Björn Goß came into entrepreneurship as many do – with an idea ready to disrupt the way customers do business.
The year was 2011 and Björn had just finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mannheim in Germany. He and his friend David Handlos were exploring what the next chapter of their life might look like and spitballing ideas for their own venture.
“David’s girlfriend had the problem of carrying around 20 different plastic cards which was pretty clunky. All people were talking about in relation to mobile wallets were payments. We said ‘Well actually it should be way beyond pure payments and focus on the whole shopping journey including loyalty cards, coupons, gift cards, mobile payments and more,’” says Björn.
It was then that the early vision for Stocard – an app that allows users to declutter their wallets by organizing all their loyalty cards into one central location – was created.
Fast forward 12 years and 70 million users and Björn’s startup has become one of Europe’s most used apps. The company was acquired in a €140 million deal by Klarna in 2021.
In a global keynote for Founders Network on January 16, 2024, Björn will detail the story of how he built a successful fintech company and his tips for finding product-market fit.
His keynote will cover:
Opening Remarks @ 9:30am PT
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Keynote Speaker @ 9:40am PT
Björn Goß is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stocard. Before starting Stocard, Björn worked for McKinsey & Company and discontinued his PhD studies to start Stocard. Björn holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mannheim.
Stage-Based Roundtables @ 10:30am PT
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