Young Entrepreneur & Student
- Delft, The Netherlands
I founded my first company when I was 10 years old. Since then I founded many companies, like Woodify (Webshop in Wooden Sunglasses, almost €500.000 revenue), Young Creators (Community with over 6,000 talented young entrepreneurs) and Crowded (Social Software to enable people to share their knowledge, experiences and talents. We have clients like Booking.com and ING).
I advised governments on the field of entrepreneurship. I used to be an advisor to Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes on young entrepreneurship, and right now I am at a similar position at Startup Delta. I participated in the IGF (Internet Governance Forum, organised by the UN with 2000+ participants) in Bali, Indonesia, and I visit the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs regularly to share my experiences related to entrepreneurship.
Right now I study Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft, which is sometimes considered a strange link compared to my resume. I believe that even though we had huge innovations in the past 40 years in the world of bits - computers got more than a million times faster since 1975 - we had barely any innovation in the world of atoms. Our cars don't drive much faster, planes don't fly any faster than in 1970, and the Dutch trains run even slower than in 1950(!!). We're able to send a message all the way around the world within a fraction of a second, but it takes us a day to fly to the other side of the world. My personal mission is to change this in a sustainable way.
In 2012, I started Young Creators together with 10 other Young Entrepreneurs. We were all passionate Young Entrepreneurs, but we believed that we would be more successful if we would share our experience & knowledge with each other. Young Creators grew from 10 to 6,000 young entrepreneurs (10-25yrs old) in 2 years. We organised events at which more than 200 members of our community listened to bright people like Constantijn van Oranje, Neelie Kroes and Alexander Klöpping, but the best is yet to come.
A good friend of mine and myself were curious what it would take to start an e-commerce store - and more importantly, if we would be able to start one. We decided to face the challenge, and we founded Woodify, an e-commerce store that sells beautifully handcrafted Wooden Sunglasses. Right now, two years later, we are just short of €0.5M in total revenue, and we sold more than 10,000 pairs of sunglasses. But most importantly, we learnt a lot about how to start a business - and how to keep it running.
Founded in 2013, *bliep is a revolutionary telecom provider, by and for young people. I was responsible for tracking & improving metrics related to the website.
In 2006, my dad used to work at a company that produced sauces like Ketchup and Curry. He used to give those sauces away for free to friends and family. I found that strange; it costed his company money to produce those sauces, after all. He explained to me that it would be inappropriate if he would let his own mom pay for his products, so I asked if I could sell his products. He agreed, and my first company was born.
I followed a summer course at Balliol College, Oxford, during the summer of 2014. In this course I was taught economics, business, management and public speaking by the brightest professors of this University. I was awarded the Attainment Award, for the student with the best performance.