Today at the Venture Capital Forum in
Hilton Arc de Triomphe, Paris, I received the EVCA “Hall of Fame”
Award on behalf of MySQL AB. What a timing, to meet with
investment bankers and venture capitalists now!
In these times of a deep finance crisis, of no credit handed out
by banks and of general doom and gloom, it felt great to be
somewhat of an “everybody’s darling”. In the VC community, MySQL
is seen as a great success — and in particular, we’re seen by
European VCs as a European success story (despite over 50 % of
our personnel and most of our Management Team being US-based, at
the point of time when the VCs exited).
Side note: I don’t mind MySQL being seen as a European success
story. We’re used to portraying ourselves as belonging to
whatever geography is relevant for the moment. That …[Read more]