This article is part of a series we’re writing in collaboration with our network of Operating Partners at Samaipata. These posts strive to be useful & actionable for early stage startup founders, and cover most of the key challenges faced at this stage, ranging from tech hirings to culture growth…


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Who we are

Samaipata is an early-stage pan-European venture capital fund. We are a founders’ fund led by two former entrepreneurs: José del Barrio, co-founder of the leading food-delivery platform in Spain (La Nevera Roja) sold to Rocket Internet for $100 million, and Eduardo Díez-Hochleitner founder of a 3D…


The more people search online, the more data they generate, the more Google can improve their algo performance and personalise the search experience, making their engine in turn more valuable to each user. Pretty amazing uh?

This is called “data network effects (nfx)”. Within a data network, they theoretically occur…


This article (Part 2) is a follow-up of an original post (Part 1) focused on defining network effects (nfx)and increasing returns how we understand it at Samaipata.

So hopefully we can all agree now that network effects (nfx) are precious, as a powerful source of defensibility and value creation. The…


This article (Part 1) is an attempt to explain how we understand increasing returns and network effects at Samaipata. Part 2 is deep-diving into how to create network effects, how to measure them and what the future holds.

Why we focus on Network effects at Samaipata: the power of Increasing Returns

Historically we were living in a world of “diminishing returns”. As explained…


As we strive for transparency at Samaipata, we thought it was about time to shed some light on our investment thesis and on some of the key questions entrepreneurs often ask us. If the answers laid out below fit with what you’re looking for from a potential VC investor, please…


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Who we are

Samaipata is a pan-European VC investing in digital platforms and marketplaces at Seed stage, with offices in Paris, Madrid and London — and soon Berlin !

We’re a founders’ fund, led by former entrepreneurs: José del Barrio, co-founder of La Nevera Roja, the leading Spanish food…


“We connected (almost) everyone: there are 5.5 bn adults on Earth; 4 bn have a smartphone” — Benedict EvansWhat now and what next? What happens when everyone has moved online? What is left to disrupt? Are all internet-marketplaces opportunities already sought after?

At Samaipata, we believe in the Rise of…


The mention of one’s syndic usually triggers a reaction along those lines amongst people:

The term “syndic” is used to refer to a professional building manager in France

One usually likes his condo manager as much as his stingy great aunt or his annual visit to the dentist. Well, haters…


Passions is the first mobile-native dating application targeting the 50+.

Funding a dating app… Really ?!

Along with gaming and hardware, online dating is a frown upon topic in the venture capital industry. VC investors just do not invest in dating. Full stop. As Andrew Chen explained here, some of the reasons typically put forward include:

  1. The perception that the…

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VC at @Samaipata

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