1. Please tell us a bit about yourself, both at work and leisure.
During my studies I realised quite early that ETFs would become a big trend in the financial sector. As my professional career has been mainly focused on personal finance and software development, my main focus at QUIN today is on product management. Besides work, my hobbies are sports (especially football and tennis). Furthermore I like to read and am passionate about good food.
2. Which product or service do you offer, and who are your competitors?
The QUIN app offers everything that private investors need to take care of their investments themselves. This includes the best information, news and data on investing as well as simple and accessible financial advice via app. Our wider competitors are classic financial websites and platforms.
3. How did you get the business idea and take it from launch to the first customers?
The idea came to me through a problem of my own: When I invested for the first time I realised how difficult it is to choose the right products and how old-fashioned and confusing the classic financial platforms are. I wanted to change that. Even during the product development phase, we had a very close exchange with potential customers and developed the product in a very feedback-oriented way. These early adopters then became our first customers.
4. How have you financed your startup? Any lessons would you like to share from the fund-raising journey?
We have completed 2 financing rounds so far and raised around € 1.1 mm.
5. Which are the key trends and opportunities in (European) financial services?
The core trends are that investing is (fortunately) becoming more and more popular, that the costs on both the brokerage and the product side are falling and that the entire financial system is developing towards an open structure (open banking).
6. What’s on your bookshelf/ reading list?
I mostly read non-fiction books and I am a fan of the books of Ben Horowitz.
7. Your favorite place for a coffee and/ or a drink?
My favourite places in Berlin for a café/drink are the many small cafés in the Bergmannkiez, the beer gardens on Tempelhofer Feld but also the Maybachufer.7.