Lars Hinrichs first logged onto the internet in 1989 with an acoustic coupler and hasnâ€™t logged off since. This early passion for all things digital kick-started his entrepreneurial streak that remains strong today.
One of his first efforts, politik-digital.de, was an award-winning platform for politics and new media he launched at 22. Following that early success, his next venture, a respected new media consulting firm, went bust -- but not without first paying rich dividends in learning.
Lars applied those learnings to his third major effort, XING, a highly successful business networking platform. As Founder and CEO, Lars oversaw its 2006 IPO, making XING the worldâ€™s first Web 2.0 company to go public. He then successfully steered it for two years post IPO, beating all predicted indices and developing a regrettable taste for high calorie energy drinks. He also became active in investing in -- and helping... See More