Lakestar

Lakestar

Lakestar is a venture capital firm investing in digital and technology companies in Europe.

Lakestar is a venture capital firm founded in 2012 by Klaus Hommels. They have offices in Zurich, Berlin, London, New York and Hong Kong. Lakestar focuses their investments in early and growth-stage ventures with a focus on internet and technology companies. These companies have included Spotify, Skype, King.com and Facebook.

In 2017, Lakestar invested in Shapeshift, a digital currency exchange. Lakestar invested in Shapeshift's Series A, which raised USD $10.4 million. In the same year, Lakestar and GV lead a USD $40 million Series B funding for Blockchain.

Funding rounds

Lakestar's first seed fund, in 2012, boasted a 70% internal rate of return. In 2013, Lakestar funded Lakestar I funding round at €150 million. Lakestar I took notable positions in Maker studios and Harry's. Maker Studios was bought by The Walt Disney Company in 2014. Harry's purchased Feintechnik razor factory in Germany.

In 2015, Lakestar raised €350 million for its Lakestar II fund. The fund is focused on early stage development and mature companies growth into Europe. This larger fund placed Lakestar closer to venture capitalists Index Venture, Accel Partners and Atomico.

Advisory services

In 2018, Lakestar committed to offer advisory services to investments in the fintech sector. This followed their successful IPO strategy which raised $70 million for startup Marley Spoon. Speaking to Forbes in 2017, Klaus Hommels said:

I enjoy the job most when I can partly be a business development guy.

Timeline

Funded Companies

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AngelList is a U.S. website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers looking to work at startups.

CrossLend offers a cross-border marketplace lending platform that makes pan-European investments possible via a single platform.

Engineer.ai is an India, Texas-based company founded by Sachin Dev Duggal.

Taulia is a San Francisco-based company founded by Bertram Meyer, Philip Stehlik, Markus Ament and Martin Quensel.

Blockchain is a blockchain and software development company offering hardware and software cryptocurrency wallets.

WeLab is reinventing traditional financial services by creating seamless mobile lending experiences.

nebenan.de is a social network for neighbors.

sennder is a Berlin-based company founded by Nicolas Stephan.

StyleTread is a Victoria, Gozo-based company.

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Anja Gradl

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Dharmash Mistry

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Jenny E. Jung

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Klaus Hommels

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Manu Gupta

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Oliver Heimes

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René Kampschulte

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Will Gibbs

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AlleyWatch
June 27, 2020
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The Pulse of New York Tech
June 5, 2020
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