Klaus Hommels

  • Want to Understand VC in Europe? Catch These Top Investors at Disrupt London

    Want to Understand VC in Europe? Catch These Top Investors at Disrupt London

    The venture outlook in Europe is about as bright as it’s been since the go-go dot-com days, with Europe-based venture firms raising more than $2.2 billion in the second quarter alone of this year – more than two times what they raised in the first quarter and 30 percent more than what European VCs had collected by the same time in 2014. Partly, such enthusiasm for the asset class… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield Applications Extended for Disrupt London!

    Startup Battlefield Applications Extended for Disrupt London!

    Startups, it’s time to get your act together and apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London on December 7-8th. We’re looking for the most promising companies from London to Budapest, Madrid to Stockholm, and everywhere in between. Maybe you were out on vacation. Maybe you were focused on that key hire. Maybe you started but forgot to finish the application. Whatever… Read More

  • Why Big Web Companies Don't Come out of Europe, Plus More Spotify Promises (TCTV)

    Why don’t more big Web companies come out of Europe? According to European investor Klaus Hommels, it’s not the usual excuses we hear like un-start-up-friendly labor laws or a culture against taking business risk. It’s that the European Union is just too fragmented of a market no matter what continent boosters would have us believe. Hommels explains in the video… Read More

  • The Biggest Gilt/Groupon Knockoff Network You've Never Heard Of (TCTV)

    The Biggest Gilt/Groupon Knockoff Network You've Never Heard Of (TCTV)

    We all know that the early success and insta-revenues of companies like Gilt Group and Groupon have inspired more clones than Jango Fett. But while profitable and growing, my impression was that most of them are one-off rounding errors compared to Groupon’s swelling revenue estimates – numbers that seem to go up in the press by $100 million every time they don’t have any… Read More

  • Turkish private shopping club Markafoni raises £4.7 million

    [Turkey] Markafoni, the Turkish private shopping club, has raised £4.7 million (11 million Turkish Lira) from Trayas, an investment group whose partners include leading European investors Klaus Hommels and Oliver Jung. Trayas seems to be focusing on investing in private shopping clubs, having already closed deals in Brazil, Switzerland and India. Of note, Hommels has previously invested… Read More