Dirk Laukien, Ph.D.

President & CEO, Black Forest Ventures

Dr. Laukien has been an experienced technology investor for 15 years.  He is currently President & CEO of Black Forest Ventures LLC, an asset management firm with an investment focus in technology, hospitality, corporate aviation and commercial real estate. Under his leadership, Black Forest Ventures has grown to more than $500M in assets, and provides growth capital to numerous technology companies and start-ups.

Dr. Laukien holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Tufts University, and a BA in Physics from Brandeis University. Prior to Black Forest Ventures, he served in senior management roles at publicly-traded and privately-held multinational scientific instrumentation companies. As Senior Vice President of Bruker Corporation, and President and CEO of Bruker Optics, Dr. Laukien has successfully managed numerous M&A, capital raises, and Initial public offerings.