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 Dubsmash, Feast Kitchen, Hiya, Labster, Rahko, Soundtrack Your Brand, Tempow and VOI. 

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
Berlin, Germany
Add audio recordings or soundbites from movies, shows, and music to personal videos.
Series B in 2016

Hiya

Hiya
London, United Kingdom
Provides caller profile products and services designed to make the phone experience better.
Series A in 2017

Labster

Labster
Copenhagen, Denmark
Dedicated to the development of pioneering online tools for teaching science globally.
Series A in 2017

Rahko

Rahko
London, UK
Unlocking discovery with quantum machine learning for chemical simulation
Seed in 2019

Soundtrack Your Brand

Soundtrack Your Brand
Stockholm, Sweden
Helps businesses build brand through music and sound.
Series C in 2016

Tempow

Tempow
Paris, France
Creators of new audio experiences to change the way you listen to music.
Series A in 2018

VOI

VOI
Stockholm, Sweden
Electric scooter and bike sharing across Europe
Series A in 2018

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

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