BPI Networking Platform

London, U.K. - September 2018

Discussing global trends

Detecting investment opportunities, evaluating business models, creating relationships: The BurdaPrincipal Investments (BPI) team is active around the world to identify fast growing digital technology and media companies and help them grow. A central hub of the global investment landscape is London, where BPI hosted a network lunch last week.

“We have brought together selected founders, online entrepreneurs and investors, initiating discussions and creating new relationships. The feedback from the participants was very positive. We will definitely continue this new format,” said BPI Managing Director Christian Teichmann.

Expert on world politics

Organised by the London colleagues from Burda’s investment unit, around 30 guests accepted the invitation for lunch in the British capital. The main speaker was Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator for the “Financial Times”, who analyses world politics and, in his latest book “Easternization”, deals with the rise of Asia and the implications for other regions of the world. He particularly sees potential for conflict in the rivalry between the USA and China.

“Gideon Rachman has drawn our attention to developments that will fundamentally change the geopolitical map in the next decade. The energetic discussions with our guests show how relevant these changes are. As globally active investors, we must also look beyond Europe and the USA,” said Martin Weiss, Burda Board Member International.

A great mix

Among the selected participants were e.g. Tom Bureau, CEO of Immediate Media  and investor James McArthur as well as Bloom & Wild founder Aron Gelbard, who just completed the Series-C investment round of GBP 15 million for his company, in which Burda also participated.