I am a business angel and entrepreneur

I am founder of Visual Meta GmbH and acted as shareholder and managing director until 2018. Together with "Saarbrücker 21" (SB21) - a group of friends and successful entrepreneurs - I invest in innovative startups.

 

SB21 consists of the following members: Philipp Kreibohm (Founder Home24), David Kahlil (Founder eDarling), Lukas Brosseder (Founder eDarling), Oliver Roskopf (Founder Lineavi), Johannes Kreibohm (Founder Lineavi), Just Beyer (Founder Amerano), Johannes Schaback (Founder Visual Meta / LadenZeile.de, now CTO Home24), Markus Winter (ex-CEO internetstores), Pablo Metz (Founder MBR Targeting), Eric Ebert (Founder Wando Internet Solutions), and Michael Schrezenmaier (ex-COO and MD of Spark Networks; NYSE:LOV).

 

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. ZenMate: Encrypts and secures all browser activity. IP is hidden and privacy protected.
  6. TVSmiles: TV bonus scheme.
  7. Convida: Fresh Mexican Food.
  8. PrioriData: One of the largest independent databases of global app information.
  9. Expertiger: IT support for consumers.
  10. Lineavi: Nutritional supplements to lose weight.
  11. Gastrofix: Professional iPad POS-system for restaurants, hotels and shops.
  12. Mycs: Online shop for made-to-measure furniture.
  13. Bitbond: Bitcoin loans for ebay sellers and businesses from around the world.
  14. Lillydoo: Establishing a new baby care brand.
  15. Loopline Systems: A lightweight cloud solution for managing your performance reviews.
  16. Project A Ventures: An early-stage VC fund investing in the fields of e-commerce & marketplaces.
  17. Studentensteuererklärung. A SaaS tool for students to create and turn in their electronic tax declaration.
  18. CrossEngage: Cross-channel marketing cloud solution allowing to orchestrate campaigns across all relevant channels (e.g. E-Mail, RTA, Onsite, Push Notifications).
  19. Hombell: Marketplace for craftman services
  20. Cherry Ventures: Berlin-based VC, founded by a team of entrepreneurs with substantial experience in building fast-scaling consumer businesses.
  21. Comtravo: Business travel made easy for SMBs.
  22. Opinary: Content solutions for publishers.
  23. Alcandia: Platform for reselling booked trips instead of cancelling a trip with high losses
  24. Flaschenpost: Delivery service for beverages.
  25. StoYo: Next Generation Social Video
  26. Discandoo: Online discount for well known brands
  27. Thiocyn: Hair restorer
  28. Doozer: Digitizing professional real estate renovation management
  29. SunshineSmile: Providing clear aligners (for teeth) at an affordable rate.La
  30. Laserhub: Platform to optimize the acquisition of metal sheets. 
  31. Little Tummy: Providing organic chilled baby meals using high pressure processing technology.
 

Realized exits / former investments (successful and unsuccessful)

  1. Visual Meta: Sold majority stake to Idealo (Axel Springer Group) in December 2011 and sold my final stake in 2018 also to Idealo.
  2. 9cookies: Sold to Delivery Hero in April 2014. Tablet- / smartphone based cashier systems for restaurants.
  3. Audibene: Sold to EQT/Sivantos in March 2015. Online shop for hearing aids.
  4. Amorelie: Sold to Pro7Sat1 in March 2015. Online shop for sex toys and lingerie.
  5. CarJump: Sold to Peugeot. All car- and bike-sharing services in one app.
  6. MediDate: Sold shares to co-investors with losses. Lead generation for plastic surgery.
  7. Minodes: Sold to Telefonica. Delivers fast and intelligent analytics of customer behavior for store operations.
  8. Movinga: Sold my shares via a secondary transaction with losses. Booking moving companies and moving services online.  
  9. Xletix: Sold to Infront. Running events with hardcore obstacle courses.
  10. GetJob: Founder disappeared. Lost my money. Job app for blue collar jobs.
  11. Lesara: Went bankrupt. Online shop for non-branded products at best prices.
  12. SevenSenders: Sold successfully in a secondary transaction. Optimizes cross-border shipments for eCommerce.