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Fribourg University (Switzerland), PhD
University of Fribourg, MBA

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Klaus Hommels

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,, 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.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
NumberFour 6/2013Series A$38M7
Tictail 10/2012Seed€1.2M5
SumUp 8/2012Series A$20M4
Casacanda 8/2011Series A3
WooMe 2/2008Series A$3M3
wunderloop 1/2007Series A$10M4



  1. NumberFour De-Cloaks In Berlin With A $38M Series A, Europe’s Biggest To Date ( [edit]
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  5. Online Speed Dater WooMe Raises $3 Million ( [edit]
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