One of my passions has always been businesses. Wherever I worked or heard about companies, I always tried to figure out how they were built, grew, and how the top-level business worked. In 2012 I dove into investing, learning about financing, investment rounds, advisory boards, and equity. After 1,5 years of research and trying to understand the investment game, I made my first financial investment in 2014. It was a dutch startup and I ended up investing 2 rounds. To broaden my portfolio, I added a couple of other companies, later on, both as a financial investment as well as sweat equity – meaning I added myself to their team, earning a share through my work.