Andrea is a serial entrepreneur with a strong track record and a passion for both: The vision and the successful execution of ideas.
Before Shopgate, Andrea has been a co-founder and COO of Sofort.com, a European online-payment leader, acquired by Klarna for approx. $150m. The sale has been featured on TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/klarna-sofort/). During his time at SOFORT, the company has signed-up 20’000 merchants, performing a transaction volume of above €1.5bn.
At Shopgate (www.shopgate.com), Andrea is the Founder & CEO. Shopgate has a team of 132 passionate individuals with offices in the US, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.
The vision behind Shopgate is to change the way people buy and sell things, providing online merchants the best mobile-commerce solution on the planet. Shopgate offers the full suite for mCommerce including mobile websites, native apps and more than 200 awesome mobile features. It increases a merchant’s mobile conversion rate and thus mobile sales by up to 900%.
Andrea’s exit at Sofort.com allowed him to finance the seed round of Shopgate himself. Shopgate has since performed two additional fundings rounds with leading venture capital investors totaling $9m. The Series-B funding round has been featured on TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/06/shopgate-raises-7m-to-help-retailers-maximize-mobile-storefronts-and-sales/
Andrea has been elected as one of the NEXT 100 Top Influencers of the Digital Industry in 2013 (http://nextberlin.eu/next-100/) and has won the IT-Innovation Price at the CEBIT in 2011 and 2013, as well as the Red Herring Global Top-100 in 2012.
Andrea has studied Philosophy and Corporate Finance at the University of Zurich and is fluent in German, English, French, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.