What are the most important lessons you learned as an entrepreneur?
“I’ve learned a lot from my first bankruptcy. Since then, I’ve always been looking for good managers, because entrepreneurs aren’t always the best managers. Most of the time I aim for a majority share. In addition, we only deposit money once instead of constantly depositing small amounts. I have also learned to let go at an earlier stage and, if necessary, to accept my losses. Focus on the goal, with the help of the best professionals. And my most important lesson in this list: timing is everything."
Philips didn’t regard the further development of High Tech Campus Eindhoven as a core activity, and so it was only a logical step to search for an independent party to transfer it to. At the time, the Campus was to be sold to a party who in the end wasn’t able to raise the purchase price; this gave me the chance to negotiate a nice deal. For us, in this area, it truly meant a once in a lifetime deal. So, make sure to be at the right time in the right place. As Brainport’s beating heart of innovation, the Campus has a unique position in the market and more than adequate international growth potential on the longer term. It’s not just Mayor and Ambassador Rob van Gijzel who has always brought this to the attention with so much energy and enthusiasm, it is the truth. Nice to be able to seize such an opportunity with both hands.”
About Marcel Boekhoorn
Marcel Boekhoorn started his career in 1991 as a register accountant at Deloitte & Touche, where he became the youngest partner ever. In 1994 he founded Ramphastos Investments N.V. By focusing on value creation and market leaders, Marcel and his team succeeded time and again in realizing successful exits. Examples are: Bakker Bart, Cocachoc, Boemer Groep, Novaxess , Telfort, Motip Dupli and Sim Industries.