Entrepreneur. Founder of Qype.com, 9flats.com, avocadostore. Aspiring minimalist. Proud European. Learning investor. Believer in experience sharing.
In my business life, I try to simplify my key activities:
Entrepreneur: I build companies. I pursue the luxury of only doing things that make sense to me. Making sense can mean making life easier for people like Qype.com or thinking about intelligent consumption like Avocadostore.de, the largest marketplace for eco friendly goods in Germany. 9flats.com is Europe’s best peer-to-peer accommodation website, enabling less consumption and more sharing.
Investor: I love investing. However I am pretty conservative and try to follow Buffet’s rule number one: “Don’t lose money”. This makes me not an ideal angel investor, as I am convinced the only way not to lose money in angel investments is having way more money to invest than I can allocate to this.
Coach for Entrepeneurs. With more than 15 years in building consumer internet companies I have experienced most ups and downs that you can have with companies, investors, cofounders, partners as well as the challenges in maintaining something that resembles a balanced life while you go a long. I have started giving back by sharing experience and doing individual coaching with very few very talented entrepreneurs.
Stephan Uhrenbacher Bio / CV
Stephan Uhrenbacher is a serial entrepreneur, coach and investor based in Hamburg, Germany. Stephan is CEO of Upspring Ventures. He is founder and chairman of leading private accommodation marketplace 9flats. Previously Stephan founded Qype which he built into Europe’s largest local review web site, first as CEO and then on the board of directors until Qype was acquired by Yelp in 2012. He also founded avoacadostore.de, Germany’s largest eco market place. Before starting Qype, he was COO for DocMorris, then Europe’s largest mail order pharmacy. In other roles was director of content and product of Germany’s largest media site bild.de. Stephan was part of the original management team of lastminute.com in London as Head of Northern Europe.