Meet the HV Holtzbrinck Ventures Funds’ Advisory Team.
Nawid joined Holtzbrinck Ventures in 2016 and combines a wealth of operational experience with a strong international network of entrepreneurs. Prior to joining HV, Nawid worked on his own startup, a web-based platform that enables friends to help each other through trust-based recommendations; he led marketing and business development teams at tech startups in San Francisco, São Paulo, New Delhi, and South Africa; and he was part of the initial global expansion team at Rocket Internet.
Nawid started out his career as brand builder at Procter & Gamble, leading the development of new product launches and the design of global blockbuster marketing campaigns in the male grooming category.
Nawid holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in General Management and Business Information Systems from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
Christoph has been at Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. Christoph played a leading role in the setup and later sale of bol.com, the largest Dutch e-commerce firm. He was responsible for Holtzbrinck Ventures’ investment in MyHammer and supported the firm from its foundation to a successful exit. Christoph has also been responsible, among other things, for the fund’s investments in DaWanda, PIPPA&JEAN and MeinAuto.
Prior to Holtzbrinck Ventures, Christoph worked for one of the leading strategic consultancies for four years, where he advised a number of companies in a wide variety of industries. Prior to this, Christoph spent two years at Deutsche Bank.
Christoph studied Business Administration in Bayreuth, graduating with honors.
Felix Klühr joined Holtzbrinck Ventures in early 2017. Before that, Felix founded Skive, a digital learning platform trusted by more than 250,000 students across Europe. As CEO of Skive Felix successfully coordinated two funding rounds and was responsible for all HR, product and business development efforts. Felix combines strong operational experience with a deep expertise in education technology and is part of a task force that advises the German federal government on digital learning.
Before founding Skive, Felix gained first work experience at the global management consultancy Bain & Company and at the online marketing startup eCircle. Felix holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, graduating with honors.
David has been at Holtzbrinck Ventures since 2006. At the beginning of his career, David helped Holtzbrinck Ventures’ investment in StudiVZ on its way to a successful exit. David was instrumental in HV’s investment in Westwing, one of the leading home and living shops worldwide. He was an early believer in the disruptive opportunity that the liberalization of the long-distance bus market in Germany offered, and initiated HV’s investment in FlixBus. Besides Westwing and Flixbus, David has been responsible, among other things, for the fund’s investments in Kiveda and Lecturio.
Prior to Holtzbrinck Ventures, David worked on an e-learning implementation project at the Sloan School of Management in Cambridge (USA) and a global knowledge management project at Siemens AG in Munich.
David studied Business Administration at the University of Cologne.
Lars has been at Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. For more than two years, he was the CEO of Parship and responsible for setting up the company’s operations until the subsequent exit. He also initiated the foundation of Experteer, Europe’s leading website for premium jobs, and supported Audible.de, Germany’s most successful platform for spoken audio content, until its successful sale to Amazon. Lars has also been responsible, among other things, for the fund’s investments in Thermondo, Auctionata, Wooga and Depop.
Prior to his time at Holtzbrinck Ventures, Lars was a research fellow in Organization Theory at Saarbruecken University, where he conducted several studies in the area of increasing digitalization.
Lars completed his degree in Business Administration at Saarbruecken University in record time and holds a doctorate in Economics, graduating “magna cum laude”.
Rainer has been a member of the Holtzbrinck Ventures team since 2008. He was responsible for Holtzbrinck Ventures’ investments in Zalando (IPO 2014), Quandoo (sold to Recruit in 2015) and brands4friends (sold to eBay in 2010) as well as in HelloFresh, Home24, Outfittery, Stylight and several others.
Before coming to Holtzbrinck Ventures, Rainer played an entrepreneurial role as Head of Business Development at 123people.com. The business was sold successfully to Pages Jaunes in 2010. Prior to that, Rainer worked for five years in the venture capital field at 3i and Siemens Acceleration, where he was involved in investments in the e-commerce sector. Rainer started his career at Siemens in 2000.
Rainer studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and received his MBA at INSEAD, graduating both with honors.
Jasper joined Holtzbrinck Ventures in 2015. Before working for HV Jasper founded and served as CEO for greatcontent.com, a leading text production platform facilitating copywriting in 18 languages for thousands of renown clients worldwide. Jasper has been engaged as a business angel and active mentor in the Berlin Internet scene for years. He also supported the local ecosystem by managing the Berlin Accelerator program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
Jasper started his career as a strategy consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. He worked for their Corporate Finance and Corporate Development practices focussing on M&A, corporate planning and corporate strategy projects.
Jasper holds a degree in European Management from Lancaster University Management School with „first class honours“ and a degree of Business Administration of the European School of Business in Reutlingen.
Previously Jan was COO at Wooga, a Berlin-based developer of mobile games (and a HV investment). At Wooga, Jan was responsible for multiple teams, including Marketing, User Acquisition, Analytics, Ad Monetisation, Corporate Development, HR, Partnerships, Operations and Japan.
Before Wooga, Jan co-founded Hitmeister, an e-commerce marketplace later sold to Real – METRO Group. At Hitmeister Jan focused on Product & IT, including developing key parts of the platform.
Since 2007 Jan has been an angel investor in almost 20 companies. Examples include Audibene (sold to Sivantos/EQT), Blacklane, MAR (sold to Grünenthal Pharma), Wooga, Jodel, Equippo, Homeday, Homelike, Selfapy.
Jan studied Business Administration at HHL in Leipzig and in the Ph.D. program at WHU.
Barbod joined the Holtzbrinck Ventures team in 2013 and brings a wealth of international investment experience along with a very strong network of entrepreneurs and investors. He has been responsible for the fund’s investments in Spotcap, ZenMate and LoopMe among others.
Prior to joining Holtzbrinck Ventures, Barbod was instrumental in expanding Rocket Internet’s portfolio of companies. In his role as an Investment Manager at Rocket Internet he both took an active role in the asset raising process as well as in the deep dive analysis of the eCommerce portfolio with the goal of optimizing the international asset allocation strategy of the company.
Prior to his role at Rocket Internet Barbod worked in London as an investor both in the public and private markets and was involved in the financing and foundation of a number of telecom startups bringing affordable solutions to underdeveloped regions of Africa.
Barbod holds a Master Degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College London as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Christian joined the team in 2013 and is managing the fund’s investments into Dreamlines, Easy Taxi and Exporo among others.
Before coming to Holtzbrinck Ventures, Christian was CEO of flight search engine swoodoo where he was responsible for company development, from market entry to market leadership in Germany and the sale of the company to KAYAK. Then, in his role as Managing Director for Europe, Christian managed the European organization at KAYAK. As a member of the KAYAK management team he was also involved in the successful IPO on the NASDAQ and the subsequent sale of the company to Priceline.
Before he worked at swoodoo, Christian first worked as an Investment Manager at a venture capital company and then held management positions in two start-up companies in the media sector. Christian began his career in 1998 at an international strategy consultancy company.
Christian holds a doctorate “summa cum laude” in mathematics and also received an MBA with distinction from the London Business School.
Martin has been at Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000 and played a major role in the direction and development of the company into one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms. Martin has been involved in over 100 deals and has helped some of Europe’s most successful online companies on their way. Martin has also been responsible, among other things, for Holtzbrinck Ventures’ investments in Groupon, Lazada, Linio, Delivery Hero, eDarling and Global Fashion Group.
Before joining Holtzbrinck Ventures, Martin, as CFO, was responsible for the successful IPO of Netlife AG, a software company which specialized in online banking. Martin began his career back in 1994 as an investment manager of the venture capital arm of Bayerische Landesbank, one of the leading German banks.
Martin completed his studies in Business Administration in Nuremberg, graduating with honors.
Sven has been with Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. He was responsible for the fund’s investment in AdScale from its foundation to market leadership and the sale to Ströer Digial Group. Sven has also supported companies in the gaming, fin-tech and technology segment, such as GameDuell, Lendico, Paymill and Semasio.
As the lead software architect Sven was responsible for the launch of Immobilienscout prior to his time at Holtzbrinck Ventures. Immobilienscout is now the largest real estate portal site in Europe. Sven began his career as a consultant at Hewlett-Packard, where he implemented his first Internet projects.
Sven holds a Master degree in Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich and in 1996 received the research award from the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation.
Heiko has been CFO of Holtzbrinck Ventures since 2008. In addition to his expertise in the areas of finance and controlling, he brings a wealth of practical experience in the development of the structures and processes that young companies need and are necessary to their international expansion.
Previously, Heiko was for six years CFO of PARSHIP GmbH, the European market leader for online dating/matchmaking services. Until 2002, Heiko was in charge of controlling and accounting at Bertelsmann Online (BOL) for Germany and Switzerland.
Heiko completed his studies of European Business Management at the private University of Applied Sciences in Paderborn, graduating with honors.
Andreas has been a member of the Holtzbrinck Ventures team since 2006. He is responsible for all legal affairs, from investment agreements to general corporate consulting up to the sale of the investment. Andreas has played a leading role in a large number of venture capital deals, from seed financing to exit.
He previously worked as a lawyer at the Berlin and Stockholm offices of the large Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling. As a lawyer, he primarily advised on cross-border transactions and corporate law. He later specialized in venture capital transactions.
Andreas studied Law at Trier, Uppsala (Sweden), Berlin and Heidelberg.
Martina has been with Holtzbrinck Ventures since its foundation in 2000. She is in charge of IT and does usability checks.
She was also employed as QA manager at Audible GmbH from 2004 to 2009. In 2009 she assisted the Steereo product management and was responsible for quality assurance until the company’s acquisition by Simfy.
Prior to this she worked for 6 years as an assistant and translator at the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
Sybille has been a member of the Holtzbrinck Ventures team since 2010 and is responsible for general finance and administration, controlling and reporting and assists legal department in the company.
Prior to this Sybille was in the Business Unit Controlling department at Nokia Siemens Networks. On the Business Analysis team she was responsible for business development and product optimization on the controlling side.
The basis for this task was her apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Siemens AG.
Alexander has been a member of the Holtzbrinck Ventures team since 2017. He is responsible for general finance and administration, controlling and reporting.
Before joining Holtzbrinck Ventures, Alexander was responsible for finance, administration and reporting as finance manager at Armira, an industrial holding in Munich, and as controller at Halder, a buyout fund in Frankfurt am Main. Previously he worked in the audit and assurance services of PwC in Frankfurt am Main.
Alexander holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from University Marburg. Prior to his studies he trained as industrial clerk at F.C. Trapp AG in Berlin.