Who we are

From entrepreneur to investor – we first got to know each other in California at the end of the nineties while we were studying in Silicon Valley. In 1999 we set up handy.de, which quickly developed into Europe’s largest provider of mobile entertainment services. When the company was sold to the Bertelsmann Group in 2002 we stayed with it under the new name arvato mobile (now Mondia Media) and extended its business model to become a B2B player.
In 2005 we set up the first independent wireless service discounter in Germany, blau.de. Within a few years it developed into one of the most successful players in a highly competitive market. It was sold in 2008 to KPN, the parent company of E-Plus. We continued to work as the sole directors after the exit and were responsible for the further rapid growth of the company up to the end of 2011. During this period we also began operating as business angels and invested in various start-ups. In this way, we were able to understand both the founder and investor perspective more profoundly. Enjoying the team work with the founders, it was, therefore, a logical step to invest more professionally and start our own venture capital company, which we did in February 2012.

Dirk Freise

After graduating in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg, I spent a few years conducting international market research projects, primarily in the high-tech sector. During the New Economy boom I added an MBA to my qualifications at the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley), majoring in strategy and entrepreneurship. My passions are innovative IT and Internet technologies as well as new business models, though I am also interested in subjects like business intelligence, sourcing and process automation and optimization.

 

Martin Ostermayer

After graduating in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg, I spent three and a half years working in the consumer electronics industry at Panasonic. In 1998, I moved to the USA and completed my MBA studies at the University of San Francisco, majoring in telecommunications and business strategy. Between my work as founder and director of blau.de and handy.de, I worked for freenet where I was responsible for the wireless strategy. My core interests are business strategy, management skills, and human resources.

 

Thorsten Rehling

After completing a degree in Engineering at the University of Siegen, I first worked for the business consultancy A.T. Kearney. In 1998, I moved to the USA to study for an MBA at the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). During that period, I worked for eBay Inc. (USA) as International Marketing Manager for the USA, Germany, the UK and Japan. My main interests are strategy, business models, negotiations, marketing, and sales.