Investing in SAAS startups

risky, but so much fun

One of the best things about the world of investing is… wait. Yes, that you earn money with it. Ok ok. But besides getting rich (er), I really enjoy investing in UK SAAS startups.

Investing in young, small, ambitious startups is perhaps the riskiest thing you can do with your money. But the reason it can be so much fun is because you are involved with new ideas, concepts, trends and technologies.

What is startup investing?

Suppose you have an idea. And you develop that idea into a business plan with a prototype product, service, app or revolutionary way to send your in-laws to Mars.

Then you need people who believe in you and your idea. People who want to invest money in your startup and can help you make it a success.

In exchange for a share in your small, young company, you hold an investment round. You can do this privately by inviting acquaintances in your network to participate.

But nowadays it is possible to register your start-up financing with a crowfund network or an angel network with the SAAS community.

Investing in startups – Angel Investing

The term Angel Investing is popular in America and refers to investors who put money into companies before anyone even sees any profit in it. They are the “Angels”, so saviors of an idea or startup.

But also in the Netherlands there are now an estimated more than 10,000 investors in startups.

In exchange for investing money and taking a big risk, these Angels are often given one of the best conditions for becoming a co-owner of a small business.

For example, they take a 20% interest in a start-up and invest 100,000 euros in it. As a result, the first real value of a startup is generally 100,000 / 20% = 500,000 euros.

If successful, several more rounds often follow, which other investors can jump in. But at less favorable conditions than those of the Angel.

With such a next round, the value of the Angel’s part can increase significantly. Imagine that in the next round a number of investors want to get involved by investing 500,000 euros in the startup, against a combined 20% interest.

This makes it possible to recalculate the valuation of the startup. From 500,000 previously (for the Angel) to now 500,000 / 20% = 2,000,000 euros. And since the Angel also has a 20% stake, it would be worth 20% of 2 million = 400,000 euros. While in the first round he invested “only” 100,000 euros.

This is of course a simple calculation and it really is a bit more complex.

Why I invest in tech startups

I like it. For real! I am a technology enthusiast and I follow new developments closely. It is very interesting to be involved with entrepreneurs who are full of energy behind their product or service and who want to make it a success.

Like Mark Zuckerberg in the early days of Facebook. Successful investor Peter Thiel, among others, has joined in on this and that has done him no harm. Did he know Facebook was going to be that big? Probably not. But he saw something in the idea and in Mark that made him want to invest in Facebook and take the gamble.

So wouldn’t it be great to also have the opportunity to invest in something, even before it is a real success and everyone is talking about it? Yes! However, that is not the only reason why I want to invest in startups.

Break Away from the Usual Shop ‘n Drop Scene of Alicante and Trod the Off-Beat Path

Alicante tourist attractions are known for their urban sprawl, night life, beaches, and bars. But beyond the glitzy lights and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, Alicante has a number of historic monuments, off-beaten tracks, and fascinating museums renowned for their collections.

Drop the usually shopping spree in the city and spend the day with these things to do in Alicante.

Take a history tour up starting with a castle

On top of Mt. Benacantil is the fortress-palace of the Castle of Santa Barbara. It retains so much of its Moorish façade though recent renovations took place during the 1500s as well. Gather your courage to walk up the mountain during sunrise or sunset, or ride a lift from Postiguet Beach up.

Brush up your history knowledge at:

  1. Museo Arqueológico de Alicante
  2. Alicante’s Towers
  3. Barrio de Santa Cruz

Walk along the famous Explanada de España

This is a long, beautiful pedestrian street lined with palm trees and paved with marble mosaic tiles. This is the perfect place for a stroll, lounge, or chill at any time of the day. You can even buy souvenirs, eat local food, and see artists performing along the path.

Here’s what else you can find:

  1. Mundo de los Niños
  2. Ayuntamiento
  3. Casa Carbonell
  4. Plaza Gabriel Miró
  5. UNESO World Heritage Site Elche Palmeral

Take the off-beaten path

Not a fan of the glitzy lifestyle and metropolitan vibe if the city? You won’t mind getting lost in an old village or natural wonders of Alicante, then. Casco Antiguo is famous for its old-world charm, flower-filled balconies, and colorful shutters of blues and greens. A visit to this neighborhood can give you a breather or two.

Discovering new attractions? Visit the:

  1. Playa de la Albufereta
  2. Tabarca Island
  3. Calle San Rafael, Calle San Antonio, and Mirador de Santa Cruz at Old Town
  4. Guadalest Valley
  5. Canelobre Caves
  6. Via Ferratas
  7. Cabo de las Huertas

Eat like a local

What to eat when you’re in Alicante? We suggest tapas and turron for a snack before whipping with arroz a banda. Don’t miss Spain’s famous paella within the Valencian Community just about anywhere in the city.

Here’s where to eat in Alicante:

  1. El Portal
  2. Cerveceria Sento
  3. Oneone
  4. Mercado Central de Alicante

Rent a car and drive by Alicante’s neighboring landmarks

If you want to get away from it all, you can drive in the outskirts of Alicante and make a beeline for this famous day trip attractions. Find tips and more info at

  1. Cuevas de Canelobre
  2. Church of Virgin of Consuelo, Altea
  3. Albacete Museum, Albacete

Make a beeline by renting a car

If you’re planning a trip to Alicante and soak on its popular coasts and historic monuments, you may want to hire a car. Most car rental companies are situated inside Alicante Airport for arrangement. You may rent a compact, minivan, SUV, or convertible at a starting rate of $19 per day. Present your valid ID and international drivers permit upon application and reservation. People who are under 25 years old may pay a small surcharge fee.

Remember to check whether your car rental includes admin fees, insurance excess, or security deposit. It’s better to equip yourself with knowledge on these prices.

Op zoek naar een busje om te huren?

Soms kan het lastig zijn om veel spullen van het ene punt naar het andere punt te brengen, bijvoorbeeld wanneer u gaat verhuizen. In uw eigen auto kunt u weinig spullen kwijt. Daarom is het erg handig om een bestelbusje te gebruiken. U kan er namelijk veel spullen in kwijt, waardoor u ook minder vaak heen en weer hoeft te rijden. Dit bespaart u veel tijd en ook nog geld! U kunt een bestelbusje kopen, maar als u het bestelbusje maar voor een korte tijd nodig heeft, kunt u ook altijd een busje huren! Zo betaalt u niet gelijk de hoofdprijs en kunt u op een gemakkelijke manier uw spullen verplaatsen. Een specialist in het verhuren van busjes is bijvoorbeeld Bultman. Zij hebben een ruim assortiment aan verschillende soorten busjes, bijvoorbeeld personenbussen, bedrijfswagens, koel en vrieswagens maar dus ook bestelbusjes. Ook biedt Bultman verschillende storageboxen in Apeldoorn, Deventer en Harderwijk. Wilt u meer informatie over Autoverhuur Bultman? Lees dan snel deze blog verder!

Hier moet u op letten bij het huren van een busje

Wanneer u graag een busje wilt huren, moet u op een paar punten letten. U moet namelijk in het bezit zijn van een B rijbewijs wanneer u de busjes van Autoverhuur Bultman wilt besturen. Daarnaast is het handig om te weten dat de busjes in verschillende maten te huren zijn. De grootste bestelbus is maar liefst 20 kubieke meter en de kleinste is 2,5 kubieke meter. Voordat u een bus gaat huren is het dus handig om te bedenken hoe groot u het busje het liefst wilt voor uw klus!

Meer weten over Bultman?

Bent u er al uit welke bus u graag wilt huren voor uw klus? Bij Bultman kunt u eenvoudig een busje huren. Dit kan voor één dag, een week en zelfs voor een aantal maanden, ideaal dus! Bent u opzoek naar een ander soort busje? Ook daar heeft Bultman aan gedacht! Neem snel een kijkje op de website van Autoverhuur Bultman en ontdek wat de mogelijkheden zijn! Heeft u nog enkele vragen over het huren van een busje? De klantenservice van Bultman helpt u graag verder met uw vraag, zodat u binnenkort ook een geschikt busje kunt huren!

Een kop en schotel passend bij je bedrijf!


Je hebt het vast wel eens in een restaurant een cappuccino besteld. Op het kopje van de cappuccino staat het bedrijfslogo, tekst of slogan. Hierdoor wordt het kopje net iets specialer. Veel horecagelegenheden bedrukken hun service. Maar ook steeds meer bedrijven, sportverenigingen en organisaties. Zo wordt er ook ook vaak intern gebruik van gemaakt. Daarnaast wordt een bedrukte kop en schotel ook wel eens als cadeau gegeven. Dit is het ideale cadeau want bijna iedereen drinkt wel een keer of meerdere malen per dag een kop koffie. Door een kop en schotel te laten bedrukken maak je het cadeau ook nog eens specialer!


Servies bedrukken

Een mok bedrukken is algemeen bekend, en dat wordt dan ook veel gedaan. Maar, het is ook mogelijk om glazen, borden en kop en schotels laten bedrukken. Het is dan ook het mooist om een hele set te laten bedrukken, zodat je een mooi geheel hebt. Je kan hiermee je logo, tekst of slogan laten zien en de huisstijl komt zo echt naar voren. Omdat het de naam van je bedrijf op meerdere plekken voortkomt, is er een grote kans dat je meer naamsbekendheid krijgt.  Een kop en schotel bedrukken voor je bedrijf heeft dus meerdere voordelen. 


Verschillende materialen

Servies uitzoeken kan soms heel moeilijk zijn, het is namelijk niet een aankoop wat je vaak doet. Het is daarom goed om te weten welke verschillende materialen er zijn en vooral als je het wilt laten bedrukken. Het materiaal bepaalt namelijk op welke manier het servies bedrukt kan worden. Daarnaast is het belangrijk dat je kop en schotel niet zo snel beschadigen, want als je een vaatwasser hebt wil je ze graag daar in doen. Porselein is dan ook erg sterk materiaal, daarnaast verkleurt het bijna niet. Aardewerk beschadigt iets sneller, maar kan er soms wel mooier uitzien. Als jij je dranken langer warm wil houden moet je voor RVS kiezen. Het is dus even een overweging die je moet maken! 


Wil jij graag een kop en schotel laten bedrukken? Dat kan bij Riké! Deze partij heeft verschillende soorten service die je geheel naar eigen wens kan maken. Je kan zelf kiezen welke kleur je wilt en de opdruk! Op deze manier heb je service die niemand anders heeft. Wil je meer weten? Kijk dan op de website van Riké of neem contact op met de klantenservice!

A boy cries along the harbor water of Enkhuizer: Magnetic fishing that offers “treasures”


 The excited young screams make it clear that a “huge” find was lifted from the harbor water of Enkhuizer. A nail, and crooked too. Magnet fishing is a real treasure for three boys.


The fathers Michael Baas and his buddy Hugo Ploeger stand on the side of the Sassluis with strong ropes in hand. There the two fathers accompany the sons Xavi, Darriën and Jens with the drom as a background.


The extra strong round magnets disappear again and again in the water, in the hope that “something” made of metal will stick to them. Occasionally the boys throw one another. But does it also bring something? This question is eagerly answered when Jens and Xavi bring in their drip bags. A clamp, a can, long screws. And so the top find, an antique forged nail, which also turned up here.


And that’s not all. Somewhere deep down in the castle is something big. Something mysterious made of metal. “It’s so big and heavy that we can’t get it out of the water,” laughs Hugo. “We’ll leave it there.” To Darriën’s sorrow. ,,I want to see it.”


For the two fathers, the idea behind this branch of sport is simple: “We spend a few hours with it,” says Michael. “You can leave the boys at home on the couch behind the game console. But that’s much more active and fun. Do. You’re out together right now. “


Everything that comes up is rusty and an impressive boy’s treasure. Sometimes it goes an unexpected step further. Just like with the Harlingersteiger, where other guys even got a metal urn over water. He ended up with the police.


The three young Enkhuizertjes are hoping for the success of a safe or a dumped car again this summer: exciting! “Fortunately, Enkhuizen has a lot of harbor water,” said the fathers of the magnetic fishermen.

A heated circulating water bath for your laboratory

Are you looking for solutions to your laboratory’s liquid heating needs? PolyScience offers over 50 different solutions, such as a heated circulating water bath, a simple immersion Circulator, an economical open bath system and much more. This company is a renowned producer of constant temperature control equipment. They are your reliable partner if you need a heating circulator, such as a heated circulating water bath. They offer several options related to this solution.

What are my options regarding a heated circulating water bath?

Of course you want to have the best option for your needs regarding your laboratory’s liquid heating needs. PolyScience offers many different models. They provide innovative temperature control solutions since 1963. They offer their products to clients all over the world. If you need to have a liquid heating solution, then a heated circulating water bath is the solution. Make use of the latest version of a heated circulating water bath from PolyScience to ensure quality and innovation. Their products are safe to use, quiet, extremely precise, and energy saving. They are very easy to install, maintain, and operate. Besides, a heated circulating water bath offer years of reliable and accurate heating. A heated circulating water bath is usually applied to warming of reagents and culture media, thawing or tempering samples, biological incubation, enzyme assays, or controlling the temperature of laboratory equipment. These include viscometers, densitometers, and more.

Excellent support services

Did you purchase a heated circulating water bath at PolyScience? Then you can expect excellent support services. They are always reachable for support. If you encounter problems over two years later? Even then they help you out. They usually respond within one to two days, very quick. On orders over 500 euros you do not pay shipping costs. Are you curious as to what this company can provide you? Then do not hesitate to contact them to talk about the possibilities.

Start your own business in the Netherlands!

Have you been working in a specific sector for a number of years and have you gained broad experience? If you will then launch yourself a similar company, you will have a good chance that your business will succeed. Do you have ideas to start a company within your industry with an innovative service or product? Then there is a chance that you will grow into one of the most successful companies in your sector.

To start your Dutch business, you will first have to set up a BV (a limited liability company). For this you will need the help of a Dutch civil notary. Within a few days, your BV can be founded and registered. Find here below information on the formation process.             

Why establish a BV with a notarial deed?

The deed of incorporation is a legally required document in the Netherlands. It is necessary for a company to be established by a notary.

The notary will guide you through the formation process, because the establishment of a BV is the task of a notary. The notary will prepare draft articles for your limited liability company. After this, the deed of incorporation will be signed, which is called execution, and the BV will be registered in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce.

What is stated in the articles of a BV?

Part of the deed of incorporation are the articles. These contain provisions that are often also stipulated in the Civil Code in combination with ‘good governance’ rules for your company. It is mandatory to include the following information in the articles of association:

– Name and place of business, also called seat, of the BV;        

– Object of the BV;        

– Types of shares and the amount that will be paid up on each share, also called nominal value;        

– Conditions for the transfer of shares and blocking provision;        

– Powers of the shareholders;        

– Method of decision making;        

– Appointment and dismissal of directors and possible supervisory directors;        

– Rules for dissolution;        

– Duration of the first financial year.        

The financial year is usually the same as the calendar year. The first financial year can be extended to almost 24 months. This can be attractive in order to save on the costs of annual accounts and corporate income tax return.

Are there rules for the initial capital of a BV?

There is no mandatory start-up capital for a BV. This makes the setup of a BV very accessible. The starting capital may consist of cash, even in the form of a foreign currency. In addition, the capital can be paid in by means of a contribution in kind, such as with property.

What do you need to know about the share capital of a BV?

The capital of the BV is divided into shares owned by shareholders. It is also possible that all shares are owned by a sole shareholder. A distinction can be made between authorised capital (no longer mandatory since 2012), issued capital and paid-up share capital. Even with a sole shareholder, it is advisable to issue at least 100 shares. This to enable the future transfer of shares to potential business partners or heirs. For the reason of shareholder’s liability and tax purposes, it is wise not to postpone the paying up of any shares. 

Which checks and balances exist within a BV?

You can establish a BV by yourself or with others. Each BV has at least three organs consisting of one or more members:

– Founders        

– Board       

– General Meeting        

It is also possible to appoint one or more supervisory directors in a supervisory board as fourth organ.

In the deed of incorporation, the first directors will be appointed and the names of the shareholders will be mentioned. After incorporation, any new directors will be appointed by the shareholders. The authority to dismiss any directors also rests with the shareholders. In case of a board consisting of multiple members, it is possible to choose for sole or joint authorisation. 

Who will be responsible for the registration of the BV at the Chamber of Commerce?

A BV must always be registered in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce. In most cases the notary will take care for registration of the Dutch company, its registered office address and directors. This will usually not take more than a day. At registration, the BV will be provided with a trade register number and fiscal number. Note that as long your BV is not yet registered, the founder will be liable.

How to start BV formation?

The above is a short ABC on business formation. The notary can answer all your questions and will go through the deed of incorporation with you prior to incorporation. Sometimes it will be wise to directly establish a holding company too, or in case of more shareholders, to draw up a shareholders’ agreement. Also, it is advisable to obtain advice of an accountant and tax specialist before set up. Contact us still today to have your business adventure started as soon as possible.

Total productive maintenance

This system is focussed on maintaining and improving the integrity of the production, safety and quality systems through the machines. It can also be used for equipment, processes and employees which add value to an organization. TPM or Total productive maintenance has been developed from the perspective of maintenance management. It focuses primarily on productivity improvements.


What is TPM?

This holistic approach to equipment maintenance strives to achieve perfect production. Therefore it focuses on achieving the following key factors:

–          No breakdowns

–          No Small stops or slow running

–          No Defects

In addition it is also focuses on maintaining a safe working environment. This inlcludes preventing accidents from happening and making sure that the enivornment is safe for everyone. So basically, total productive maintenance focuses to maximize efficiency of equipment but also makes sure ones working environment is safe. The implementation of this method creates a shared responsibility for equipment and encourages greater involvement by plant floor workers.


What does TPM Teach?

The most improtant task of total productive maintenance is to teach factories to give ownership of the machines on the production floor. Operators work daily with these machines so they know how these machines should be maintained and how these machines should be operated. This way, improving overall equipment effectiveness lies not only on the maintenance department but the whole organization.

How do you increase the engagement of your Instagram account?

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Wondering how to get more likes? How do you get people to follow you and keep your account engaged?

Engagement is the average index of certain actions of your audience, i.e. their comments, likes and saves. That is why it is now important to build strong relationships with your readers who, without reminding you, will support you in their activities.

In fact, engagement is an important indicator of the quality of your subscribers and their response to your posts. Basically, it’s a percentage of how interesting you are.

Now we will not talk about which parts of the body catch the attention of the audience, we will not focus on cute purr creatures, we will talk about how to increase the interest of the public in your content and your posts.

Do you want to know how you can stimulate engagement growth? Read more!

Hot topics. Follow the latest trends in your niche. Keep an eye out for what has happened recently, which may spark discussion and interest the reader. So referring to relevant topics can get your audience talking.

Personal presence. People trust a living person more than an anonymous company. A personal presence, even on a thematic blog, will add value to your services. It could be just post-dating, or maybe an entire promotional strategy built on your personality.

Submit your message to Stories. (Click on the plane below the publication and select “send post to stories”). This attracts the attention of the public. It is not at all out of the question that you will be flying out of the general feed for some users, in this case, Stories is an excellent step to catch the ones you didn’t notice.

Keep it simple. The simpler your message, the easier it is for your audience to understand the meaning of what has been written. If a thought catches on, if it is clear, the reader will pay attention to you themselves and post the cherished as nice.

Offer your audience a choice. Write about an important topic that will be relevant to your reader. You can come up with options for an answer and invite readers to make a choice. This method helps to warm up the audience.

Asking questions. Get in touch with your followers more often. Try to ask questions in each post so that the person can provide a detailed answer and share their opinion.

Reply to comments. Direct contact helps to get the person talking. Comments have a direct impact on profile coverage. The more subscribers you reply to, the more responses the message will get and the reach will increase accordingly.

Choose the right time. Despite Instagram creating new conditions for posting rankings, any blogger familiar with their audience knows the hours of the greatest activity. Analyze your audience and their preferences. Maybe it only works for the benefit in your case.

Now you are armed with useful information that you need to put into practice immediately …

….. more info can be found here «Road to 100k Instagram Followers»!

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News about Bitcoin

In the fight against COVID-19, the Italian Red Cross recently completed a successful campaign to raise Bitcoin funds


In 3 days, enough Bitcoins have already been transferred to reach the target of 10,000 euros. After this successful collection round, the organization started a new campaign. You can also donate Bitcoins to the Dutch Red Cross.


Due to the coronavirus, there is a great shortage of equipment all over the world that is needed to cope with the large influx of new patients. Therefore, the Italian Red Cross has recently launched a fundraiser accepting donations in bitcoins.


Special campaign

After the first success, the Italian Red Cross has now expanded the campaign. The Bitcoins are spent on the purchase of resources that increase the personal protection of medical personnel and on additional equipment.


In total, the initiatives raised approximately 20,000 euros. This means that the goal of the second campaign has almost been achieved, but not quite yet. Donations can be made on the HelperBit website, where you can also view the progress of the campaign.


Much of the amount transferred comes from one donor, just over 2.6 BTC. At the time of the transaction, the amount was approximately 13,000 euros. More than the total target amount of the first campaign! In addition, much smaller amounts of bitcoins were also transferred.


Bitcoin and the Red Cross

Collecting money via Bitcoin is quite new for the Red Cross. But according to Colli Albani Bruno Pietrosanti (President of the International Red Cross Committee), an innovative tool such as bitcoin can help to get the necessary funds during these difficult times:


“We need to ease the pressure in hospitalizations, as the number of infected people is increasing and there is a reduced number of available places within hospital facilities. We believe that an innovative fundraising tool like Bitcoin can help us find the necessary economic resources, that are very difficult to obtain in this historical moment. ”

Also read: Bitcoin’s comeback


The Dutch Red Cross also accepts bitcoin donations in the fight against COVID-19. The website also provides a brief explanation of bitcoin donations to the frequently asked questions.


The number of organizations that accept Bitcoin donations is still small, but growing. WikiLeaks is one of the best known and first organizations to accept bitcoins (since 2011). For Wikileaks, donations in bitcoins are a godsend because they are excluded from the traditional banking system. As a result, they cannot receive donations through bank payments.


Since then, more and more charities and organizations accept donations in Bitcoins (and are not controversial), such as UNICEF, War Child, Save the Children and The Water Project. And of course now also the Red Cross.


Dutch organizations, such as the Pirate Party and Bits of Freedom, also accept Bitcoin donations. Through the Dutch startup WhyDonate you can donate Bitcoins for various charities, both large and small. This is also possible through comparable international initiatives, such as BitGive and The Giving Block.


For example, there are many more organizations and projects where you can donate Bitcoins, such as: Wikimedia / Wikipedia, Internet Archives, Mozilla Foundation, Apache Software Foundation, Blender Foundation, LinuxMint OS, GIMP and others. And perhaps unsurprisingly, projects like The Pirate Bay and Tor Project.


Bitcoiners with a big heart

Accepting donations in Bitcoins can be quite smart. The early Bitcoiners have a lot of prosperity and they are often driven by ideals.


A number of special donations have been made over time. For example, a Bitcoiner nicknamed Pine Bitcoin has donated at least $ 47.5 million to charity through the Pineapple Fund. A few months ago, anonymous donors also announced a similar multimillion dollar initiative through The Unknown Fund, although there is no evidence to support it.


Sometimes fundraising is also less “serious”. For example, when the community around Dogecoin (Bitcoin’s infantile and little serious brother) completely aligned with the absurd approach to cryptocurrency, the Jamaican Olympic team decided to sponsor bobsleigh. Otherwise, the money would run out and the team would miss the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The community also helped the team because it was fun.


How do you communicate as an organization about the corona crisis?

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