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Klaus Hommels is Founder and Managing Partner of Lakestar. Lakestar invests in European as well as U.S. companies that show fast international growth. Klaus has been involved in the early days of investments such as Skype, Xing, King, Facebook, Spotify and Airbnb. More recent investments include Revolut, Harry's, GoEuro, Opendoor and FiveAI.
Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann, before joining AOL Germany in 1995 as a Board Member. He was also a venture partner of Benchmark Capital Europe. He earned his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
He was ranked as one of the top Europe-based venture capital investors in the global Midas List 2013, 2014 and 2015; and got ranked top of the list in the European Midas listing both in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Lakestar is one of Europe’s leading VC with offices in Zurich, Berlin and London as well as satellites in New York and Hongkong. Klaus has a strong voice in the European Tech Ecosystems which he supports passionately with various initiatives, eg. the 'Internet Foundation'.