Andrea Pfundmeier
Founder and CEO of Boxcryptor

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: If nobody sees me, I talk to my dog like she were a real person. And I swear, she understands every single word.

Be the driver, not the passenger!

Being a founder was never on my roadmap ten years ago. But towards the end of my studies, I met my future co-founder at an entrepreneurship workshop. Two years later, in 2010, we decided within minutes upon meeting again that we would start a business together. Boxcryptor was planned as an in-house solution to protect our own Dropbox account. When we published the download link, we saw it was downloaded more than 1,000 times within one week. This was a turning point for us.

I’ve been an entrepreneuer for five years now and I love it. It’s a crazy mix of feelings from enthusiasm to fear – all of which make me feel alive. To know that I am sitting in the driver’s seat instead of just being a passenger is what I appreciate most. My only regret? That I did not think about this career path earlier in my life. Now, I regularly visit schools and tell students how I became an entrepreneur. I hope that I can inspire them to broaden their minds. Maybe one day I’ll get a message from one of them telling me that they’ve founded the next unicorn company!

Andrea Pfundmeier, 28, lives in Augsburg and studied law and economics at the University of Augsburg. In 2011, she started Boxcryptor together with her co-founder Robert Freudenreich. Boxcryptor is an encryption software for cloud storage (e.g. Dropbox). Customers from more than 190 countries worldwide use their encryption solution to protect their data in the cloud. The Boxcryptor team consists of 26 people, all located in Augsburg.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.