German based venture capital fund Earlybird named Konstantin Guericke, one of the Linkedin co-founder, as a venture partner.
Following the press note by Earlybird
At Earlybird Venture Capital (www.earlybird.com) Mr. Guericke will help grow the firm's portfolio companies especially as they expand from Europe into the US market, in addition to identifying and evaluating attractive areas of opportunity for investment.
"As a successful entrepreneur who is highly-networked in Silicon Valley, Konstantin's role is a perfect fit for our new tech fund based in Berlin: his wealth of experience and extensive connections will help our portfolio companies scale faster," said Jason Whitmire, Partner at Earlybird.
"I have been interested for some time in supporting German entrepreneurial ventures that are not copycats, but have the potential to be a success on a worldwide scale. I chose to work with Earlybird since they have distinguished themselves as truly professional partners for entrepreneurs," said Mr. Guericke. "I look forward to working with their rapidly growing portfolio of promising consumer and enterprise Internet startups who are expanding from Europe across the globe, as well as identifying new areas of disruption."
"Guericke has a unique mix of German-US entrepreneurial DNA that our platform will benefit from greatly. We view ourselves as a product for entrepreneurs and strive to increase the value-add we can bring to our portfolio companies every day. Konstantin has helped build one of the most successful companies of our time and has become a trusted advisor to numerous top German and US entrepreneurs," said Christian Nagel, Partner at Earlybird.
Guericke is a long-time enterprise veteran with a history of not only founding successfulstartups, but also helping established companies towards increased growth. He co-founded LinkedIn, where, as vice president of marketing, he led the company's marketing activities from launch to first six million members and profitability. Konstantin also served as CEO of jaxtr, a social communications start-up with over ten million registered users that was purchased by SabSeTechnologies. Konstantin serves on the boards of several startups and mentors student entrepreneurs at Stanford University, where he graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in engineering.