I’ve always kept a list of random thoughts and possible business ideas. While earning my PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, this list got too long and my inner urge to create something was just too strong. As a result, my co-founder, Armin Strbac, and I not only founded finderly in 2010, but also Shpock just two years later – the latter being a flea market app for beautiful things.
In retrospect, finderly was an important precursor for Shpock. Back then I learned that building a startup means facing challenges you never expected. You have to be prepared to battle many setbacks. That’s why I always compare the startup life to a rollercoaster ride: it goes up and down and up again – often multiple times within a day.
Without this know-how, Shpock wouldn’t be as successful as it is today. In the beginning, we aimed to build the best marketplace for the smartphone generation. Now we are extremely proud to see that more than ten million second-hand lovers in four major European markets buy and sell their pre-used products on Shpock.