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. Contiamo: SaaS: Combines and explores data from popular software and applications.
  2. Lingoda: Online language lessons via skype.
  3. Linkbird: Online marketing management tool.
  4. Fotograf.de: Professional online shop solution for photgraphers.
  5. TVSmiles: TV bonus scheme.
  6. Expertiger: IT support for consumers.
  7. Lineavi: Nutritional supplements to lose weight.
  8. Mycs: Online shop for made-to-measure furniture.
  9. Bitbond: Bitcoin loans for ebay sellers and businesses from around the world.
  10. Lillydoo: Establishing a new baby care brand.
  11. Loopline Systems: A lightweight cloud solution for managing your performance reviews.
  12. Project A Ventures: An early-stage VC fund investing in the fields of e-commerce & marketplaces.
  13. Wundertax (Studentensteuererklärung). A SaaS tool to create and turn in electronic tax declarations.
  14. CrossEngage: Cross-channel marketing cloud solution allowing to orchestrate campaigns across all relevant channels (e.g. E-Mail, RTA, Onsite, Push Notifications).
  15. Cherry Ventures: Berlin-based VC, founded by a team of entrepreneurs with substantial experience in building fast-scaling consumer businesses.
  16. Comtravo: Business travel made easy for SMBs.
  17. Opinary: Content solutions for publishers.
  18. Flaschenpost: Delivery service for beverages.
  19. StoYo: Next Generation Social Video.
  20. Thiocyn: Hair restorer.
  21. Doozer: Digitizing professional real estate renovation management.
  22. SunshineSmile: Providing clear aligners (for teeth) at an affordable rate.La
  23. Laserhub: Platform to optimize the acquisition of metal sheets. 
  24. Little Tummy: Providing organic chilled baby meals using high pressure processing technology.
  25. Leonyte: Protecting the world from harmful bacteria.
  26. freachly: Local Influencer Marketing.
  27. xolo3d: Volumetric 3D Printing
  28. The Breakfast Company: Professional breakfast / snack solutions for companies. 
  29. Spread.ai: Simplifies management of complex products by teaching machines digital product perception.

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. Gastrofix: Sold successfully to Lightspeed in January 2020. Professional iPad POS-system for restaurants, hotels and shops.
  3. SevenSenders: Sold successfully in a secondary transaction in June 2019. Optimizes cross-border shipments for eCommerce.
  4. Xletix: Sold successfully to Infront in May 2018. Running events with hardcore obstacle courses.
  5. CarJump: Sold successfully to Peugeot in November 2016. All car- and bike-sharing services in one app.
  6. Audibene: Sold successfully to EQT/Sivantos in March 2015. Online shop for hearing aids.
  7. Amorelie: Sold successfully to Pro7Sat1 in March 2015. Online shop for sex toys and lingerie.
  8. 9cookies: Sold to Delivery Hero in April 2014. Tablet- / smartphone based cashier systems for restaurants.
  9. PrioriData: Sold to AppScatter. One of the largest independent databases of global app information.
  10. MediDate: Sold shares to co-investors with losses. Lead generation for plastic surgery.
  11. Minodes: Sold to Telefonica. Delivers fast and intelligent analytics of customer behavior for store operations.
  12. Movinga: Sold my shares via a secondary transaction with losses. Booking moving companies and moving services online.  
  13. ZenMate: Sold for low price to Kape Technologies. Encrypts and secures all browser activity. IP is hidden and privacy protected.
  14. GetJob: Founder disappeared. Lost my money. Job app for blue collar jobs.
  15. Alcandia: Went out of business. Platform for reselling booked trips instead of cancelling a trip with high losses.
  16. Lesara: Went bankrupt. Online shop for non-branded products at best prices.
  17. Hombell: Sold for low price. Marketplace for craftman services
  18. Discandoo: Sold for low price. Online discount for well known brands.
  19. Convida: Went out of business. Fresh Mexican Food Chain.