Caroline Walerud is a Swedish entrepreneur and Partner at Walerud Ventures, a deep-tech investment company that focuses on early-stage green tech startups.
She also co-founded Volumental, a company that developed a cloud-based, 3D-scanning technology to create models to customize products and services. Walerud co-founded Volumental in 2012 together with three computer vision experts.
In this episode, we discuss:
- the most hands-on investment model in the World. Walerud invests and acts as a co-founder
- why Europe seems to trust more finance experts than entrepreneurs as fund managers
- the different roles one can play in Climate Tech Today
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ABOUT THE GUEST:
Caroline Walerud is Partner at Walerud Ventures, a deep-tech pre-seed investment firm.
They are the first investors in Klarna, and investors in GreenTech and deep tech companies like Midsummer, Swedish Algae Factory, SatCube and Graphmatech
Caroline has been an entrepreneur since age 14 and has been part of many startup journeys. Now she splits her time between two startups where she is Chairman and Cofounder:
-Volumental - creating custom shoes through the use of 3d scanning and AI
-And AirForestry - Re-inventing Forestry with the use of electric drones.
01:10 - Maternity leave and coming back to work
01:45 - Introduction to Walerud Ventures
03:17 - Deciding who Walerud Ventures wants to work with
05:09 - Deciding which project to continue
06:50 - How do investors feel when the company pulls out?
08:28 - U.S. VC compared to Europe. Are startups everyone’s beginning?
10:00 - Main reasons for differences between the U.S and Europe
14:42 - How can more VCs emulate Walerud board model?
16:34 - The dynamics of the company
18:45 - How does the selection of projects work?
21:10 - Use of drones in forestry. How did Walerud pick this venture?
24:02 - Regulations on forestry
26:51 - The transition from traditional jobs to the climate fight. Which sector of climate should people join?
30:29 - Investor vs entrepreneur who is the better option?
32:45 - The natural flow from entrepreneurship to becoming an investor
34:47 - Rapid fire round
38:10 - Outro
ABOUT THE HOST:
Yoann Berno https://www.linkedin.com/in/yberno/ After a career spent building and investing in top tech startups, Yoann is now a founding member and General Partner at Climentum Capital focused on investing in game-changing technological solutions to our worsening climate crisis.
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Caroline Walerud - https://www.linkedin.com/in/cwalerud/
Jane Walerud - https://www.linkedin.com/in/janewalerud/
Bengt Walerud - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bengt-walerud-18a955/
Sifted - https://sifted.eu/articles/vc-experience-operational-vs-consultancy/