Klaus Hommels

FOUNDER & CEO, LAKESTAR, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
HE HAS A KEEN EYE FOR SPOTTING UNICORNS, HE’S A PROUD EUROPEAN AND WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE OLD CONTINENT,ESPECIALLY IN THE DIGITAL SPHERE.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN

Lakestar has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and works alongside ambitious founders to create successful companies. Lakestar operates in early and growth-stage ventures by partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs worldwide, focusing on internet and technology companies that can quickly achieve global scale. Founded and led by Klaus Hommels, one of Europe’s leading venture capitalists, Lakestar has invested in many of the companies that define today’s digital economy, including Facebook, Spotify and Skype, and more recently Opendoor, GoEuro, FiveAI, Blockchain and Shapeshift. It has presence in Zurich, Berlin, London, New York and Hong Kong.

About Lakestar

We enjoy investing in Internet and technology companies, with a specific focus on business models that can achieve global scale quickly. We have had tremendous success investing early in marquee billion euro brand names, such as Facebook, Spotify, and Skype. In addition, we have invested at the founding stages of over 25 early stage companies. In each of these companies we take an extremely hands-on, or entrepreneurial, approach to investing alongside stellar management teams. We strongly believe that the key to successful investing is not just in finding the next marquee Internet brand – but in helping create it.

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BIOGRAPHY

Klaus is one of the leading European business angels and founder of Lakestar. He is or has been involved in numerous successful internet investments including QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, King.com, Xing, Klarna, SumUp and Spotify. He invests in promising start-ups that have the potential to become major players in the internet space.Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann. He joined AOL Germany in 1995 as board member, responsible for business development, content and advertising sales. Klaus was also involved in the establishment of Freenet and was a Venture Partner of Benchmark Capital.

Klaus graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland and holds a PhD degree in Finance from the same university. He was named “most successful European entrepreneurial private investor of the year” in 2006 by a group comprised of IESE, INSEAD and the University of St Gallen. In 2011 Klaus was named the NOAH Internet Investor of the year. In 2013, Forbes ranked him first among European investors on the 2013 MIDAS list.