Tech.eu has also learned, and confirmed, that two of 6Wunderkinder’s early investors, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and T-Venture (previously the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom) sold all of their shares to Earlybird VC and Sequoia in secondary transactions, respectively.
Does that mean Earlybird, Atomico and Sequoia were the only investors in 6Wunderkinder left on the cap table? No, it does not. In fact, e42 Ventures – a small investment firm founded by German entrepreneurs Alex Koch, Frank Thelen and Marc Sieberger – was the first financial backer of 6Wunderkinder back in late 2010 and remains a shareholder to this day.
Very likely, they’re the ones – along with the founders – who will be celebrating the deal the most. As Dibner says, this is the way it’s supposed to work, and it’s healthy for the ecosystem.
As The Nordic Web’s Neil Murray pointed out on Twitter, the deal simply isn’t all that significant in the grand scheme of things, and I agree with his statement that it isn’t a watershed moment for Berlin (mainly because Berlin is already on a much bigger roll). If anything, the fact that it can be considered rather insignificant means the Berlin scene as a whole has become so significant, in a way.