Some time ago I was at one of these at one of these startup events. It is where they bore the professionals and "business angels" get excited by elevator pitches and some other kind of nonsense. I was bored, of course. Never understood, why somebody with a good business idea would share it in public in this way. But anyway, what do I know? And I supported a friend who is in this "startups talking people dizzy business". I have seen many startups, which mostly were never called startup because the word hadn't been invented. And also then an "entrepreneur" was still somebody who "takes from between", and not somebody founding a decent company.
A nice personal story though was the (re-)start of The World's most Beautiful Dairy Shop in the World. Back then, I was working for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), we had a venture capital conference in the Taschenbergpalais. The dairy founder received no attention at our conference, as he and his idea, was not fitting into what later became the first dot-com bubble. But he took me to his shop and it was really beautiful, and the food was amazing. Now, some decades later, I assumed, he is the only one who's former startup made it into something. I guess most of the others from our conference, did not even survive the following 20 years, if any of them. I arrived in Dresden today. And yes, here it is. A friend and I first had a snack at the restaurant first, as the main shop was very busy. Then we had a closer look. All good, and beautiful as always.