ICO of our first portfolio company “unibright.io,” which raised $14M in less than 2 weeks.
Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?
Bringing together such a brillant, international and passionate team.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
Iconiq Holding will be the world’s premier digital asset management ecosystem providing investment opportunities in the blockchain space for everyone who wants to get exposure to the fastest-growing asset class.
What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?
We founded in Berlin, but we moved to Frankfurt. The cities are very different, but Franfurt offers a fantastic infrastructure for startups in the finance space.
What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?
Overall the startups scene is very active and, even though some studies are indicating the opposite, young people are more attracted by startups than a few years back. More active VC funding, more government support for founders and less bureaucracy in the founding process would definitely help.
Iconiq Lab was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.