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Alon Shklarek
Founding Partner
Chief Executive Officer

The People behind

CUDOS was founded by seasoned entrepreneurs and financial industry professionals to bring the best to our portfolio companies. Our investment team is complemented by selected industry veterans to support our investment decisions.

Alfred Gusenbauer
Founding Partner
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Michael Steiner
Managing Partner
Chief Investment Officer

Alon Shklarek

Founding Partner,

Chief Executive Officer at CUDOS Capital AG




Alon has been a passionate and successful entrepreneur throughout his life. In 1992 he founded which he has been heading as CEO ever since. Alon is a profound investment professional with 25 years of experience. During this time Alon founded, co-founded or invested in over 25 businesses across 16 countries and led more than 100 transaction processes for national and international investment consortia.


Alon is a Harvard Business School (OPM) alum and earned his masters degree with honors from California State University, Hayward and IMADEC University focusing on strategy and finance. Alon is a frequent and acknowledged speaker on entrepreneurship and leadership.


As active Impact Investor Alon supports selected entrepreneurs and leaders in this field and is an ASN member of Ashoka, the worlds leading social entrepreneurship organization. He is the President of the Global Impact Investing Foundation which is supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Alfred Gusenbauer

Founding Partner,

Chairman of the Supervisory Board at CUDOS Capital AG




As one of our founding partners, Alfred serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cudos Capital AG.

He looks back on a long political career which peaked in 2007 when he headed the Austrian federal government as chancellor. 


After his political career he assumed selected board positions, including chairman of the supervisory board of Strabag SE, one of Europe’s leading construction enterprises, and head of the advisory board of Signa Holding. He also serves as a member of the advisory board at Citigroup and Gabriel Resources.


Alfred Gusenbauer is the chairman of the board of trustees of the private foundation of Hans-Peter Haselsteiner and of Wartenfels private foundation.


In addition to his management positions, he teaches as visiting professor at Harvard University and Columbia University – both institutions are members of the prestigious Ivy League.


Alfred studied jurisprudence, philosophy and political science, in which he obtained a doctorate at the University of Vienna.

Michael Steiner

Managing Partner,

Chief Investment Officer at CUDOS Capital AG




Michael heads CUDOS' investment team and is responsible for new acquisitions as well as the development of CUDOS' portfolio companies.

He looks back on several years of experience as a management consultant and investment professional.

Prior to joining CUDOS Group, Michael was a member of the corporate finance, private equity and recovery practice of McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s leading top-management consulting firms.

Michael currently serves as a member of the management board of CUDOS' high-tech portfolio company In-Vision and chairs the investment committee of Austria's largest venture capital initiative, the Austrian Founders' Fund.


Michael co-founded First Love Capital, an internationally active early-stage venture capital fund, which he led as managing director. In this position, he conducted numerous transactions, took board or management positions in portfolio companies and was responsible for investments in Europe and the United States. Furthermore, he established the Austrian Business Angel Day, the leading platform for informal equity providers in Austria.


Michael studied International Business Administration in Vienna and Singapore majoring in corporate finance and entrepreneurship.

Alfred Gusenbauer
Alon Shklarek
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