Klaus Hommels is the founder of Lakestar, a Zurich-based firm with offices in Berlin, London, New York and Hong Kong. Founded in 2012 after years of Hommels investing on his own, Lakestar raised US$350 million for its third fund in 2015.
His investment track record has earned Hommels the 3rd position on Forbes 2017’s Midas List Europe, the ranking of the top tech investors in Europe and Israel. As an early investor into Facebook, King.com, Skype and Spotify among many more, Hommels’ certainly does seem to have the Midas effect on startups.
He meets regularly with representatives from Europe’s largest corporations to encourage them to work with startups, as well as with European Union regulators in Brussels. Hommels says he dreams of simpler regulations that could encourage more research within the EU for startups such as drone companies. Hear him speak about picking winners and influencing regulators at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019.