Mr. Klaus Hommels is the Founder and serves as the Chairman of the Board at Lakestar. He founded Lakestar in 2012 after running his own venture capital fund, Hommels Holding. He serves as a Board Member at Revolut, Oscar, and Harry's. Previously, he worked at Balderton Capital. He served as Board Member at Factory Works. He started his career at Bertelsmann, before joining AOL Germany in 1995 as a board member. He is one of Europe's most prominent business angels and venture capitalists. He is also a voice for the European Tech Ecosystem with the aim of strengthening Europe's position in times of digital transformation. He has invested in many major players in the technology sector. He was an early investor in companies such as Skype, Xing, King, Facebook, Spotify and Airbnb. He frequently interacts with politicians, regulators, and corporates to bring European technology and capital flows on the global agenda. He is a supporter of think-tank initiatives such as the Internet Economy Foundation Ashoka and the European Center for Competitive Studies (ESCP) in Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.