focus has been on the crossover between the media and technology
She is among a new group of well-connected, successful entrepreneurs who
believe that transformative technologies in robotics, genomics,
augmented and virtual reality and artificial intelligence will create
breakthroughs in areas including healthcare, financial infrastructure,
security and premium content.
Nicole began her career in 1998 as a co-founder of football gaming portal
Winamax. She invested in newly-founded Infront Sports and Media in 2002
and in Shanghai Really Sports, China’s third largest sports retailer, in
2006. In 2007 she raised her own fund of €242.5m, United In Sports.
Along with another major shareholder, Nicole helped develop Infront into
one of the world’s leading sports media rights businesses, eventually
selling it to private equity group Bridgepoint for €600m in 2011.
Infront was later purchased by the Dalian Wanda Group for more than
Since 2012, Nicole has been guided by her belief in the value of
authenticity, that the fundamentals of business are enduring and that an
entrepreneur’s journey is a marathon, not a sprint.
She also believes that one of the most exciting spaces today is where old
and new connect and that the future of technology lies in understanding
the limits of total disruption. Nicole is now working with the
entrepreneurs who are defining the emerging industries that will change
our relationship with the digital world.
Through NJF Capital, Nicole has stakes in a range of companies, among
them Owkin, Revolut, Sentient, Blockchain and Grabyo. Three of her early
investments, Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by
Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively.
In June 2017, Nicole invested in and was appointed co-chair of Magnum
G.V, the legendary photo agency.
In addition, Nicole, who speaks six languages, holds board positions with
companies including Shanghai Really Sports, Owkin, and Trilantic Capital
Europe. She holds a BSCA from IUM and completed the Programme for
Management Development at Harvard Business School.