Asia’s richest man invests in Berlin-based Jobspotting

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Being known for investments in Facebook and Spotify, Li Ka-shing now invests in Jobspotting.

The Berlin-based startup is a personalized job finding platform that was founded in 2013 by former Google employees Hessam Lavi, Jan Backes and Manuel Holtz. After joining the Axel Springer Plug And Play Accelerator and receiving €25,000, Jobspotting raised a €500,000 seed round from Axel Springer Plug And Play and angel investors.

Today, the startup announced a new funding round: Horizons Ventures invested a high six-digit Euro amount.

Though the details about the amount, shares, and further information stay disclosed, COO Robin Haak explained towards VentureVillage that the deal is “very fair for Jobspotting”.

So far, the team, that mostly consists of techis, has grown to 12 people. In the upcoming weeks and months, the startup will work on adding recent learnings to the platform, offering the services in ten more languages and building an Android app.

Horizons Ventures hardly ever makes exceptions when it comes to early stage investments. Earlier in April, for example, the VC joined a $160 million round in the communication platform Slack. Best known investments include two $60 million financing rounds in Facebook in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and two rounds in Spotify (A round $21.8 million, B round $150 million that other investors joined).

The Hong-Kong-based VC was founded by Li Ka-shing and his wife Solina Chau. According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s ranking on April 28, 2015, Li Ka-shing is the 19th richest person ($38 billion), right before Google co-founder Larry Page ($31.3 billion). Ka-shing was also named Asia’s richest man in 2014.

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