Michael Birkel, Venture Partner, brings 19 years of high-tech and media industry, management and entrepreneurial experience to the partnership.
Michael joined Target Partners as Venture Partner in 2009.
Since 2008, he is Managing Partner of the value fund Zenon Investments which he co-founded. As business angel he mainly invests in companies at the interface of internet and finance.
In late 1999, Michael co-founded 12snap AG and served as its CEO until 2008. He managed and oversaw the growth of 12snap to a leading international developer of software solutions for mobile marketing and mobile entertainment programs. After having sold 12snap in 2006, Michael transacted a management buy-out of the company one year later and served as member of the Supervisory Board in 2009 and 2010.
In 1998 and 1999, Michael worked as a Senior Consultant with McKinsey&Company, developing growth strategies for high-tech start-ups from seed stage to post-IPO.
Prior to that, Michael conducted research at CERN, Geneva, and worked for the United Nations in New York.
He holds a diploma in physics from Munich University and a doctorate in theoretical particle physics and cosmology from Oxford University.