You might think I have huge problems with investors. No. Basically I have problems with nobody. Unless the situation creates problems. I see a clear and correct function for investors. Also in High End. But in a correct way, not the Monopoly way.
However before going to sleep I want to write about a High End manufacturer who is famous for never ever having enough. Just read on.
I remember we started representation of him, his brand and his products in BeNeLux. Of course it takes some time before you see any actual results, but when finally the first sale was made, both the dealer and I were very happy. You don’t sell every day a preamplifier of (at that time) 35,000 Dutch Guilders. We were happy, we were proud. So instead of sending a fax (at that time) to order the preamplifier, I decided to call him to tell him about our first order for his (very expensive) product. I expected a very pleasant discussion with “Thank you, very much appreciated etc, etc”. Well to make a long story short … within 15 minutes we had a large fight on the telephone. “How could we sell only a preamplifier, how could we not sell a set of mono amplifiers in the same deal. We had Rembrandt, we had van Gogh, we were a rich country, with rich people …” At that moment I regretted so much that I ever started with that brand and I wished we hadn’t sold that preamplifier.
The manufacturer, or at least the person, is still around. Had a range of bankrupts and still succeeds to find every time someone who invests money in his projects. He even sometimes calls me to ask if I am interested in … No, the answer is always No! No! No!
A little joke going with this person … How to become a Millionaire? Start working with this guy as a Multi-Millionaire … Good night!