It’s almost Thanksgiving and at this time of the year, I spend a lot of time thinking about the many reasons I am thankful… for life, family, health, work, friends, possessions, spirit, service, you get the idea.
Consort Partners has been in business since 2005 and I recently had the chance to meet up with one of the key people who made Consort into the company it is today. That person is angel investor, Klaus Hommels, who has a Midas Touch and a heart of gold.
After I left Blinkx, one of the first people who contacted me was Klaus. He had seen the extensive coverage generated through my interviews at Blinkx and wanted to know if we could do the same for some of his portfolio companies. He introduced me to Lars Hinrichs of XING and Riccardo Zacconi of King. Both ended up becoming clients – in fact, XING was our very first client and I’m very happy to say they are still a client today. As is King. Klaus continued to open his Rolodex to us – providing introductions to Howard Hartenbaum (then of Draper Richards and now August Capital), Mattias Ljungman of Atomico Ventures, and several more of his portfolio companies. Consequently, we hired more people and built a business that sustains our staff spread throughout the US and UK.
On this week of giving thanks, I want to send a special shout-out, super-duper heartfelt thanks to Klaus.