Mr. Oliver Samwer is managing Director at European Founders Fund.
He holds a business degree from one of Germany's top business schools. During his studies, he was a fellow of Deutsche Studienstiftung which awards scholarships to Germany´s top 1% of students. While at university, he was also a co-author of a publication of the success factors of over 50 startups in Silicon Valley.
In January 1999, he and his two brothers founded Alando.de which became the market leader of Internet auctions in Germany. After the successful sale of Alando.de to eBay Inc., Oliver Samwer was Managing Director of eBay, responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Together with his brothers, he turned eBay Germany into the most profitable international site of eBay worldwide.
In 2000, he and his brothers founded Jamba! AG which became the market leader for wireless content such as ringtones, pictures, games and videos for mobile phones in Europe and the US. In 2004 Verisign Inc. acquired Jamba! AG for USD 273 million. In 2006 News Corp. acquired 51% of Jamba for USD 187,5 million.
In 2004 Oliver Samwer was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.