Thorsten Claus


Mr. Claus serves as a Partner in Northgate’s San Francisco, USA office.  He has experience in both venture capital investing and executive operational roles. Prior to Northgate, he was Principal at Next World Capital (NWC), an expansion-stage venture capital firm in San Francisco, focusing on investments in the areas of Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Enterprise Software.  Before NWC, he was a Senior Investment Manager with T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom with over 1BN USD AUM, in the Silicon Valley. He worked closely with management teams, boards, and investors of T-Venture’s large US portfolio to enter and grow European and international business through investments in the areas of Mobile, IT and Network Infrastructure, and Enterprise Software. Before T-Venture, Mr. Claus led large-scale IT infrastructure and digital transformation projects for international fixed, mobile, and cloud communication service providers. He sourced and managed innovative partnerships with venture-backed startups, vendors, and suppliers across North America and Europe. In 2005, he was awarded the Deutsche Telekom International Award for Excellence in Innovation. Thorsten was born in Germany and has a Master of Science in Information Technologies from Technische Universitat Darmstadt.