We primarily invest in consumer-facing companies at a series A or later stage. Strong co-investors and a good fit to our media's target groups are a must.
1 to 5 million Euro gross media per deal is our sweet spot, in exceptional cases significantly more is feasible. In a successful partnership, we are happy to carry out multiple rounds.
We are your single point of contact for all media channels. All shares are held by German Media Pool. We invest at the same financing terms as the lead investor when participating in a round. Between rounds we can invest via a convertible loan. The basis for equity remuneration is the net value of the media granted.
Together with renowned German publishers we reach nearly 10 million readers of daily newspapers and weekly lifestyle magazines as well as an additional 9 million readers from weekly advertising journals.
RTL II is our main TV partner. Their program appeals to a consumption oriented audience with TV shows, reports, documentaries, and interesting television magazines with between 6% and 10% market share, depending on the target group. Additional Swiss and German TV groups join deals on a case-by-case basis.
Aljoscha Kaplan (Managing Director & Co-Founder)
Aljoscha is Co-Founder and Managing Director of German Media Pool. Previously, he supported mayato, a specialized BA/BI consultancy, worked at a VC and as Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young in Washington D.C. and Stuttgart. Aljoscha holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Management Science from Humboldt-University Berlin and a B.Sc. in Economics and Statistics from The George Washington University. Read more about Aljoscha on LinkedIn.
Luise Gruner (Principal)
Luise is Principal at German Media Pool. She started her career within the digital investment holding of Axel Springer SE and subsequently co-initated the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator. After Axel Springer, Luise started an equity crowd funding platform for a Swiss VC. Luise holds a Master in Management from ESCP Europe. Besides UK and France, she studied one semester in Israel at Recanati Business School/Tel Aviv University. Read more about Luise on LinkedIn.
Niko Waesche (Co-Founder & Advisor)
Niko co-founded German Media Pool with Aljoscha in 2011 and now represents the Advisory Board of German Media Pool, which consists of Marcus Englert, Jochen Gutbrod, Ulrich Lohmann and Katja Nettesheim. Niko currently is Global Industry Head for Media & Entertainment at GfK SE. Previously, Niko was Partner at IBM Global Business Services, leading the European Media & Entertainment Industry practice. Follow Niko on Twitter or read more about him on LinkedIn.