Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, responsible for hardware and software investments. Before taking that position in October 2005 he was responsible for spin-offs as Venture Manager at the Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA). Before joining the STA in April 2002 Alex was head of sales and marketing of an IT startup. Prior to that he headed the Innovation Practice at Siemens Management Consulting. He started his career designing and implementing large IT systems with Andersen Consulting. Alex holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (1992) and a PhD about the establishment of de-facto technology standards from the University of Mannheim (1997).