posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 03:48 PM
In 1999 a Dutch electronics engineer got out in the open with an invention he had been working on for over twenty years. A digital coding system with
a huge potential. His system allowed storage of 64 entire movies on a simple 64Kb chipcard through a revolutionary compression technology. Jan Sloot,
living in a small town called Nieuwegein in the middle of the Netherlands, managed to draw the attention of some small investors at first, but in the
end his invention attracted dozens of large scale investors. Even the most respected names in the digital industry were convinced of the revolution
his system would unleash and invested millions.....Suddenly the inventor dies.....And strange circomstances are exposed....
In no time the road show is running at full speed again. Presentations were given to a.o. ABN Amro, the investor Gilde and the investment fund
Optimix...'At Optimix a whole presentation room was filled with the richest people from the Netherlands' says Boekhoorn. 'You really dont want to know
what names were present'.....
Fentener van Vlissingen is watching that night. Later John de Mol will see for himself how the products from his entertainment factory might be
compressed to minuscule particles....'Roel even went by at Rupert Murdoch in London' Boekhoorn recalls. 'And all of these people wanted to join the
ABN Amro turned out to be the first to provide the necessary seed capital. It is Boekhoorn who pushed the entry to management level this time.
Boekhoorn : 'I knew Wilco Jiskoot from my previous deals with Bakker Ban and he financed my door and window factory. Wilco took us seriously from the
start. I introduced him to Roel. That was the first time the two had met. At ABN a team of fifteen specialists examined Sloot's invention. For
starters they would provide a convertable loan of 25 million dollar, after which a second financing round would take place. The whole world was ready
That 25 million dollar would give ABN Amro an interest of 4% in the Fifth Force. 'The rate to which that loan would be converted to shares was not set
yet' says Boekhoorn. 'In fact we were handed a Carte Blanche for only 4% of the number of shares. In order to become footloose in the IT world. I can
tell you, we must have been unique for this in the Netherlands'. 'And of course, they would join in on the next round if Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield and
the rest would pull their whallet'.
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I am translating the report on this series of events from a Dutch series which I posted on a corporate website some time ago. The translation is
halfway now and is expected to be finished within two weeks. It is published in a feuilleton shaped series on my personal web log. The story is barely
known outside the Netherlands, allthough several internationally known people are involved.