This article is written by Nardine B. M’barek, a Contributor Author at Startup Istanbul.
Aurore Belfrage is a tech entrepreneur, investor, and a partner at EQT Ventures with a specific focus on Artificial Intelligence and GovTech. She is a syndicated columnist with leading Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) and a contributor to POLITICO. She writes on issues at the intersection of geopolitics, ethics, governance, labor and future of work. Belfrage was born in
Mrs. Aurore Belfrage, a tech entrepreneur as well as an investor, and a partner at EQT
If you become an entrepreneur, it means that you have taken your life in your own hands, and you are starting to build something in which you really believe. However, it is really hard work, which is most of the time, scary and lonely, and in order to omit the fact that it is actually lonely and scary, you would need to surround yourself with other crazy people who are going through the same life circumstances and events as you are.
In 2010, Mrs. Belfrage was invited to participate in a business called ‘Wrapp’, it is a social-gifting application of which she became a co-founder in 2011. They raised $26M in two different
They also got Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn to sit in their board as well. This gave them a fantastic opportunity to profit from the knowledge and deep experience of these well-known entrepreneurs and businessmen. However, as Mrs. Belfrage stated, bragging about one’s business is an easy and fun part, but it is not the most interesting aspect of it.
The most interesting thing about Wrapp would be the fact that they have built their own product and rather priced it
The risks they went through were calculated from the beginning, but the most important part is that they have actually learned from their mistakes and from what they did wrong.
Mrs. Belfrage moved to mention how important the mindset is when trying to become an entrepreneur; that is how she shared with us how exactly they came up with the idea of ‘Wrapp’. They were just a bunch of ‘geeks’ sitting together with a lot of junk food and coffee and they wanted to be somewhere social,