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.