Markus focuses on early-stage companies across healthcare, consumer and enterprise applications. He is particularly interested in products that evolve established ways of working, bring together communities or disrupt long-standing value chains.
Prior to Northzone, Markus was with private equity firm KKR and Swedish health tech scaleup KRY / LIVI. At KRY, he focused on building the firm’s business’ UK operations and on scaling its operations in Sweden. Before that, he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Germany. Markus is a graduate of Cambridge University and Bochum University and holds degrees in business, economics and social sciences. He is based in our Stockholm office.
Regulatory barriers often make it difficult to start and then scale a business in these sectors, as existing structures and incentives often favour the status quo. At the same time, this represents a massive opportunity to bring innovation into large markets that have lacked innovation for decades. At KRY, it took us many trials, errors and hard-earned learnings working with regulators to build what is now Europe’s largest digital health company.
I remember getting my first computer at age 11 and saving up money in college to buy the initial iPhone in 2007. When Spotify came to Germany in the early 2010s, I scrambled to get onto the waiting list. In my earlier career at BCG, we built Fashion for Good – a tech hub for innovation and sustainability in the fashion industry. Our work and impact was so fulfilling that I decided to focus my career on tech.
After a long day, outdoors, by myself. I love being close to nature. And the alone time lets me reflect on questions or problems I’ve encountered during the day.