In 2003, he founded the business network XING and successfully launched it three years later as the first Web 2.0 company.

In 2010, he founded HackFwd, a company that invested in the best European software developers. Lars Hinrichs is Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). Since 2013 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG and since 2016 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of xbAV AG. His current project is the Apartimentum in Hamburg, a house with smart home technologies and 45 residential units.


What does a fully networked residential building feel like? Visiting the visionary new building project Apartimentum by entrepreneur Lars Hinrichs

The smart home with 45 apartments is located in Hamburg Rotherbaum and was completed in 2017/2018. 

The concept of the Apartimentum is as innovative as its architecture and technical realisation. The combination of modern architecture behind the historic facade from 1906 transforms the Apartimentum into a new building of a class of its own with technical refinements.


XING is 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. 


Building europes first geek accelerator

HackFwd, founded in 2009, is 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, Cobook and, HackFwd has an award-winning portfolio with proven success. In 2013 Lars announced, that HackFwd has stopped accepting new startups into the program.

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