I am a business angel and entrepreneur

I am founder of Visual Meta GmbH and acted as shareholder and managing director until 2018, when I sold my remaining shares to Axel Springer / idealo. Together with "Saarbrücker 21" (SB21) - a group of friends and successful entrepreneurs - I invest in innovative startups.

 

We are focused on supporting the founders and companies we invest in. We only invest our own money and take a long term approach, without any pressure for exits. We also like sustainable dividend models. All of us run or have run successful companies and thus can provide useful insights, make introductions and support with follow-on financing rounds.

 


My investments:

 

  1. PlusDental: Straightening teeth using state-of-the-art, invisible aligners at an affordable rate.
  2. Lingoda: Online language school.
  3. Lillydoo: Establishing a new baby care brand.
  4. Laserhub: Platform to optimize the acquisition of metal sheets. 
  5. xolo3d: Volumetric 3D Printing.
  6. Mycs: Online shop for made-to-measure furniture.
  7. Bitbond: Bitcoin loans for ebay sellers and businesses from around the world.
  8. StoYo: Next generation social video advertising agency and D2C label with brands like aava.
  9. alphin (formerly freachly): The one-stop shop for all local marketing solutions.
  10. Comtravo: Business travel made easy for SMBs.
  11. Opinary: Content solutions for publishers.
  12. Spread.ai: Simplifies management of complex products by teaching machines digital product perception.
  13. Fotograf.de: Professional online shop solution for photgraphers.
  14. Wundertax (Studentensteuererklärung). A SaaS tool to create and turn in electronic tax declarations.
  15. CrossEngage: Cross-channel marketing cloud solution allowing to orchestrate campaigns across all relevant channels (e.g. E-Mail, RTA, Onsite, Push Notifications).
  16. Lineavi: Nutritional supplements to lose weight.
  17. Thiocyn: Hair restorer.
  18. Little Tummy: Providing organic chilled baby meals using high pressure processing technology.
  19. Contiamo: SaaS: Combines and explores data from popular software and applications.
  20. Linkbird: Online marketing management tool.
  21. TVSmiles: TV bonus scheme.
  22. Expertiger: IT support for consumers.
  23. Project A Ventures: An early-stage VC fund investing in the fields of e-commerce & marketplaces.
  24. Cherry Ventures: Berlin-based VC, founded by a team of entrepreneurs with substantial experience in building fast-scaling consumer businesses.
  25. HV Capital: One of Germany's leading VC funds for early and growth investments.
  26. verbally: 
  27. Knowunity: Deutschlands beliebteste & schnellst wachsende Schülerplattform für Zusammenfassungen, Präsentationen, Lernzetteln, Karteikarten, Lösungen etc. in allen Fächern.
  28. Vaayu: B2B SaaS company helping online retailers track and cut their carbon emissions in real-time.
  29. EqualTo: The No Code Sales Commission Operating System.
  30. packmatic: Digital B2B platform for flexible packaging sourcing 
  31. 8returns: A self-service returns center for eCommerce stores that want to automate their returns process and improve their customers experience.
  32. Impetus: B2B SaaS platform for modern conversational construction procurement.
  33. Komi: A platform to connect users with their favorite talents and their content.
  34. Salonkee: B2B SaaS for for hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons and masseurs.
  35. GreenfieldOne: Early stage crypto fund. 
  36. Floy.ai: A medical AI company on the mission to maximize human healthspan. Still in stealth mode.
  37. Nelly-Solutions: B2B SaaS management and invoicing tool for dentists and medical practices. 
  38. AUXXO Female Catalyst Fund: Early stage VC fund backing female founders.
  39. saas.group: Acquires promising SaaS companies with a founder-friendly process in order to elevate their product - and their people - to the next level.
  40. coboworx: Leading the way for mass adoption of robotics by making robotic automation affordable and accessible.

Realized exits / former investments (successful and unsuccessful)

  1. Visual Meta: Sold successfully a majority stake to Idealo (Axel Springer Group) in December 2011 and sold successfully my final stake in 2018 also, to Idealo.
  2. Flaschenpost: Soled to Dr. Oetker in Nov-2020. Delivery service for beverages.
  3. Gastrofix: Sold successfully to Lightspeed in January 2020. Professional iPad POS-system for restaurants, hotels and shops.
  4. SevenSenders: Sold successfully in a secondary transaction in June 2019. Optimizes cross-border shipments for eCommerce.
  5. Xletix: Sold successfully to Infront in May 2018. Running events with hardcore obstacle courses.
  6. CarJump: Sold successfully to Peugeot in November 2016. All car- and bike-sharing services in one app.
  7. Audibene: Sold successfully to EQT/Sivantos in March 2015. Online shop for hearing aids.
  8. Amorelie: Sold successfully to Pro7Sat1 in March 2015. Online shop for sex toys and lingerie.
  9. 9cookies: Sold to Delivery Hero in April 2014. Tablet- / smartphone based cashier systems for restaurants.
  10. PrioriData: Sold to AppScatter. One of the largest independent databases of global app information.
  11. MediDate: Sold shares to co-investors with losses. Lead generation for plastic surgery.
  12. Minodes: Sold to Telefonica. Delivers fast and intelligent analytics of customer behavior for store operations.
  13. Movinga: Sold my shares via a secondary transaction with losses. Booking moving companies and moving services online.  
  14. ZenMate: Sold for low price to Kape Technologies. Encrypts and secures all browser activity. IP is hidden and privacy protected.
  15. GetJob: Founder disappeared. Lost my money. Job app for blue collar jobs.
  16. Alcandia: Went out of business. Platform for reselling booked trips instead of cancelling a trip with high losses.
  17. Lesara: Went bankrupt. Online shop for non-branded products at best prices.
  18. Hombell: Sold for low price. Marketplace for craftman services
  19. Discandoo: Sold for low price. Online discount for well known brands.
  20. Convida: Went out of business. Fresh Mexican Food Chain.
  21. Doozer: Sold for low price. Digitizing professional real estate renovation management.
  22. Leonyte: Went out of business. Protecting the world from harmful bacteria.
  23. Loopline Systems: Went out of business. A lightweight cloud solution for managing your performance reviews.
  24. The Breakfast Company: Went out of business due to Covid. Professional breakfast / snack solutions for companies.