Christoffer joined Northzone in 2017 and is based in the Stockholm office. His primary areas of interest are businesses with network effects, especially marketplaces.
Prior to joining Northzone, Christoffer was COO and Head of Verticals at Avito, one of the largest marketplaces in the world. Northzone was an early investor in Avito and exited to Naspers in 2015, making it one of Northzone’s most successful investments to date. Christoffer joined Avito in Moscow in 2012, and as a part of the executive management team, he played an integral part in growing the company’s revenues by 50x and the headcount from 50 to 1300 employees.
”I believe that the secret to our success was that we had a very clear view on what we were trying to achieve, a laser focus on the things that really counted to take us there and a willingness to take bold bets on what we believed was the winning strategy”, says Christoffer. “Those are some of the qualities I will be looking for in companies in my role as an investor.”
Christoffer’s “Russian connection” started at the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy where he studied Russian. He then went on to work for the Swedish Embassy in Moscow before enrolling at Stockholm School of Economics.
After the completion of his studies, Christoffer did a quick stint at McKinsey & Co. “I had great colleagues and very interesting assignments, but realised relatively quickly that I wanted to be a part of building a company rather than just advising them.”
Christoffer loves the great outdoors and adventures, having crossed the Atlantic twice, climbed Elbrus and skied in Kamchatka.