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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. He then steered its course successfully for two years post-IPO, beating all predicted indices. 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.
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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, former 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. Since 2016 he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of xbAV AG.
2003 gründete Lars Hinrichs das Business Netzwerk XING und führte es drei Jahre später als erstes Web-2.0 Unternehmen erfolgreich an die Börse.
2010 gründete er HackFwd, ein Unternehmen, das in die besten europäischen Softwareentwickler investierte. Lars Hinrichs ist Young Global Leader (YGL) beim World Economic Forum und Mitglied der Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Seit 2013 ist er ein Mitglied im Aufsichtsrat der Deutschen Telekom AG und seit 2016 Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender bei der xbAV AG. Sein aktuelles Projekt ist das Apartimentum in Hamburg, ein Haus mit Smart Home Technologien und 45 Wohneinheiten.