By combining innovation with operational experience, Niko Waesche provides a unique perspective on IT, media and the internet.Managing Partner
Dr. Niko Waesche

Starting with sandcastles in Malaysia, I have always loved to build. I am a creator and an innovator.... launching companies, investing in startups, consulting corporations, running an outsourcing project, writing books. In other words, a 15-year internet veteran - with lots of scars and bruises. I currently co-run GMPVC, a media-for-equity advertising fund I founded, which helps entrepreneurs finance break-through advertising campaigns. I also am Venture Partner at hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom's seed investment program. My active, private angel investments are the translation search engine and, the online marketplace for receivables.

Outsourcing and IT –
Cost and operations

  • 2002 – 2010 Executive Partner at IBM Global Business Services
  • Led the Media and Entertainment Practice in Germany and primus inter pares in NE Europe
  • Grew the Practice with a CAGR of 30% over eight years by acquiring and delivering consulting, systems integration and outsourcing work for major broadcasters and publishers
  • Delivery responsibility for a €200m end-to-end transformational outsourcing contract at one of Europe’s largest private broadcasters

Internet strategy –
Growth and innovation

  • 2012 – Venture Partner at hub:raum (Deutsche Telekom's seed investment program)
  • 2011 – Founder of GMPVC (media for equity advertising fund)
  • 1999 – 2002 Vice President and Managing Director Germany for GRP Partners, a venture capital fund focused on internet, media and retail investments with $1 billion under management
  • Angel backer of Alando (acquired by eBay), Triphunter (acquired by Brands4Friends/ eBay), (private) and (private).
  • Co-Founder of Surface, a Frankfurt-based design and corporate culture studio
  • PhD Thesis on European Internet Entrepreneurship at London School of Economics, Financial Times Deutschland columnist, speaker and book author

Contact Us

Cafelido Capital and Consulting GmbH

Postal address:

MBE Center # 327
Lietzenburger Strasse 53
10719 Berlin

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GMPVC German Media Pool

First media for equity advertising fund in Germany pooling several media types.

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SimplySeven - Seven Ways to Create a Sustainable Internet Business

SimplySeven is the title of a guidebook to internet business published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of the IE Business Publishing Series.

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Deutsche Telekom's seed investment program.

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IBC 2011 Conference

Taking place in Amsterdam every September, the IBC is the premier conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and media content.


Corporate culture and design studio run by Markus Weisbeck. Among Markus' clients are Zumtobel, Hugo Boss, BMW, the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Documenta.

Linguee's smart data mining algorithms transform the web into a dictionary. Instead of using a machine to translate, Linguee allows you to access the power of millions of previously human-translated texts.

Debitos is an online marketplace for receivables. It helps European businesses turn their open receivables into cash and lower their working capital requirements.

Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

The Stiftung Neue Verantwortung is an independent think tank based in Berlin.

The Love of Chilies

For chili heads: Online shop with freeze-dried chilies from Lanzarote.