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Klaus is Managing Partner of Lakestar.
As a leading European business angel and
venture capitalist, Klaus has been involved
in numerous successful Internet investments
including QXL/Tradus, Skype, Facebook, Airbnb,
King.com, Xing and Spotify. He scouts for
promising start-ups that have the potential
to become category leaders in technology.
He started his career at Bertelsmann. He joined
AOL Germany in 1995 as board member
responsible for business development, content
and advertising sales. He was also involved
in the establishment of Freenet, and was a
venture partner of Benchmark Capital.
Klaus graduated with a Master’s in Business
Administration from the University of Fribourg
in Switzerland and holds a PhD in Finance from
the same university.
He was ranked as one of the top Europe-based venture capital investors in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Midas List of the Forbes Magazine. Klaus has also been repeatedly named one of the leading technology investors in Europe.