Alexander Straub was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and holds two engineering degrees, one from Darmstadt and one from Cornell University. Straub has also conducted research in material science as a DAAD Scholar at Stanford University.
In 1999, Straub and business partner Rouzbeh Pirouz entered and won a Sunday Times of London entrepreneurship contest. With their prize money the two founded Mondus - an online b2b marketplace for SMEs. Mondus was partially sold to the Italian Yellow Pages giant Seat Pagine Gialle in 2000, in one of the largest transaction of its type for a European startup.
Prior to Mondus, Straub held positions with Goldman Sachsâ€™principal investment area in London where he assisted an investment into SSL, later floated on NASDAQ under the name Parthus. He also worked at McKinsey & Co as a consultant and as general partner at Lazard Technology Partners (LTP) in New York. While at LTP he was the lead investor in 20 technology companies from a 300m fund focused on early to late stage enterprises in the areas of software, telecom and Internet.
He recently co-founded the worldâ€™s first 4G network operator ((truphone)), which provides VoIP technology to the mobile via Wifi. He serves on the board of Truphone and advises the company on strategic affairs.