- Become a classic investor, building a large portfolio of angel- or VC investments. That is very exciting, and you get to help all kinds of entrepreneurs, but my issue is that I don't think I'm ready for such a passive role. Any investor would say that they "add value hands-on", etc., but the truth is that with a portfolio of 15-20 investments and spending most of the time chasing new deals, then they are not really close to the action (and typically doesn't have any real, hands-on experience related to your challenges, but that's another story). And I don't like being distanced to what I'm doing, and the people involved.
- Become a CEO for a big company. Well, first of all, there are not really that many companies based in Copenhagen where it makes sense for me to get involved full time as CEO, and I'm not interested in moving my family to another country for a long period of time. Secondly, the reason why I enjoyed running JUST EAT even though it was a 1,000-man company was that I had been there from when it was a small 35-man Danish company, so I had directly or indirectly hired almost every single manager in the company, and I had skewed the company culture exactly in the direction that I felt was right for the company - and me! Chances are, that if I got on board another company that was already big, then I wouldn't be a great fit for the culture and all kinds of "culture wars" would have to take place (had enough of that in the initial phase, when I joined JUST EAT five years ago). Thirdly, working for one company only would not leverage all the knowledge I have today about leading, developing, internationalizing and scaling companies. That is a skill set that is still a scarce resource in Europe, so I might as well leverage it across several companies.
Again-again: thanks for all to those who helped make it possible. And now on to new adventures that needs a hot-dog equipped viking super hero - the Universe and Beyond!
I think there is a lot of truth in that message, exactly because it does not pretend to have a clear message; sometimes be aware humans are horrible and not to be trusted, sometime be aware that after all we are noble beings with abstraction levels way beyond snails, gobbles and orangutans that can make the most fantastic creations that spreads happiness etc., etc. And the best part is, that it is not always clear when we are having what role. Uh, how complicated it all is - better get back to some real work! For more Pascal quotes check here, and if enjoy that kind of stuff, you should of course also check out one of the other great masters of quotes, dear Churchill.
curry after he finishes with silly toys. Mother Christmas kills, skins
and then cooks the old knackered animals every year anyway. They need
to sweat their assets and expand into new markets - JUST EAT is
ideally placed to help.
Mat will return Jan 7th 2013 with the launch of Eat-Elf.com to follow
soon after... Mat, have a nice, long holiday, you have deserved it!
A big thanks to our dear CMO, Mr Braddy, Richard and the almost 100 marketeers that are working day and night to push JUST EAT in the right direction. Yehaaa!
Update: just got a picture of the Delhi team, yehaaa:
Bangalore coming next ...