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Fire in my Belly

Fueled by our entrepreneurial passion, we're launching a platform to connect founders with suitable VCs. Harnessing advanced technology an
Written by
Leopold Gasteen
Published on
March 21, 2023
Written by
Leopold Gasteen
Published on
March 21, 2023

The Power of Nurturing Your Inner Fire

As the world of startups and venture capital continues to evolve, one undeniable force remains constant: the burning desire that fuels an entrepreneur's journey. This fire, the relentless passion to create something meaningful and impactful, is what separates the doers from the observers.

Today, I'm excited to share news of a new venture that has reignited the fire in my belly: a partnership with an old friend to address the age-old problem of connecting founders with relevant funding partners.


Before diving into the details of our new endeavor, let's take a brief stroll down memory lane. My first foray into the startup world began in 2011 with Hireducated, a marketplace designed to connect bright university students with startups in London. Though ill-fated, the experience taught me valuable lessons that I carried with me as I launched Edgefolio, a more successful venture aimed at bridging the gap between LPs and GPs in the hedge fund world.

In 2019, I took a step back from startups to focus on my most important project yet: my family. This time away from the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurship allowed me to reflect on what truly mattered and to gain clarity on the next steps in my career.

The call that sparked the fire in my belly came in February of this year. An old friend, someone I had mentored during the development of his own startup, Homefair, reached out to share his latest venture. He had successfully exited Homefair, selling it to Marketer Technologies, and was curious if I still had that entrepreneurial spark.

That call was the beginning of a new journey, one fueled by the power of listening to that fire in our bellies.

Together, we have set out to create a platform that connects founders, irrespective of their background or network, with relevant venture capitalists. Our goal is to increase the odds of forming great connections, securing funding, and ultimately, launching magical moonshots that will change the world.

A Healthy Reset

The pursuit of this vision is not without its challenges. In a post-Web3 world, where sky-high seed valuations and hubris once ruled the roost, there is a growing need for humility and grit. We must channel the relentless energy and determination of a startup founder in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

The power of listening to the fire in your belly is not just about chasing a dream or an idea. It's about recognizing the potent combination of passion and practicality, using our past experiences and lessons learned to build something truly transformative.

In the coming months, we will be working tirelessly to build our platform, leveraging the latest technologies, including large language models (LLMs), to create a seamless experience for founders and VCs alike. Our mission is to level the playing field. and break down barrier for all aspiring entrepreneurs.

As we embark on this journey, we're reminded of the importance of collaboration, mentorship, and camaraderie in the world of entrepreneurship. It was through these relationships that we found the support and inspiration necessary to take the leap and reignite the fire within.

A Flicker of Light

So, to all the aspiring entrepreneurs, dreamers, and doers out there, remember this: the fire in your belly is a powerful force. Listen to it, nurture it, and let it guide you on your journey to success.

With great excitement and anticipation, we invite you to join us as we embark on this new chapter. We look forward to sharing our progress, our challenges, and our victories with you along the way. As the ancient proverb says, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Let's see where the fire in our bellies leads us.

To stay true to our mission, we pledge to be transparent about our progress, our setbacks, and the lessons we learn along the way. We believe that sharing our experiences, both good and bad, will not only help us grow as entrepreneurs but also contribute to the collective knowledge of the startup ecosystem.

In the spirit of collaboration, we also invite you to share your own experiences, insights, and ideas with us. We believe that the best solutions come from diverse perspectives, and we are committed to fostering a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference.

As we take on this challenge, we are reminded of the critical role that timing plays in the world of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the convergence of new era-defining technologies, like LLMs, with the receding tide of hubris in the startup space, we couldn't be more convinced that now is the perfect time to launch our venture. It's a thrilling time to be an entrepreneur, filled with opportunities to create, innovate, and disrupt. Yet, amidst the excitement and promise, it is crucial not to lose sight of the fire that drives us forward.

The fire in our bellies is more than just an abstract concept; it's the fuel that propels us forward, pushing us to create, innovate, and ultimately, make an impact. As we venture forth into the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship, we are reminded that the greatest successes often come from the willingness to listen to that fire, to let it guide us and inspire us to pursue our passions. So, here's to the fire in our bellies. Join us as we embark on this new adventure, and let's create a brighter future for founders, venture capitalists, and the world of innovation. Together, we have the power to make a lasting impact, one connection at a time.