Steve and Alexandre - the co-founders of Qonto - met Raffi at a Start-up Weekend. They had to present their concept 10 minutes later while they were not ready at all. On top of that, their idea was far from convincing Raffi. And yet, Steve and Alexandre won the Start-up Weekend, and most importantly, Raffi - via Alven - invested in both their companies!
Despite this idea of "Airbnb shopping centers" which had not convinced him at all, he was marked by the duo and their ability to think and execute, and he, therefore, followed their progress. When Steve and Alexandre were looking for funds for their first company, Smok.io, he naturally supported them, and then helped them for Qonto as well.
This represents what all investors say: the team is the first criterion on which investors make their choice. This has absolutely nothing to do with affect, but rather with the fact that there is a very strong weight linked to the personality of the founders in any investment whatsoever.
Thanks to this key indicator we can project the company's ability to perform, finance and recruit. So be careful on how you communicate and present to investors!