We see change
as an opportunity
Zibra is kickstarting the innovation that is going to change the world and solve the problems
we experience – both locally and globally.
The family-owned investment company, Zibra A/S, was founded by the entrepreneur Niels Zibrandtsen. He was one of the significant players in the 1990’s, when the Danish tele monopoly was broken and paved the way for new business based on innovative telecommunication solutions and the ability to execute.
Niels Zibrandtsen early saw the opportunities and established the telecommunications company GlobalConnect, which offered the business market a new, fast fiber-based data infrastructure and the first wireless connection across Øresund.
The foundation for success was laid, and the big thoughts that were behind the company’s name turned out to hold true. The sale of GlobalConnect – 20 years later – enabled Niels Zibrandtsen to have the freedom to invest more in the DNA he has always believed in; people who think fundamentally different and therefore can see opportunities and solutions no-one else can see.
Zibra was created to invest smart money in innovative business ideas and people who executes, change and improve the world.
We regard our investments as ‘smart money’ – that is, we not only supply capital, but wish to contribute actively to the value addeding of the company. We believe in innovation, as a catalyst in changing and improving the world. And we invest in ideas and people who have the potential and courage to kickstart this innovation.
Get things done
Innovation is about making things happen. An innovation is the development of a new idea and its realization in practice. Zibra contributes with investment and active participation – to convert ideas into business. And we are not afraid to strive hard for growth once we get the right idea. We focus on investments that drives development and change in society.
We believe that mutual respect, honesty and openness are the virtues of which you are building a business. We invest in people we trust.
We are always in search of the people who have spark, who’s heart is in the right place and will do the best they can. These are the people we believe in – because it is the person themselves we invest in or hire as employees. We focus on ethics, running a conscious business and giving back to society around us.
Challenge of “the usual” is our focal point. It requires courage to go new ways, courage to challenge and courage to fail. Only courage can kickstart the innovation that is going to change the world and that can solve the problems we are experiencing – both locally and globally. We have the courage to see “the change” as an opportunity. We create a creative space where you can play and be allowed to fail, so you can learn from the mistakes and come back with an even better solution.
MEET ZIBRA’S MANAGEMENT TEAM
Christian Holm Christensen
Chief Executive Officer
Christian has a military background incl. two deployments in the late 90s, as well as a MSc. of education from Aarhus University. Christian has extensive experience from the IT industry, where he has worked with negotiation, management, transformation and development of companies. Christian has also worked as an entrepreneur and has successfully built 3 companies. Recently, as CEO of GlobalConnect, Christian has massively grown the company up to the sale to a private equity fund.
In Zibra, Christian, with his extensive experience in growth, sales and management, contributes to increasing the value of all types of companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Christian is HD (R) and Cand. Merc. Aud. He is a business-oriented CFO with broad experience from several industries, including telecommunications, retail, e-commerce and marketplaces. Christian has been working as CFO since 1998 and in other management positions. He has been affiliated with Zibra since 2000, only interrupted by a period when he was a director at eBay as well as in a start-up company. Christian has extensive experience in supporting companies in growth and financing. He has helped to buy and sell many companies and is always cash flow-oriented in his approach to business plans.
In Zibra, Christian contributes with extensive experience in portfolio management, transactions and modern business models.
Chief Innovation Officer
Birger has been working with digital business development even before the internet became commercial in the early 90’s. Birger has been actively contributing to the change of industries, for example telecom, music and video. Birger has been affiliated with Zibra since 2010 and has been responsible for a large number of successful projects including a major effort for the establishment of the subsidiary, inQvation.
At Zibra, Birgers role it to be the challenger of the established business models. In addition, he is the business developer who, with his extensive network and understanding of new business models, launches new business opportunities.