After five exciting and successful years, I’ve decided to dedicate more of my time outside of my commitment to XING to new entrepreneurial challenges.

The company has long since grown from a startup to one of the leading players in social networking worldwide. We were successful from the beginning, despite the voices of the critics. In 2003, we kept going and listened to those who relied on us to help more effectively manage their professional lives, and who continue to do so after five years. Working together in recent years, we have created structures to maintain the scalable and profitable growth.

By appointing Stefan as my successor (he currently heads eBay Germany), I’ve found a very successful and extremely Internet-savvy manager to lead XING. Now I’m able to concentrate once again on that which matters to me as an entrepreneur: developing new ideas and giving them life by means of entrepreneurial spirit. In the future, I will continue to advise XING as a member of the Supervisory Board. I am also the largest shareholder in the company, and intend on remaining so.

I would like to give special thanks to our over 170 hardworking and experienced employees from over 26 countries, many of which have become friends of mine. I’d also like to thank all our members – all of whom have made XING into that which it is today. Without the commitment of all those involved, XING would never have become the European leader for business networking with over 6.5 million members in such a short period of time.

I am certain that XING will continue its rapid development with Stefan, and I’m already looking forward to seeing the moment in which the new features we’ve been developing in the past months are launched one by one on the platform.

Let’s start a new chapter in the history of XING together. You as members can write a piece of Internet history, along with XING, Stefan and his team.


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Sarik Weber on 25.11.2008 at 02:36h CET

Dear Lars,

as a good friend, your first employee and ex Head of Corporate Sales for 2,5 years at Xing, which was still openBC at that time, I have to admit that I had mixed feelings about your stepping down as a CEO when I first heard the news.

While managing to build one of the most successful Web 2.0 companies in Europe during the last 5 years, you have also become a strong example to lead for so many European startup entrepreneurs. Personally I am very grateful that I could help you building an outstanding company, that has set the role model for many Internet startups to come. You taught me how to believe in yourself no matter what the future would bring. With your neverending entrepreneurial spirit you also helped me to understand, that anybody who truly believes in his idea can become a successful entrepreneur. So therefore I am a little sad, that XING now looses its founder as CEO.

On the other hand I am also happy for you, because the biggest achievement you can make as a great team leader is to step down and let somebody else take over the helm, while operations continue to run well. And I am fully confident that you have chosen your successor with reasonable care. Also as you stay as a major shareholder and member of the supervisory board of XING I am very positive that you will always be able to give good advice to the board.

I wish you all the very best for all your entrepreneurial ideas and projects and of course for your wonderful family and I am truly looking forward to stay in close touch.

Your friend,

Sarik

Marjinal Porter Novelli on 25.11.2008 at 11:25h CET

Dear Lars,

We are very happy to have worked with you who has made a mark in digital world.

There is no doubt that your recent achievements as well as the further ones will be spoken of for some time to come and that the admiration for your accomplishments is felt by all of us as well as the general public.

Please accept Marjinal Porter Novelli’s heartiest wishes for your success in the future. We are hoping to be working with you again should a further project arise.

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