Bao Solutions: “Für eine Skalierung benötigt man Geld, gerade in einem sehr schnell wachsenden Markt”
Conversation Intelligence startup Bao Solutions raises €2.5M in Seed round from Peak, BayBG and a group of Business Angels.
Welcome to SaaSgarage,
Cradle of Leading European SaaS Companies
SaaSgarage, the Pre-Seed Angel Fund for SaaS Startups, is the collective term for all of Alexander Bruehl’s Business Angel activities from founding, early financing to professional advising and coaching European seed stage SaaS companies. SaaSgarage was founded because …
founders need a true committment for experience driven advise and coaching, which is complemented with pragmatic early external money
during the first six to nine months after having solidified their idea, funded a company
and developed a MVP, which they can demonstrate to early adopters in their target market.
Over the past thirteen years, SaaSgarage has develop a very unique, success oriented cooperation model, which persuaded more than twenty founders of (by now) well regarded B2B SaaS companies to join forces with SaaSgarage.
Combining its associated Pre-Seed Angel Fund for SaaS Startups with Alexander’s passionate, true value-add advising and mentoring, SaaSgarage can offer founders a very unique, success oriented cooperation model, which appealed more than twenty SaaS companies accross Europe.
In a sole commercial consideration, the greatest business idea is only worth as much as founders can derive and illustrate the economic potential of it. The formula is easy, the …
idea must resonate with the magnitude of business impact.
Since an early market proof is still four to six months out in the future, planning docs must be based on reliable data combined with own analytics and reasonable forecasts. Ideally founders …
benchmark against other SaaS startups.
Via SaaSgarage, Alexander provides his 20+ years of entrepreneurial and Venture Capital experience to all portfolio companies.
Already prior to any cooperation agreement, Alexander works intensively with founders and advises them during a speedy process from idea to swift first money from its Pre-Seed Angel Fund for SaaS Startups.
History has profen, that the smartest business ideas simultaneously develop in many brains around the globe. It is clear that …
time becomes of essence.
A first MVP at best, less than 10k MRR, some promising dialogs with prospects. Those are founder’s few trump cards to play, when asking for first money. No doubt, …
the first 500k are the hardest to get.
SaaSgarage wants to bridge that gap and provides swift first money via its associated Pre-Seed Angel Fund for SaaS Startups.
With little money at hand, R&D has to turn the MVP into a first stable product. Marketing needs to turn TAE (try and error) pipeline building into a powerful lead generation engine. Sales must turn initial interest into a number of first resilent KPIs. Founders are challenged to …
find out how to square the circle.
Indeed there is neither room for mistakes nor for TAE and it requires lots of startup experience to …
juggle well, and keep all balls in the air.
SaaSgarage has a proofen track record in coaching startups through this critical 180 days execution from setting up scalable structures, procedures and actions to KPI analysis and reprting.
SaaSgarage believes in true value creation by sharing knwoledge, derived from experience earned from continously repeating the process of starting up companies in the same domain, because …
founders must have access to credible, reliable advise from people “who have done it themselves”, because only those speak the language of business founders and entrepreneurs and only those can credibly share their experience and suggest successful SaaS execution models.
SaaSgarage’s portfolio companies have key business characteristics in common. This creates the ideal breeding ground for next generation SaaS startups, because any experience is of significant interest and value for all other portfolio companies.
To make sure that any company joining the SaaSgarage portfolio can benefit to the same extent as its predecessors, SaaSgarage attempts to work with companies showing the best fit concerning these key criteria.
Founders should have profound knowledge of their target market. This implies that they …
fully understand the industry’s dynamics, challenges and problems,
enabling them to develop software solutions with a true, measurable business impact on, e.g. revenue increase, customer satisfaction, retention & churn prevention. cost transparency & reduction.
The rapid adoption of cloud computing infrastructures has paved the way for SaaS, the most efficient and attractive software sales and distribution model ever. Founders …
do not need to be proven “experts in SaaS”, but they should be keen to brainstorm and strategize with SaaSgarage and its portfolio companies
about the most suitable implementation of SaaS. Key topics would include device-agnostic, multi-tenant product embracing sprint-driven distribution, enterprise sales and long term subscription pricing.
Latest generation SaaS is expected to embrace maturing cloud computing technologies and services. Enterprises ask for intelligent softare which analyses big data, generates knowledge, produces recommendations and ideally triggers smart actions. Next gen SaaS founders should …
make sure that there is substantial technology know-how within the team
to guarantee the development of latest generation SaaS as described above.
Alexander is a value bringing, open-minded, supportive and always positive and solution oriented mind. We feel very lucky that he chose us - repath - and ever since is heavily supporting our B2B SaaS growth. He is THE GUY you need in an early pre-seed phase to learn how the whole start-up B2B SaaS Funding world works and how to find your own way in it! He has connections to relevant international investors, as well as to successful Start-Ups and does everything in his power to "pull the right strings" at the right moment. Alexander; thanks for everything so far we are lucky having you on our big, complex yourney towards repath purpose and success (Berlin, Germany Jan 2023)
Winning Alexander as our business angel was one of our biggest achievements in the early days of fundraising. From the moment of his (verbal) committment - and even before signing any official document - he opened his network and became our “ambassador”. He introduced us to various high profile and highly relevant investors and our fundraising suddenly took off. Alexander’s engagement goes way beyond that of a typical business angel: we consider him part of our founding team and value him as coach, mentor, mediator and networker on topics ranging from fundraising & investor relations to establishing structure and processes in a start-up company. It is obvious that Alexander has “done it hundred times”, knows the rules of venture capital and SaaS businesses and gently points you in the right direction. He is an invaluable asset to any (start-up) team that is lucky to win him as a business angel and advisor. ! (Duesseldorf, Germany, Jume 2021)
If you want to build a successful B2B SaaS company, Alexander is your "go-to-guy"! Alexander knows the industry from all perspectives. But most important, he always sees the world through the founder's eyes. Thinking of all the ups and downs in my founder life: Winning Alexander for building our company feels like one of the most important Ups. (Munich, Germany, February 2020)
Alexander Brühl is the most brilliant mentor and advisor for SaaS entrepreneurs in Germany. His insights helped me to put our company back on the right growth path and helped me as an entrepreneur to make the right decisions for myself. I 100% trust Alexander, as he is super loyal and living up to the highest standards in integrity. Alexander offers an impressive spectrum of breadth and depth in his advise. Being an entrepreneur by himself and sitting on many chairs in the past - also including VC investor and angel - entrepreneurs can be sure, that Alexander's mentoring is spot-on. (Karlsruhe, Germany, April 2019)
My colleagues at Senovo and I are very fortunate to have been introduced to Alexander a couple of years ago and we are very lucky to have joint investments with him in different SaaS companies. Alexander is a prime example of a value-added, hands-on angel investor and mentor. His extensive experience as entrepreneur and VC investor paired with his brilliant ability to coach teams and his passionate commitment make him an extremely valuable part of early stage companies. The founders and investors we know and who work with Alexander all have the highest respect for him, not only for the reasons above but also because of his trustworthy and supportive personality. We believe that Alexander is the “go-to” business angel for SaaS entrepreneurs. (Munich, Germany, Juli 2017)
I met Alexander when we started our first efforts to raise some capital for AlfaDocs in late 2016, where he was introduced to us by a potential investor. In the first meeting, immediately my co-founder and I were deeply impressed by his profound knowledge and experience in the SaaS domain. Luckily, Alexander also believed in AlfaDocs and us founders, so he asked us to keep him up-to-date with our fundraising efforts. In the past few month, Alexander was extremely helpful. We had very important strategical questions and his answers were always highly valuable to us... nonetheless, Alexander never asked a cent of compensation. He helped us to develop a fund raising strategy that fit's our company. We immediately felt that, by how investors now responded to our new approach. Now, thanks to Alexander, we are in touch with investors that suite AlfaDocs very well and they seem to be great people to work with. At this point we feel really comfortable to continue our collaboration with Alexander on a deeper level. He is just a great value added to the team on professional and personal level. It is very rare to meet people so straight forward and honest, as Alexander is. Huge respect for your approach, knowledge and empathy with us founders! Thank you very much. Let's conquer the world. (Munich, Germany, April 2017)
I've known Alexander Bruehl since his time as a Senior Partner with Atlas Venture. Even though Alexander isn't directly invested in my current venture, he's always been keen to help and open to share his experience. Especially in the areas of SaaS and business models I've found his expertise and knowledge to be highly relevant and valuable. Given his extensive experience in scaling companies, as both an investor and an entrepreneur, he knows the journey ahead and what to focus on today to maximise value for the future. I'm grateful to count him as one of my advisors and highly recommend any founder, esp. in the area of SaaS, to seek out his advise. (Munich, Germany, Dec 2016)
I know Alexander Bruehl for more than 10 years. I had the pleasure to work with him in his role as VC co-investor, investor and board member of my own company Nanda Technologies, and in recent years as active business angel. During this time, we had some great successes together as well as difficult investments. However, Alexander always acted very professional and in a very supportive manner. This way I built up strong trust in him as a person as well as in his capabilities as an investor and business developer. I like his energetic style and his ability to focus on the important topics. In addition, his direct but friendly communication style is just fun to work with! (Munich, Germany, Dec 2016)
I was introduced to Alexander twelve months ago and I must say that was one of the most valuable introductions I have ever received. Based on his extensive SaaS and Venture Capital experience, an incredible talent to evaluate situations quickly and providing exactly the right advice, Alexander has helped me and our company Loyalty Prime tremendously from day one. On top of that Alexander acts based on strong values and business ethics which creates a trustful relationship that I hope I can continue enjoying for a lifetime. (Munich, Germany, Sept 2016)
In short, every meeting with Alexander Bruehl feels like an Accelerator. Alexander's advice is to the point, honest and most importantly, actionable. We are an early stage SaaS startup and having met Alexander a few times only so far, we already benefited from his feedback immensely. Beside his deep SaaS experience, passion and know-how, he genuinely is a great guy. If you get a chance to work with Alexander Bruehl, take it! (Berlin, Germany, Dec 2015)
I feel very fortunate to have been introduced to Alexander Bruehl. Alexander possesses an intellectual and light manner to deal with strategic options and tactics, which is certainly due to his immense amount of experience and industry knowledge. Alexander has dealt successively with countless business ventures and I feel this lends a profound sense of pragmatism to his advisory skills. I was greatly impressed by his ability to always act in an objective and target-oriented manner. Alexander gave me focused advice based on reasonable information. His counsel included not only lots of creativity but potential obstacles and opposing standpoints too, delivered quickly and precisely. I was particularly struck by Alexander's business style and humanitarian approach. An aside for the ladies: No “mansplaining”! Alexander Bruehl isn’t a technocrat, nor is he narrow minded. He has a rare combination of charisma and intellectual brilliance, and a deep willingness to help others. People with these qualities are rare, which is why I recommend everyone to employ Alexander's abilities carefully. I am sure that everyone concerned will benefit greatly from his constructive suggestions. (Munich, Germany, Nov 2015)
From time to time, in your life, you meet a person who kind of clicks with you. This happened to me with Alexander Bruehl on our first live meeting in Berlin, on the introduction from Jens Hilgers, one of our investors from Berlin. Since then we have officially started working together on LegalTrek, and this was one of the best additions to our team so far. Alexander Bruehl is both insightful and creative. Having a lot of SaaS experience he is able to guide us in tough situations but also listen to our ideas and give his unbiased input to founders. I am really happy to have him on board of LegalTrek and I am really looking forward to get to know Alexander better and work together on establishing a great company. Alexander Bruehl is highly recommended to all SaaS startups that can get him interested since he will bring experience, mindfulness and inspiration to your team! (Sofia, Bulgaria, Nov 2015)
In addition to Alexander Bruehl's deep understanding of the SaaS industry, there are many other attributes which make Alexander the right kind of an adviser. Alexander Bruehl is the leader who will not impose, but merely present his views, and leave you the final judgement. Having walked in your shoes a few times himself, Alexander understands and deeply respects your role of a founder, with all the pertaining ups-and-downs. Alexander is the man of his word and full integrity. He is easy to communicate and work with, dedicated, and detail-orientated. Alexander Bruehl has earned my deepest respect and trust, hence I wholeheartedly recommend him as a trusted adviser. Thank you Alexander! (Sofia, Bulgaria,Nov 2015)
In addition to his extensive experience with SaaS companies and a deep understanding of the growth mechanics of such companies, Alexander Bruehl also embodies many more characteristics that make him an ideal advisor for SaaS startups. Alexander's precise, action-oriented advice enables time-saving and quick realization of benefits. It is incredible how much value one can extract out of each single discussion with him. Alexander Bruehl is an outstanding sparring partner and coach for SaaS founders. I would like to express my sincere thanks for your strong support, Alexander! (Frankfurt, Germany, June 2015)
During the launch phase of 4tiito GmbH Alexander Bruehl advised us on the financing process and and brought his SaaS experience to the fine tuning of our product portfolio. Having worked with many advisers over the past years, Alexander Bruehl stands out exceptionally for his integrity and straight forward communication as well as his creativity and extensive industry knowledge. I never left a meeting with Alexander with not at least one fundamental new idea with respect to our product portfolio, sales approach or setup of the company. It is a great pleasure to work with Alexander Bruehl, both on the professional and personal level. (Munich, Germany, July 2014)
Alexander Bruehl is the advisor founders can only dream of. We have never met, but when I turned to him for advice, he didn't hesitate and was very helpful with constructive ideas, an honest perspective as well as making an important introduction. I wish there were more people like Alexander in the startup eco-system, and if you have a SaaS company, Alexander Bruehl is your man! (Tel-Aviv, Israel, July 2014)
Alexander Bruehl advised us in course of the hub:raum program. I was impressed of Alexander's profound knowledge in regards to SaaS business dynamics, valuation and investor strategy. Plus, Alexander Bruehl is a fun guy. So, if you get the chance to work with Alexander, do it! (Berlin, Germany, July 2014)
At the Demo Day after having finished the hub:raum Accelerator program, I got the "award" for having signed up to speak to ALL the mentors during the course of the program. Some of them where ok, some of them where bad (yes!) and some truly provided the value that a mentor should offer. Alexander Bruehl was one of them! During the official session, Alexander Bruehl offer direct insight into his world view of SaaS and it turned out to be a crystal clear picture of what can be done and what is better left out. Alexander also provided direct advice which could be turned into action the minute I left the room. In a later session (yes, he took the time after the program as well) Alexander also advised me on our current presentation which was incredibly valuable at the time. For anyone, at any stage of your company building, Alexander Bruehl can provide very honest and arrow sharp feedback. Feedback that makes a difference. Thanks for being such a good contact, Alexander! (Berlin, Germany, Jan 2014)
Alexander Bruehl is a great business angel with tons of experience and deep insights in the SaaS space. He leaves us as founders room to operate our business but is always available with valuable insights and advise when we need it. I can highly recommend working with him! (Berlin, Germany, Sep 2013)
Alexander Bruehl helped me to transform softgarden from ASP to SaaS company. Alexander has always been passionate about sharing his deep knowledge about and insights in the SaaS industry with me. While talking to Alexander, I was never taught but learned from experiences he made. You have to listen carefully. Sometimes the important things are hidden in the details 😉 Alexander takes the time to discuss topics in detail such as pricing or investment strategy and actively helped me to get in touch with interesting investors and partners. Last but not least after a call with Alexander Bruehl I always feel highly motivated and recharged with entrepreneurial spirit. (Berlin, Germany, Sep 2013)
I met Alexander Bruehl during the NEXT 2012 event where we presented our SaaS product “minubo” for the first time. Ever since Alexander supported voluntarily in many aspects of the business and especially with product positioning, go-to-market and fundraising. I truly believe that Alexander's motivation derives from his 100% entrepreneurial spirit and his great experience in the software and Venture Capital space. Alexander Bruehl is a committed supporter who helped also with his excellent network and we are happy to have him on board. (Hamburg, Germany, Mar 2013)
I work with Alexander Bruehl now for more than 2,5 years and highly appreciate his integrity and sharp analytical mentality. We established a trustful and constructive collaboration to drive value and strategy for eZ System. Thank you for being there at any time Alexander! (Oslo, Norway, Feb 2013)
I met Alexander Bruehl in July 2011. He has a deep expertise in Cloud/SaaS business models and proven advisory track record for successful start-ups. Alexander supported our company profiling (investor oriented view), service offering (Cloud/SaaS business view) as well he proactively helped to address further business angels. A very positive aspect of our partnership is, that Alexander Bruehl hasn´t only the typical business angel laser-focus "return-on-investment view"! Alexander's advice considers a founder-specific point of view, but also marketing, human resources, development or business-specific topics. I appreciate to work with Alexander Bruehl and honestly recommend him as a valuable advisor for founders: Alexander Bruehl's advise is always deliberate, constructive and considerably supports to improve the whole company setting. (Munich, Germany, Feb 2013)
Alexander Bruehl is a true "Business Angel" who actively engages with the management team. Alexander is extremely supportive in many ways. I'm relying on his deep expertise in fundraising activities, his background re Do's and Don't s for setting up and running Start-Up companies, specifically in the SaaS space, and his widespread network. Alexander facilitated the link to one of our major investor's, and will continue to be our trusted advisor. As a Start-Up Company CEO, you want a guy like Alexander Bruehl to be in your boat. (Munich, Germany, Feb 2013)
I have found Alexander Bruehl to be a whole-hearted and committed investor who will support a company even in a critical situation. Beyond Alexander's exceptional professional skills and his impressive network, he offers added value through his profound experience. Apart from these assets, Alexander is just a pleasant person to work with. It’s a privilege to be dealing with Alexander Bruehl! (Munich, Germany, Jan 2013)
Alexander Bruehl and myself ended up investing in the same StartUp and we met frequently during the board meetings and got to know each other. I was deeply impressed by the "Hands On" Approach from Alexander Bruehl. He is not your typical Investor only checking back once in a while to look for the financial return, he rather wants to "BUILD" companies, help the founders with his long-time experience and contribute. Alexander Bruehl is highly operational and made over the course of our joined investments in various companies extremely relevant Introductions and management suggestions. He coached the teams, gave valuable feedback to the product development and helped with partner acquisitions. I can highly recommend to work with Alexander Bruehl, both as an Investor and an Advisor. (Berlin, Germany, Jan 2013)
Alexander Bruehl and I met in 2009 when we decided to look for a funding for Propertybase and bring the company to the next level. Alexander helped us to close the first round of financing and is a shareholder and a Member of our board since 2010. His knowledge about Venture Capital and his overall business experience have been essential to get the funds together to make Propertybase one of the leading real estate CRM providers. Alexander is not only an extremely experienced VC but, unlike many other people in this business, really understands the enterpreneuer (I think this is mainly because he was one himself and still is). Alexander understands himself as an advisor, not as an investor (even if he is an investor), and always knows that the founding team is making the company, not the investor. Alexander's experience about business development, sales, marketing and to get a start up started was and still is extremely valuable to us. Alexander Bruehl is a master when it comes to M&A strategies and negotiation strategies! I recommend Alexander Bruehl whole-heartedly as an advisor to any business founder/owner. Alexander will never let you down and will always be there if you need him...if you don't need him he will not be in your way (very important)! Would I like to have Alexander Bruehl as an advisor again should I start another business after Propertybase? Anytime! (Munich, Germany, Jan 2013)
Alexander Bruehl is an absolutely reliable and professional partner, who uses his deep experience to help avoiding mistakes and finding suitable solutions, without limiting ones freedom of decision and without loosing humanity. This makes the cooperation with Alexander particularly pleasant. I can only recommend Alexander Bruehl by all accounts. Dieter Steiner, Geschaeftsfuehrer CEO at SSP Europe. (translation by third party) Alexander Bruehl ist ein absolut verlässlicher und professioneller Partner, der mit seinem fundierten Erfahrungsschatz viele Fehler vermeiden und passende Wege finden lässt ohne dabei die Entscheidungsfreiheit einzuschränken und die Menschlichkeit zu verlieren, was die Zusammenarbeit umso angenehmer macht. Ich kann Alexander Bruehl in jeder Hinsicht weiterempfehlen. (Munich, Germany, Jan 2013)
Alexander Bruehl was a smaller shareholder in Nanda Tech. However, Alexander invested with his own money, experience, connections and time! He was always available to the management team for valuable Q&A, feedback and advice. During troubled times Alexander Bruehl acted as a calming voice of reason. Alexander clearly brought more to the table than "just money"! I'd want Alexander Bruehl to be part of my future endeavors. (Munich, Germany, Dec 2012)
As the CEO of eZ Systems I have had a growing relationship with Alexander Bruehl over the last few years. Alexander has advised me on general business strategy and he has coached me through a successful funding process, from initial investor introductions, Due Dill process and final negotiations and closing. Additionally Alexander has opened his network and made intros directly into C level management of target clients of eZ. Currently Alexander Bruehl is part of the supervisory board of eZ. As a founder and CEO himself, Alexander Bruehl has been of great value to our successful growth, willingly sharing his very relevant knowledge and network. (Oslo, Norway, Aug 2009)
Alexander Bruehl was on my board of directors at Scali. During our time working together, Alexander was always focused on how to help and support me in my task of turning around the company. Alexander's expertise and insight into both operations and capital structure is a rarity, which highlighted his ability to give me the soundest advice. Alexander was a great partner for success; I would thoroughly enjoy working with Alexander Bruehl again. (Boston, USA, Mar 2012)
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Conversation Intelligence startup Bao Solutions raises €2.5M in Seed round from Peak, BayBG and a group of Business Angels.
Conversation Intelligence startup Bao Solutions raises €2.5M in Seed round from Peak, BayBG and a group of Business Angels.
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Nach zwei Jahren Bootstrapping hat das Münchener Start-up bao solutions nun eine Seed-Runde finalisiert. Aufgrund der positiven Entwicklung und namhafter Kunden wie Barmenia und Personio, konnte eine siebenstellige Summe von bekannten Business Angels, u.a. Alexander Bruehl (The SaaSgarage) eingesammelt werden.
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