Everything that can be digital, will be digital

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Lars Hinrichs

Founder, CEO

Cinco Capital

On January 15th, 2014 Lars Hinrichs will give a lecture / discussion on the topic "Everything that can be digital, will be digital". The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time."


Lars Hinrichs is Founder and CEO of Cinco Capital, a private equity fund that invests in European and American tech companies such as Fab.com, NumberFour and Qmilk.
Lars first logged on to the Internet in 1989 with an acoustic coupler and hasn’t logged off since. This early passion for all things digital kick-started his entrepreneurial streak that remains strong to this day.
One of his first ventures, politik-digital.de, was an award-winning platform for politics and new media, which he launched at the age of 22. The company has since evolved into a consultancy for politics, with headquarters based in Berlin. Following that early success, his next venture, a respected new media software firm, went bust – but not without first paying out rich dividends in learning.
Lars applied what he had learnt from this experience to his third major enterprise, XING, a highly successful business networking platform.  As Founder and CEO, Lars oversaw its IPO in 2006, making XING the world’s first Web 2.0 company to go public. It is now listed on TecDax with a market cap of more than 0.5 billion USD. He then steered its course successfully for two years post-IPO, beating all predicted indices and developing a regrettable taste for high-calorie energy drinks. He also became active in investing in – and helping secure funding for – a wide range of tech startups, proving his instinct for great talent and game-changing ideas.
In 2010 he founded HackFwd, an innovative pre-seed investment company that supported Europe’s most passionate geeks in launching the world’s most exciting tech startups.  Both Lars and HackFwd have been enthusiastically profiled in Wired, The Financial Times and TechCrunch. With investments in companies like YieldKit, Watchlater, Cobook and Infogr.am, HackFwd has an award-winning portfolio with proven success.
Lars supports entrepreneurship and Internet policy on a local, national and European level, and has for example held several meetings with the German chancellor Angela Merkel and with Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission. He regularly gives lectures at different events and universities, as well as serving on several Boards including Deutsche Telekom AG. 
When he’s not working to promote European tech innovation, Lars is an active member of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) of the World Economic Forum and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
He also looks back fondly on his ten days of official learning at Harvard Kennedy School – John F. Kennedy School of Government and his countless days of unofficial learning as an enthusiastic TEDster.
In those welcome moments when he is offline, Lars also enjoys being left humbled and awed by his brainy and beautiful wife and their two wonderful children.

More about Lars Hinrichs

To register please send an email to: melanie.winkelmann(at)the-klu.org

The Lecture Series

The KLU Lecture Series is a forum for scientists and practitioners to talk and discuss on state-of-the art topics related loosely to logistics and entrepreneurship.