The nice thing about a 'Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung' (GmbH) is that the list of shareholders in this type of German company is publicly available information.
So, please find below the list of shareholders of 6Wunderkinder, the Berlin-based maker of productivity app maker Wunderlist that was just acquired by Microsoft (reportedly for between $100 million and $200 million). Or at least the list of shareholders at the end of February 2014.
Nothing earth-shattering to be found in the list, although a couple of things stand out. One is that apparently the company should have been renamed 4Wunderkinder at some point.
Christian Reber, the man at the helm of the startup, still owned 19% equity in the company when this list was filed over a year ago. Nothing says that percentage hasn't changed since then, but if so, probably not significantly.
Did you know Thrive Capital, a NYC-based venture capital firm founded by Joshua Kushner, was an investor in 6Wunderkinder? Neither did I. That was certainly never publicly announced, whether a primary or secondary transaction or whatever, but there they are on the list of shareholders.
The firm held relatively 'old' shares (you can tell because they are numbered) so that's a bit of a head scratcher as far as I'm concerned.
I'm sure there's a half decent story behind that, too.
Anything else that you find interesting?