LARS FJELDSOE-NIELSEN

Partner

Lars joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2015, after a decade in Silicon Valley where he was involved with three of the Valley's best-known tech companies – Uber, Dropbox and WhatsApp.

Lars joined Uber when the company was operating in less than 20 cities. His role as Vice President resulted in strategic alliances with global telcos, including Verizon and Carlos Slim's América Movil group across Latin America, deals which fueled Uber's rapid growth.

Lars joined Dropbox as one of the company’s first 25 employees. As Head of Mobile, his growth deals with Samsung and other mobile OEMs helped the file-sharing company reach its first 100 million users.

He helped WhatsApp as an advisor to the business team on growth and distribution until the messaging app's acquisition by Facebook in 2014.

He also worked at Voicesignal (acq. Nuance), Skyhook Wireless (acq. TruePosition), Ness Technologies (acq. Opentable), and T9 Tegic (acq. AOL).

More than a billion people have used the software and services distributed as a result of mobile growth initiatives led by Lars in his career. Five of those companies were acquired.

Lars, who is Danish-Portuguese, grew up across Africa and served with the Royal Danish Guards. He holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc from Oxford University and a BSc from Kings College London. In 2015 he moved from Palo Alto back to London. His investments include Hiya, Blue Bottle Coffee, Feast Kitchen, Zycada Networks, Soundtrack Your Brand, Dubsmash, Pocket (acq by Mozilla), Labster and Tempow.

 


London Business School Board of Governors
In 2018, Lars was appointed to the London Business School Board of Governors.

Contact

lars@balderton.com 
T. +44 (0)20 7016 6800 

Executive assistant

Lucie Anderson 
landerson@balderton.com

Board positions

Dubsmash

Dubsmash is a video messaging application for iOS. Using the application, users can choose an audio recording or soundbite from movies, shows, music, and internet trends and record a video of themselves dubbing over that piece of audio.

STATUS

Live

FOUNDED

Berlin, Germany

Hiya

Hiya provides caller profile products and services designed to make the phone experience better.

STATUS

Live

FOUNDED

London, United Kingdom

Labster

Labster is an internationally focused company dedicated to the development of pioneering online tools for teaching science globally.

STATUS

Live

FOUNDED

Copenhagen, Denmark

Soundtrack Your Brand

Soundtrack Your Brand is a service that helps businesses grow their digital media presence through the use of music.

STATUS

Live

FOUNDED

Stockholm, Sweden

Tempow

Creators of software-only solutions built to enhance the four billion Bluetooth-enabled devices sold annually

STATUS

Live

FOUNDED

Paris, France

VOI

Lars speaks at #CPHFTW on the common denominator for startups like Uber, Dropbox and WhatsApp.

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